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New York State Ornithological Association
57th Annual Meeting

September 17-19, 2004

Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick, Morgens Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, will speak on Saturday evening.


FRIDAY, September 17
  Noon - 9:00 PM Registration in Clarion Hotel
  3:00 - 5:00 PM Field Trips
  1:00 - 5:00 PM Exhibits in Clarion Hotel (will continue through Saturday)
  6:00 PM Hors d’oeuvre Buffet and Tours, Laboratory of Ornithology
SATURDAY, September 18
  6:00 AM Clarion Hotel dining area open, breakfast on your own
  7:00 AM Delegates' Field Trips
  7:30 AM Non-Delegates' Field Trips
  8:00 AM-Noon Registration in Clarion Hotel
  9:00 AM-Noon Delegates' Meeting
  Noon Lunch on Your Own
  1:30 PM Papers Session
  5:00 PM Reception at Clarion Hotel
  6 PM Banquet at Clarion Hotel
  7:30 PM Keynote Speaker - John Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology - Birds Can Save the World: Revolutionary opportunities for citizen science in the 21st Century
SUNDAY, September 19
  6:00 AM Hotel dining area open, breakfast on your own
  7:00 AM Field trip leaves for Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
  12:00 PM Meeting adjourns

The meeting will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, One Sheraton Drive, Ithaca. The hotel has 106 guest rooms with a large indoor pool, sauna and locker rooms, and a newly equipped fitness room. There is plenty of free parking at the hotel. Nearby are shopping plazas, movie theaters, and a variety of restaurants. A block of rooms is reserved until August 1 for meeting attendees. The discounted price is $89.00 plus tax. Be sure to mention NYSOA to get the reduced rate. Optional lodging can be found at in the For Visitor Information page.

Friday night's reception will take place at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in the new Imogene Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity. You will be treated to a hearty array of hors d'oeuvres and desserts to sustain you while touring the centers of activities housed in the Lab. The charge is $20. A cash bar will be available.

Dinner on Saturday night will be held at the Clarion Hotel. The charge is $24. Both dinner choices are served with fresh tossed Caesar salad and French rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and decaf:

Filet Mignon with Sautéed Mushrooms and Chicken Francáise with Lemon Butter Sauce Served with Piped Mashed Potatoes and Tender Young Carrots or
Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom, sliced and served on a Bed of Long Grain Wild Rice, topped with Roasted Red Peppers and French Onions

The restaurant at the Clarion Hotel will open for breakfast at 6AM on Saturday and Sunday and for lunch on Saturday. These meals are on your own. There are many other restaurants within close proximity to the hotel.

Field Trips
ird-related art from Cornell's Johnson Art Museum collection will be on display, and the double elephant folio of John James Audubon's Birds of America will be displayed at the Kroch Library Rare and Manuscript Collection. 

The Sunday morning field trip will be at Montezuma NWR.  A sampling of other field trips planned for the 2004 NYSOA meeting, led by local Cayuga Bird Club members, is shown below.  For more information on these and other birding hotspots in the Ithaca area, go to  

Dryden Lake and surrounds
  Dryden Lake is located approximately 7 miles east of Ithaca, in the town of Dryden.  Considered by many to be the finest place in the Cayuga Lake Basin to view migrating water birds, and it’s outstanding for its variety of songbirds.  The lake's small size and numerous vantage points make it possible (with the aid of a spotting scope) to check the entire lake for birds.  Woods and shrubby areas allow for exploration for land birds, especially migrants.
East Ithaca Recreation Way, east section
  Close to Cornell University, this 1 mile long paved path following Cascadilla Creek plays host to a very nice selection of migrant warblers, thrushes, and cuckoos.  It passes through a small mature woodland segment and opens up to fields and shrubs, offering a variety of habitats.

Sapsucker Woods at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

  Sapsucker Woods is a 220-acre sanctuary offering more than 4 miles of trails for birding or just walking. The bird watching at Sapsucker Woods is best during migration in the spring and fall, but there is a nice selection of birds here throughout the year.
Finger Lakes Land Trust Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve
  The Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve consists of close to 500 acres of lakes, forests, meadows, brush land, gorges, streams and wetlands. Thirty-six and a half acres were given to the Finger Lakes Land Trust by Tompkins County, while the remainder has been purchased from private landowners. The diverse habitats found in the preserve are home to an equally diverse variety of flora and fauna. The preserve is located in West Danby, about 8 miles south of Ithaca.

Call for papers
NYSOA is issuing a call for papers for presentation at the NYSOA Annual Meeting on the afternoon of September 18, 2004. Each presentation will be 20 minutes followed by a 5-minute question period. Please submit to John Confer at an electronic version with the title and a short abstract (250 words or less) of your submission by July 15, 2004. Topics are limited to issues and information relevant to the membership of NYSOA.

Please contact Gladys Birdsall by or by phone at 607-257-0130 if you have questions regarding this year's Annual Meeting.

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