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55th Annual Meeting

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Plan to attend the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs' convention on

September 20-22, 2002


Pete Dunne, creator of The World Series of Birding, CMBO Director and renowned author will enlighten us Saturday evening with his wit and wisdom.

FRIDAY'S highlights
Rick Marsi, author and nature guide
Emma Sedore, Hiawatha Island historian
Fran Dunbar, Waterman Conservation Education Center

SUNDAY:  Breakfast and birding on Hiawatha Island

Outdoor Dining Experience at Hiawatha Island
Reserve your perch now!
Cap off a great weekend with a truly unique dining and birding experience. A breakfast filled with homemade dishes to satisfy the lumberjack in you. After the rustic dining, head to the woods for a guided tour. This 112 acre island rests in the Susquehanna River between Owego and Apalachin. Hiawatha Island is home to hundreds of flora and fauna species, including several on the state endangered species list. The island has a rich history and remnants of the old hotel and farm are visible. Pontoon boats provide access from the mainland to the island for our special Sunday breakfast and field trip.
Reserve early! Space is limited and priority will be given to FNYSBC members.



Hosted by
Naturalists' Club of Broome County with the Tioga Bird Club's assistance.

Contact us at
917 Grant St., Endicott, NY 13760
or phone 1 607 785 8969

Accomodations at the
Owego Treadway Inn

in historic Owego, NY

Quaint shops - Antiques - Victorian Homes

"Gateway to the Finger Lakes"

Exit 65 Route 17 (Interstate 86)

Visit us at: and

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Friday, September 20th:
Noon - 6pm
3 -5pm
Field Trip
Wine/Cheese on Patio
Buffet Dinner
Emma Sedore, Owego Historian
Rick Marsi, "My Susquehanna"

Saturday, September 21st

Breakfast Buffet ($8.95 + tax)
Delegates' Field Trips
Non-delegates' Field Trips
8am - 5:30pm
9am - Noon
Delegates' Meeting
Noon - 1:30pm
Lunch on your own
1 :30pm
Paper Session & Atlas Workshop
5:30 - 7pm
Reception, CashBar, Dunne Book Signing
Pete Dunne, Keynote Speaker
Sunday, September 22nd
Breakfast Buffet and Field Trip on Hiawatha Island ($17)

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Pete Dunne to Highlight Saturday Banquet

Pete Dunne is the Director of CMBO. He is creator of the World Series of Birding, co-author of Hawks in Flight and Hawk Watch, A Guide for Beginners. Pete's fine writing, wit, and knowledge of birds can be enjoyed in his many books: Tales of a Low Rent Birder, More Tales ofa Low Rent Birder, Before the Echo, The Feather Quest, The Wind Masters, and Small-headed Flycatcher; and in his regular columns in Birding, Birder's World, Living Bird Quarterly and NJ Audubon. Pete, one of birding's best known and affable figures, will entertain us with some of his memorable birding stories including "Golden Wings," a tale about his mentor, colleague and friend, Roger Tory Peterson. Pete has worked closely with Virginia Peterson on the new updated version of Peterson's classic field guide, A Field Guide to the Birds: A Completely New Guide to All the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Mr. Dunne will be available to sign his books as well as this newest guide before he speaks to us on Saturday night.

Friday Night's Programs

"Jewel of the Susquehanna"

Emma Sedore, recipient of the History Award Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Foundation, historian for Tioga County and author of Hiawatha Island, Jewel of the Susquehanna, will present a program about the often-colorful history of the island. From tales of its once grand hotel to being rescued by a group of concerned citizens who mortgaged their homes and sold tee-shirts to keep the island from being developed, you will want to learn about the subject of our Sunday field trip.

"My Susquehanna"

Award-winning author Rick Marsi will trace the Susquehanna River from its headwaters at Cooperstown to its mouth at Chesapeake Bay. Using his spectacular photography he will explain the river's natural history and the environmental challenges it faces today. Mr. Marsi's writings have won "Best of Gannett," Associated Press and Outdoor Writers of America awards. Author and naturalist Anne LaBastille has said of him... "Rick Marsi has combined his lyrical, yet fastidious observations of the natural world to delight readers."

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Field Trips

Field trips will include Whitney Point Reservoir, Binghamton University Nature Preserve, Brick Pond Wetland Preserve, and Round Top Park.

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Call for papers

The Federation is issuing a call for papers to be presented at the Federation's Annual Meeting, to be held September 20-22, 2002, at the Treadway Inn located in Owego, New York.

The paper session is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, September 21, 2002. Each presenter will have 20 minutes followed by a 5-minute question period. Paper topics are not limited to the theme of the convention, which is "Birding and the River Habitat".

Please submit a title and short abstract (250 words or fewer) by June 1, 2002. Submissions may be made by e-mail or hard copy. They should be word processed in Times Roman 12 point. E-mail submissions can be sent as a Word 6 or newer attachment in PC format.

Submissions should be sent to -- Gail Kirch, Paper Session Coordinator, Use the same email address, if you have questions.

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