New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Birders' Raffle! 

Andy Mason, 1039 Peck Street, Jefferson, NY 12093
We must receive your tickets by October 18, 2010


NYSOA is holding a raffle especially for birders!                                PRINT TICKETS

Winners will receive great prizes, but every ticket donation will help NYSOA – New York’s only statewide organization dedicated to the study and conservation of wild birds. NYSOA connects people of all ages who share an interest in birds; produces beautiful and informative publications; provides unique informational and educational resources; and works tirelessly to protect birds and their habitats throughout New York State.

Our raffle drawing will take place at NYSOA’s annual banquet in Auburn, near the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Saturday, October 23rd. You need not be present to win, but you won’t want to miss one of the largest birding and ornithology conferences in the state! Come and experience the camaraderie of birders as you enjoy field trips, workshops, presentations, and more! For more information on this year's annual meeting, hosted by the Onondaga Audubon Society and Montezuma Audubon Center, download the 2010 NYSOA Annual Meeting flyer and registration form.

Thanks to the generosity of supporting organizations and individuals, we have a terrific lineup of valuable prizes for birders:

  • Vortex Zoom Spotting ScopeVortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope
    ($1600 value)

    Donated by Vortex Optics and
               Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods

    "This is one of the best deals in birding—especially because the price includes a 20-60x zoom eyepiece, an attractive carrying case, and an unconditional guarantee. I recommend this scope wholeheartedly."

                      — Tim Gallagher, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    See Life Paulagics Logo

  • $200 Gift Certificate to apply toward any Pelagic Birding and Sea Life Trip from any port.
    Donated by See Life Paulagics

    "Though we emphasize the seabirds, our trips focus on all sea life. We take time for whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fish, and anything else that we find of interest at sea. On each trip there are enough leaders for the group size. Leaders are chosen not only for their pelagic experience, but also for their abilities to help you with spotting and identifying the life forms that are found."
                                                 — Paul Guris, SeeLife Paulagics

  • Original Art created for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State
    Graphite on Paper Drawing of Common Raven by Cynthia Page
    Donated by Cynthia Page
    Cynthia Page's published works include
    The Book of North American Birds by Reader's Digest, 5 breeding bird atlases, many field guides and some limited edition prints. Selections of Page’s work from the 2009 New York State Breeding Bird Atlas have been exhibited at the New York State Museum and The Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
    See Cindy's beautiful artwork on display at an exhibit this fall!
    Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus NY is pleased to announce an exhibit of wildlife art by Cynthia J. Page, artist, naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator, and educator. Page's lifelong pursuits have merged her dual interests in art and wildlife. These artworks will be on display throughout September and October, 2010, during regular business hours: M- F 9-4; Sat 10-4. A public reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 18th from 2-4pm.
    Common Raven - original art by Cynthia Page
    copyright C. Page

       Flamingo Photo 8x10 Matted and Framed Color Photo of Greater Flamingo by Bob Adamo
Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, photographed in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador in May, 2008.
Donated by Bob Adamo
  Oceanic Birds of South America by Robert Cushman Murphy (2 volume set, published 1936 - Excellent Condition)
Oceanic birds of South America: a study of species of the related coasts and seas, including the American quadrant of Antarctica, based upon the Brewster-Sanford collection in the American Museum of Natural History; illustrated from paintings by Francis L. Jaques; photographs, maps, and other drawings.
Donated by Gail Kirch
Oceanic Birds of South America - book

Adirondack Birding by John M. C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee
A comprehensive guide to birding sites in the Adirondack Park, a six-million acre wilderness that harbors nearly 300 avian species. The authors, John M.C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee, drew on decades of field experience in selecting sixty places where you can walk or paddle to find the species of most interest to birders. 200 illustrations including 16 pages of color photographs by Jeff Nadler.
Donated by Joan Collins


Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail signed by author Gerry Smith
A full color guide showing the resting and nesting locations of birds along the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania. Listed migration patterns show the best times of the year to spot certain notable species. This field guild was written by ornithologist Gerald Smith, with chapters by Willie D'Anna, Jerry McWilliams, and David Semple. Book designed and illustrated by artist Robert McNamara.
Donated by Gerry Smith

Seaway Trail Birding book
  Birding Colorado book   Birding Colorado signed by authors Hugh and Urling Kingery

Birding Colorado guides you to the best birding sites at treeless prairies in Pawnee National Grassland; canyons, mesas, and mountains in four national parks and three national monuments; marshes, ponds, and streams in five national wildlife refuges; and mountain, mesa, and prairie highways and byways. Organized by region, this guide lists the likely birds at each site and the status and distribution of all species recorded in the state.
Donated by Andy Mason

You can print your own tickets! Download the pdf file, print the two pages on the front and back of a single sheet (or just print side 1), and cut the sheet into 5 tickets. See below for official rules.

Andy Mason, 1039 Peck Street, Jefferson, NY 12093
We must receive your tickets by October 18, 2010

Please spread the word – if you have birding friends who aren’t members, offer them tickets and tell them about NYSOA!

Thank you for your continued support and commitment. Good luck in the raffle!

1. Raffle runs from August 17, 2010 to October 23, 2010.
2. Tickets may not be bought by or sold to individuals under 18 (under NYS law).
3. Contestants may enter as often as they like.
4. Drawing will be held 10/23/2010 at the NYSOA Annual Banquet in Auburn.
All proceeds benefit the work and mission of The New York State Ornithological Association
to protect wild birds and their habitats in New York State, to educate the public in the need for conservation, and to document the ornithology of the state and maintain the official Checklist of the Birds of New York State.
Participation in this event is voluntary. Pictures of prize winners may be taken and used in future NYSOA publicity.

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