About Us

Club Activities

During the spring, winter, and fall, club members lead weekly birding field trips in and around Orange County. In addition, we hold monthly meetings, which feature a presentation on birding-related topics, such as habitat, ecology, and travel. We take part in the statewide Audubon Christmas Bird Count, as well as the winter waterfowl count for Orange County. The club is also a partner member of the New York State Young Birders Club. Mearnsers are integral participants in the hawk watches at Mount Peter and Bear Mountain and assist with the Hawk Migration Association of North America’s Winter Raptor Survey.

  • Ovenbird. Photo by Dave Baker.


How to Join

We welcome new members—please join us! Membership entitles you to attend all club events and field trips, and you’ll also receive our semiannual newsletter, “The Orange Feather.”

Annual dues are $20 for an individual membership, $30 for a family membership, and $8 for a student membership.


Please mail a completed membership form, along with a check made payable to E. A. Mearns Bird Club, to the club treasurer: Linda Strohl, 8 Park Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577.

  • Merlin. Photo by Dave Baker.


Yahoo Groups Site

At the Mearns Yahoo Groups site, the club maintains extensive records, links, and up-to-date information about birding in the Hudson Valley, including rare bird alerts. To access all the resources on the site, you’ll need a Yahoo account. After creating one, request to join the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club group or email Ajit Antony at aiantony@earthlink.net. You can then receive group e-mails about birding in the area, as well as about club activities/business.

  • Snow Geese. Photo by Karen Miller.


WhatsApp Bird Alerts

Dues-paying members can participate the club’s WhatsApp bird alert system to be notified about rare or uncommon birds in the area (Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties).



Board of Directors

President: Karen C. Miller
Vice-president: Kathleen Ashman
Treasurer: Linda Strohl
Secretary: Kathy Hranowsky
Chair of Outings and Christmas Count: Bob Slechta
Program Chair: Alan Wells
Membership Chair: Della Wells
Website Administrator: Carlotta Shearson