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 member organization of the New York State Ornithological Association (Region 9–Hudson-Delaware) and a partner organization 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.
How to Join
The Mearns Club welcomes 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.
Note: Membership dues for 2021 have been suspended for all current 2020 members. Dues collection will resume in 2022.
Email Discussion Group at Groups.io
You can receive e-mails about Mearns Bird Club business and activities by joining the club’s email discussion group at Groups.io. On this platform, the club also maintains records and information about birding in the Hudson Valley. To join the discussion group and access group content, you’ll need a free Groups.io account (email address and password required). After creating an account, request to join the E.A. Mearns Bird Club group. Note that you don’t have to be a member of the Mearns Club to join the email discussion group.
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). Want to know how to reply privately to a WhatsApp message, instead of to the entire group? Read the instructions here.
Board of Directors
President: Kathleen Ashman
Vice-President: Joyce Depew
Treasurer: Linda Strohl
Secretary: Johanna Bloomfield
Chair of Outings: Bob Slechta
Program Chair: Don Aitchison
Membership Chair: Della Wells
Christmas Bird Count Chair: Karen Miller