Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, from New York State Museum, “Annual report” (1902), Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Mearns Club follows CDC and New York State COVID-19 guidelines. Please wear a mask—preferably a multilayer mask rather than a single-layer cloth mask or a bandanna—to meetings to protect yourself and other club members against COVID-19, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Please do not attend meetings if you aren’t feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Meeting Dates

General meetings of the Mearns Club are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of every month from September through May (except February). At club meetings, a club member or an outside speaker gives a presentation about his or her birding travels or studies.

Monday, October 11, 2021: Anne Swaim, “Croton Point Park: Grassland Restoration & Birding Highlights.” This overview of Croton Point Park will focus on seasonal birding highlights, featuring excellent photography from local birders, and will also update the club on the status of the capped landfill, now a restored grassland habitat. 

Anne Swaim is Executive Director of Saw Mill River Audubon, a local chapter of National Audubon based in Chappaqua. She began as Staff Naturalist and sole employee of Saw Mill River Audubon in 1989. Anne has served as Executive Director since 2004….Anne has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Clarion University and a M.Div. from Eastern University. She previously worked for Pennsylvania State Parks and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Program.

Monday, November 8, 2021: At the November meeting, Bill Fiero and Jeff Goulding will recap their December 2020 trip to the Choco region of Ecuador. They will showcase a photo array of the avian life of the region, in addition sharing interesting travel experiences.

Monday, December 13, 2021: Annual club share-a-thon.

Solitary Sandpiper, Stewart State Forest. Photo by Bill Fiero.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Blooming Grove Senior Center at 4 Horton Road in Blooming Grove. The senior center, and it’s parking lot, are behind the Blooming Grove Police Department.


Program Chair

Are you interested in making a presentation to our club? If so, please contact Program Chair Don Aitchison at A small stipend is available for nonmembers.

Red-throated Loon, George’s Island Park. Photo by Maryangela Buskey.