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

2019 Meetings

The Mearns Club meets at 7:00 pm every second Monday of the month from September through May. At the meetings, a club member or an outside speaker gives a presentation about his or her birding travels or studies.

March 11, 2019: Kathryn Schneider, “From Birdwatcher to Birder: Moving Beyond Your Birdfeeder”

The vast majority of birdwatchers feed, observe, or photograph birds around their homes. In her new book Birding the Hudson Valley, author Kathryn Schneider provides tips, guidance, and encouragement for bird enthusiasts of all skill levels to leave their backyards and explore the rich diversity of bird life beyond the bird feeder. Her wide-ranging presentation, which is packed with pictures of birds from the book, includes suggestions for selecting binoculars, hints for finding birds, an introduction to bird foods and habitats, and ways to become a better birder.

Book sales and signing after the program.

April 8, 2019: Bill Fiero, Birding Poland

May 13, 2019: David Baker will share details and photos from a Panamanian adventure that he, Sharon, and several other Mearns Club members enjoyed last year. With wonderful Canopy Lodge as their base, they spent time exploring the diverse habitats, beautiful birds, and tropical scenery of the surrounding countryside. 

June 1, 2019 (Saturday): Club 60th anniversary dinner, Dr. Shai Mitra, “Recent Changes in the Status and Distribution of New York State Birds”

September 11, 2019: Lee Hunter will give a presentation on his trip to Ethiopia.

October 9, 2019: Alan Wells, Large Wading Birds of North America

November 13, 2019: Bill Fiero will give a presentation on birding Thailand.

December 11, 2019: Club Share-a-Thon

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

Meeting Location

Meetings are held in the second-floor library of the Washingtonville Middle School, in Washingtonville, New York. Please note that if the Washingtonville schools are closed because of inclement weather, the meeting is cancelled! 

Please also note that owing to security changes at the school, the front door will remain locked. We’ll position one of our members at the door to let people in until 5 or 10 minutes after the start of the meeting. Please try to arrive on time.


Presentation Chair

If you’re interested in making a presentation to our club, please contact Program Chair Alan Wells at A small stipend is available for nonmembers.

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