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One of the highlights of the birding year in New York is the
NY State Birders Conference and Annual Meeting of the New York State
Ornithological Association (NYSOA). This
event moves around the state from year to year, hosted by a NYSOA member
organization each fall. This year’s
conference will be in Kingston in the Hudson Valley, hosted by the Catskill
Center for Conservation and Development.
The annual conference features field trips, workshops, a papers session, keynote speaker and social events. Scheduled for September 13–15 at the Best Western Conference Center, this year’s gathering will focus on the Hudson Valley and the Catskills with field trips organized by the local John Burroughs Natural History Society. Fall songbird migration will be in full swing with warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and others winging their way south.
The keynote speaker at the Saturday banquet will be Nathan
Pieplow, speaking on “The Language of Birds.”Nathan
unlocks the secrets of this language—listening in on the pillow talk of
Red-winged Blackbirds, the signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found
food, and more. Nathan Pieplow is author
of the Peterson Guide to Bird Sounds.
A chance to bird at the Ashokan Reservoir (built a hundred
years ago by New York City), and a quiet walk along the streets of Historic
Kingston are two of the Friday afternoon activities. A weekend highlight will
be a Hudson River cruise scheduled for Friday evening. Participants will have a chance not only to
observe river birds, but also to enjoy views of historic Hudson River
lighthouses, waterfront mansions and other notable sites aboard the two-hour
Rip Van Winkle cruise. There is an extra cost for the cruise, so be sure to
sign up when you register for the conference.
Mark DeDea and the John Burroughs Natural History Society
have compiled an impressive list of outings for both Saturday and Sunday
mornings. Adventuresome souls please
come with kayak/canoe attire. No telling how warm or cool it will be, and be
aware – those hiking up Slide Mountain at 3am Sunday can possibly see
snowflakes! For those who would rather
not paddle or climb mountains, there are plenty of less strenuous yet high
quality bird walks to choose from along the Hudson River and surrounding areas,
as well as the Hawk Watch at the Mohonk Preserve.
Workshops will include sessions on the 2020 Breeding Bird
Atlas and creating a bird-friendly garden. Add to this a bird trivia game, a
papers session, vendors, book signings, and a raffle and this promises to be an
entertaining and educational weekend.
The annual NYSOA Council of Delegates meeting will be held
Saturday morning. Member organizations are encouraged to send their
representatives to be filled in on NYSOA’s activities over the past year and
future plans, and to participate in discussions and elections.
Act now! Early discounted
registration is available until August 2, and the discounted hotel rate is available until July 13. More information,
including registration materials and lodging, is available at www.catskillcenter.org/details
From Jessica Reker, SCA-Americorps Ecosystem Steward and Education Assistant, Minnewaska State Park Preserve—Sam’s Point Area:
Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve is looking for volunteers to help with its breeding bird survey. We are looking for some experienced birders who can identify birds by sound. The breeding bird survey at Sam’s Point is important to help us understand if the composition of breeding birds changes with fire, and the impacts fire has on breeding birds. Surveys are every Wednesday and Friday, starting Wednesday, May 9 and ending Friday, June 29. The surveys begin at 6:30 am, but we ask volunteers to arrive at 6 am in the Sam’s Point Parking Lot (400 Sam’s Point Road, Cragsmoor, NY 12420). The surveys are over by 10 am at the latest. Each day 8 sites will be surveyed; some sites are right off a footpath and others require going further off trail and may be more difficult for some to access.
If you’re interested in participating, please email Jessica Reker at email@example.com to be added to future emails about the survey.