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New York State is uniquely situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River on North America's east coast. It thus enjoys the benefits of the north-south migrations of birds along the Atlantic flyway, a wide variety of habitats which attract an equally wide variety of breeding birds, and the state's proximity to areas from which birds irrupt into the state at certain times (i.e., finches and owls from the boreal woods of Canada occasionally visit New York in numbers during irruption years).

New York State's habitats range from the littoral areas of Long Island, (at some 100 miles long and extending from New York City to Montauk Point, the island attracts a wealth of shorebirds during migration, and tens of thousands of wintering waterfowl along its shores (eiders, Harlequin Ducks, all three scoter species, Razorbills); especially at such places as Montauk Point, Shinnecock Bay, Point Lookout, and Jamaica Bay); the Niagara frontier, Gull Capital of the U.S.A. (it is not unusual to find up to 12 species of gull at once here in late fall); the Adirondack region, including the vast state park of the same name, with its spruce, balsam fir and northern hardwood forests, (such boreal species as Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker nest here); the Finger Lakes region and the Champlain and Hudson valleys where agriculture is still very important and open farmland attracts the Eastern Bluebird (state bird of New York); Upland Sandpipers, Bobolinks, etc.; the Tug Hill plateau, a snowy winter wonderland where introduced Gray Partridge live and birders go to find Rough-legged Hawks, wintering owls, longspurs, and finches; to the Catskill Mountains, Delaware river valley, and many other beautiful areas. There are many National Wildlife Refuges, State and local Parks, and private preserves and refuges in the state.

Currently, 472 species of birds have been officially recorded in New York State, of which 243 have bred there. (See Bull's Birds of New York State, ed. by Emanuel Levine, pub. by Comstock)

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Bashakill WMA

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Bashakill Marsh is the largest fresh-water marsh in New York State. It is located on Route 17 in Sullivan County (exit Route 17 at Wurtsboro and take Route 209 south for 1.5 miles) about 72 miles from the George Washington Bridge in New York City. The best time to visit is during the Spring migration, May in particular. Breeding birds include hundreds of Wood Ducks, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue and Green Herons, American and Least Bitterns (the latter is uncommon) Osprey, Bald Eagle (there are nests of both visible with a scope from the boat launch on the east side of the marsh), Virginia Rail, Sora (not common), American Coot, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow, Alder, Least (and probably Acadian) Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed, Red-eyed, Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireos, Northern Rough-winged, Tree and Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Pine, Cerulean, Black-and-White, Worm-eating and Hooded Warblers, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Chipping, Field, Song and Swamp Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, etc. There is access from Route 209 via Haven Road which crosses the marsh. On the east side of the marsh turn left (north) on a dirt road to a parking area and bird the former railroad right-of-way north and south of the parking area.

Central Park

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Located in the center of Manhattan, this is the premiere birding site in the New York City area. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th century, the park is the jewel in the crown of New York City’s park system. During Spring migration (peaking in mid-May), it is possible to see over 25 species of warblers in one day. The most famous inhabitant of Central Park these days is Pale Male, the Red-tailed Hawk featured in Marie Winn’s Red-tails in Love. The hawk nested on a posh apartment house across Fifth Avenue which could be seen from the Conservatory Water at East 74th Street. Nesting species include all the more common species in the New York City area (Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Tufted Titmouse, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, etc.). The areas most frequented by birders in Central Park most of the year will be: the Ramble (the area of woodland just north of The Lake and accessed from entrances off of Central Park West opposite the American Museum of Natural History) which features bird feeders near Azalea Pond that attract birds year round; the areas around The Lake, such as Bow Bridge which connects the Ramble with Cherry Hill; Turtle Pond, situated just east of the Delacorte Theatre and north of the Belvedere; and the Shakespeare Garden, just west of the Belvedere. See the Central Park Conservancy’s web site for information about Central Park and for park maps. While there do see the rest of the southern half of the park with its Zoo, Bethseda Fountain, The Mall, and the Pond at the south-east corner. Note: I don’t recommend one enter the Ramble alone. It is best to travel in pairs or in a group. The New York City Audubon Society conducts guided birding tours of the park on a regular basis. See their web site for further information.

Doodletown Road

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This former town site was absorbed into Bear Mountain State Park and is located west of the Hudson River in Rockland County off of Route 9W. Personally, this is my favorite place to bird in New York State. Nesting species include Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Black and Turkey Vultures, Red-shouldered, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawks, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina, House, and Marsh Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-winged, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Cerulean, and Black-and-White Warblers, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping and Song Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. (Kentucky [rare], Cerulean and Hooded Warblers are highlights of this location.) If one also drives out to Iona Island (just opposite the Doodletown entrance on the other side of Route 9W, one could also add Virginia Rail, Fish Crow, Willow Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Tree and Barn Swallows, Red-winged Blackbird, Field and Swamp Sparrows to the day’s list. Just across the river on the Bear Mountain Bridge, Northern Ravens nest on Anthony’s Nose and Peregrine Falcons nest on the bridge itself. Hikers should be aware that Doodletown is one of the best locations for Timber Rattlesnake in New York (I see them there about once in every three trips – sunny days are best). Although poisonous, these are not aggressive snakes and I have never had a problem with them nor have I ever heard of anyone who has had a problem with them Just be aware of where you are stepping and you’ll be fine.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Located in southern Queens, this man-made refuge is situated on Cross Bay Boulevard and is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. It is one of the best birding sites in the New York City area (I personally have seen 236 species of birds there in my years of visiting the refuge) and can be visited all year round (Spring, late Summer and early Fall are best but Winter can be rewarding too). The habitat consists of salt marsh, brackish ponds, and wooded areas. The East Pond is normally accessible in the late Summer as the water is normally drawn down to create mud flats to encourage shorebirds to feed there. Boots are mandatory in order to access the East Pond at that time. The visitor’s center is located on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens and can be reached by taking the A train subway to Broad Channel station (walk north from the station to the entrance) or by the Q53 or Q21 busses.

Shawangunk Grasslands NWR

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Located in the Wallkill Valley in Ulster County, in the shadow of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, this refuge is a work in progress. A former top-secret CIA airfield, the property was given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999. It is currently (Sept 2011) closed to the public for habitat restoration (see website for announcements), however, one can still visit the area which is rich in birds. The refuge consists of grassland which is breeding habitat for Grasshopper, Savannah, Field and Song Sparrows, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlarks and other species. It is hoped that following restoration, Henslow’s Sparrow will return to the area (it formerly bred there). The refuge is also critical Winter habitat for Short-eared Owls (I once saw 12 of them there on a January day). The entrance to the refuge is located off Hoagerburgh Road (County Road 18) at Google coordinates 41.636727,-74.218998. Even though the refuge is closed at present, one can still view it from the north side from Galeville Park on Long Lane (take Hoagerburgh north from the refuge entrance to the next intersection and turn right (east) on Long Lane – Google coordinates 41.64331,-74.200037). A few hundred yards down Long Lane is an entrance to the park on the right. Scan the fields for Bobolinks (you can’t miss their calls – they sound like R2D2 from Star Wars) and Eastern Meadowlarks. One should visit nearby Blue Chip Farm just south of this location also on Hoagerburgh Road. Park on the east side of the road overlooking the fields (this is a thoroughbred horse breeding farm) (Google coordinates 41.629029,-74.226658) and scan the fields for Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and Upland Sandpiper, all of which breed here. If you can’t find the Upland Sandpipers from this location, go north on Hoagerburgh Road to the next intersection and turn right onto Bates Lane. Scan the fields on both sides for the Upland Sandpipers. Eastern Bluebirds and Savannah Sparrows also breed here. May is the ideal time for all the aforementioned birds but Winter is great too for owls and hawks (in irruption years many Rough-legged Hawks can be found hunting above the fields at Blue Chip Farm).

Contributor

John J. Collins

Former President - Queens County Bird Club

Raritan, NJ

jjcbird@verizon.net

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 490

As at August 2016

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Useful Reading

A Seasonal Guide to Bird Finding on Long Island

by Howard Barton 3rd & Patricia I Pelkowski, 1999, published by ECSS: Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long island. It was available from ECSS: Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787, 516-979-6344

Adirondack Birding

by John M.C. Peterson and Gary N. Lee, published by Adirondack Mountain Club, Lost Pond Press (2008)

Birds of New York State

Bob Bulliger and Gregory Kennedy 384 pages, col illus, map. Lone Pine Publishing 2005

ISBN: 1551053268

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Bull's Birds of New York State

The Federation of New York state Bird Clubs and the American Museum of Natural History Edited by Emanuel Levine 622 pages, 31 illus, 6 figs, 5 tabs, 7 maps. Cornell University Press 1998

ISBN: 0801434041

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Club George: the Diary of a Central Park Bird-watcher

By Bob Levy Published by Thomas Dunne Books, an Imprint of St. Martin?s Press Retail price $24.95, 369 pages, with 72 black and white photographs
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 0312341679

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National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: New York

Jonathan Alderfer Series: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STATE FIELD GUIDES TO BIRDS 272 pages, colour illus. National Geographic Society 2006

ISBN: 079225564X

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New York Wildlife Viewing Guide

by Frank Knight & Markly Wilson - Falcon Publishing Company (1998)

ISBN: 1560445130

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The New York City Audubon Society Guide to Finding Birds in the Metropolitan Area

256 pages (2001)

ISBN: 0801485657

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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State

Kevin J McGowan & Kimberley Corwin (Editors) Hardcover (2008) Comstock Publishing Associates

ISBN: 9780801447167

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Where to Find Birds in Cattaraugus County, New York

27 Sites from Allegany State Park to Zoar Valley Jeffrey M Reed 95 pages, b/w photos, illus, tabs, maps. American Birding Association 2000

Where to Find Birds in New York State: The Top 500 Sites

Susan Roney Drennan, Roger Tory PetersonPaperback - 499 pages (December 1981) Syracuse University Press - now rather out of date.

ISBN: 0815601735

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Useful Information

ABA Guides

See American Birding Association's website for a list of fieldguides for the state http://americanbirding.org/

Rare bird alerts (RBAs) for New York State

The rare bird alerts (RBAs) for New York State are as follows: Buffalo (716) 896-1271
Chautauqua County (716) 595-8250)
Finger Lakes (607) 254-2429
Hudson/Mohawk (518) 439-8080
New York City (212) 979-3070
Rochester (716) 425-4630
Syracuse (315) 637-0318

State Bird

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2008 [03 March] - Corey Finger - Birding Queens

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On Saturday, a mere two weeks after having moved into my new digs in Queens, I decided it was time for a major birding expedition. After a week of examining subway lines and bus schedules and checking weather reports I figured that a ride on the E or F subway lines to Woodside to catch the Q53 bus to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge…

2008 [03 March] - Corey Finger - Prospect Park

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This post is rather belated and the birding that will be described actually occurred last weekend. I’m not sure how I managed to not write about this particular birding outing yet as it had all the hallmarks of a successful trip…

2012 [04 April] - Colin Manville

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…After lunch we mooched on down to get the Staten Island ferry in order to view the Statue of Liberty. At Staten Island I managed a few gulls, some Brant and Canada Geese, and Bufflehead. Returning to Long Island a quick trot around Battery Park produced a couple of American Robin and a male Hairy Woodpecker. This sight-seeing business sure is tiring…

2012 [06 June] - Michael O'Brien - Birding Across America by Train

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...our three main destinations—New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the North Dakota prairie, and Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—each one rich in its own way, and each well worth its own separate trip...

2012 [06 June] - Wild Rossendale - Cape May & NYC

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...I was excited about seeing some of the common birds of America and the Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse all fulfilled expectations as they slowly all made their mark in the garden. We decided on a takeaway this evening and tried an American style Stromboli, sadly it was tasteless fodder....

2013 [09 September] - Tommy Holmgren - Cape May, Delaware and Jamaica Bay

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...We paid around 50 USD for a one-way-boat trip from Cape May – Lewes (including the car). The park is just five minutes from the ferry terminal. The nuthatch is easy to find! The area is also ok for warblers, flycatchers etc. The park wasn’t officially open when we arrived in the morning but a nice guy let us in anyway. If the park should be closed, it’s probably possible to see the nuthatch outside the fenced area as well...

2014 [06 June] - Michael O'Brien - Birding Across America by Train

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... In New York, our brief exploration of lowland deciduous forest near Albany was highlighted by simultaneous views of Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak—that’s a lot of color!..

2016 [05 May] - Jaap Westra - Birding Eastern North America

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I had birded the USA three times before (Washington State, Florida and Arizona), but this time I decided to take my wife and two sons (13 and 10) with me. We started in New York then travelled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York State to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and back...

Places to Stay

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Doctor's Inn B&B - Adirondack

Accommodation

Ideally located in the Adirondack Mountains, close to Lake Placid, the High Peaks and the Saranac chain of lakes, we offer a welcoming retreat to meet every need.

Farmington Inn B&B

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In conjunction with the Jamestown Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Farmington Inn along with several Chatauqua area B&Bs are offering an opportunity to view migration of raptors and hundreds of birds into and through Chautauqua County along Lakes Erie and Chautauqua. Led by renown birding expert Dick Miga the cost of this two night package is $215.00 per couple. The package includes a 2 night stay with two full breakfasts and a box lunch for the field experience on Sat with Mr.Miga…

Fox Ridge Farm B&B

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This large country home in a picturesque setting with expansive lawns and flower gardens sits along a quiet rural road near Skaneateles, eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes. Awake in the morning to the sound of birds singing and view wildlife from your bedroom window.

Organisations

Audubon New York

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Welcome to the website of Audubon New York, the state program of the National Audubon Society and formerly National Audubon Society of New York State. We are currently updating our look and new pages will be added over the next year as our home page continues to evolve.

Audubon in New York

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Local chapter addresses, etc.

Audubon Society of the Capital Region

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The Mission of Capital Region Audubon Society is to conserve and protect birds and wildlife habitat through advocacy and education…

Bedford Audubon Society

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The Bedford Audubon Society, Inc. is a locally based 1,000 member chapter of the 550,000 member National Audubon Society. Founded in Bedford, New York on February 13, 1913 , today BAS services much of northern Westchester and Putnam Counties in southeastern New York. It is this organization`s mission to promote environmental education, grass-roots activism, public and private conservation efforts, preservation and protection of open space. To date Bedford Audubon Society owns and manages 558 acres of land at three sanctuaries, all located in northeastern Westchester County. Sanctuaries are open to the general public dawn to dusk and admission is free.

Bronx River - Sound Shore Audubon Society

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The Bronx River - Sound Shore Audubon Society (formerly Scarsdale Audubon) is a New York chapter of the National Audubon Society….

Brooklyn Bird Club

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The Brooklyn Bird Club was founded in 1909 by Dr. Edward Vietor, and currently has over 150 active members. Our mission is to promote birdwatching in Brooklyn and beyond: to bring birders of different skill levels together to share in the enjoyment of birding; to educate the community about birds and our natural world; to foster an appreciation and respect of our local natural resources, and the wild creatures we co-exist with our members range from novice birders to skilled naturalists, in all age groups.

Buffalo Ornithological Society

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The BOS was formed on November 13, 1929. The Society's focus is field ornithology of western New York (Kingbird Region 1) and nearby Ontario, Canada. The society offers guided field trips, twice-monthly meetings, and publishes a monthly newsletter, The Prothonotary, that reports on noteworthy records and includes articles of local birding interest. Enjoy your visit…

Buffalo Audubon Society

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Serving the communities of Western New York State. Erie County, Wyoming County, Niagara County, Cattaraugus County, Allegany County, Chautauqua County, Orleans County, Genesee County.

Central Westchester Audubon Society

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The Central Westchester Audubon Society is about birds, as its name suggests, but it is also about education: education for our neighbors and community about what birds, animals, rivers and streams, trees and plants mean to the Earth and our own lives and to the future of the Earth we all live on. We Serve Elmsford, Greenburgh, Harrison, Rye, Rye Brook, Port Chester, Purchase and White Plains

Chemung Valley Audubon Society

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https://www.facebook.com/chemungvalleyaudubon for the Facebook Page. The Chemung Valley Audubon Society was founded March 27, 1950 and became a member of the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs and an affiliate of the National Audubon Societyand the State of New York Audubon. Since its inception CVAS has conducted annual Christmas Bird Counts, and monitored bird populations in the Chemung Valley of New York. From 1980-1985 CVAS conducted the New York Breeding Bird Atlas project for Chemung County, in conjunction with the Federation Of New York State Bird Clubs and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. The club purchased the Gleason Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in 1989. Today the club boasts more than 400 members throughout the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York and continues its active participation in conservation efforts, through its affiliation with the New York State Audubon Society…

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

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The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society covers the northern Catskill Mountain and upper Susquehanna River region of New York State. The organization is dedicated to the natural environment, with activities focused on protection and maintenance of ecological systems, wise use and conservation of natural resources, and environmental quality improvement…

Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

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Serving the communities of Southampton, East Hampton, Western Riverhead, Brookhaven. Our vision is to be an inspiration for all of those who feel a sense of kinship for Long Island by instilling in the local community a renewed wonder and appreciation for the natural world, and thereby a commitment to be, forever, stewards and protectors of the environment we call home…

Eaton Birding Society

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The Eaton Birding Society, Inc. was organised in 1932 in the name of Elon Howard Eaton, professor of biology and ornithology at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. The mission of the organisation is to promote the appreciation of birds and nature through educational programs, monthly meetings, field trips, and financial support of projects relating to ecological enhancement.

Four Harbors Audubon Society

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Four Harbors Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. This chapter serves the towns of Centereach, Coram, East Setauket, Farmingville, Kings Park, Lake Grove Middle Island, Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Ridge, Rocky Point, Saint James, Selden, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, and Stony Brook…

Genesee Valley Audubon Society

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Serving the communities of Western New York State in Monroe County and parts of Genesee, Livingston and Ontario Counties…

Great South Bay Audubon Society

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The primary mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for native birds and other native wildlife…

Hudson River Audubon Society of Westchester

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This guide documents 361 species of birds that have been identified in Westchester County, New York. It is a compilation of other checklists and rare bird reports. The names of the birds and their taxonomic arrangement in this guide follow that of the 7th Edition of the American Ornithologists` Union Check-list of North American Birds (1998)…

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

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Our club is devoted to field birding and the appreciation of wild birds. We have approximately 375 members and cover the greater capital region of New York State. This includes the 11-county area surrounding Albany and is defined as Region 8 by the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs. The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is a charter member of the Federation of NYS Bird Clubs. We actively support the work of conservation organisations and other bird groups.

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

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Huntington Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Huntington township and neighboring Oyster Bay and Jericho areas…

Jamestown Audubon Society

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The Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, located on the 600-acre Burgeson Wildlife Sanctuary, is a project of the Jamestown Audubon Society whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the natural world and to encourage and practice environmental stewardship…

Kirkland Bird Club

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Linnaean Society of New York

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Founded in 1878 by a group of eminent amateur naturalists, the Society is one of the nation's oldest birding organizations. Today, our members are a group of diverse people who share an active interest in observing and learning about the natural environment of New York City and environs, with a particular emphasis on the resident and migratory birdlife of the area. Our public lectures, meetings and membership are open to persons with an active interest in ornithology, natural science and conservation. The Society's programs and field trips offer opportunities for learning and enjoyment. For the 2010-11 season, we are running 56 field trips, mostly focused on birds, both locally and further afield. Our evening speaker programs are held twice a month at the American Museum of Natural History from September to May. We co-sponsor the New York City Rare Bird Alert. Please visit our website for more details…

Nature Conservatory in New York

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New York is a state of unique beauty and biodiversity. The ecosystems it harbors range from beaches, bays and woodlands to forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands and fens. The Hudson Valley's bobcat, Peconic Estuary's eelgrass, and Neversink River's dwarf wedgemussel are among the plants and animals sheltered by these rich expanses of land and water…

New York City Audubon Society

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In 1979 the New York City Audubon Society (NYCAS) was founded by twenty-seven dedicated National Audubon members who believed that a voice was needed for New York City`s natural environment. Pioneering the protection of grasslands, woodlands, wetlands and wildlife throughout the five boroughs, the new chapter addressed the critical task of preserving New York City`s natural habitats. That small beginning grew to a membership of over 8,000 environmentally-committed city residents, becoming the largest of National Audubon Society`s 518 chapters.

New York State Avian Records Committee

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This report marks the return to annual reporting by the NYSARC. Aside from getting this report out on time there are several positive items to mention. During 1987, after several mail ballots, a portion of the committee met and was able to resolve all past NYSARC reports so that there currently are no unresolved records. This past year was also one of stability with no changes in the committee during 1988. Finally, we are most pleased to report that progress is being made on the checklist of the birds of New York State. We hope to have the final product available within the year.

New York Fish & Wildlife Service

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Local offices, refuges, etc.

New York State Blue Bird Society

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The New York State Bluebird Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis); our state bird. It is our mission to: monitor and increase production of Eastern Bluebirds and certain other cavity nesting birds through a state-wide nest-box program; educate or inform people of New York on the ecology and management of Eastern Bluebirds; conduct research on bluebirds and bluebird habitat selection, including nest box preference studies; co-operate and co-ordinate with other organisations with purposes similar to those set forth above…

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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A truly comprehensive site… as good as any government site anywhere…

New York State Ornithological Association

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The NYSOA is made up of more than forty bird clubs with a combined membership of over 20,000 birders, and is governed by a council of delegates representing those clubs. Membership is also available to individuals who are interested in the aims and activities of the Federation, regardless of whether or not they are a member of a bird club.

North Fork Audubon

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PO Box 973, Mattituck, NY 11952 - Diana Van Buren, President

North Shore Audubon Society

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Formerly Lyman Langdon Audubon Society. Protecting our precious environment and the humans, birds and other animals therein.

Northern Catskills Audubon Society

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NCAS is home to the RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary. This wonderful sanctuary includes a tidal swamp, the RamsHorn Creek connecting with the Hudson River, a marsh, and hardwood forest. A 3 mile, self-guiding trail leads the visitor through representative habitats. Also, the Northern Catskills are home to the newly-split species, Bicknell's Thrush. This neotropical migrant nests above 3000 feet and we have 2 of the highest Catskill peaks within our chapter's area.

Northern New York Audubon

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An Audubon Chapter Site for local information and society programmes etc.

Old Erie Audubon Society

8315 Pennystreet Road, Rome, NY 13440, 315-339-2097 - Bruce and Cindy Carpenter, President

Onondaga Audubon Society

Website

Another local chapter site as good as very many.. reports, club meetings, birdathons etc.

Orange County Audubon Society

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Membership in our chapter alone is $10.00 a year which entitles you to the Orange Owl newsletter, which is currently published three times a year, and also the list of our scheduled field trips.

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society

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The Blue-winged Warbler was incorporated in the PHAS logo because this pretty bird is common in Putnam County while being uncommon in much of its North American range…

Queens County Bird Club

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Lectures, meetings, field trips etc. e.g. This is a slide lecture presentation by the Hudsonian Science Director about the natural history, science and policy of an invasive plant, the purple loosestrife. Erik Kiviat has been studying the ecology of purple loosestrife for about 30 years and is currently documenting wildlife interaction with this plant in Westchester County and New York City. Hudsonia would like to hear about the birds, insects and wildlife that we may have observed on this plant, and we are being asked to please bring all relevant field notes…

Rochester Birding Association

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Welcome to home page of the Rochester Birding Association, RBA, located in Rochester, NY on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

Rockland Audubon Society

Website

A non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of nature and the preservation of a healthy environment. An Audubon Chapter Site for local information and society programmes etc.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

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The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History can trace its roots to 1975 when M. Lorimer Moe, a longtime friend of Peterson's, formed a committee along with John D. Hamilton (President of the Gebbie Foundation of Jamestown, New York) and several other community members to plan an organization to honor Jamestown's most famous son. In 1984 the Institute was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the I.R.S. and received a Provisional Charter as an educational institution from the University of the State New York…

Saw Mill River Audubon Society

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Saw Mill River Audubon Society is one of five chapters of the National Audubon Society in Westchester County, New York just north of New York City. We offer a variety of free public programs and field trips, eight local wildlife sanctuaries, and environmental classroom programs for students from pre-school through college.

South Shore Audubon Society

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Serving the southern half of Long Island`s Nassau County.The mission of South Shore Audubon Society is to promote environmental education, and preserve and restore our environment, through responsible activism, for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

Southern Adirondack Audubon

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The Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) is a local organisation whose primary goal is to protect the environment by preserving natural habitats and promoting environmental education. SAAS membership is drawn from Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties…

Sullivan County Audubon Society

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An Audubon Chapter Site for local information and society programmes etc.

Observatories

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

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Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (BBBO) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study of avian migration and stopover ecology through research and education. A majority of the research is currently conducted at the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station which is on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the Braddock Bay area, just west of Rochester, New York. This area is a focal point of bird activity, especially during spring and fall migrations when it is possible to see over 130 species of songbirds.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory

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Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario in Oswego County New York, Derby Hill Bird Observatory is internationally recognized for spring hawk migration. More than 40,000 hawks are counted annually on average… +Daily Count Summaries…

Museums

American Museum of Natural History

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The Department of Ornithology maintains the world's largest collection of birds, with 99% of living species represented by skins, skeletons, nests, eggs, or anatomical preparations. Researchers in the Department investigate the evolution, biogeography, systematics, and classification of birds throughout the world. This entails field expeditions as well as morphological and molecular studies undertaken in the Museum's laboratories.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (Ithaca, NY)

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/

A full description of this site appears elsewhere as it is one of the premier resource sites of the world. It is echoed on this page as it is located in New York.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

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The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History can trace its roots to 1975 when M. Lorimer Moe, a longtime friend of Peterson's, formed a committee along with John D. Hamilton (President of the Gebbie Foundation of Jamestown, New York) and several other community members to plan an organization to honor Jamestown's most famous son. In 1984 the Institute was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the I.R.S. and received a Provisional Charter as an educational institution from the University of the State New York…

Reserves

Berkshire Bird Paradise

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The Berkshiire Bird Paradise is a bird sanctuary for disabled and injured birds. We strive to give them a safe haven to live thrive and rehabilitate as best they can. We are dedicated to educating people to recognize the beauty of Nature's world which surrounds our busy lives. We are all part of the web of life and all life is precious.

Constitution Marsh Sanctuary & Audubon Center

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Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, a unique 270 acre tidal marsh has been managed by the National Audubon Society since 1970. This sanctuary is located on the east shore of the Hudson, and is directly opposite the West Point Military Academy.

Gateway NRA

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(home of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge) At the entrance to the New York/New Jersey estuary, two arms of land stretch across the water forming a natural gateway to the US's greatest port. It is from this gate that the Gateway National Recreation Area takes its name. Established on October 27, 1972 as America's first urban national park, Gateway provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors in the Eastern United States' most densely populated area.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Farm

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Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Farm was started in 1983 by Rosemary and Milt Miner with two call ducks. It is a family owned, not-for-profit bird sanctuary and is the largest waterfowl park in the northeastern United States with over 300 birds. The natural habitat has the two largest covered aviaries in the world and is located in northeastern Cattaraugus County in New York State, southeast of Buffalo, NewYork.

Lake Champlain Birding Trail

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This trail is nearly 300 miles long and covers the Lake Champlain basin in both New York and Vermont. There are some truly beautiful places along the trail (the Adirondack Mountains of New York are the backdrop when the lake is viewed from Vermont and the Green Mountains of Vermont are the backdrop when viewed from the New York side).

Montezuma NWR

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge lies at the north end of Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Located 5 miles (8 kilometres) east of Seneca Falls, and 10 miles (16 kilometres) west of Auburn on routes 5 and 20, in Seneca, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties, Montezuma Refuge serves as a major resting area for waterfowl and other water birds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in north-eastern and east-central Canada.

Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary & Center

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Two of the sanctuaries of the National Audubon Society of New York State are Buttercup Farm Sanctuary, a 500 acre parcel in Duchess County, and Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary, a 1,037 acre sanctuary in Columbia County.

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary

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The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, the first National Audubon Society sanctuary, provides creative environmental and natural science education, practices effective stewardship of the Sanctuary's birds, wildlife, and natural habitats; conducts wildlife research - focusing on birds; and fosters appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world as a part of people's daily lives.

Forums & Mailing Lists

CayugaBirds-L

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - Discussion of birds in upstate New York

eBirds NYC

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Discussion of birds in the NYC area. To subscribe go to the website and find more info along with the latest Rare Bird Alerts for the NYC Area and the east end of Long Island… Island.

Genesee Valley Birds

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - Discussion of birds in the Genesee Valley of New York

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - This group is mainly for reports of birds in the eleven counties surrounding Albany, NY. Unusual extralimital reports are also welcome.

Northern NY Birds

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - A discussion area for amateur to expert birders to report rare, unusual, or simply interesting bird sightings in Northeastern NY. This would include the Adirondacks, St. Lawrence, Tug Hill, Eastern Lake Ontario, and Lake Champlain areas. Loosely, anywhere east of Lake Ontario/I-81 and north of I-90. Relevant cross-postings from neighboring groups are also encouraged.

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Mailing List – Discussion Group Discussion of birds in central New York state

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - Bird sightings and discussion about birds for area around Otsego & Schoharie countys of New York.

Blogs

10,000 Birds

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A BLOG from a couple of Bronx Birders…

Birding Dude

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I am a beginning naturalist, who through my work of building a backyard habitat for birds and butterflies have taken up observing birds, insects, reptiles and plants…

Birding in the NYC Area

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Interested in nature with a focus on birding and astronomy. Current project is a visual hunt for novae or exploding stars in the galaxy from New York City. Got hooked on discovering things while birding and found that the hunt for novae in NYC is right up my alley…

Birds, Words, & Websites

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Laura Kammermeier is nothing if not well-rounded in her field. As a freelance writer and new media consultant, she specializes in nature, travel, and birding, and is an accomplished online content strategist and web producer. Laura is also Marketing and Destinations Manager for Birding Adventures TV…

Bluebird of Friendliness

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Follow the birding and nature adventures of a young woman in New York City…

City Island Birds 

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Birds and birding in City Island and Pelham Bay Park, New York City - Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species.

Confessions of a Reluctant Birder

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Jennifer Schlick… …is a naturalist living and working in Western New York. After working ten years at an Audubon Center I decided I want to become a bird bander. Squeezing the training in between work and a home life isn't easy, but it sure is rewarding.

Local Exploration – Derrick Eidam

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Brought to you by Eidam Photography - A blog devoted to local hiking, photography, and wildlife sightings in and around Dutchess County, New York…

Naturefied

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A blog dedicated to nature with a focus on birds and birding. I will share adventures and photos in my posts. Some posts will be informative, others fun and lighthearted…

The Birders Report

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Attract Wild Birds To Your Backyard Like Never Before…

The City Birder

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Rob J - Computer troubleshooting is my job, birds and nature are my passion. A blog with excellent photographs…

The Zen Birdfeeder

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The Zen Birdfeeder focuses on the birds and other nature we find in our own yards and the principles of Attention, Acceptance, and Responsibility…

Wanderer's Apprentice

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Drew is a photographer and naturalist dedicated to sharing his experiences through photographs and writing. He has recently moved to Ithaca, NY and is exploring the local region and the world beyond…

Warblings

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Chronicles of high school bird watching….

Other Links

A Birds Home

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Our Commitment: We are a family-owned and operated business that developed out of a love of wildlife and our natural environment. With habitat encroachment as a cruel reality of our ever-changing world, providing nesting sites and feeders for a variety of birds and other flying animals can contribute to the security and protection of many species…

Angus Wilson (Ocean Wanderer)

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This site is dedicated to spreading information about bird identification, migration, systematics and conservation. There is likely to be heavy emphasis on the seabirds (shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses etc.); gulls and shorebirds (waders) of the world, however a few passerines might squeak in!

Birding in the Adirondacks

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Wild and civilized by turns, the Adirondacks are an immense blue and green space in which to relax, play and plot an adventure. This region in Northern New York contains 3,000 ponds and lakes, 2,000 miles of hiking trails, more four-star resorts than any other destination in the state, nearly 100 campgrounds and, of course, the Adirondack Mountains.

Birds of Western New York

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The Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation are directed by Dr Michael Noonan, Professor of Biology at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York (USA). As an scholar, his research focuses on the welfare and behavior of animals held in zoological institutions. Most recently, his projects have investigated social-cognition in captive killer whales. His teaching responsibilities are centered in the Canisius College Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation Program…

Braddock Bay Raptor Research

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We are Braddock Bay Raptor Research, an organization dedicated to educating the public on the important role that birds of prey play in our environment. Every year we monitor both the spring and fall migration of raptors through the Braddock Bay region located just north of Rochester, NY. Braddock Bay sits along an important stretch of land that funnels raptors around the southern edge of Lake Ontario. Our location is one of the prime locations to witness the migration of an exceptional number of species of raptors.

Breeding Birds Of Otselic

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…list of birds seen in the Otselic area (includes surrounding Lincklaen, Pitcher, Pharsalia etc.) since 1980. Spring and fall migrations swell the number of local species with migrants. Late May and early June is the period when the largest number of species can be found in the Otselic Valley…

Carson Optical

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Whether you're indoors or out, Carson has the right optic for any situation, at the right price!

Checklist - Birds of New York

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City Island Birds

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Welcome to City Island Birds. I created this website because this area of New York City is little known and underutilized by birdwatchers and other nature lovers. Pelham Bay Park, with its woods and wetlands is a critical stopover and nesting area to many migratory species…

Fire Island

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On a barrier beach, off the south shore of Long Island, NY. We`re about midway along Long Island, slightly west of due south from New Haven CT.

Long Island Birding

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This site is about Long Island birdwatching and birders. It's an exciting hobby and Long Island offers wonderful places to bird and wonderful birds to see. I hope this site will be fun and informative, and that you will enjoy your visits here!

New York Birds

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Showcasing Birds of Interest in the Tri-state Area…

New York City Birds

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Birding locations and identification issues related to birds and birders in the New York City metro area…

New York State Breeding Bird Atlas Project

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Your help is needed! Volunteer birders are needed statewide to participate in New York State`s second Breeding Bird Atlas. The Atlas will provide updated information on the state`s breeding birds for conservation, education and planning. Atlasers will visit various habitats within assigned 5x5km (about 3x3 mile) blocks and will record evidence of breeding for as many species as possible.

Niagara Birding

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The Niagara Frontier provides habitat for a large variety of birds. Recently the Niagara River and the neighbouring lake shoreline have been named an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.

NYS eBird Hotspots

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NYS eBird hotspots setup for easy access to features…

Phil Jeffrey's Birding Page

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Birding, bird photography and trip reports from the NYC area and beyond…

Songs & Calls of NY State Birds

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Very nicely presented (award winning) site… bird calls activated by pictures makes it very user friendly.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - James Coe

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James Coe is best known as author and illustrator of the Golden field guide, Eastern Birds.© He has contributed illustrations to numerous other field guides, including the Macmillan guide Birds of North America: Western Region and Birds of New Guinea, and to Frank Gill's widely-used college textbook Ornithology. His paintings have been published on the covers of Sanctuary, Bird Watcher's Digest, and The Auk, professional journal of the American Ornithologist's Union…

Artist - Tom Lenweaver

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Showcasing the online portfolio of illustrations, commercial design, logotypes, web site design, commissioned paintings and drawings plus many of the colorful and beautiful wildlife art pieces in his collection.

Photographer - Cal Vornberger

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I specialize in photographing wildlife (mostly birds) in the New York City Metropolitan Area. New York City's Central Park is a great place for birding and bird photography.

Photographer - Lloyd Spitalnik

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Photos of birds , bugs, and other wildlife with a NYC area bias…

Photographer - Phil Jeffrey

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Most photographs taken in NYC…