COVID-19 Response Update, September 25, 2020: The HMBC Board has decided to cancel all club field trips until further notice. One possible exception to this may be the 2020 Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs). Guidance from the National Audubon Society indicates that the decision whether or not to hold each count is up to the individual count compilers, and NAS recommends waiting until after November 15th to make that decision based on the pandemic conditions at that time. Announcement of the status of the three HMBC CBCs will be made after that date.  HMBC virtual programs will continue via Zoom until further notice. We will continue to monitor New York State Executive Orders and guidance related to social-distancing requirements. As the details of orders and guidance are revised, we will re-evaluate whether or not to hold subsequent events. Please check frequently for any updates. 


Building the birding community in New York's Hudson-Mohawk Region

Posting your rare bird sighting on HM Birds is only the beginning. You also should find out if it should be reported to New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC).

Visit this NYSARC page to find out if your bird should be reported.

NYSARC's home page has links to reporting forms, information on making a report, and details on past rare bird sightings. These reports are an important contribution to understanding the movement and distribution of birds in New York and North America. Sometimes rarities do not get in the record even though many people have seen them, because no one has made the effort to report them.

Other Useful Links
How to write convincing details - A website where you can learn the basics for keeping field notes.
How to document your sightings - More useful information if you ever wish to report a sighting of a rare bird.

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