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 hmbc.net frequently for any updates.
HUDSON-MOHAWK BIRD CLUB
Building the birding community in New York's Hudson-Mohawk Region
Our club is devoted to field birding and the appreciation of wild birds. We have more than 300 members and cover the greater Capital Region of New York State. This includes the 11-county area surrounding Albany, which is Region 8 of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is a charter member of NYSOA. We actively support the work of conservation organizations and other birding groups.
The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club got its start as the Schenectady Bird Club in 1939. The organization served birders not only in Schenectady and Scotia, but Albany and Troy as well. As time passed, the Club claimed the surrounding Capital District as its territory. In 1969, the name was changed to reflect the broader geographical interest of the club. Centered at the confluence of the state's two largest rivers, HMBC stands ready to serve those who have an interest in the appreciation of wildlife.
The Club sponsors numerous field trips, both local and out of the area. The public is welcome on all local trips, but out-of-area and some special trips are for members only. The Field Trip Schedule is on the Club's Calendar. For further information click here .
Monthly programs are open to the public. HMBC programs are now held at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. Programs begin at 7PM. Upcoming programs are listed on the Club's Calendar.
We publish Feathers, a bi-monthly newsletter for members, a regional field checklist, and a regional bird-finding book Birding New York’s Hudson Mohawk Region.
The Club sponsors the Group HMBirds which provides a forum to report recent sightings and discuss timely issues important to birders. The group currently has about 500 members.
HMBC owns and operates the 100+ acre Henry Gerber Reist Sanctuary off St. David's Lane in Niskayuna, New York.