About our Club

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.

Field Trips

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, and we have developed a regional field checklist. .


HMBC runs a birding hotline Birdline of Eastern New York. You can submit reports by e-mail to birdline@hmbc.net . Summaries are posted on this site and broadcast weekly on HMBirds, NYSBIRDS-L, and BIRDEAST. The Birdline answering machine has been discontinued.


The Club sponsors the Yahoo! Group HMBirds which provides a forum to report recent sightings and discuss timely issues important to birders. The group currently has about 500 members. This website's feed from HMBirds (see right side of the page) is updated once per hour.

Reist Sanctuary

HMBC owns and operates the 100+ acre Henry Gerber Reist Sanctuary off St. David's Lane in Niskayuna, New York.