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Field Trips and Programs

    • 28 May 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet at Saratoga County Airport

    Saturday, May 28, FOX HILL RD. (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Hershey 518-371-3114 hersheyj@nycap.rr.com

    On this trip we will travel through the remote forested and wetland areas along Desolation Lake Rd. and Fox Hill Rd. in Saratoga County. We will bird from the roadside, and explore areas recently acquired by New York State for conservation and recreation. Higher elevation breeders will be the main target. As many as 15 or more breeding warbler species are possible including Nashville, Canada, and Mourning Warbler. Other breeding species that have been seen in the past include American Bittern, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, and Swainson’s Thrush.

    Because we will be birding from the road, it will be necessary to share vehicles and to limit the number of participants to 16. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Contact the coordinator for reservations, and other information.

    Meet at the Saratoga County Airport parking lot off Geyser Rd. at 7:30 a.m.

    • 29 May 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Sunday, May 29, BEGINNING BIRDER WORKSHOP -- SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND BATTLEFIELD (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinators: Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552 (GR, c) gregg.recer@gmail.com

    Saratoga Battlefield is a great location to learn many of the common grassland and open-country breeding species of the region such as Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah and Field Sparrows, American Kestrel, Eastern Towhee, and several wood-warbler species. We will cover some of the park trails on foot, as well as bird from the one-way tour road, and can expect to spend the entire morning.

    This trip will be geared toward novice birders, but all are welcome.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot near the park’s visitor center off SR 32.

    • 5 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet in West Sand Lake

    Sunday, June 5, CHERRY PLAIN SP (Rensselaer County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    Cherry Plain State Park is situated on the Rensselaer Plateau of the Capital District. The relatively high elevation, cool climate and a variety of forested and wetland habitats make this a good area for northern species. Nesting species include Least Flycatcher, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Common Raven, Broad-winged Hawk, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-White and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Veery, Hermit Thrush and Winter Wren also nest here.

    Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Hannaford parking lot on the right side of Route 43, just past the intersection of Route 150 in West Sand Lake, to carpool to the park.


    • 6 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Delmar - Also available on Zoom

    Digital Darkroom Workshop: Getting more out of your photos

    This event will be held in-person at Five Rivers in Delmar, and will also be available live via Zoom.

    Digital technology has revolutionized photography in a lot of ways. One of the most striking examples is that now practically anybody with a computer or smart phone can re-touch their own photos in a matter of minutes -- something that, in the film era, might have taken weeks through a lab, and was only realistically available to professional photographers. This workshop will provide numerous examples of simple computer tools (primarily Adobe Lightroom) to help adjust and improve many aspects of digital images such as framing, exposure, contrast, shadows, sharpening, noise, white balance, etc. The emphasis will be on getting the most information out of bird photos, but will also touch on landscapes and "animal-in-habitat" images.

    Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He considers himself a "birding photographer" rather than an artist, using the camera primarily as a birding tool. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members since 1989.


    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Amsterdam

    Saturday, June 11, STRAWBERRY FIELDS NATURE PRESERVE (Montgomery County; morning)

    Coordinators: Ellen Pemrick 518-366-5360 lnmp@nycap.rr.com; John Loz 518-708-7825 jjjazz5@hotmail.com

    Strawberry Fields is located on Cranes Hollow Road in the Town of Amsterdam. It includes a nature preserve protected under a conservation easement with MHLC, a family home, and a working farm, and features 2.5 miles of trails through fields and forest. Birds found here include Bobolink, Eastern Bluebird, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat and Ovenbird. We’ll walk the trails and see what turns up. Be prepared for possible wet or muddy conditions and tall grass.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the designated parking area at the preserve.

    Directions can be found at the MHLC website.

    • 22 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

    Monday August 22- Wednesday August 24, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner scottjstoner@aol.com

    The Common Nighthawk is perhaps best referred to as the "Uncommon Nighthawk" as this dusk-and dawn-feeding aerial insectivore sadly is in decline. Although it breeds throughout much of North America, it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long- distance migrant, Common Nighthawks travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Although numbers on individual nights are unpredictable, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September. Once again, HMBC will be viewing and counting any nighthawks that pass overhead for three evenings in late August.

    Meet at the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. Please check the HMBC website before the trip for current COVID-19 requirements in effect at that time. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m. and count until at least 7:30 PM.


    • 23 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

    Monday August 22- Wednesday August 24, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner scottjstoner@aol.com

    The Common Nighthawk is perhaps best referred to as the "Uncommon Nighthawk" as this dusk-and dawn-feeding aerial insectivore sadly is in decline. Although it breeds throughout much of North America, it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long- distance migrant, Common Nighthawks travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Although numbers on individual nights are unpredictable, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September. Once again, HMBC will be viewing and counting any nighthawks that pass overhead for three evenings in late August.

    Meet at the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. Please check the HMBC website before the trip for current COVID-19 requirements in effect at that time. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m. and count until at least 7:30 PM.


    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

    Monday August 22- Wednesday August 24, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

    Coordinators: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner scottjstoner@aol.com

    The Common Nighthawk is perhaps best referred to as the "Uncommon Nighthawk" as this dusk-and dawn-feeding aerial insectivore sadly is in decline. Although it breeds throughout much of North America, it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long- distance migrant, Common Nighthawks travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Although numbers on individual nights are unpredictable, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September. Once again, HMBC will be viewing and counting any nighthawks that pass overhead for three evenings in late August.

    Meet at the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. Please check the HMBC website before the trip for current COVID-19 requirements in effect at that time. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m. and count until at least 7:30 PM.


    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cohoes/Waterford

    Sunday, August 28, PEEBLES ISLAND STATE PARK/COHOES FLATS (Saratoga/Albany Counties; morning)

    Coordinator: John Hershey 518-371-3114 hersheyj@nycap.rr.com

    The wooded areas of Peebles Island are good for seeing a variety of songbirds. The river area and rocky flats around the island are usually good for Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Bald Eagle as well as shorebirds, herons, egrets, Chimney Swifts and ducks. From the meeting place, we will check out the Cohoes Flats and then consolidate vehicles before proceeding to Peebles Island since there is a fee for each car entering.

    Meet at the NY State Dam Recreation area behind the U-Haul Rental in Cohoes at 8:30 a.m. From 787 going north, turn right onto Route 470 (Ontario Street) in Cohoes. Then turn left onto Clark Ave. and proceed to the end.

    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Colonie

    Saturday, September 3, ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: Tristan Lowery 646-323-8914 tristanlowery@gmail.com

    Albany Rural Cemetery in the Town of Colonie is one of the most historic burial grounds in the United States – and it’s also a great place for birding in a beautifully-landscaped, park-like setting. 

    We’ll visit Albany Rural Cemetery at the very onset of the peak weeks for fall songbird migration, so a variety of southbound warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers may be possible, in addition to many year-round species. Depending on where the birding takes us along the cemetery’s meandering trails, we may also find ourselves by the graves of such national and local luminaries as 21st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur, Erastus Corning and Erastus Corning 2nd, Daniel Manning, Erastus Dow Palmer, Stephen Van Rensselaer, and Thurlow Weed. 

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the cemetery chapel and mausoleum. From Broadway (NY-32) HEADING north through Menands, turn left onto Cemetery Avenue at the prominent Albany Rural Cemetery gate. Continue west on Cemetery Avenue, keeping right at the St. Agnes Cemetery gate and continue past the Albany Rural Cemetery office to the chapel. There is adequate visitor parking at the chapel.


    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Saturday, September 10, HAND HOLLOW CONSERVATION AREA (Columbia County; morning)

    Coordinator: Marian Sole 203-710-9096 mrnsole7@gmail.com

    Columbia Land Conservancy owns and manages 433 acres at Hand Hollow Conservation Area for the protection of wildlife and open space. The property has an active beaver pond and two lakes, and trails that pass by ponds, creeks, wet meadows and a hemlock ravine. We will be looking for migrant songbirds as well as lingering residents.

    Meet 8:00 am at the parking lot. From the intersection of Route 22 and 20 in New Lebanon, take US 20 4.5 miles to CR 9. Take CR 9 south 1.2 miles and turn west (right) into a parking lot at the farmhouse just past the pond.


    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center

    Sunday, September 11, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@gmail.com

    Come explore the Karner Barrens East unit of Albany Pine Bush Preserve, via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune overlook trail. We will be looking for warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. The dune overlook trail has a moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three-mile loop. Take proper precautions to avoid ticks.

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany.


    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom, watch for email with link

    American woodcock ecology and management in the Northeast USA

    The American woodcock, or Timberdoodle, is an upland shorebird that thrives in young forests of the Northeast, USA. During the last decade, much research and management has been conducted to better understand aspects of woodcock ecology and to help conserve declining woodcock populations. On Monday, September 12th 2022, Dr. Roger J. Masse will provide an overview of woodcock ecology and management to the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club starting at 6:30 p.m. Among other things, this virtual presentation will outline studies he has been involved with related to behavior and management of these peculiar birds. He will also discuss the benefit of woodcock habitat management for other young forest birds.

    Dr. Masse currently works as an Associate Professor of Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from University of Vermont (2007), a Master of Science degree in natural resources from Delaware State University (2009), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental science from University of Rhode Island (URI; 2014). During these years, a common theme of his education was applied, field-studies of birds. He conducted extensive studies related to American woodcock ecology while at URI and has maintained an interest in this species ever since. Dr. Masse routinely incorporates woodcock capture and banding activities into the courses he teaches at SUNY Cobleskill, and he works with interested undergraduates to conduct Independent Projects related to woodcock and other species.






    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville

    Saturday, September 17, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@gmail.com

    We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, and sparrows and warblers can also be found along the trails around the overlook.

    Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the upper level of the overlook at John Boyd Thacher Park in Voorheesville.

    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saratoga Springs

    Sunday, September 18, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill, and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.

    Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so please be prompt.


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stuyvesant

    Saturday, September 24, NUTTEN HOOK (Columbia County, morning)

    Coordinator: Kathy Schneider 518-248-8665 fallline@nycap.rr.com

    Nutten Hook is part of Stockport Flats, a Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve site in Colombia County. The area includes the remains of the largest icehouse on the Hudson as well as a loop trail that borders the river for a quarter mile. The return path cuts inland through oak woods, abandoned farmland, and tidal marshes. Bald Eagles and early fall migrants are expected.

    Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area by the pavilion, which is west of the railroad tracks, and the buildings on Ice House Rd. Ice House Rd. is off Route 9J in Stuyvesant.


    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Schenectady

    Sunday, September 25, WOODLAWN PRESERVE (Schenectady County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com & James Taft

    The Woodlawn Preserve is in the Southeast corner of Schenectady County abutting the western edge of the Pine Bush. The area contains a flood control pond, forested sand dunes and general wetland habitat. Trips in prior years have seen migrating warblers and sparrows. The pond may attract various waterfowl.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of Petsmart in Mohawk Commons at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road (Balltown Rd. side). We will carpool the short distance to the Preserve.


    • 1 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saratoga National Historical Park

    Saturday, October 1, SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: Susan Beaudoin smbeaudoin1@gmail.com

    This popular trip features beautiful foliage and a good chance to see hawks, woodpeckers, sparrows, bluebirds and late migrants as we walk the woods and grasslands of the battlefield. We will carpool to several trailheads. You never know what will turn up.

    Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot near the park’s visitor center off SR 32.


    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Delmar

    Saturday, October 8, FIVE RIVERS EEC (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Kent 518-424-2234 jwkent@fastmail.fm

    We’ll walk about 2 miles over generally flat terrain with some small hills, passing through a variety of habitats. Migrating sparrows are often abundant at this time of the year, with a good chance of Lincoln’s and White-crowned as well as more common species. Both species of kinglet may be present, as well as Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. A late Nashville, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll or Magnolia Warbler might be found. Wood Duck and other waterfowl are possible, as well as Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlin. Wet grass and muddy spots may be encountered, so waterproof footwear is recommended.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.


    • 9 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saratoga Springs

    Sunday, October 9, BOG MEADOW BROOK (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: Ron Harrower ronharrower14@gmail.com

    Bog Meadow Brook Trail, an old rail trail just east of Saratoga Springs, runs along the northern edge of a swamp and consists of wetland habitat with two ponds with a wet mixed forest in between. In October, sparrows are moving in and late migrants are still present. There should be a good variety of waterfowl and lingering shorebirds are possible.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the trailhead pull-off on Meadowbrook Road, about 0.3 mile west of Stafford Bridge Rd/Rt. 67. If we have enough participants, we will stage some vehicles at the Lake Ave end to save walking the round trip.


    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Niskayuna

    Saturday, October 29, MOHAWK-HUDSON BIKE-HIKE TRAIL, LIONS PARK (Schenectady County; morning)

    Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    On this trip along the Mohawk River and its backwaters in Niskayuna, we will look for waterfowl, gulls, and sparrows. Our walk may take us as far as the farm fields on Niska Isle. We will retrace our path back to Lions Park. This is approximately 3.5 miles total.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lions Park in Niskayuna, located along Rosendale Rd. near the intersection with Niskayuna Rd. Bring a spotting scope if you wish to scan the waterfowl groups.


    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Long Island

    Sunday, October 30, RESERVATION DEADLINE- Saturday, December 10- Monday, December 12, LONG ISLAND IN WINTER (Out-of-area; overnight stays) Contact the coordinators by October 30th for reservations and logistics details.


    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Scotia

    Saturday, November 5, COLLINS LAKE (Schenectady County; morning)

    Coordinator: Bill Lee 518-374-3426 bileej@hotmail.com

    We will visit Collins Lake to view late migrating waterfowl from the beach and the east side of the lake. We will also take a walk east along the north side of the Mohawk River for fall sparrows. Fox Sparrows have been seen in previous years. Foliage will be off the trees to make finding LBJs (Little Brown Jobs) a bit easier.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the western end of the Gateway Bridge at Jumpin’ Jacks in Scotia. Bring a scope if you have one.


    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clifton Park

    Sunday, November 13, VISCHER FERRY NATURE AND HISTORICAL PRESERVE (Saratoga County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Hershey 518-371-3114 hersheyj@nycap.rr.com

    On this trip we’ll be looking for migrant waterfowl and winter residents. Rusty Blackbirds are often observed at this time of year. We will start at the main entrance to the Preserve. We will also explore some of the lesser known areas of the Preserve, such as Ferry Drive and the area around the Vischer Ferry Power Plant where Bald Eagles and migrant waterfowl are often seen. The new hike/bike trail from the Clamsteam Tavern location to Ferry Dr. is completed, and this will open new areas to the east of the Whipple Bridge. The leader may choose to go in this direction.

    Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the VFNHP main entrance, at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken Rds. in Clifton Park.


    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Raymertown

    Saturday, November 19, TOMHANNOCK RESERVOIR (Rensselaer County; morning) Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    Join us for a morning trip around the Tomhannock Reservoir. We hope to find a variety of waterfowl as resident and migrant passerines and possibly shorebirds. Rarities have turned up at the Tomhannock in the fall and we often find Bald Eagles.

    Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area at the intersection of Lake Shore Dr. and NY Route 7 at the west end of the causeway. Bring a scope if you have one.


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 AM
    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Long Island

    Saturday, December 10- Monday, December 12, LONG ISLAND IN WINTER (Out-of-area; overnight stays)

    Coordinators: Gregg Recer & Cathy Graichen 518-330-4552 (GR, c) gregg.recer@gmail.com

    RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED WELL IN ADVANCE FOR THIS TRIP. CONTACT THE COORDINATORS BY October 30th FOR RESERVATIONS AND LOGISTICS DETAILS. On this extended trip to NY's Long Island our focus will be on birding sites along the south shore searching for wintering waterfowl and seabirds such as loons, grebes, gulls, and alcids. There should also be good opportunities for wintering landbirds, and we'll keep an eye on reports of vagrants to chase. We plan to leave first thing Saturday morning, returning Monday evening. Our itinerary will be flexible, but we can expect to cover highlight locations during the weekend such as Robert Moses and Jones state beaches, Hither Hills and Montauk Pt.

    Reservations by Sunday, October 30. There will be a limit of 8 participants (including the coordinators) for this trip. Contact the coordinators for reservations and logistics details.

    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Schenectady County

    Saturday, December 17, SCHENECTADY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@nycap.rr.com

    CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS- History

    Frank Chapman and 26 other conservationists initiated the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) as a way of promoting conservation by counting, rather than hunting, birds on Christmas Day of 1900. Some counts have been running every year since then and the CBC now happens in over 20 countries in the western hemisphere! Now a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 120 years of community science involvement, it is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada (where Audubon partners with Birds Canada), and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. You can find more information, and how to participate, at the Audubon Society website.


    • 24 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Southern Rensselaer County

    Saturday, December 24, SOUTHERN RENSSELAER CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com

    CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS- History

    Frank Chapman and 26 other conservationists initiated the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) as a way of promoting conservation by counting, rather than hunting, birds on Christmas Day of 1900. Some counts have been running every year since then and the CBC now happens in over 20 countries in the western hemisphere! Now a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 120 years of community science involvement, it is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada (where Audubon partners with Birds Canada), and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. You can find more information, and how to participate, at the Audubon Society website.


    • 31 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Troy and Vicinity

    Saturday, December 31, TROY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

    Coordinator/Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@nycap.rr.com

    CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS- History

    Frank Chapman and 26 other conservationists initiated the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) as a way of promoting conservation by counting, rather than hunting, birds on Christmas Day of 1900. Some counts have been running every year since then and the CBC now happens in over 20 countries in the western hemisphere! Now a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 120 years of community science involvement, it is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada (where Audubon partners with Birds Canada), and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. You can find more information, and how to participate, at the Audubon Society website.





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