A Welcome from Our President

As current President of Chemung Valley Audubon Society, I would like to welcome all of you to our online home. Since 1950, we have offered many opportunities and programs for people of all ages to experience, enjoy, and learn about birding in our local area. Our monthly member meetings offer bird identification workshops to help all birders learn how to better identify birds in the field. We also continue to invite a wide variety of speakers that educate the public on the many issues concerning birds and other wildlife.

Our local Saturday morning bird walks, that are lead by our statistician Bill Ostrander, are for beginners and advanced birders. All of these walks are extremely enjoyable and educational. We also fund the Nature Strollers program, started and directed by the Horseheads Family Resource Center. We work in conjunction with Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum and Friends of the Chemung River Watershed. These walks are for families with young children and help the children learn skills that prepare them for school. Nature Strollers also helps foster an appreciation for nature in the children and their families. We also take several day trips during the year such as watching songbird and raptor banding at Braddock Bay in the spring and our late summer day trip to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, where we look for a variety of gorgeous birds.

On behalf of Chemung Valley Audubon Society, I want to invite you, the nature loving public, to join us and enjoy the many educational and recreational opportunities that we offer.

Thank you and good birding!

Linda Slobodnyak
President | Chemung Valley Audubon Society

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Northrup Hill Wildlife Audubon Sanctuary

In 2016, volunteers donated over 500 hours of their time for the restoration of our Northrup Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Rathbone, Steuben County.

Gleason Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Our 30-acre preserve in the Town of Caton, NY, beckons to all nature-lovers with its dozens of tree species, and hundreds of animal and flower species.

National Audubon Society

Chemung Valley Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The NAS is an invaluable resource for any Audubon enthusiast.

Community Programs

Our free family-friendly Nature Strollers program will return in the Spring, and we hope you'll join us for our other popular programs throughout the year.

Native Plants for Your Home and Garden

Bring birds and pollinators to your home today by growing native plants. Find the best plants for the pollinators and birds for your yard. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment. Explore native plant resources here.

CVAS Monthly Meeting

Please join us as our members share their best nature photos from the United States, Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica, Caribbean, South America, Antarctica, British Isles, New Zealand and more!

Dec 21 | 7pm | Appleridge Dining Room

Birding Trip to Honduras

January 2018, you are invited to go on a birding adventure with the Cayuga Bird Club in Honduras! Honduras has hundreds of birds to discover during the annual Lake Yojoa Birding Blitz. The Birding Blitz is scheduled for January 25 - 29, 2018, but pretours can extend your trip to 7 or 11 days. The cost starts at only $800, and includes hotel, 3 meals/day, non-alcoholic beverages, all in-country transportation (NOT airfare to/from Honduras), all entrance fees to parks/reserves in the trip, guiding fees, and more. Please click on the link below or contact jwe4@cornell.edu ASAP for more information!

Birding Trip to Costa Rica

April 20 - 29, 2018, join Cayuga Bird Club in Costa Rica, a country in which more than 870 species of birds have been recorded. The trip is appropriate for both beginners and more advanced birders. Highlights will include taking hikes in the 500-acre rainforest reserve at Selva Verde Lodge, an area that provides habitat to more than 350 bird species, including the endangered Great Green Macaw. Then we will get a different perspective of the rainforest from atop the 100-meter suspended walkway at Tirimbuna Biological Reserve. For more information, click on the link below or contact Jody at jwe4@cornell.edu.

Lyme Disease

It's here, and it's spreading! Awareness and knowledge will take you far in avoiding ticks and Lyme Disease during your nature exploration.

DEC Announces Launch of I Bird NY

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the launch of I BIRD NY, an initiative to build on increasing access to the state's vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature. The program launch took place at the Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Oneida County...