A Welcome from Our President

We have a passion for education, conservation, policy, advocacy, and scientific investigation.

As current President of Chemung Valley Audubon Society, I would like to welcome all of you to our online home. Since 1950, Chemung Valley Audubon Society has 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.

Chemung Valley Audubon Society's 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. Chemung Valley Audubon Society also funds 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

Our History

The Chemung Valley Audubon Society was founded March 27, 1950, and became a member of the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs, which is now the New York State Ornithological Association. It is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and is one of 27 chapters affiliated with Audubon New York.

Since its inception, CVAS has conducted the Annual Christmas Bird Count and monitored bird populations in the Chemung Valley of New York. From 1980 to 1985 and again from 2000 to 2005, CVAS conducted the New York Breeding Bird Atlas Project for Chemung and Steuben Counties, in conjunction with the New York State Ornithological Association and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Society purchased the Gleason Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in 1989. Today the Society boasts more than 800 members throughout the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York and continues its active participation in conservation efforts.

Our Mission

Our mission is to conserve and restore the natural ecosystems within New York and the Southern Finger Lakes Region through education, conservation, policy, advocacy, and scientific investigation, with the goal of furthering the study, enjoyment, awareness, and protection of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

Our Board | 2017 - 2018

President Bill Ostrander
Vice President Gail Norwood
Recording Secretary Suzanne Giffin
Treasurer Donald Hall
Corresponding Secretary Anita Seaberg
Director Richard Clements
Director Martin van der Grinten
Director Brain Dugan
Director Christine Brown
Statistician Bill Ostrander

Service Area

Chemung Valley Audubon Society is a National Audubon Chapter. Members are from the 148## and 149## zip code areas. This includes parts of Allegany, Livingston, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, Chemung, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties.