Upcoming Events

For directions to meeting places, arrangements to meet you along the way, and other information, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-732-3370 or browncreeper9@gmail.com. CVAS is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our conservation and education programs and to welcoming all who wish to work and learn with us. Any person, regardless of age, race, religion, ability, or gender identity, who is interested in wild life study, protection, and conservation, may be enrolled as a member upon receipt of the first payment of dues.

CVAS Events

Sep 10 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Sep 17 7:00p

CVAS Meeting | Virtual Zoom
Break out from pandemic isolation to meet with your Audubon friends again, hear about Audubon news and projects, and find out about local birds. Following our member meeting we will hear about the Sister Bird Club Network that links birders in the Western Hemisphere.

We birders often feel connected to the birds around us, but how much do we know about other birders throughout the Americas who enjoy those same birds? And how can we help those birds survive, especially during their epic, twice-a-year migrations? Jody Enck, Ph.D., will introduce us to the Sister Bird Club Network, a collaboration to conserve migratory birds by make personal connections with other birders engaged in work to help the very same species.

Jody leads bird field trips for the Cayuga Bird Club in the Finger Lakes region and to faraway places like Costa Rica and Colombia. His professional career brought him to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he conducted a large-scale study about birders, uncovering various pathways through which people become birders and shedding light on their differences and similarities.

We will learn how the idea to create the Sister Bird Club Network was hatched, its initial projects and progress, and plans for the future. If you have ever wondered what birders are like in Central and South America and how you might connect with them, this talk is for you.

Send an email to norwoodgail558@gmail.com to receive your link to the Zoom meeting.

Oct 8 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Oursleves by Frans de Waal. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Nov 12 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Dec 10 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape by Bill McKibben. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Jan 14 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird by Katie Fallon. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Feb 11 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Mar 11 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Please join us on Zoom as we discuss our latest book, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration by Kenn Kaufman. Our current book list is available here. Contact norwoodgail558@gmail.com to be connected to the Zoom meeting.
Apr 8 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Please bring a favorite poem to share. Our current book list is available here.
May 13 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our latest book, The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Our current book list is available here.
June 10 7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we choose our next book list.

Other Events

Sep 10 5:30pm Montezuma Audubon Center's Erie Canal Cruise
The Montezuma Audubon Center is teaming up with Corn Hill Navigation to lead cruises this summer along the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY where nearly 100 bird species can be found. The two hour tours will take place on September 10 at 5:30pm and September 24 at 5pm and feature songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey, unique habitats, and a tranquil ride along the Erie Canal. The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to partner with Corn Hill Navigation to launch these tours aboard the Sam Patch Tour Boat at Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY. Late summer is a great time to experience migratory birds including the Osprey, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron and Great Egret in forest and wetland habitats. Tour participants will also learn how the National Audubon Society and our conservation partners are protecting these birds and what we all can do to conserve birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Binoculars and field guides will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own. The cost per cruise is $30/adult, $28/adult 65+, $26/child ages 13-20 and $22/child under 13. Proceeds will benefit the Montezuma Audubon Center’s bird conservation projects and environmental education programs. Space is limited and registration is required. Make your reservation today!
Sep 24 7:30p The Bombus Among Us - Bumble Bee Basics
Join Wild Ones Honorary Director, Biologist, and author of 'Bee: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide' and 'Pollinators of Native Plants' as she discusses, "The Bombus Among Us - Bumble Bee Basics."

Bumble bees (Bombus) are by far our most charismatic and recognizable native bees. In order to help our bumble bees thrive, we must understand their life cycle and nutritional needs. Heather will illustrate the bumble bee life cycle through the growing season; the importance of selecting the right native (woody and herbaceous) plants to meet the nutritional needs of the queens, workers, and males; their habitat; the impacts on populations from climate change; and common upper Midwestern and eastern bumble bee species. She will also feature species in decline including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee. This is a virtual event. Register here.

Sep 24 5pm Montezuma Audubon Center's Erie Canal Cruise
The Montezuma Audubon Center is teaming up with Corn Hill Navigation to lead cruises this summer along the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY where nearly 100 bird species can be found. The two hour tours will take place on September 10 at 5:30pm and September 24 at 5pm and feature songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey, unique habitats, and a tranquil ride along the Erie Canal. The Montezuma Audubon Center is proud to partner with Corn Hill Navigation to launch these tours aboard the Sam Patch Tour Boat at Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY. Late summer is a great time to experience migratory birds including the Osprey, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron and Great Egret in forest and wetland habitats. Tour participants will also learn how the National Audubon Society and our conservation partners are protecting these birds and what we all can do to conserve birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Binoculars and field guides will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own. The cost per cruise is $30/adult, $28/adult 65+, $26/child ages 13-20 and $22/child under 13. Proceeds will benefit the Montezuma Audubon Center’s bird conservation projects and environmental education programs. Space is limited and registration is required. Make your reservation today!
Oct 3 - 4 All Day Winter Raptor Fest | Greenwich, NY

See owls, hawks, and falcons in flight! Winter Raptor Fest offers you a chance to see and learn about native raptors up close and personal. Flight demos, live bird of prey programs and much more! This exciting event supports Grassland Bird Trust's work to preserve critical wildlife habitat for endangered and at-risk grassland birds.

General Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 7 - 12, and free for age 6 and under. Grassland Bird Trust Members receive a discounted price of $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 7 - 12 (bring your membership card).

This event takes place rain or shine, as all presentations and exhibits are indoors. If you donate $25 or more by September 30, you can receive VIP admission and guaranteed front row seating at ALL Live Bird of Prey programs! Visit the website for other membership discounts, sponsorships, and information about exhibitors and vendors.

Oct 10  

Chemung County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Chemung County's Fall 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is scheduled for Saturday, October 10.

Pre-registration is required for this event by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County at 607-734-4453 between Wednesday, September 16th and Wednesday, October 7th, 9am-noon and 1-4pm, weekdays only.

This event is for Chemung County residents only and is FREE to participate.

Here is information for each collection event.

Remember!

  • No electronics.
  • No latex paints.
  • No pets.
  • No smoking.
  • No empty containers!