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 Events

Mar 15
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting

The Chemung Valley Audubon Society will examine the pursuit of birding at its Thursday, March 15, meeting and program in the main dining room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads. Preceding the program is a bird identification workshop at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to the free events.

Jody Enck of Cornell Lab of Ornithology will ask, “What Makes a Birder a Birder?” Enck’s lifelong interest in birds and in all of nature began in childhood and has persisted throughout his professional career.  His early focus on wildlife biology and conservation later grew to include the human dimensions of natural resource management.  He has studied how people’s values, attitudes, and beliefs influence what they do in their lives and how that affects conservation.

In 2016, Enck founded the Sister Bird Club Network.  The vision of this group is to conserve birds globally by connecting birders locally. Its mission is to deepen connections among birders throughout migratory flyways by sharing information, collaborating on projects, and engaging with local residents in habitat conservation.  More than 400 people are part of the network throughout the Americas.

Chemung Valley Audubon Society’s monthly programs and field trips are free and open to all. One of 28 Audubon chapters statewide, its purpose is to encourage the study, enjoyment, and protection of birds and other wildlife, and to promote educational programs, lectures, and field trips.
Mar 17
7:00a - 5:00p Cayuga Lake & Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Sullivanville Dam on State Route 13, Horseheads. We will be looking for waterfowl, eagles, and early spring migrants. The trip takes most of the day, so bring lunch and snacks along.
Mar 31
8:00a Sullivanville Dam
Meet at the dam on State Route 13, Horseheads. We will be looking for migrating water birds.
Apr 12
7:00p CVAS Book Club Meeting | Appleridge
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller Street, Horseheads, NY, to discuss our book of the month. For a list of the books we'll be discussing, please click here.
Apr 14
8:00a Sperr Memorial Park and Big Flats Trail
Meet at the Sperr Memorial Park, Kahler Road south of I-86 Exit 50. We will look for migrating waterfowl and espring migrants.
May 3
7:00p CVAS Book Club Meeting | Appleridge
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller Street, Horseheads, NY, to discuss our book of the month. For a list of the books we'll be discussing, please click here.

Other Events

Mar 2 - Apr 25 All Day Baltimore Woods Exhibit feat. CVAS's Gail Norwood

Love of nature is artfully expressed by two artists, Diana Whiting and Gail Norwood at Baltimore Woods Nature Center from March 2 through April 25.

"Natural Passions," an exhibit of photographs and drawings, will be on display in the art gallery of the John A. Weeks Interpretive Center at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. The public is invited to attend the reception on Saturday, March 3 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, the show will be available for viewing Mondays through Fridays, 9 .m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no admission or parking fees, and all art work will be for sale.

For more information, visit Oneida Dispatch.

At right is Gail Norwood's drawing, "Coming in for a Landing."
Apr 4
6p / 7:30p Carantouan Greenway Annual Dinner Meeting

Carantouan Greenway invites the public to join them for their annual dinner meeting on Wednesday, April 4. The featured speaker is Dr. Peter Petokas, who will talk about the largest salamander found in the northeast, the Hellbender. Attendees will meet at Tomasso's Restaurant in Waverly, NY. There will be a cash bar from 6:00 - 6:30, followed by dinner and brief business meeting. The program starts at 7:30. The cost for the evening is $25, and an RSVP is required. Please visit Carantouan Greenway for more information or to sign up.

Dr. Petokas is associated with the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College and has been doing research on this aquatic salamander and its life cycle in the Susquehanna drainage system.
May 5
All Day Global Big Day 2018
Global Big Day is back. Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birding’s biggest day! Our favorite part of Global Big Day is watching the shared passion for birds unite 20000+ people from more than 160 countries in a single day to celebrate birds. With this in mind, we can think of no better theme for this May’s Global Big Day than shorebirds!

Sandpipers, plovers, oystercatchers, lapwings, avocets—no matter the flavor, these evocative birds tie countries and continents together like few other animals on this planet. Their stories inspire us—from Red Knots that have cumulatively migrated the distance to the moon and back, to Semipalmated Sandpipers that travel 8,000 miles each year, and still manage to find the same exact nest scrape in the Arctic tundra to raise their young. Black-bellied Plover, or Grey Plover if you know it for its less colorful plumage, is our emblem for the 5 May Global Big Day, with a global distribution and remarkable migration effort that embodies the epic spirit of shorebirds and Global Big Day itself. This 5 May 2018, can we we surpass last year’s result, of 6635 bird species, and set a new record for one day of birding? It’s in your hands.

No matter what you do—have fun, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird! We’re excited to see what we can achieve together for Global Big Day.

More information on how to participate can be found here.
June 1 - 3
Fri - Sun
All Day Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Arrive at the pilgrimage and you are instantly part of a community; there is a sense of family. Each nature enthusiast is eager to explore the forests, fields, lakes, and streams, to share knowledge, to embrace learning, to celebrate this incredible planet, and to soak up the salve that nature is to the soul. Old friends re-unite; new friends are made. Evenings you might attend a presentation under the big tent in the company of hundreds of pilgrims. Other times of the day - from early morning to late at night - you choose from dozens of small-group programs. You might sit and talk, or take a hike. Some programs are designed to last an hour and a half. There are also field trips that last four hours. Nature topics include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, and more. You might also find a class in yoga, paper-making, photography, ​and more. Visit Allegany Nature Pilgrimage for more information and to register, or click here to download the brochure.