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

May 15 - June 15  

Climate Watch

CVAS LogoDo 12 5-minute eBird point counts to detect our target species, the Eastern Bluebird. Learn how by searching for Climate Watch on the National Audubon website. Contact Bill Ostrander if you are new to the program and need to plan your route and map your point count locations.

May 19 7:00 PM CVAS Monthly Meeting

CVAS LogoMeet at Appleridge (Map), for a lively discussion about birding and a presentation from one of our knowledgeable hosts. A bird identification workshop precedes the program at 7:00 p.m.; the program begins at 7:30p.m. All are welcome to these free events. CVAS will follow CDC and local COVID-19 safety precautions that are recommended at the time of our meetings. Please bring a face mask and be prepared to maintain social distance. Appleridge is wheelchair accessible. You can connect on Zoom by sending a request to windingwayhorse@aol.com.

The evening begins with a 7:00 p.m. Bird Identification Workshop by Bill Ostrander. Following a brief business meeting at 7:30, enjoy a presentation by guest speakers from Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA). Kaitlin Fello and Maura Toole will present the association's "Lake Friendly Living" program. SLPWA is a partner in the Lake Friendly Living Coalition, which encompasses nine of the Finger Lakes.

Birds and other wildlife depend on these waters for food, raising young, and annual spring and fall migrations. And more than 100,000 residents use Seneca Lake as a primary water source. Formed in 1990, SLPWA is committed to preserving and protecting Seneca Lake through scientific research, community partnerships, and public education. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization studies Seneca Lake and its tributaries, informing the public about contamination, invasive species, lake levels, and methods to improve lake quality.

May 26 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CVAS Book Club
Book CoverMeet at Appleridge (Map) to discuss our latest book. CVAS will follow CDC and local COVID-19 safety precautions that are recommended at the time of our meetings. Please bring a face mask and be prepared to maintain social distance. Appleridge is wheelchair accessible.

We will discuss The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. From forest paths in Korea to islands in Finland to eucalyptus groves in California, Florence Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our lives shift indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

May 28 8:00 AM

CVAS Field Trip: Newtown Battlefield State Park

CVAS LogoMeet in the parking area by Sullivan's Monument. This is a great place for warblers and other neotropic migrants.

June 9 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CVAS Book Club
Meet at Appleridge (Map) to discuss our latest book. CVAS will follow CDC and local COVID-19 safety precautions that are recommended at the time of our meetings. Please bring a face mask and be prepared to maintain social distance.

We will meet to discuss our next book list.

Other Events

All Season  

Montezuma Audubon Society
Come Bird with Us!The Montezuma Audubon Society has birding and boating events all season long! Visit the Montezuma Audubon website for more information and to register.

All Season  

Birding Festivals
Cornell Lab LogoA great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they're organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they're a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you'll meet other visitors who share your hobby. While you're there, keep an eye out for Cornell Lab representatives, as they do attend several festivals each year. You can find a complete list of birding festivals here.

Mar 31 - May 19 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress 2022!

Steve Kress

Would you like to learn more about birds and their lives? Register now for the Cayuga Bird Club's Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress, held Thursday evenings March 31 to May 19 via Zoom. This course is perfectly timed to help people identify spring migrants and better understand bird behavior. Each weekly meeting features a group of birds that are at the peak of their spring migration, with discussions about bird song, migration, courtship, family life, conservation, and how to create a bird-friendly habitat on your own property. Dr. Kress enhances each presentation with bird song recordings, videos, and stunning photos.

Although the course focuses on birds of Central New York, most of the identification, behavior, and conservation tips are relevant to people throughout the Eastern US. Dr. Kress served for many years as Director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine, and has written numerous books, articles, and online courses about birds and wildlife conservation. Classes are recorded for viewing or reviewing at your convenience.

Details and registration at: Cayuga Bird Club.

Apr 22 - 24 Various

Annual Bird of Prey Days at Braddock Bay

Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) in Rochester, NY, will host the Bird of Prey Days festival at Braddock Bay Park on Lake Ontario and home to one of the best spring raptor migrations on the continent! People of all ages are invited to come out and learn about hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and other species in support BBRR's conservation efforts. Activities will be held inside and out, including hawkwatching, raptor banding, owl prowls, live raptor programs, educational and art displays, and kids activities. More information.

May 14 Virtual Global Big Day!

Global Big DayBe a part of birding’s biggest team! Global Big Day is an annual celebration of the birds around you. No matter where you are, join us virtually on 14 May, help celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, and share the birds you find with eBird.

Participating is easy—you can even be part of Global Big Day from home. If you can spare 5 or 10 minutes, report your bird observations to eBird online or with our free eBird Mobile app. If you have more time, submit several checklists of birds throughout the day. You never know what you might spot. Your observations help us better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.

More information about this event can be found here.

Sep 9 - Sep 10 Various Montezuma Muckrace 2022
Mark your calendars! More information will be posted as the event nears.