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

July 23
Tue
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | River Friends at Lackawanna Rail Trail
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
July 30
Tue
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | Tanglewood at Sperr Park
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Aug 2
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | River Friends at Seeley Creek
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Aug 6
Tue
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | Tanglewood Nature Center at Sperr Park
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Aug 15
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting | Open Board Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room 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.
Aug 21
Wed
5:30pm - 6:30pm Nature Strollers | River Friends at Rails to Trails in Big Flats (Winter Rd.)
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Aug 23
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | Tanglewood at Sperr Park
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Aug 30
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | River Friends at West Elmira (Behind the Town Hall)
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Sep 12
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology by Lowman. Our book list is available here.
Sep 19
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room 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.
Sep 27
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | Tanglewood at Sperr Park
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Oct 4
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | Tanglewood Nature Center
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Oct 10
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds by Heinrich. Our book list is available here.
Oct 17
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room 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.
Oct 18
Fri
10am - 11am Nature Strollers | River Friends at Sullivanville Dam
For families with young children, enjoy a leisure outdoor walk at various locations in Chemung County. An outdoor educator is on hand to help you enjoy the wonder of nature, and encourage your child's understanding of our natural world. For parents/grandparents/caregivers with babies in strollers, and walking toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers. Download the full schedule here.
Nov 14
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: Woodswoman: Living Alone in the Aidrondack Wilderness by LaBastille. Our book list is available here.
Nov 21
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room 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.
Dec 12
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Goldfarb. Our book list is available here.
Dec 19
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room 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.

Other Events

June 3
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
The Montezuma Audubon Center and Seneca White Deer would like to invite you to a unique birding experience this spring at the former Seneca Army Depot. We will offer a rare glimpse into the breeding and migratory songbirds, birds of prey and their habitats of this Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). For years, birders have wondered, “what lies beyond the fence?” Wonder no more. Now your birding community has the chance to find out.

We will lead birding tours on our comfortable tour bus from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 3, 17, and 24. Come experience this IBA where over 120 species of birds either migrate through or live during the year. Furthermore, we proudly announce that our pair of Bald Eagles is back again for at least the 11th straight year!

This site encompasses approximately 10,000 acres between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes in the Finger Lakes region. Having formerly been maintained as a military base, much of the area is successional habitat. According to the NY GAP data, approximately 80% of the site is shrub habitat, which includes old field/pastures, shrub swamps, successional hardwoods, and successional shrubs. The site also has extensive forest and some wetland habitat, and supports a population of white deer.
 This relatively large early successional habitat supports characteristic species, including the American Woodcock, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and Field Sparrow. A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported in 2003.
 Besides the multitude of bird species, the tour will offer stops to look at a beaver dam, a personnel bomb shelter, an empty ammo bunker and a cemetery with the remains of colonial soldiers! In addition, you will have a chance to see some members of the world’s largest herd of white, whitetail deer!

Chris Lajewski, Center Director of the Montezuma Audubon Center, will be your birding guide. Chris has nearly 20 years of experience guiding bird tours and will be a great compliment to our tour guide/driver who will talk about the wildlife and history of the former depot. There will be a 5-person minimum for each tour at a cost of $40 per person. Reservations can be made on line at www.senecawhitedeer.org or by calling 315-759-8220.

Come experience the birds, the ghost deer, the military history and much more. There is only one place like it on our planet – the Seneca Army Depot!

Sincerely,

Dennis Money, President, Seneca White Deer Inc. 

Chris Lajewski, Center Director, Montezuma Audubon Center
June 17
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer.
June 24
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer.
July 26 - 27
Fri - Sat
All Day 1st Annual Finger Lakes Trail Days Festival
The Finger Lakes Trail Days festival encourages all ages to enjoy outdoor recreation by combining camping, music, gear, races and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting. The festival will feature a weekend of hiking in the Finger Lakes region, local food and music, overnight camping, and outdoor rec activities! Learn more by clicking here.
Sep 13 - 15
Fri - Sat
All Day NY State Birders Conference & NYSOA Annual Meeting

One of the highlights of the briding year in New York is the NY State Birders Conference and Annual Meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). This event moves around the state from year to year, hosted by a NYSOA member organization each fall. This year's conference will be in Kingston in the Hudson Valley, hosted by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

The annual conference features field trips, workshops, a papers session, keynote speaker and social events. Information about all of these features can be viewed here.

Early registration discounts are available until August 2, and discounted hotel rates are available until July 13. More information, including registration materials and lodging, is available at Catskill Center and NY Birds.