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

Jan 1
Wed
All Day Elmira Christmas Bird Count
Materials are distributed at the December meeting. The Christmas Bird Count is an early-winter census of birds in the Western Hemisphere. The Elmira count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle. Volunteers count every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day. Meet for the tally and dinner at Curly's Chicken House, Lake Road, in Horseheads, at 5:30 PM. Contact Bill Ostrander at 607-732-3370 for more information if you'd like to participate. 
Jan 9
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: Peregrine by J.A. Baker. Our book list is available here.
Jan 15 - Feb 15 All Day Climate Watch

This community-science program enlists volunteer birders to count certain bluebirds and nuthatches in the same places twice each year to help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon's climate models. If you would like to participate, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-732-3370 for an area assignment. 

Jan 18
Sat
All Day NYS Waterfowl Count & Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count

Each January, volunteers visit lakes, rivers and shorelines in New York to count waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, etc.). In most years, more than a quarter of a million birds are tallied.  The purpose of the mid-winter count is to monitor Bald Eagle  wintering populations in the contiguous United States and identify important eagle habitat. If you would like to participate, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-732-3370.

Feb 1
Sat
8:00a Audubon in the Parks Walk at Mark Twain State Park

Meet at the farthest parking lot at Murray Athletic Center (the Elmira College Domes), State Route 14, 0.3 miles south of Pine Valley. We will be looking for overwintering birds.

Feb 14 - 17 All Day Great Backyard Bird Count
Help scientists study late winter bird populations. Watch birds in your backyard or a favorite birding spot for at least 15 minutes. For each day, at each site and for each species, record the largest number observed at one time. Submit your count online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org or let CVAS volunteers submit your data by mailing it to CVAS, PO Box 663, Elmira, NY 14902, no later than February 24th. For each place you count, include the date, the zip code of the area in which you counted, the start time, how long you counted in minutes, snow depth, whether or not you are reporting every species you see, how you rate your skill level (fair, good, or excellent), how you rate the weather conditions for detecting birds (fair, good, or excellent), and what habitats were represented where you counted. Visit http://birdsource.org for more information.

Other Events

March 24 - May 12 7pm - 8:30pm Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress | An 8-Week Course
Explore our local birds in this 8-week spring course with renowned ornithologist, author, and speaker, Dr. Stephen Kress. Lecture topics include bird identification, family life of birds, bird song, migration mysteries, attracting birds, and bird conservation. Workshops are held Tuesday nights from 7pm - 8:30pm, from March 24 - May 12, 2020. Location is Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca, NY. The cost is $125 for Cayuga Bird Club members and $140 for non-members (membership included). Register online at Cayuga Bird Club or contact cayugabirdclub@gmail.com for more information. Sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club.
May - Jun 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | May - June
Spring Monhegan and Hog Island | May 31 - June 5
Building Better Birding Skills | June 7 - 12
Puffin Islands | June 14 - 19
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens I | June 14 - 19
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens II | June 21 - 26
Field Ornithology | June 21 - 26
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
July 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | July
Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens | June 28 - July 3
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week | July 12 - 17
Creating Bird-friendly Habitats | July 19 - 22
Arts & Birding | July 19 - 24
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
August 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | August
Costa Rica Teen Camp | August 1 - 6
Family Camp I | August 9 - 14
Family Camp II | August 16 - 21
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
Sep 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | September
Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds | September 6 - 11
Fall Migration & Monhegan | September 6 - 11
Raptor Migration and Monhegan Island | September 13 - 18
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.