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

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.
Nov 19 7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting

Meet up with your Audubon community, get the scoop on news and projects, and improve your knowledge of local birds with Bill Ostrander. Following our meeting, we will turn our focus to “Gardening for Birds in the Northeast” with Becca Rodomsky-Bish of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Becca is Project Leader for the Great Backyard Bird Count and Nest Quest Go!

Gardens provide a deep connection to the natural world, and in turn, they inspire us with their beauty, vibrancy, and bounty. How often do we intentionally share those benefits with the birds and pollinators? No matter the size of your growing space—a balcony of pots, a small patch off the back stoop, or acres to experiment with—we can all plant gardens.

Becca is an avid gardener who has worked on projects related to creating habitat for wildlife and nesting birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She will discuss the importance of native habitat and share information about specific trees, shrubs, and flowering plants to include in your northeast landscape to better support the birds in your community.

One of 27 chapters statewide, Chemung Valley Audubon’s purpose is to encourage the study, enjoyment, and protection of birds and other wildlife, and to offer educational programs, lectures, and field trips. Events are free and open to all.

Send an email to norwoodgail558@gmail.com to request your link 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

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!
Oct 15 7pm - 8pm Climate Change and the Future of Montane Birds in the Northeast

Strap that roller coaster seatbelt across your lap – our montane forests are in for a ride over the next century. On October 15 at 7PM EDT, Dr. Jason Hill, an ecologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will discuss how climate change is forcing our northeastern flora and fauna to rapidly adapt, with a special focus on the responses of montane bird populations.

Hill is currently a quantitative ecologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where he helps oversee the citizen science project Mountain Birdwatch, and researches montane ecology. He received his PhD from the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, where he studied the population ecology of grassland sparrows following experimental landscape manipulation.

His postdoc with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center explored how landscape changes from Marcellus natural gas development impacted interior forest and grassland bird species.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. You can register here.


Oct 17  

October Big Day
Mark your calendars for October Big Day—17 October 2020! Big Days are a 24 hour opportunity to celebrate the birds both near you and around the world.

In addition, this year’s October Big Day 2020 is happening during the first Global Bird Weekend. The goal of Global Bird Weekend is to make October 17-18 the biggest ever birding weekend and support BirdLife International’s appeal to end illegal bird trade. One of Global Bird Weekend’s aims is to have more than 25,000 people submit eBird checklists on 17 October—will you be one of them?

We recognize that COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. Even if your local conditions have improved, we always encourage everyone to put safety first, follow local health guidelines, and bird mindfully. You can bird from home and still participate in October Big Day!