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 15 - Feb 15 All Day Climate Watch
If you would like to participate in a winter Bluebird survey, contact Bill Ostrander for an area assignment: 732-3370 or browncreeper9@gmail.com.
Feb 8
Thu
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.
Feb 15
Thu
7:30p Warblers of Magee Marsh | Appleridge
The Chemung Valley Audubon Society looks ahead to spring with “Warblers of Magee Marsh” by photographer Craig Braack of Allegany County. The meeting and program is at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads. All are welcome to the free event.

Magee Marsh, in northwestern Ohio, on the south shore of Lake Erie, is part of a network of forests, wetlands, and grasslands that includes 6,500 acres managed by the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The 50 or so miles of shoreline surrounding the refuge is prime viewing habitat for up to 75 species of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other small migratory birds that make their way to breeding grounds in Canada each spring.

In the early 1800s, this area was part of the Great Black Swamp, a nearly impassable vast wetland that forced western-bound wagon trains to divert many miles to the south. Today, the area is well-known to birders and photographers and is the site of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. For the past eight years, the observatory has hosted a popular 10-day festival in May called “The Biggest Week in American Birding.” Braack will tell about the birds, the birders, and how to get the most out of a visit to Magee Marsh.
Feb 16 - 19 All Day

Great Backyard Bird Count
You can join us at Pirozzolo Park (behind Elmira Town Hall, 1255 W. Water Street, Elmira) to count birds in the woods along the Chemung River on Saturday, February 17, from 10:00am - 11:30am.

Help scientists study late winter bird populations. Watch birds in your backyard or 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 counts online at BirdSource, or let CVAS volunteers submit them for you by mailing your data to CVAS, PO Box 663, Elmira, NY 14902, by Feb. 24.

With each place you count, include the date, the zip code of the area where you counted, the start time, how long you counted in minutes, snow depth, whether or not you are reporting every species you saw, how you rate your ability to detect and identify the birds present (fair, good or excellent), how you rate the weather conditions for detecting birds (fair, good or excellent), and what habitat(s) were represented in the place where you counted. For more information visit BirdSource.

Feb 24
Sat
8:00a Audubon in the Parks Walk at Mark Twain State Park
Meet in the farthest parking lot at Murray Athletic Center (the Elmira College Domes), State Route 14, 0.3 miles south of Pine Valley.
Mar 8
Thu
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.
Mar 10
Sat
8:00a Audubon in the Parks Walk at Mark Twain State Park
Meet in the west parking lot at Murray Athletic Center (the Elmira College Domes), State Route 14, south of Pine Valley.
Apr 12
Thu
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.
May 3
Thu
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

Feb 10 - 11
Sat - Sun
All Day Winter Weekend in the Central Adirondacks
     Cold weather got you down? Join New York State Ornithological Association members for a birding weekend in the central Adirondacks, and see some birds that really know how to cope with winter. With a once-in-twenty-years bumper food crop on the trees of the Adirondacks, this is the year to see finches and boreal birds in New York State.
    The weekend events include two field trips, a birding workshop, and the opportunity to socialize with birders from all over New York State.  For those able to arrive in Long Lake by 7 a.m. on Saturday, NYSOA will offer a pre-workshop field trip led by Joan Collins and Matt Young.  At 4:00 p.m. Matt Young will give a presentation on “Crossbills of New York: Status and Flight Call Identification.”   A group dinner will be held at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake Saturday evening.  On Sunday morning, Matt Young, Joan Collins, and Mary Beth Warburton will lead the main field trip beginning at 7:00 a.m.
     While the workshop is free and open to the public, both field trips are limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required.  Registration is first-come, first-served with preference given to NYSOA members and youth members of the NYS Young Birders Club.  Read all the details and find out how to register and where to stay by clicking here.
Feb 12
Mon
7:30p - 9:00p ACROSS SIBERIA: Birding with a Microphone
Join Bob McGuire at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he be giving a talk to the Cayuga Bird Club. Last summer, Bob traveled across Siberia, from the Mongolian border to the Arctic Ocean. You will be delighted by his recordings, videos, and photos of some amazing birds, landscapes, and street scenes, and entranced by his stories about this unforgettable experience. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, and the presentation begins at 8:00pm.

Bob McGuire is a former president of the Cayuga Bird Club and Editor of Birding The Cayuga Lake Basin. An avid birder and sound recordist, Bob has contributed over 4000 recordings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. His personal collection includes the vocalizations of nearly 600 North American birds.

The meeting is open to the public - all are welcome!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology | 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. | Ithaca, NY 14850
Mar 2 - 3
All Day Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium
The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is returning to Upstate New York in March to provide education on native plants in the wild and their roles in sustainable landscapes. The Symposium will take place at the Cinemapolis Theater in Downtown Ithaca, NY. Speakers include Thomas Rainer (Phyto Studio), Dr. David Weinstein (Cornell University), Marie Read, Larry Weaner (Larry Weaner Landscape Associates) and more. Click here to register or for more information.
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.