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

Apr 28
8:00a - 11:00a CVAS Field Trip | Gleason Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
Meet at the Fitch's Bridge Fishing Access, Hendy Creek Rd. (State Route 225), West Elmira.
May 3
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 5
6:00a - 8:00a CVAS Field Trip | Mark Twain State Park
Meet in the trailhead parking lot on Huck Finn Road near the entrance to the park and Murray Athletic Center on State Route 14. We invite you to stay at the park following the bird walk to participate in the I Love My Park Day event sponsored by Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail.
May 17
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller Street, Horseheads, NY 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.
May 25
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Lackawanna Rail Trail
Meet in the parking lot across from Kennedy Valve on E. Water Street in Elmira. Hike the hard-surface trail along the Chemung River and back. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
June 8
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | West Elmira Primitive Trails
Meet in parking lot behind the Town of Elmira Town Hall, 255. W. Water St. Elmira. Hike hard-packed dirt trails through woods along the Chemung River. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
June 29
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Sullivanville Dam
Meet in the dam parking lot off of Rt. 13 in the Town of Horseheads. Hike along the top of the grass-covered dam with views of the lake and wetlands. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
July 12
6p - 7p Nature Strollers | Miller's Pond Park & Playground
Meet at Miller's Pond Park and Playground, 961-971 Parkside Drive, Elmira. Hike around the pond and playground on a grassy, slightly sloping terrain. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
July 27
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Seeley Creek
Meet in the southeast corner of the Southtown Plaza, 1600 Cedar St., Town of Southport. Hike a dirt trail through a meadow to the creek and back. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
Aug 10
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Dunn Field boat Launch
Meet next to Dunn Field baseball stadium in the parking lot, 550 Fair St., Elmira. Hike along the grass-covered flood levee and stop at the water's edge at the boat launch. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
Aug 20
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Toll Bridge Park Boat Launch
Meet at the Toll Bridge Park Boat Launch, CR 8 (Lowman Crossover), Wellsburg, a half-mile south of I86. Hike a grass-covered trail along corn fields and a former Native American village. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
Aug 27
6p - 7p Nature Strollers | Big Flats Community Park Loop
Meet in the far parking lot of off Winters Road, Big Flats. Hike grass trails through woods, meadows, and around a pond. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
Sep 20
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Sullivanville Dam
Meet in the dam parking lot off of Rt. 13 in the Town of Horseheads. Hike along the top of the grass-covered dam and into the woods near the lake. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.

Other Events

Mar 2 - Apr 25 All Day Baltimore Woods Exhibit feat. CVAS's Gail Norwood

Love of nature is artfully expressed by two artists, Diana Whiting and Gail Norwood at Baltimore Woods Nature Center from March 2 through April 25.

"Natural Passions," an exhibit of photographs and drawings, will be on display in the art gallery of the John A. Weeks Interpretive Center at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. The public is invited to attend the reception on Saturday, March 3 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, the show will be available for viewing Mondays through Fridays, 9 .m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no admission or parking fees, and all art work will be for sale.

For more information, visit Oneida Dispatch.

At right is Gail Norwood's drawing, "Coming in for a Landing."
Apr 28
9a Let's Talk Hummingbirds with Rick Marsi
Learn about hummingbirds at Wild Birds Unlimited. Rick Marsi is a naturalist, photographer, lecturer and writer. His columns appear in the Sunday Elmira Star-Gazette. Seating is limited for the Let's Talk in-store presentations, so please call: 607-739-8157 for reservations.
May 5
All Day Global Big Day 2018
Global Big Day is back. Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birding’s biggest day! Our favorite part of Global Big Day is watching the shared passion for birds unite 20000+ people from more than 160 countries in a single day to celebrate birds. With this in mind, we can think of no better theme for this May’s Global Big Day than shorebirds!

Sandpipers, plovers, oystercatchers, lapwings, avocets—no matter the flavor, these evocative birds tie countries and continents together like few other animals on this planet. Their stories inspire us—from Red Knots that have cumulatively migrated the distance to the moon and back, to Semipalmated Sandpipers that travel 8,000 miles each year, and still manage to find the same exact nest scrape in the Arctic tundra to raise their young. Black-bellied Plover, or Grey Plover if you know it for its less colorful plumage, is our emblem for the 5 May Global Big Day, with a global distribution and remarkable migration effort that embodies the epic spirit of shorebirds and Global Big Day itself. This 5 May 2018, can we we surpass last year’s result, of 6635 bird species, and set a new record for one day of birding? It’s in your hands.

No matter what you do—have fun, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird! We’re excited to see what we can achieve together for Global Big Day.

More information on how to participate can be found here.
May 5
9a Orioles! at Wild Birds Unlimited
Come join us at Wild Birds Unlimited to learn all about orioles! Tanglewood educator Brie will share information on our striking orange friends: what they eat and how to lure them to your yard; what their nests are like; how to differentiate the calls of the Baltimore and Orchard orioles; and other brightly-colored look-alike species.
May 12
9a Birds of Prey at Wild Birds Unlimited
Learn about birds of prey at Wild Birds Unlimited. Tanglewood educator Bridget will share the stories of rescued wildlife ambassadors Sophie the Great Horned Owl, Hank the Red-Tailed Hawk, and Gridley the Merlin. Learn more about hawk, owl, and falcon anatomy, diet, hunting strategies, and how to support these species at home.
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.