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

May 14
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.
May 16
Thu
7:30p CVAS Monthly Meeting | Peter Robbins: The Formation of the Finger Lakes
Chemung Valley Audubon Society will host educator Peter Robbins on Thursday, May 16, with his program “The Formation of the Finger Lakes.” The 7:30 p.m. meeting and program are in the main dining room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads. A workshop on warblers precedes the program at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to the free events.

Robbins taught earth science for 26 years at Haverling Senior High School in Bath, later serving as high school principal and district superintendent.

Robbins will explain how upstate New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes took their place in the landscape. The process began about 350 million years ago and continued during the last ice age, which ended approximately 10,000 years ago. He will also unravel the more recent history of the eleven Finger Lakes and the differences among them.
May 17 - 18
Fri - Sat
6p Migration Marathon
Find as many species as you can wherever you want to go, and meet us at Curly's Chicken House, at 2100 Lake Road, Horseheads, on Saturday at 6:30pm, to share what you found or just to hear what others have found.
May 25
Sat
8am - 10am CVAS Field Trip | Catharine Valley Trail
Meet at the Ford V. Stoddard Park trailhead in Millport. It will be an easy walk and good for birds.
June 1
Sat
8am - 11am CVAS Field Trip | Northrup Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary & Tracy Creek State Forest
Meet at the Sperr Memorial Park, Kahler Road, south of I-86 Exit 50. We'll carpool to the sanctuary, which is on Learn Road in the Town of Rathbone, Steuben County. We'll search the area for grassland birds as well as tour the property. If time permits, we'll stop at Tracy Creek State Forest and bird along the creek.
June 7
Fri
6pm - 7pm Nature Strollers | CVAS at Bluebird Trail Farm
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.
June 8
Sat
8:00am - 11:00am CVAS Field Trip | Gleason Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
We will meet at the Fitch's Bridge Fishing Access, Hendy Creek Rd. (State Route 225), West Elmira. We will enjoy some riverside birds at the meeting place, watch for grassland birds on our way, and enjoy forest birds at the Sanctuary.
June 13
Thu
7pm - 8:30pm CVAS Book Club Meeting
Please join us at Appleridge in the private dining room to discuss the book of the month. For a complete list of the books we are reading, click here.
June 21
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.
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 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 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 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.

Other Events

April 17
Wed
7pm Conservation of Tioga County Orchids
We have all seen the beautiful tropical orchids, but how many of you have seen any of the exceptionally beautiful native orchids growing right here in the wilds of Tioga County? How many native orchids are there in Tioga County? Do they need conservation? If you would like answers to these and any other questions you may have regarding native orchids, come to a free presentation entitled “Conservation of Tioga County Orchids” at the Old Music Room, Wellsboro School Admin Building, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:00pm. The best way to enter is to drive around behind the building (at the stop sign make a left away from the high school and follow the parking lot to the back of the building. You will pass the maintenance area as well as a sugar shack. Enter the building through the propped open door).

Presenters will be Mark Simonis Tioga County Botanist and Chris Firestone, Botanist with the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry.
May 4
Sat
All Day Global Big Day

How many birds can a world of birders find in one day? You can help answer that question on 4 May 2019: Global Big Day

Last year's Global Big Day featured more than 30,000 people across 171 countries, collectively reporting 7,026 species of birds—about two-thirds of the world's bird species in a single day! This May, you can be a part of the fun. All you have to do is spend a few minutes birding, and eBird what you find.

Here are three quick ways to have the most fun:

  1. "Scout" your birding spots for 4 May. Finding where the birds are ahead of time makes the big day birding more fun, and also gives you more chances to be out enjoying birds. Perfect. Learn how to use eBird to find birds. 
  2. Use eBird Mobile. eBird's free data-entry app takes the time out of data entry, with tools like Quick Entry that mean you have less time with your face in a notebook and more time birding. Try eBird Mobile.
  3. Get a friend involved. Perhaps this is a good birding buddy, or someone who has never been birding before. Make it a friendly competition, or join forces as a Global Big Day team. Discover new birds, and make sure that your familiar species are noted. Share on social media using #GlobalBigDay.

No matter what you do, have a great time, enjoy the birds around you, and let us know what you find! We're excited to see what we can achieve together on Global Big Day.


ChrisMarshall, Brian, and Ian—for Team eBird

May 6
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 May 6, 13, and 20, and 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
May 13
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, May 6 Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer.
May 20
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, May 6 Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer.
June 3
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, May 6 Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer.
June 17
Mon
9am - 11am Birding Tour by Montezuma Audubon Center & Seneca White Deer
See the event description above, May 6 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, May 6 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.