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 17
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map), 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.

Chemung Valley Audubon Society will host Suzanne Treyger at 7:30 p.m. with her program “Improving Habitat for Forest Birds.” As a Forest Program Manager with Audubon New York, Treyger promotes sustainable forestry practices on private and public land by providing outreach and technical assistance to landowners and land managers. This is an important part of a greater effort to improve forest habitat along the Atlantic Flyway for focal bird species in decline. Learn from her about the habitat needs of a suite of forest birds, and how we can manage forests to provide quality habitat. Management recommendations to improve habitat will be discussed along with how they can be applied to a variety of property sizes, including small woodlots.

At 7:00 p.m. Bill Ostrander will lead a warbler identification workshop.
May 18
Fri
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Eldridge Park
Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
May 25
Fri
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.
May 26
Sat
8a - 10a CVAS Field Trip | Newtown Battlefield State Park
Meet in the parking area by Sullivan's Monument. This is a great place for warblers and other neotropic migrants.
June 2
Sat
8a - 11a CVAS Field Trip | Northrup Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and 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 8
Fri
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 9
Sat
8a - 11a 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 14
Thu
7p - 8:30p CVAS Book Club | Appleridge | 169 Miller St. | Horseheads, NY
The group will wrap up discussion of the 8 books we read this year and choose titles for next year. We will not meet in July or August.
June 22
Fri
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Sperr Park
Meet at the picnic table area at Sperr Park. Hike the park trail and see a variety of plants and wildlife. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
June 29
Fri
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
Thu
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 13
Fri
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Sperr Park
Meet at the picnic table area at Sperr Park. Hike the park trail and see a variety of plants and wildlife. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
July 21
Sat
10a - 11a Nature Strollers | Newtown Battlefield State Park
Meet at Newton Battlefield State Park by Sullivan's Monument. Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
July 27
Fri
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.
July 30
Mon
6p - 7p Nature Strollers | Kehoe Nature Preserve, Golden Glow
Download the complete Nature Strollers schedule here.
Aug 10
Fri
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
Mon
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
Mon
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
Thu
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

May 19
Sat
7a Guided Shorebird Walk
This year's spring drawdown of Tschache Pool offers us a unique opportunity to view shorebirds using the refuge during their spring migration north. Generally closed to public entry, Cayuga Bird Club's volunteer and expert, Dave Nicosia, will lead you behind the gate in search of shorebirds! Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 US Rt. 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Click here for more information.
May 26
Sat
7a Guided Shorebird Walk
This year's spring drawdown of Tschache Pool offers us a unique opportunity to view shorebirds using the refuge during their spring migration north. Generally closed to public entry, Cayuga Bird Club's volunteer and expert, Dave Nicosia, will lead you behind the gate in search of shorebirds! Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 US Rt. 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Click here 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.