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

Feb 20
Thu
7:00p CVAS Monthly Meeting | Bird-Friendly Maple: Managing Sugarbushes for Bird Habitat

Speaker is Aaron Wightman, Extension Associate with the Cornell Maple Program in Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources

Maple syrup is an all-natural sweetener that can be produced from sustainable, managed forests. Biologically and structurally diverse sugarbushes provide good-quality habitat for forest birds because they allow birds to forage, find cover, build nests, and raise their young. This presentation offers strategies to enhance bird habitat in sugarbushes and provides an overview of the upcoming New York Bird-Friendly Maple Program that is being developed through a partnership of the Cornell Maple Program, Audubon New York, and Audubon Vermont.

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.; (no workshop this meeting) the program begins at 7:30p.m. All are welcome to these free events.
Feb 22
Sat
8:00am CVAS Field Trip | Audubon in the Park 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 mile south of Pine Valley.
Mar 7
Sat
8:00am CVAS Field Trip | Audubon in the Park Walk at Mark Twain State Park
Meet in the Birding Trail lot at Murray Athletic Center (the Elmira College Domes), State Route 14, south of Pine Valley.
Mar 12
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. Our book list is available here.
Mar 14
Thu
7am - 5pm CVAS Field Trip | Cayuga Lake and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Sullivanville Dam on State Route 13, Horseheads. We will be looking for waterfowl, eagles, and more.
Apr 9
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Bring a favorite nature poem to share. Our book list is available here.
May 14
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we discuss our book of the month. Our book list is available here.
June 11
Thu
7:00p CVAS Book Club
Meet in the Private Dining Room at Appleridge (Map) as we choose our next book list. Our current book list is available here.

Other Events

Mar 26 - Mar 29 Various Inaugural Finger Lakes Birding Festival
The Finger Lakes Region is a critically important stopover for millions of waterfowl and birds of prey as they migrate north to their breeding grounds. The Montezuma Audubon Center, Braddock Bay Raptor Research, Sterling Nature Center and Onondaga Audubon will lead a variety of birding tours, lectures, and workshops during this four-day event at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area, Sterling Nature Center and Onondaga Lake. Participants can expect to see up to three dozen waterfowl species and 20 species of raptors that utilize the region’s forests, wetlands, grasslands and waterways. Discount hotel accommodations and program registrations are available on Facebook, or find full details, including workshop information, at Audubon NY.

Space is limited and registration is required for all programs.

Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:
  • If the MAC cancels an event, we will initiate a full reimbursement.
  • If you need to cancel registration for an event, you must call or email the MAC at (315)-365-3588 or montezuma@audubon.org.
  • If you cancel more than a week before the event, we will initiate a reimbursement minus a 10% administrative fee, or credit you for a future event.
  • No reimbursements are issued for cancellations received less than a week before the date of the event.
Mar 24 - May 12 7pm - 8:30pm Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress | An 8-Week Course
Explore our local birds in this 8-week spring course with renowned ornithologist, author, and speaker, Dr. Stephen Kress. Lecture topics include bird identification, family life of birds, bird song, migration mysteries, attracting birds, and bird conservation. Workshops are held Tuesday nights from 7pm - 8:30pm, from March 24 - May 12, 2020. Location is Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca, NY. The cost is $125 for Cayuga Bird Club members and $140 for non-members (membership included). Register online at Cayuga Bird Club or contact cayugabirdclub@gmail.com for more information. Sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club.
May 2
Sat
10a - 3p 14th Annual Wildlife Festival
Join us at Montezuma Audubon Center for wildlife presentations, live music, food trucks, guided tours, family entertainment, children's activities, local vendors, and lots of fun! Admission is $5/person or $20/family. Visit Montezuma Audubon for more information.
May - Jun 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | May - June
Spring Monhegan and Hog Island | May 31 - June 5
Building Better Birding Skills | June 7 - 12
Puffin Islands | June 14 - 19
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens I | June 14 - 19
Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens II | June 21 - 26
Field Ornithology | June 21 - 26
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
July 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | July
Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens | June 28 - July 3
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week | July 12 - 17
Creating Bird-friendly Habitats | July 19 - 22
Arts & Birding | July 19 - 24
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
August 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | August
Costa Rica Teen Camp | August 1 - 6
Family Camp I | August 9 - 14
Family Camp II | August 16 - 21
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
Sep 2020 All Day Hog Island Audubon Camp 2020 | September
Road Scholar: Saving Seabirds | September 6 - 11
Fall Migration & Monhegan | September 6 - 11
Raptor Migration and Monhegan Island | September 13 - 18
E-mail hogisland@audubon.org or visit HogIsland.audubon.org for more information.
May 29 - 31 All Day 62nd Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimate
Join us May 29-31 in Allegany State Park for the 62nd annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage. We have over 100 walks/talks and programs. $25 registration for Audubon members entitles you to participate in all the activities for the weekend. Birding, Wildflowers, Astronomy, Fossils, Night Walks, Early morning hikes, kayaking, etc. Early Bird registration is available until April 24! To register or for more information, go to www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.