Upcoming Events

For directions to meeting places, arrangements to meet you along the way, and other information, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-207-0000 or browncreeper9@gmail.com. CVAS is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our conservation and education programs and to welcoming all who wish to work and learn with us. Any person, regardless of age, race, religion, ability, or gender identity, who is interested in wild life study, protection, and conservation, may be enrolled as a member upon receipt of the first payment of dues.

CVAS Events

Jan 15 - Feb 15 All Day

Climate Watch Survey
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CVAS participates annually in the Audubon Climate Watch survey. The next survey will take place January 15 - February 15, 2024, and is open to the public, including all interested grous and individuals with an interest in birds.

For information regarding joining us in the 2024 Winter event, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-207-0000 or browncreeper9@gmail.com.

According to Audubon's 2019 climate change report, 'Survival by Degrees,' up to two-thirds of North American birds are vulnerable to extinction due to climate change. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to protect birds from this existential threat, and the Audubon members have been leading the way for years. Since 2016, Climate Watch volunteers have collected data to use to document that birds are responding to climate change and shifting their ranges.

Feb 15 7:00 PM

CVAS Monthly Meeting
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Meet 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. Appleridge is wheelchair accessible. You can connect on Zoom by sending a request to windingwayhorse@aol.com.

Jim Diederich, District Manager for the Chemung County Soil & Warter Conservation District, is the featured speaker at the February meeting of the Chemung Valley Audubon Society.

Please join us in the West Room at Appleridge Senior Living to learn more about the mission of the CCSWCD. Jim will describe the work done by CCSWCD to benefit our community including conservation efforts and how that impacts local wildlife habitat and birds in our area.

Feb 16 - 19 ALL DAY

Great Backyard Bird Count
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Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) was the first online participatory-science project (also referred to as community science or citizen science) to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real time.

Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Over these four days we invite people to spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and reporting the data. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations.

CVAS members will participate with a bird walk on the Big Flats Trail on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 AM. Meet at Sperr Memorial Park (located at 91 Kahler Road S, in Big Flats, NY).

For more information regarding participating with Chemung Valley Audubon in the 2024 GBBC event, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-207-0000 or browncreeper9@gmail.com.

Feb 17 8:00 AM

GBBC Bird Walk on the Big Flats Trail
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CVAS members will participate with a bird walk on the Big Flats Trail on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 AM. Meet at Sperr Memorial Park (located at 91 Kahler Road S, in Big Flats, NY).

For more information, contact Bill Ostrander at 607-207-0000 or browncreeper9@gmail.com.

Feb 24 8:00 AM

Audubon in the Parks Walk at Mark Twain State Park
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Meet in the Birding Trail lot at Murray Athletic Center (the Elmira College Domes), State Route 14, south of Pine Valley.

Mar 2 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cayuga Lake and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
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Meet at the Park & Ride on State Route 13, Horseheads (north of Byrne Dairy traffic circle). We will be looking for waterfowl, eagles, and early spring migrants.

Mar 9 8:00 AM

Big Flats Hot Spots
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Meet at the Sperr Memorial Park, Kahler Road south of I-86 Exit 50. We will check for migrating waterfowl and spring migrants at the Park and other hotspots as time permits.

Mar 14 7:00 PM

CVAS Book Club
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We will discuss Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard. You can find our book list here. We meet in the Conference Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads, NY. All CVAS members are welcome. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: Use Parking Lot A and enter the front door to the lobby. Proceed to the large staircase on your right and go up one floor. At the top of the stairs turn right. The Conference Room is the first door on your right. Or, use an elevator to the left of the staircase in the lobby.

Mar 16 8:00 AM

CVAS Field Trip to Sullivanville Dam
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Meet at the dam parking area on State Route 13, Town of Horseheads. The parking area is on the east side of the road at the top of the hill just north of Byrne Dairy.

Mar 23 7:30 AM

CVAS Field Trip to Northrup Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
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We will meet at Sperr Memorial Park on Kahler Road South, immediately south of I-86 Exit 50. We will be looking for early spring migrants.

Apr 11 7:00 PM

CVAS Book Club
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Celebrate National Poetry Month! Please bring a favorite short nature poem to share. You can find our book list here. We meet in the Conference Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads, NY. All CVAS members are welcome. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: Use Parking Lot A and enter the front door to the lobby. Proceed to the large staircase on your right and go up one floor. At the top of the stairs turn right. The Conference Room is the first door on your right. Or, use an elevator to the left of the staircase in the lobby.

May 9 7:00 PM

CVAS Book Club
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We will discuss Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture by Gabe Brown. You can find our book list here. We meet in the Conference Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads, NY. All CVAS members are welcome. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: Use Parking Lot A and enter the front door to the lobby. Proceed to the large staircase on your right and go up one floor. At the top of the stairs turn right. The Conference Room is the first door on your right. Or, use an elevator to the left of the staircase in the lobby.

Jun 13 7:00 PM

CVAS Book Club
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We will meet to select our next book list. You can find our most recent book list here. We meet in the Conference Room at Appleridge, 168 Miller St., Horseheads, NY. All CVAS members are welcome. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: Use Parking Lot A and enter the front door to the lobby. Proceed to the large staircase on your right and go up one floor. At the top of the stairs turn right. The Conference Room is the first door on your right. Or, use an elevator to the left of the staircase in the lobby.

Other Events

All Season  

Montezuma Audubon Society
Come Bird with Us!The Montezuma Audubon Society has birding and boating events all season long! Visit the Montezuma Audubon website for more information and to register.

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Birding Festivals
Cornell Lab LogoA great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they're organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they're a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you'll meet other visitors who share your hobby. While you're there, keep an eye out for Cornell Lab representatives, as they do attend several festivals each year. You can find a complete list of birding festivals here.

Mar 9 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Appleridge Open House

Appleridge will be having their Open House from 1pm - 3pm. We have our meetings and book club here and would love for you to support this event. Come see why they're the #1 Retirement Community in the Twin Tiers! View the flyer and more information about this event here.

Mar 26 - May 14 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress
A picture of Steve Kress holding just the cutest little bird ever, the Atlantic puffin! It has a an adorable round head that is white with a black stripe down the back and a cute little orange beak and cute little orange webbed feet. Honestly, it looks like it could be a stuffed animal, but it's not! It's totally real! Squee!

Registration is now open for the Cayuga Bird Club’s Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress, held Tuesday evenings March 26 through May 14 at Kendal at Ithaca. You can attend each class either in person OR via Zoom this coming spring! This is a great way to learn more about birds and their lives! Dr. Kress’s presentations, enhanced with audio recordings, videos, and gorgeous photos, will include bird ID, song, behavior, migration, conservation, attracting birds, and more.

Classes will be recorded for students to view or review at their convenience. Details and registration at Cayuga Bird Club. You can find more information on this flyer, too.

The class is suitable for beginners, but even seasoned birders will find their lives enriched by exploring fascinating aspects of the lives of birds they thought they knew.