Orange County Audubon Society

Welcome to the website of New York’s Orange County Audubon Society

Advancing the public’s awareness of conservation for the benefit of Birds and all wildlife.


We are a Member Chapter of the National Audubon Society.
Our primary focus is birds and bird habitat, and our chapter works
to foster appreciation for and conservation of all aspects of the environment.

We steward 5 sanctuaries of bird and wildlife refuge in Orange County, NY.
You can call us by our acronym: OCAS.

About OCASJoin UsOur Sanctuaries

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Southern Orange County CBC
December 28, 2019

The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a 120-year tradition. The Southern Orange County CBC takes place on December 28th (rain date Dec. 29) within a pre-designated 15-mile radius that covers much of southern Orange County. Count volunteers followed specified routes, counting every bird they see or hear all day. The data collected by observers over the past century has allowed Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, and wildlife agencies to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

Sign up HERE to participate in the Southern Orange County CBC.


Sat, Dec 28, 2019, ALL DAY (rain date Dec 29)
Southern Orange County Christmas Bird Count
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Sat, Jan 11, 2020, 4:00PM BIRDING FIELD TRIP
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR
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Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 6:30PM (note NEW date)
OCAS Chapter Meeting, Goshen NY
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Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 6:30PM
Birds and Climate Change, Washingtonville NY
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Wed, Feb 12, 2020, 6:30PM
Birds and Climate Change, Warwick NY
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Sun, Feb 16, 2020, 8:30am BIRDING FIELD TRIP
Dennings Point State Park and Madam Brett Park
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Sat, Feb 29, 2020, 1:00PM
Birds and Climate Change, Chester NY
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Tue, March 17, 2020, 6:00PM
Birds and Wildlife of Tanzania and Kenya, Middletown NY
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Fri, March 27, 2020, 7:30PM, BIRDING FIELD TRIP
Highland Lakes State Park
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Wed, April 1, 2020, 6:30PM
Plant Natives! Gardening for Birds, Goshen NY
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Sat, April 18, 2020, 10:00am
Create a Nature Journal with Jim Van Gelder, Newburgh NY
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Wed, May 13, 2020, 7:00PM
Spring Frog Walk, Warwick NY
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Thu, June 11, 2020, 6:30PM
Birding Beyond the Backyard, Washingtonville NY
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Join OCAS and receive email updates about these and our other events.

Thank you for your continued support of OCAS, your local Audubon Chapter. We appreciate each donation and membership, as well as your love of birds and bird habitat.

Northern Flicker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a tree stump in Warwick New York


Membership in the National Audubon Society is $20 for the first year. Your dollars will help support both the National and Orange County Audubon Societies.  Members are entitled to a full year subscription to Audubon magazine, our newsletters and field trip list.


Our field trips (not hikes), although designed primarily for bird watching, are intended to create interest in flora, fauna, and all natural beauty in Orange County and vicinity. The public is always welcome.

Click here for our Field Trips.


OCAS maintains 5 wildlife refuges, totaling some 300 acres, in Goshen, Warwick, and Montgomery.  Many of these sanctuaries are open to the public during daylight hours for bird watching and the quiet study of nature, including photography and painting.

Click here for more about OCAS sanctuaries in Orange County.