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.

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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 

                              UPCOMING EVENTS:




6 1/2 Station Sanctuary Watch

Tuesday, 6/25 5-6:30pm

Sanctuary Steward Dr. Walter Jahn will be stationed with a spotting scope near the benches along the Heritage Trail which look out over the 6 1/2 Station Sanctuary wetland (about half a mile from the trail intersection with 6 1/2 Station Road on the Goshen side).
If you happen to be out for an evening jog, stroll or bike ride, stop by to look at what birds are visible through the spotting scope, look at pictures of birds seen at the sanctuary, or ask any bird questions you have! Feel free to bring friends who might be interested in joining Audubon.



Field Trip to Knapp’s View

Saturday, June 29th at 4pm

Join Orange County Audubon and the Chester Conservation Advisory Council for an evening walk up the trail at Knapp’s View. Bobolinks and other grassland birds are among the most vulnerable in New York State and this park is a crucial habitat. Those who wish may join us after at nearby Oceane Vineyards for dinner or libations.



Birding for Kids with Chester Public Library

Tuesday, 7/9 from 10:30-11:15

Chester Commons, 81 Laroe Road, Chester NY

Join Diane Tuttle, board member of the Orange County Audubon Society, as she introduces basic bird identification for children.
As part of this event, the Orange County Audubon Society will be donating a Birding Backpack for use by the children of the Chester Public Library.




Authors on McFarland, in collaboration with Orange County Audubon Society, present: Christian Cooper, author of “Better Living Through Birding”

Saturday, August 10th at 11:30am

Christian Cooper is a New York Times best-selling author, with his debut memoir, Better Living Through Birding.  He is also the host and a consulting producer for National Geographic TV’s hit series “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper.” 


Practically born with a pair of binoculars in his hands, he served as president of the Harvard Ornithological Club in his college days.  Currently, as a vice president of NYC Audubon, he advocates for greater, safer access to green spaces for all, with a focus on outreach to youth in underserved communities.  A longtime activist on issues of racial justice and LGBTQ equality, Christian Cooper combined his passions in the BLM graphic short story “It’s a Bird” from DC Comics.  He continues to seek synergy at the intersections of storytelling, progressivism, and environmentalism.

Contact: The Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 4



Birding Beyond the Backyard

Thursday, October 10th from 6-7:00pm

Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy woodpeckers? This program is for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them.
Presented by Jim Van Gelder, seasoned birder and OCAS Field Trip Committee chair, this program will cover basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.
Call the library at 845-477-8377 to register.




Winterizing Your Garden for Birds & Pollinators, cohosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library

Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-7:30pm

As fall approaches, many of us start thinking about cleaning up our yards and gardens. Following five simple steps can help turn your garden into a winter haven for birds and pollinators! Learn about each step and how birds and pollinators utilize our gardens throughout the fall and winter.
Presented by Pam Golben, environmental educator.





We hope to see you soon!

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Click below to Join or Renew your Orange County Audubon Society membership today. 
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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
Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a tree stump in Warwick New York
Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a tree stump in Warwick New York
Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a tree stump in Warwick New York


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.