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OCAS is the Orange County Audubon Society. We are a bird and wildlife conservation organization. We steward 5 bird and wildlife sanctuaries in Orange County, New York. Most are open to the public with walking paths and/or a viewing stand accessible to visit for the quiet enjoyment and study of nature.

We curate monthly programs/presentations throughout the county and several birding field trips each season. We have developed presentations about bird identification, gardening with native plants for birds, pollinators, and climate change that organizations, libraries, or schools can book for their members. 

With the help and support of our members, we have accomplished much in the past year. We continue to steward our sanctuaries for the benefit of all. We are sharing footage from trail cams.  We are continuing to mentor through our very successful student internship program and volunteer programs at days camps in Middletown and Pine Island. We’re expanding community participation and outreach throughout the county, including SUNY Orange Earth Day, Earth Fest Warwick, the Middletown Shade Committee’s Arbor Day Celebration, and the Warwick Applefest. Community science is an important part of our community engagement and we are committed to contributing to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Climate Watch, Bird Atlas, and eBird. 

While our primary focus is on birds and bird habitat, OCAS fosters an appreciation and conservation of all aspects of the environment. Our Chapter started in 1970 with a group of environmentalists and birders in Orange County, NY. We are a Member Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization status means your membership and other donations are tax deductible. 

OCAS wholly endorses the National Audubon Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

“The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.” 

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President: Jim Van Gelder
Vice President: Ben Schneeberg
Treasurer: Edwin Wiley
Recording Secretary: Alicia Tolen
Corresponding Secretary: Jody Susler
Directors-at-Large: Lynn Barber, Walter Jahn, Diane Tuttle

Committee Chairs
Field Trips: Diane Tuttle
Conservation: Alicia Tolen
Programs: Walter Jahn
Sanctuaries: Ben Schneeberg
Membership: Ed Wiley
Publications: Jody Susler


Sanctuary Superintendents
6 1/2 Station: Walter Jahn, Lynn Barber, & Eric Goodman
Long Swamp: Ben Schneeberg
Muddy Kill: Lynn Barber
Norman Brook: James Van Gelder
Stony Creek: James Van Gelder

Thanks to Eric Kubelle for his original design of our website.