UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:

Ducks, Geese & Swans: their migrations and love lives

Monday, March 4th at 5:30pm

Join Dr. Walter Jahn, biologist and OCAS board member, as he discusses the migrations and mating behaviors of ducks, geese and swans. Participants may join in person at the Rowley Center room 010, SUNY Orange Middletown campus, or via Zoom at the following link;

https://sunyorange.zoom.us/j/92222084084

Click here for a map of the Rowley Center

 

 

The Bald Eagle: the national symbol nesting near you

Monday, March 25th at 5:30pm

Join Dr. Walter Jahn, biologist and OCAS board member, as he shares information on the bald eagle. Participants may join in person at the Rowley Center room 010, SUNY Orange Middletown campus, or via Zoom at the following link:

https://sunyorange.zoom.us/j/92222084084

Click here for a map of the Rowley Center

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

Birding Beyond the Backyard

Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm
Hosted by Moffat Library in Washingtonville NY

Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? 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, will cover basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Presented by Diane Tuttle

Colors in Nature

Saturday, February 24th 2024, 10:00am

Hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library

Have you ever wondered why some birds are more colorful than others? Why is our planet green?  How do living things produce and exhibit different colors? And why would any animal want to stand out anyway?  Learn why our natural world is in color! Join this virtual presentation with biologist Professor Dr. Walter Jahn of the Orange County Audubon Society for a colorful presentation!

Presented by Walter Jahn

 

 

The Hottest Year on Record 2023

Climate Change and its Impacts on Humans and Wildlife

Monday, February 12th at 5:30pm

Join OCAS Board Member and Biology Professor Dr. Walter Jahn as he speaks about Climate Change.
Participants may attend in person at Orange County Community College in Rowley room 017 or virtually at the following zoom link:

 

 

 

Winter Wildlife

Monday, February 5th from 5:30-6:30pm

Join OCAS Board Member and Biology Professor Dr. Walter Jahn as he speaks about Winter Wildlife in Orange County.

Participants may attend in person at Orange County Community College in Rowley room 017 or virtually at the following zoom link:

 

 

 

 

 

Backyard Birds

Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30pm

Florida Public Library

Join us for a multimedia bird presentation. Interesting bird facts, key identification features, and bird calls will be presented for the common birds you may see in your backyard and neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

Winter Bird ID for Kids

Saturday, January 6th from 10:30-11:30 am

Come learn about the birds who live in our area in the winter months! Diane Tuttle of the Orange County Audubon Society will be presenting this fun and interactive event for children and their caregivers.
Register with the Chester Public Library at (845) 469-4252
Feel free to email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Male Northern Cardinals (cardinalis cardinalis) in a snowy scene

Winter Wildlife

Monday, December 4th at 5:30pm

What wildlife can you see in winter? Where are the others? A survey of how mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants are spending their winter.
Participants may join in person at the SUNY Orange Rowley Center or via Zoom at the following link:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Bird ID at the Newburgh Free Library

Saturday, December 2nd at 1pm

Come learn about the birds local to our area in the winter months. Presented by James Van Gelder of the Orange County Audubon Society.
Call the Newburgh Free Library to register at (845) 563-3600.
Feel free to email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information

Click here for a map of the Newburgh Free Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climb the Prehistoric Staircase

Monday, November 13th, 2023 at 5:30pm at SUNY Orange

Join biology professor Dr. Walter Jahn for an active and interesting evening of learning science in a relaxed atmosphere. This presentation will begin with a short presentation in Rowley Center room 017 and proceed through a staircase depiction of a walk through the geologic history of the earth. You will be invited to “Climb on the Prehistoric Stairway with each step marching you through the evolution of life and geologic history.” You may go at your own pace under the guidance of Dr. Jahn.

Click here for map of the SUNY Orange Rowley Center

Email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds of Prey- Cohosted by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center

Saturday, November 11th 2023 from 2-4pm

Orange County Audubon Society is excited to present Birds of Prey, a raptor presentation offered in collaboration with the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. This event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome!

Click here for map of Mountain Lake Park, Warwick NY

Email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterizing Your Garden with Pam Golben

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 at 6:00pm at the Mamakating Library

As fall approaches, many of us start thinking about cleaning up our yards & 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 fall and winter. Presented by Pam Golben, environmental educator.

Click here for a map of the Middletown Thrall Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors in Nature

Monday, October 30th, 2023 at 5:30pm at SUNY Orange

Have you ever wondered why some birds are more colorful than others? Why is our planet green? How do living things produce and exhibit different colors? And why would any animal want to stand out anyway? Learn why our natural world is in color! Join this presentation with biologist Professor Dr. Walter Jahn of the Orange County Audubon Society for a colorful presentation!
Participants may join in person in Rowley Center room 017, or via Zoom at the following link:

Click here for map of the SUNY Orange Rowley Center

Email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reptiles: their exciting 350 million year history and modern threats

Monday, October 23rd, 2023 at 5:30pm at SUNY Orange

Join SUNY Orange Biology Professor and OCAS Board member Dr. Walter Jahn as he discusses the history of reptiles and their modern-day threats. Participants may join at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus in Rowley room 017, or at the following Zoom link: 

Click here for map of the SUNY Orange Rowley Center

Email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Photography with Alethea Pape

Saturday, October 14th 2023 at 2pm at the Middletown Thrall Library

This program is for new nature photographers who want to learn to take better photos. We will look at many beautiful photos and discuss composition, lighting, background and preparation. If you enjoy nature and like taking photographs this is the program for you. Presented by freelance journalist and photographer Alethea Pape.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required! 

Click here for map of Middletown Thrall Library

Email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winterizing Your Garden with Pam Golben

Thursday, October 5th, 2023 at 5:30pm at the Mamakating Library

As fall approaches, many of us start thinking about cleaning up our yards & 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 fall and winter. Presented by Pam Golben, environmental educator.

Click here for a map of the Mamakating Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds of Autumn with Jim Van Gelder

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 at 6:00pm at the Middletown Thrall Library

The changing of the season means many types of birds will leave for the south – but others will arrive from the north! This talk will cover migration of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl, introduce basics of identification, and highlight some local birding spots around the county. Presented by OCAS President Jim Van Gelder.
This event is open to the public. No registration required! 

Click here for a map of the Middletown Thrall Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Bird Migration with Dr. Walter Jahn

Monday, September 25th, 2023 at 5:30pm

As a great diversity of waterfowl and other birds migrate through our area, Dr. Walter Jahn will over a presentation on the Fall bird migration on Orange County Community College’s Middletown campus in Rowley room 017 or at the following Zoom link: https://sunyorange.zoom.us/j/99399377303

Click here for a map of the Rowley Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birding for Kids- Cohosted by the Mamakating Environmental Education Center

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 at 10:00am

Join Dr. Walter Jahn, board member of the Orange County Audubon Society & Professor of Biology at SUNY Orange, as he 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 Mamakating Environmental Education Center.

Please call MEEC at 845-644-5014 to register.

Click here for map of the Mamakating Environmental Education Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change with Dr. Walter Jahn

Monday, September 18th, 2023 at 5:30pm

2023 continues on the path to be the hottest year on record, with continued wildfires, record heat, and severe storms. Dr. Walter Jahn will offer a presentation on climate change and its effects on Orange County Community College’s Middletown campus in Rowley room 017 or at the following Zoom link: https://sunyorange.zoom.us/j/99399377303

Click here for a map of the Rowley Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birding for Kids- Cohosted by the Port Jervis Free Library

Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at 10:00am

Join Dr. Walter Jahn, board member of the Orange County Audubon Society & Professor of Biology at SUNY Orange, as he 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 Port Jervis Free Library.

Please call the Port Jervis Free Library at 845-856-7313 to register.

Click here for map of the Port Jervis Free Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Birds 2: Songbirds

Monday, August 7th, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm

In this second of a two part series, OCAS Board Member and SUNY Orange Professor of Biology Dr. Walter Jahn will discuss local birds, focusing on songbirds. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in the Rowley Center room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Flicker sitting on branch

Birding for Kids- Cohosted by the Montgomery Free Library

Saturday, August 5th, 2023 at 10:30am

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 Montgomery Free Library.

Please call the Montgomery Free Library at 845-457-5616 to register.

Click here for map of the Montgomery Free Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Birds 1: Aquatic Birds to Woodpeckers

Monday, July 31st, 2023 from 5:30-6:30pm

In this first of a two part series, OCAS Board Member and SUNY Orange Professor of Biology Dr. Walter Jahn will discuss local birds, from aquatic birds through woodpeckers. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in the Rowley Center room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Flicker sitting on branch

Birding for Kids- Cohosted by the Newburgh Free Library

Saturday, July 22nd 2023 at 10:00am

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 Newburgh Free Library.

Please call the Newburgh Free Library at 845-563-3600 to register.

Click here for map of the Newburgh Free Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Insect Diversity: from Pests to Pollinators

Monday, July 17th, 2023 at 5:30pm

OCAS Board Member and SUNY Orange Professor of Biology Dr. Walter Jahn will discuss local insect diversity, from pests to pollinators. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in the Rowley Center room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

History of Life on Earth

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 at 5:30pm

OCAS Board Member and SUNY Orange Professor of Biology Dr. Walter Jahn will discuss the history of life on Earth with a focus on the evolutionary history of modern groups in our area. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in the Rowley Center room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

Birding for Kids- Cohosted by the Mamakating Library

Saturday, June 17th, 2023 at 11:00am

Join Dr. Walter Jahn, board member of the Orange County Audubon Society, as he introduces basic bird identification for children.

 

 

 

 

 

Aquatic Invertebrates- Cohosted by the Mamakating Environmental Education Center

Thursday, June 15th, 2023 at 6:30pm

After a brief introduction of aquatic invertebrates including samples and microscopes which will occur at the Mamakating Environmental
Education Center (762 S Rd, Wurtsboro, NY ) at 6:30 PM 6/15, attendees can regroup along the Basha Kill on Haven Road to collect their own samples.

 

Fungi & Their Diverse Interactions with Other Living Things

Monday, June 12th, 2023 at 5:30pm

Dr. Walter Jahn will describe how fungi interact with other living things (from plant roots to gut microbes to worm hunting lassos and more).

 

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity & The Modern Mass Extinction

Monday, June 5th, 2023 at 5:30pm

Dr. Walter Jahn will give an overview of how the modern mass extinction–among the worst 3 in the past 500 million years–is affecting biodiversity on earth. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in the Rowley Center room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change: The Ever Worsening Threat

Monday, May 22, 2023 at 5:30pm

Dr. Walter Jahn will present an overview of climate change and the diverse ways it is affecting us. The event can be attended in person at the Middletown Campus of Orange County Community College in Rowley room 017 or on zoom at the following link:

Click here for Zoom link

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

 

 

 

 

 

The Evolution of Birds

Monday, May 8, 2023 at 5:30pm

Join Dr. Walter Jahn as he discusses the evolution of birds. Participants may join in person at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus, Rowley Center Room 017, or via Zoom. 

Click here for map to SUNY Orange

Click here for Zoom link

 

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Food Chains

Monday, May 1, 2023 at 5:30pm

Join biologist Dr. Walter Jahn as he discusses Orange County freshwater food chains, from local fish to aquatic invertebrates. Participants may join in person at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus, Rowley Center Room 017, or via Zoom. 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Celebration at Wisner Library

Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 11-2pm

Join us outside on the River Birch Patio for a library-wide event with live music, crafts, educational information, and food trucks.  This is a celebration for all ages:  kids, teens, and adults are welcome and will find something interesting and entertaining! 

In person at Wisner Library, Warwick NY

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Native Gardening for Pollinators

Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 11-12:30pm

Birds, butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to colorful gardens but they actually need native plants for their nutrition and to feed their young. Pam Golben will show how you can attract birds and bees and butterflies to your yard with a beautiful healthy native garden and other easy steps to support them.

In person at Wisner Library, Warwick NY

Click here to register.

Presented by Pam Golben

 

 

 

 

Nature Journal

Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 11-1pm

Keeping a nature journal is a wonderful way to deepen your experience of nature and sharpen your artistic skills.  Jim Van Gelder will cover materials and techniques and then put them to practice on a variety of plant and animal subjects.

In person at Wisner Library, Warwick NY

Click here to register

Presented by Jim Van Gelder

 

 

 

 

Spring Migrating Birds

Monday, April 17, 2023 at 5:30pm

From warblers to waterfowl, a look at the diverse birds returning to Orange County.

In person at Rowley Center Rm 017, SUNY Orange, Middletown NY, or join via Zoom.

Presented by Dr. Walter Jahn

 

 

 

 

Native Plants and Landscapes

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 11am

In-person event hosted by the Moffat Library in Washingtonville

Join gardener Pam Golben to learn garden design using native plants. Discover their importance, showy substitutes, and sustainable design concepts

Presented by Pam Golben

 

 

 

 

Bird ID for Beginners

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 11am

In-person event hosted by the Newburgh Library 

Do you enjoy watching birds and want to work on your identification skills?  We will discuss some of the keys to bird ID:  looking at size and shape, colors and patterns, habitat, behaviors and sounds.  This is a multimedia program that will introduce the birds local to our area.  It will help you become more confident at identifying the birds you see every day.

Presented by Jim Van Gelder

 

 

 

Winter Bird ID

Saturday, February 25 2023, 1pm

Online event hosted by Moffat Library in Washingtonville

Come learn about the birds local to our area in the winter months as well as information about how to become involved in a few of the winter citizen science bird counts.  Presented by James Van Gelder of the Orange County Audubon Society.

Presented by Jim Van Gelder

 

 

 

 

Winter Wildlife

Monday, February 13 2023, 5:30pm

Join biologist Dr. Walter Jahn as he discusses which wildlife are active in Orange County in the winter. 

Presented by Walter Jahn

 

 

Colors in Nature

Wednesday, February 8 2023, 6:30pm

Online event hosted by Moffat Library in Washingtonville

Have you ever wondered why some birds are more colorful than others? Why is our planet green?  How do living things produce and exhibit different colors? And why would any animal want to stand out anyway?  Learn why our natural world is in color! Join this virtual presentation with biologist Professor Dr. Walter Jahn of the Orange County Audubon Society for a colorful presentation!

Presented by Walter Jahn

 

 

POP-UP PRESENTATION –>
Aquatic Invertebrates: Diversity and Food Chains

Thursday 10/27; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Live at SUNY Orange/OCCC, Rowley Bldg 110
and also on Zoom.

SUNY Orange Biology Professor and OCAS board member Walter Jahn will give a presentation on aquatic invertebrates and their unique ecology. Free to attend via either method.

Presented by Walter Jahn

Click here for directions

https://sunyorange.zoom.us/j/99922109100 

POP-UP PRESENTATION –>
PLANTS OF ORANGE COUNTY:
HISTORY, ECOLOGY, FUN FACTS

Tuesday 10/11; 5-6:30 PM

Live at SUNY Orange/OCCC, Rowley Bldg 112
and also on Zoom.

SUNY Orange Biology Professor and OCAS board member Walter Jahn will give a presentation on the plants of Orange County. Free to attend via either method.

Presented by Walter Jahn

Click here for directions

Zoom meeting id: 947 4559 4776

Bird ID for Adults

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:30 PM

Hosted at Pine Bush Area Public Library

Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? A program for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them. Presenter Jim Van Gelder of the Orange County Audubon Society will cover the basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Presented by Jim Van Gelder

Click here for registration

Bird ID for Adults

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 12pm

Hosted at Newburgh Free Library

Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? A program for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them. Presenter Jim Van Gelder of the Orange County Audubon Society will cover the basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Presented by Jim Van Gelder

Check back soon for registration info

Spring Migration

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6pm

Hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library

Click here to register now

Most of us can name at least a few birds that migrate during the spring, but did you know there are many other migratory wildlife in the Hudson Valley? Learn about local insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals that experience seasonal migration. You may be surprised!

Presented by Pam Golben

Migratory Birds

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11am

Hosted by Moffatt Library Washingtonville

Click here to register now

Join this virtual presentation with photographer and ornithologist Bill Fiero about the birds coming back to us. Bill is an experienced birder and presenter with great photos! He is currently participating in the Breeding Bird Atlas III. 

Presented by Bill Fiero

Winter Bird Identification

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11am

 Hosted by Port Jervis Free Library

Click here to register now

Chilly days don’t drive all the birds away! Join this virtual presentation about the birds local to our area during the winter months. OCAS photographer and co-field trip leader, Diane Tuttle will help you prepare to get involved in citizen science bird counts by learning

Presented by Diane Tuttle

Native Plants Are for the Birds

Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7pm

Hosted by Greenwood Lake Library

Click here to register now*

Join this virtual presentation that discusses the ways in which native plants are beneficial to our local ecology and wildlife, as well as ways we can adopt these plants in our own yards. Carolyn Summers runs the Flying Trillium Gardens and Preserve in Sullivan County.

Presented by Carolyn Summers

*When registering, you will be asked to enter your library card #. If you do not have a library card, just enter any random 14 digit number to register. Library card is NOT required.)

Winter Bird Identification

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2pm

Hosted by Woodbury Public Library

Click here to register now

Chilly days don’t drive all the birds away! Learn about birds local to our area in the winter months and how to get involved in citizen science bird counts.

Presented by James Van Gelder

After his presentation, enjoy crafting bird gliders and bird wind chimes. Children 4th Grade and up and their parents/guardians are welcome.

Registration is REQUIRED (Max 20 family groups)

PREVIOUS EVENTS:

David Sibley Presentation

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7 pm
Online event, Hosted by Saw Mill River Audubon Society

This is a special Zoom presentation by David Sibley, the internationally renown author and illustrator of the Sibley Guides and other books about birds and nature. This program is sponsored by several Westchester public libraries and promoted with our neighboring Audubon chapters across the Hudson river, including the Saw Mill
River Audubon. Registration information will be available both here and in the Fall 2021 issue of the Orange Owl.

 

Birds and You – Virtual Family Program

Monday, July 12, 2021, 6:30pm
Online event, Hosted by the Newburgh Free Library
Register here 

A family program for children grades 2-5 and parents. Learn how we can help birds in our backyard by providing food, water, and shelter – and how to identify the different types of birds you’ll typically see in this area.

Plant Natives! Gardening for Birds

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 6:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Newburgh Free Library
Register here

Why are native plants so important to the survival of birds and pollinators? This multimedia program featuring images and sounds of local backyard bird species will explain why we should use more native plants in our landscaping and how to design and plant gardens that benefit people and wildlife. Presented by Melissa Peterson

Beginner Bird Identification

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:00pm
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library.
Register here

Do you enjoy watching birds and want to work on your identification skills? We will discuss some of the keys to bird ID: looking at size and shape, colors and patterns, habitat, behaviors and sounds. This is a multimedia program that will introduce you to the birds local to our area and will help you become more confident at identifying the birds you see every day.

Bird Photography

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Moffat Library of Washingtonville.
Register here 

If you enjoy nature and like taking photographs this is the program for you! This program is for new nature photographers who want to learn to take better photos. We will look at many beautiful photos and discuss composition, lighting, background and preparation. Presented by Diane Tuttle

Backyard Birds

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00pm
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library.
Register Here

Join us for a multi-media bird presentation. Interesting bird facts, key identificaiton features, and bird calls will be presented for the common birds you may see in your backyards and neighborhoods.

Behind the Scenes at eBird

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7:00pm
Online event, co-hosted by OCAS, Sawmill River Audubon, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon
Register here

Regional eBird reviewers Sean Camillieri and Kyle Bardwell will give us a peak behind the curtain at eBird to show us what happens AFTER we send in an eBird bird sighting checklist.  How can we use eBird to keep track of the birds we see? Register above for Zoom link and emailed reminders of this event.

Northern Cardinal Research with Brooke Goodman

Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00pm
Online event, hosted by OCAS
Register here

Former OCAS intern Brooke Goodman will discusses her undergraduate research at SUNY Oswego which has included collecting and analyzing Northern Cardinal song to determine if Urban cardinals sing more frequently than Rural cardinals. Brooke will also talk about her work locating and banding nestling cardinals. 

Bird Friendly Backyard

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00am
Online event, hosted by the Moffat Library of Washingtonville.
Register here 

What are the best ways to attract and benefit birds? This multimedia program featuring images, sounds and video of local backyard bird species will help us all become more Bird Friendly at home. Discover the best choices for bird feeders and seed, native plants, water features and bird houses to improve backyard bird habitat. Presented by Melissa Peterson.

Supporting Butterflies and Birds in Your Garden

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 6:00pm
Online Event, Hosted by the Goshen Public Library
Registration here

Pollinator and bird populations are in jeopardy yet both are critical to the healthy functioning of our ecosystem. Learn more about Monarch butterflies, pollinators, and birds and how we can help support them with pollinator and bird-friendly landscaping practices. Presented by Melissa Peterson. 

Native Plant Chat

Monday, March 22, 2021, 7:00pm
Online event, hosted by OCAS.
Register here

An informal program on Zoom discussing native plants for the garden. Melissa Peterson and Pam Golben will
offer advice about growing your own native plants from seed, tips for growing natives, and how to select
appropriate plants for your specific conditions. Bring your questions!

Bird Friendly Backyard

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00pm
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library.
Register here

What are the best ways to attract and benefit birds? This multimedia program featuring images, sounds and video of local backyard bird species will help us all become more Bird Friendly at home. Discover the best choices for bird feeders and seed, native plants, water features and bird houses to improve backyard bird habitat. Presented by Melissa Peterson.

Beginner Bird Identification

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6:15pm
Online event, hosted by the Newburgh Free Library. 
Register here

Do you enjoy watching birds and want to work on your identification skills? We will discuss some of the keys to bird ID: looking at size and shape, colors and patterns, habitat, behaviors and sounds. This is a multimedia program that will introduce you to the birds local to our area and will help you become more confident at identifying the birds you see every day. 

Raptors for Rookies

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6:30PM
Online event, hosted by the Chester Public Library
To Register call: (845) 469-4252

Over twenty species of raptors may be spotted in our area including various kinds of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Saw Mill River Audubon Executive Director Anne Swaim will present a multimedia program with some of the best raptor images from local photographers, video clips and more. Find out when and where raptors may be seen and how they are doing in the mixed rural and suburban landscapes of the Lower Hudson Valley. 

A Year of Photographing Birds at Liberty Loop

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:00pm
Online event
Register here

Join Diane Tuttle for an informal program discussing her year of photographing the diversity of birds found at Liberty Loop in the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. Diane will be sharing many beautiful photos and will discuss a few tips for capturing the best photographs. 

Groundhogs and Groundhog’s Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 6:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Moffat Library of Washingtonville
Register here or call 845-496-5483

Its Groundhog Day! Join us and learn some really cool facts about these chunky members of the squirrel family. Discover why we celebrate Groundhog’s Day and how groundhogs became the prognosticators of Spring! Presented by Pam Golben.

Photographing the Snow Geese Migration

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6:00pm
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library
Register here

Each year hundreds of thousands of Greater snow geese migrate along the Atlantic Flyway on their way to the Canadian Arctic to breed.

Join award-winning photographer, Joanna Lentini for a talk about one of the few bird species that are thriving in this changing climate, as well as some techniques to photograph this wild spectacle.

If you can’t make it to the talk, Joanna is leading a workshop at the end of Feruary to photograph the migration. You can get involved

Winter Bird Identification

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Port Jervis Free Library
Register here
or call 845-856-7313 x 4

 

Join us via Zoom to learn about the birds local to our area in the winter months and where to look for them. We will also discuss how to become involved in a few citizen science bird counts.

Breeding Bird Atlas Photos

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00pm
Online event
Email us to rsvp

Bill Fiero will share photos of local birds taken during his Breeding Bird Atlas surveys in 2020. We always enjoy seeing Bill’s beautiful photos and hearing his stories. Don’t miss this program!

Woodpeckers – Virtual Program

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00PM
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library
Register here

Handsome and well dressed, woodpeckers are a favorite of many. Learn to identify 7 woodpecker species common to the Hudson Valley by sight and sound. We will also cover diet, nesting, anatomy, and why woodpeckers are able to hammer on trees without injuring themselves. Learn the difference between drumming, feeding and excavating behaviors and ways to deter woodpeckers if they’ve chosen your house for these activities. Presented by Pam Golben. 

Hawk Migration Zoom Chat

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00pm
Online event
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Join OCAS for a Zoom Chat about the fall hawk migration. We will look at hawk photos, talk about the Mt Peter Hawk Watch, and talk about identifying hawks. Bring your questions! This will be informal, fun, and interactive.

Raptors for Rookies – Virtual Program

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00PM
Online event, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library
Register here

Over twenty species of raptors may be spotted in our area including various kinds of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Saw Mill River Audubon Executive Director Anne Swaim will present a multimedia program with some of the best raptor images from local photographers, video clips and more. Find out when and where raptors may be seen and how they are doing in the mixed rural and suburban landscapes of the Lower Hudson Valley. 

Backyard Birds and You – Virtual Family Program

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6:30pm
Online event, Hosted by the Florida Public Library
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A family program for children grades 2-5 and parents. Learn how we can help birds in our backyard by providing food, water, and shelter – and how to identify the different types of birds you’ll typically see in this area. Presented by Melissa Peterson. As an added bonus, a small supply of “build it yourself birdhouses” will be available for pick up at the library…while supplies last. Registration is required for this family program.

Virtual Field Trip – Zoom

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 7:00pm
Online event
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Join us for a virtual field trip to OCAS’s 6 1/2 Station Sanctuary. We will view photos of birds currently seen at the sanctuary and discuss fall migration sightings. This is a great way to prepare for a your own birding adventures. Bring your questions! This will be informal, fun, and interactive. Led by Rich Van Tieghem

Birds and Climate Change – Virtual Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30PM
Online event, hosted by the Goshen Public Library
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Global Warming poses an existential threat to two-thirds of North American bird species – but there is still time to protect them. This program discusses factors effecting bird populations and what we can do as citizens to help birds and fight Climate Change if we act now. Presented by Melissa Peterson. 

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Virtual Program

Monday, September 14, 2020, 6:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Chester Public Library
call (845) 469-4252 to register

Learn more about the ruby-throated humminbird – ID, natural history, diet, migration, and the plants that attract these beautiful birds. Presented by Pam Golben

Zoom Chat – Bird Photography

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00pm

Do you like taking photos of birds? Would you like to take better photos of birds? Join Diane Tuttle for this informal and fun chat. Email us to rsvp. We will send you a Zoom invitation before the chat. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to share a few photos.

Birding Beyond the Backyard – Virtual Program

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm
Online event, hosted by the Newburgh Free Library
Register here

Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? A program for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them. Presenter Jim Van Gelder of the Orange County Audubon Society will cover the basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Zoom Chat – Birding in Orange County

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7:00pm

Do you have questions about birding in Orange County? Want to talk birds and share some of your best photos or recent birding brags with other birders? This will be an informal and fun chat led by Jim Van Gelder. Email us to rsvp. We will send you a Zoom invitation before the chat. Let us know ahead of time if you would like to share a few photos.

Supporting Butterflies and Birds in Your Garden – Virtual Program

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00-8:00pm
Online Event, Hosted by Tuxedo Park Library
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Online Event. Pollinator and bird populations are in jeopardy yet both are critical to the healthy functioning of our ecosystem. Learn more about Monarch butterflies, pollinators, and birds and how we can help support them with pollinator and bird-friendly landscaping practices. Presented by Melissa Peterson, Orange County Audubon Society. Hosted by the Tuxedo Park Library. Registration required. Visit the Tuxedo Park Library website calendar to sign up.

Spring Frog Identification

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:00-8:00pm
via ZOOM, hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library
Registration required

Become familiar with common frog and toad species of New York State, and learn to identify them by sight and sound. We will also discuss frog conservation issues and Citizen Science opportunities.  Warm spring evenings after dusk is the peak time for frog vocalizations, a good time to listen quietly and practice identify which frog species you hear. Register here

Birds and Climate Change

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm
Chester Public Library
1784 Kings Hwy, Chester, NY 10918
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call (845) 469-4252 to register

Global Warming poses an existential threat to two-thirds of North American bird species – but there is still time to protect them. This program discusses factors effecting bird populations and what we can do as citizens to help birds and fight Climate Change if we act now. Presented by Melissa Peterson / Jody Susler. 

Winter Bird Identification

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30-7:45pm
Goshen Public Library
366 Main St., Goshen, NY 10924
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Come learn about the birds local to our area in the winter months and where to look for them. We will also discuss how to become involved in various citizen science bird counts. Register at www.goshenpubliclibrary.org or click here

Tales of a Wildlife Rehabilitator

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:00pm
Middletown Thrall Library
11 Depot St., Middletown, NY 10940
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Wildlife encounters are becoming more frequent in suburban neighborhoods. Do you know what to do (or not do) if you find a fledgling bird, a painted turtle with a cracked shell, or a fawn resting in your flower bed? Learn appropriate responses to many common wildlife situations. A Naturalist and NYS Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with over 20 years of experience, Pam Golben will be sharing some of her personal photos and experiences with us. Bring your wildlife questions with you!

Special Event: Climate Change Boot Camp

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:30am-12:30pm
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
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This half day session will focus on our area. The goal is to “Get climate smart!” by learning about local effects of climate change, local, county and state responses and what you can do. Don’t be discouraged and overwhelmed; get encouraged and inspired to take action.

Registration is $12/person. REGISTER HERE

Schedule:
8:30am-9:00am Registration & Refreshments
9:00am-10:30am First Session: Local Effects to Expect & County Responses
10:30am-11:00am Break, Displays, Refreshments
11:00am-12:15pm Second Session: State and Community Responses
12:15pm Concluding Remarks & Next Steps

* Children’s Environmental Activities for Grades 4th-8th will be held at the same time as the Boot Camp. For more information and for children’s registration, contact office@sawmillriveraudubon.org

Speakers include Dr. Chandu Visweswariah, CEO, Utopus Insights and former IBM energy and environmental science Research Fellow; NY State Senator Peter Harckham and Westchester County Director Peter McCartt ,who will speak to their respective levels of government; and Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020, Sara Goddard, Rye City Councilmember and Founder, Rye Sustainability Committee, Lindsay Audin, Chair, Croton Sustainability Committee, to participate in the local government/community action round table.

Co-sponsored by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County and seven area Audubon chapters (listed below), with grant support from Audubon New York and venue support from the Westchester County Executive’s Office for Energy Conservation and Sustainability. Seven area Audubon chapters are co-sponsoring this event: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River-Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon, Putnam Highlands Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon.

Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh

Friday, October 25, 2019, 7:15pm
Harriman Hall (HA111) Film Theater
SUNY Orange Campus
8 East Conkling Ave., Middletown, NY 10940
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Join OCAS and SUNY Orange for a special free film screening of this National Geographic documentary. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. Following the screening, Walter Jahn, PhD, Professor of Biology, will lead a discussion and Q & A.

Sponsored by Orange County Audubon Society, SUNY Orange Sustainability, and SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs

To learn more about local climate change effects, what is being done regionally, and what steps you can take to make a difference register for the Audubon Climate Change Boot Camp on Saturday, October 26 CLICK HERE

Meet the Artist Reception: John C. Yrizzary “A Life’s Work”

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, NY 10990
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Meet the Artist Reception. John is displaying key pieces of his work that represent his artistic development from undergrad at Yale School of Fine Arts to his current status as an acclaimed wildlife illustrator. John’s art will be on display for the month of October in the library’s lower gallery. Hosted by the Albert Wisner Public Library. This event is open to the public with advance registration at the library 845-986-1047.

 

OPEN MEETING:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:30pm
First Presbyterian Church
33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924
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All OCAS & National Audubon Members, Friends, Neighbors, and Interested Public are welcome.

Please join us: Come meet more OCAS members, be more involved in OCAS, and learn how you can contribute to protecting the birds we love and the habitat we share. RSVP here

Special Presentation: The Delaware River Watershed
Before the meeting portion of the evening, we will hear from Valerie Peckham, Audubon Pennsylvania Field Organizer. Valerie will explain how the public can help preserve and protect the Delaware River Basin, a key water source for over 15 million people. Over 13,000 square miles of land including parts of Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Delaware counties contribute to this system. A healthy watershed means a significant positive effect on the region’s wildlife, water quality, flood control, and opportunities for recreation.

Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:00pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY, 10514
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From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

This special free film screening will be followed by a panel discussion about climate change effects in our area and local solutions underway.

REGISTER HERE for the film screening.

Sponsored by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Films on Purpose, and area Audubon chapters: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon with hosting support from the Town of New Castle and the Chappaqua Library and grant support from Audubon New York.

SAVE THE DATE for companion event the Audubon Climate Change Boot Camp on the morning of Saturday, October 26. Come learn more about local climate change effects, what is being done locally, and what steps you can take to make a difference.

REGISTER HERE for the Boot Camp

Autumn Bird Identification

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30-7:45PM
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, NY 10990
click here for directions

The fall migration is here, bringing a host of common and uncommon birds. This program will cover the basics of bird identification and local birding hotspots. This program is good preparation for the Winding Waters Trail field trip in the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge on September 21. (See Field Trips) Presented by Jim Van Gelder and co-sponsored by the Albert Wisner Public Library.  Click here to register. 

The Birds and The Seeds: Boosting Biodiversity with Native Plants

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, NY 10990
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In this interactive and engaging workshop, participants will learn about seed saving, increasing biodiversity through native planting and walk away with seed bombs that you make yourself! If you’re interested in growing plants, playing in the dirt and learning about easy ways to make birds come to your yard, then this program is for you! Presented by Kelly Collins, Hopeful Roots LLC, Register by phone at 986-1047 ext 3 or  click here to register

Plant Natives! Gardening for Birds

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 6:30-7:30pm
Chester Public Library
1784 Kings Hwy, Chester, New York 10918
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Why are native plants so important to the survival of birds and pollinators? This multimedia program featuring images and sounds of local backyard bird species will explain why we should use more native plants in our landscaping and how to design and plant gardens that benefit people and wildlife. Presented by Melissa Peterson, Register by phone 469-4252

How to Be a Bird Friendly Neighbor

Wed, May 1, 2019 at 6:30-7:30pm
Florida Public Library
4 Cohen Cir, Florida, New York 10921
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What are the best ways to attract and benefit birds? This multimedia program featuring images, sounds and video of local backyard bird species will help us all become more Bird Friendly at home. Discover the best choices for bird feeders and seed, native plants, water features and bird houses to improve backyard bird habitat.

Birding Beyond the Backyard

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Chester Public Library
1784 Kings Hwy, Chester, New York 10918
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Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? A program for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them. Presenter Jim Van Gelder will cover basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Birding Beyond the Backyard

Wed, April 3, 2019 at 6:30-7:45pm
Midletown Thrall Library
11-19 Depot St., Middletown, NY 10940
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Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? 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, will cover basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

A Traveling Journey: Birding in Madagascar

Wed., Mar. 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Moffat Library
6 West Main St., Washingtonville, NY
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Have you seen any couas, vangas, lemurs or baobab forests around here lately? Lee Hunter, Mearns Bird Club member and sociologist, will bring all the unique birds, animals, and habitats of Madagascar right to us when he shares photos from his recent birding trip to this beautiful island off the southeastern coast of Africa.

Bird Houses and More: How to Be a Bird Friendly Neighbor

Thurs, March 7, 2019 at 6:30-7:45pm
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, New York 10990
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What are the best ways to attract and benefit birds? This multimedia program featuring images, sounds and video of local backyard bird species will help us all become more Bird Friendly at home. Discover the best choices for bird feeders and seed, native plants, water features and bird houses to improve backyard bird habitat. Our speaker is Anne Swaim, Executive Director, Saw Mill River Audubon.

A Traveling Journey: Birding in Beautiful Scotland

Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick NY
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Lifelong birder Bill Fiero will share his photo show of the fantastic birds he photographed in Scotland. He is lover of travel, photography and the world of birds.

Winter Bird Identification

Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:30-7:45pm
Newburgh Free Library
124 Grand St, Newburgh, New York 12550
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Come learn about the birds local to our area in the winter months as well as information about how to become involved in the various citizen science bird counts.

The Annual Christmas Bird Count

Wed, Nov 7 at 6:30-7:45pm
Tuxedo Park Library
227 Route 17, Tuxedo Park, New York 10987
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Join Michael Bochnik, President of the Hudson River Audubon Society, to learn about the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a census of birds in the area, which has been taking place for 91 years. In addition to the history, participation and purpose of the Christmas Bird Count, Michael will discuss how to be involved in other ongoing citizen science projects.

Turtle Conservation: Easy Things You Can Do to Help

Wed, Oct 3 at 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Albert Wisner Public Library
1 McFarland Dr, Warwick, New York 10990
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Come meet Patricia Johnson from the Center for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and learn the 12 different species of turtle we have in New York and why it is important to preserve our remaining populations. Also learn what a wildlife rehabilitator does and how that contributes to conservation, as well as simple steps everyone can take to preserve these majestic animals. Special guest appearances by the Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation’s educational Turtles.

Click to visit the Turtle Advocate website.

Orange County Audubon Society presentations are held the first Wednesday of the month, September through June at libraries throughout Orange County.