Spring 2022

Welcome to spring! We relish the chirps and calls of newly returning birds, and the budding growth of flowers waiting to bloom. As our gardens, shrubs and trees begin to break their way out of their slumber, one can almost feel the growth happening!

Join us in this first of our fully online e-newsletters. All articles in the newsletter are posted as links to the left. Clicking on any of the links will take you to that article. We hope you enjoy!

Appeal for Content

Now that our newsletter has become fully digitized, we have room for almost unlimited content! We would love to have contributions from you, our members. Anything of interest to you that relates to conservation, birds, nature, the environment, etc. Anything from reports on bird behaviors, to poems about trees, to photography and more! Here’s a great chance to get your work out there and contribute to a good cause. To submit content, send to info@orangecountynyaudubon.org

Upcoming Elections

Our annual elections for board members will be held this month. Any Orange County Audubon Society member in good standing for at least a year is eligible to vote. If you did not receive your ballot, please be sure to contact us at info@orangecountynyaudubon.org.


Candidates with bio and maybe photo?

  • Laptop Fund: Contribute to a new laptop for our second OCAS staff member ($1200)
  • Program Development Fund: Especially for more advanced bird I.D. and environmental education presentations ($750) 
  • Zoom Subscription Renewal ($150/annually)
  • Sponsored Membership Fund: Be a part of making a more diverse chapter especially for young birders and racial equity ($250)

Any donation to these Funds is welcome! Please note the appropriate Fund name on your donation.
For any inquiries about your OCAS Wish List donation or if you would like to make an in-kind donation:
Please email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org or call 845-360-0508

In-lieu of Announcements and Bequests

It’s easy to include an “in-lieu of request” asking your friends and relatives to donate to OCAS instead of sending flowers or other gifts for your celebratory and commemorative occasions. The Orange County Audubon Society is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please contact us through our website or by mail to PO Box 1286, Warwick, NY 10990 to discuss your donation plans.

Would you consider OCAS in your estate planning? A bequest is the most traditional way to provide significant support for worthwhile causes. Some prefer to specify a one-time bequest while others bestow a generous annual contribution over a period of years. We would love to discuss with you about making your bequest to OCAS, please call 845-360-0508 or email info@orangecountynyaudubon.org

OCAS Board

Ben Schneeberg – President

Jody Susler – Vice President

Ed Wiley – Treasurer 

Melissa Peterson – Corresponding Secretary

Diane Tuttle– Recording Secretary

Lynn Barber – Director at Large

Jim Van Gelder – Field Trip Chair

Mary Alice Cahill – Native Plants Chair

Sanctuary Superintendents

6 1/2 Station – Lynn Barber & Eric Goodman

Long Swamp – Ben Schneeberg

Muddy Kill – Lynn Barber 

Norman Brook – Jim Van Gelder

Stony Creek – Bill Signor

Administrator/Program Director

Josh Morris

New Members Are Always Welcome! 

To join, please make your check payable to Orange County Audubon Society and mail it with this form to:
PO Box 1286, Warwick, NY 10990. Or join on our website www.orangecountyaudubonsociety.org/join.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________

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Membership Levels:  Individual $20 ________  Family $50 ________  Friend $100 ________

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* If this is a gift membership, please fill out the contact information above for the new member.