Thank you to all who came together for an excellent weekend of birding community celebrating the birds and birders of the Empire State!

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What is this event?

Birders and birding leaders from across the Empire State—and birding friends from nearby Connecticut and northern New Jersey too—gathered for a weekend celebrating the birds and birders of New York.

This was the annual meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) and included a wealth of birding activities—field trips, special speakers, research updates, and vendors—as well as a gathering of delegates from over 40 bird clubs and Audubon chapters affiliated with NYSOA.

Saw Mill River Audubon was the hosting organization for the 2023 New York Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting.  Please contact our conference email address with any questions.

2023 Conference Highlights

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  • Saturday night banquet speaker was David Allen Sibley, renowned bird artist and field guide author.
  • Tom Stephenson, co-author of The Warbler Guide was our workshop keynote presenter on Saturday afternoon with a special presentation about learning bird sounds.
  • Birding field trips on Saturday and Sunday mornings visited shoreline locations along the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, including NYS Important Bird Areas and key regional hotspots, with good timing for the fall migration of neotropical migrants, shorebirds and raptors.
  • Saturday afternoon workshops included birding and bird photography skills, advocacy and arts.
  • Saturday lunchtime paper session presented research topics in ornithology.
  • Saturday late afternoon delegates meeting for the New York State Ornithological Association included representatives from bird clubs and Audubon chapters across New York state.
  • Our Friday night Birding Quiz was designed and led by the NYS Young Birders Club for birders of all ages.
  • An expanded vendor area with nature and birding merchandise included over 35 vendors offering birding gear, books, crafts, and gifts, with a silent auction featuring donated vendor items and gifts.
Our thanks to Zeiss for their leading sponsorship support for the 2023 New York Birders Conference and the 2023 New York State Ornithological Association annual meeting. We are also grateful for significant event support from Vortex Optics and PepsiCo as well as several other donors who generously supported Mr. Sibley’s keynote.