Note March Program Change

Spring Migration at Derby Hill

Onondaga Audubon’s own 2015 Derby Hill Hawk Counter, Dave Wheeler, will share his years of experience observing avian migration at Derby Hill. Dave will exhibit his stunning photography while explaining the timing of when different birds can be observed migrating through the Derby Hill area.

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Fayetteville Free Library
300 Orchard St.,
Fayetteville, N.Y.

You can be part of the 2015 Bird Festival!

Onondaga Audubon’s 2015 Bird Festival at Derby Hill will be held on May 9.
We need people to perform pre-festival tasks like making phone calls and coordinating vendors. We also need folks to help out for a few hours on the festival day.
If you want to work with great people and make a difference in the world of birds, contact Maryanne Adams: goldtailedhermit@aol.com

Want to support our mission?

Please consider a contribution to help us expand our public programs, education initiatives and sanctuary maintenance efforts.

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Local, regional, global. Making a difference.

Rallying against fracking in Washington. Photo by Janet and David Muir

Rallying against fracking in Washington. Photo by Janet and David Muir


From Audubon in the Classroom to Audubon Camp scholarships.

We reach both students and educators.

We reach both students and educators.


Field trips, team birding events and citizen science projects.

A happy group of birders at Whiskey Hollow . Photo by Joe Brin

A happy group of birders at Whiskey Hollow . Photo by Joe Brin


Two properties on the Lake Ontario shore for your exploration.

You can't miss the turn onto Sage Creek Drive.

You can’t miss the turn onto Sage Creek Drive.

Onondaga Audubon is the National Audubon Chapter for Central New York and the eastern Lake Ontario basin. With over 1600 members we serve Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and Tompkins counties.

The mission of the Onondaga Audubon Society is to engender in Central and Northern New Yorkers a greater appreciation for their land, water, and other natural resources, and to increase respect for the wildlife that inhabits these places, especially birds. Onondaga Audubon believes this focus will lead to wiser use of these resources, and we encourage such use through program meetings, field trips, sanctuary management, and environmental education.

Meetings are held at various sites from September to May, excluding January and February. Typically the meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. Please check The Kestrel newsletter and this website for details on each monthly meeting’s date and time. Meetings usually run approximately two hours long. Field trips are held year round to observe birds, and other interesting aspects of nature. All programs and field trips are free and open to the public.

OAS owns and operates two sanctuaries on Lake Ontario: Derby Hill Bird Observatory and Richard A. Noyes Sanctuary. Derby Hill is an important site for spring hawk migration. Noyes Sanctuary provides a variety of scenic and birding opportunities in all seasons. Both sanctuaries have maintained trails and are free and open to the public, dawn to dusk.

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  1. Tom Duxbury says:

    Looking forward to May 10th. Just had two Sandhill cranes fly over my car while driving on the Thruway through Montezuma! – 10:35 am 4/10/14.

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