Onondaga Audubon Bird Festival May 9

Bring your family and friends for a fun day all about birds and nature: Come to Onondaga Audubon’s fourth annual Bird Festival May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Derby Hill Bird Observatory!

Bird watching, nature walks, and kids’ activities are scheduled throughout the day. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about birds, bird behavior, and bird migration. You can get up close and personal with Rick West’s live hawks and owls and learn all about the fascinating world of raptors.

There will be educational exhibits as well as booths with hand-crafted walking sticks, bird feeders, maple products, wildlife photography, artwork, and other items for sale. You can also take a chance in our prize drawing and enjoy some of the tantalizing fare offered by Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque. And, of course, the star performers—eagles, hawks, vultures, and other wild birds—will be flying overhead.

Visit the festival page for a complete schedule of events and directions to Derby Hill Bird Observatory on Sage Creek Drive, Mexico, N.Y, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Admission and parking are free!

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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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