The Raptor Academy is open for registration. Visit the Raptor Academy page.
The Onondaga Audubon Society is implementing a new program, “Derby Hill Raptor Academy”. Up to 20 participants will be able to register to participate in the workshop to be held between March 6 – April 26, 2014, in Syracuse, NY, and at the Derby Hill Bird Observatory in Mexico, NY.
The focus of the workshop will be on raptor identification, but other topics will include:
• Brief history of the Derby Hill Bird Observatory
• The geology and topography of Derby Hill
• Weather concepts and the affects of weather and timing on raptor migration
• Monitoring and raptor ecology
• Optics- binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras – an overview
• Why count migrating hawks?
• Environmental challenges to raptor populations
• Advocacy for the protection of raptors
The workshop includes:
• 4 – two hour evening class room sessions,
• 4 – four hour field sessions at Derby Hill Bird Observatory
• Student handbooks, and a loan of field guides.
• Hands on field identification by shape, size and field marks
using raptor museum specimens
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Two properties on the Lake Ontario shore for your exploration.
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.