Field Trips

Field trips are free and open to the public.
Novice birders (and non-birders too!) are welcome. If you are planning to join us on a field trip, you should contact the leader. Typically there is contact information with the trip details on this page. Please call at a reasonable hour as most birders turn in early. Carpooling from the meeting place is good for the environment.. If your schedule allows you to join a carpool, consider offering the driver help with the cost of gas.

2015 Field Trips

Derby Hill and Environs
Two Saturdays
March 21 and April 4
Gerry Smith 315-771-6902

Gerry Smith will lead two trips to the Derby Hill area to look for migrants, including waterfowl, sparrows, and departing winter birds. Each trip will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dress warmly in layers, as Derby Hill can be quite cold during March and early April. Please contact Gerry for additional details.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, May 2
Jerry Case 315-687-9599

Our popular field trips to Green Lakes State Park continue. Led by birders well acquainted with the park, each hike will take from three to five hours, depending on trail length and weather conditions. Participants are asked to bring their own water and insect repellant. Please contact the hike leaders for details on times and meeting places.

Whiskey Hollow IBA
Saturday, May 23, about ¾ day
Joe Brin 315-638-8309

This is our traditional spring migrants and breeding birds trip to the gorge that is an Important Bird Area and partly protected by Save the County. We’ll look for several vireos; Cerulean, Hooded, and Mourning Warblers; Scarlet Tanager; Barred Owl (which nests there); and Acadian Flycatcher, which is found in only a few places in Region 5. Moderate to difficult due to a few steep, muddy trails.

Three Rivers WMA
Saturday, May 30, about ¾ day
Joe Brin 315-638-8309

A level hike that passes through woods and brushy fields. Good for many warblers and sparrows. There might be both Bald Eagles and Ospreys on active nests. Easy.

South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond
Saturday, June 6
Gene Huggins 315-696-8065

Running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., this trip is designed to acquaint participants with late spring migrants in the southern highlands. South Meadows preserves a variety of ideal habitats for resident and migrant birds, including a small swamp, grasslands, shrubs, and a quaking aspen forest. At Labrador Pond, a glacial kettle surrounded by steep hillsides of northern transitional forest reminiscent of the Adirondacks, we will have an opportunity to hear and see Black-billed Cuckoo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, and Canada Warbler. Please bring a lunch, drink, and insect repellent. Easy to Moderate. Contact Gene for meeting place.

Great Adirondack
Birding Celebration
Friday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7
Paul Smiths, NY
Bernie Carr 315-469-9379

The 13th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration—the longest running boreal birding festival in the Northeast—will be held June 5 to 7 at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, N.Y. The festival will feature field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, workshops, a raffle, social hours, and more. Please contact Bernie Carr to learn more about this event.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, June 13
Jerry Case 315-687-9599

Birds are busy establishing territories and building nests. A great time to see breeding birds.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, June 20
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

Nesting season is in full swing. There should be plenty to see and hear. A great time to explore the park’s grassland habitat.

Birding Tug Hill
Saturday, August 8
Gerry Smith 315-771-6902

This trip to the Tug Hill area will search for post-breeding neotropical migrants and will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring lunch, drink, and insect repellent. Contact Gerry for more details.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, August 15
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

Young birds have left the nest, and fall migration begins. See which birds are moving through forest and field.

Earlier 2015 Field Trips
January 17 – Winter Raptors – Gerry Smith
January 24 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 31 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell

2014 Field Trips
January 25 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 22 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 19 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 26 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 24 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
June 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 21 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 16 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 6 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 13 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell
September 27 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 25 – Derby Hill / Southeastern Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 22 – Fair Haven Beach State Park
November 29 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County

2013 Field Trips
January 19 – Oswego River and Harbor – Bill Purcell
February 16 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
February 24 – Southern Highlands – Bernie Carr
March 30 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 25 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 1 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 29 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
July 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
September 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 21 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell
September 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 26 – Derby Hill or Southeastern Lake Ontario Area – Gerry Smith
November 9 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
November 23 – Fair Haven Beach State Park – Gene Huggins

2012 Field Trips
January 7 – Oswego River & harbor – Bill Purcell
February 11 – Northwestern Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
February 18 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
March 31- Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 28 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
May 26 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 2 – Three River WMA – Joe Brin
June 9 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
August 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
August 11 – Green Lakes State Park – Gene Huggins
August 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
November 17 – Fair Haven – Gene Huggins

2011 Field Trips
Oswego River, February 19 led by Bill Purcell
Derby Hill and environs, March 26 led by Gerry Smith
Derby Hill again, April 23 led by Gerry Smith
Camillus Forest Unique Area, May 14 led by Paul Richardson
Whiskey Hollow and vicinity, May 28 led by Joe Brin
Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, June 4 led by Joe Brin
Green Lakes State Park, July 23 led by Catherine Miles
July 30 led by Paul Richardson
August 6 led by Gene Huggins
August 20 led by Jerry Case
August 27 led by Paul Richardson
Oneida Lake, September 4 led by Tony Shrimpton
Sylvan & Verona Beaches, September 17 led by Bill Purcell
Fair Haven Beach State Park November 19 led by Gene Huggins