Held the third Saturday in May. It is a lot of fun. Click here for more information.

Bird Festival
Held the second Saturday in May. A great time for the whole family. Click here for more information.

Christmas Bird Counts
Visit our Christmas Count page to learn more.

Field Trips
Held throughout the year. Here is the link to current information.

Monthly Chapter Meetings
Onondaga Audubon sponsors speakers on environmental and natural history subjects from around the world. These programs are free and open to anyone, of any age, with an interest in nature. The Syracuse programs are held on the second Wednesday of the months of February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November. This year there are also two programs being held in Watertown. In addition to the speaker there is a short chapter business meeting (usually less than 5 minutes).

Meeting locations vary around the Syracuse and Watertown areas. Visit here for specific information about the next month’s meeting. Programs are also listed on the Calendar page of this web site.

2014 Programs

Conserving Finger Lakes IBAs
Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Manlius Public Library
1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius, NY
Finger Lakes Land Trust executive director Andy Zepp is committed to protecting those lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. At this meeting, he will talk about his group’s conservation work and how it has benefited birds within the Finger Lakes region.

Birds and Habitats of the North Country
Wednesday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Flower Memorial Library
Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y.
Irene Mazzocchi, a biologist with the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss the management and monitoring needs of many species in our region. Among species of particular interest are grassland birds, colonial water birds, and Golden-winged Warblers.

Our Changing Waterfowl Migration
Wednesday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Onondaga Lake Visitors Center
Adjacent to I-690 on the southwest shore of Onondaga Lake
Michael L. Schummer is senior scientist at Long Point Waterfowl in Turkey Point, Ont., where he helps conduct research on waterfowl and wetlands issues in the Great Lakes region. His program will describe how changes in distributions of migrating waterfowl could be related to climate change. He will also talk about adapting waterfowl management practices to these changes and the uncertainties they present. For directions to the venue, visit

Programs held earlier in 2014
April – Andrea Thomen – Organic Chocolate and Birds of Hispaniola
March – Gerry Smith – North Country Raptors
March – Steve Kolbe – Derby Hill: More Than Just Raptors
February – Chris Lajewski – Restoring Montezuma

Programs held in 2013
November – Drew Weber – eBird and the New Birding Technology
October – 
Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner – A Week in the Everglades
September – Jeffrey Freedman – Birds of Africa
June – Jean Soprano – World of Raptors*
May – Rudy Gelis – Eco-Tourism and the Birds of Ecuador
April – Shannon Buckley – Rusty Blackbirds
March – Maureen Durkin – Snowy Plovers

*Admission Error at June Meeting
Due to a miscommunication among staff at Beaver Lake Nature Center, those attending the June program meeting of the Onondaga Audubon Society were charged a $3 admission/exit fee. This should not have happened. All Onondaga Audubon meetings are free and open to the public. Our apologies to those had to pay this fee, especially to those that were greatly inconvenienced by being asked to pay.

Programs that were held in 2012

November – Alison Kocek – Saltmarsh Sparrows in urban area wetlands.
October – Mike Fishman – bats in New York and whitenose syndrome.
September – This evening’s program was cancelled because of a power outage at the Nature Center. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Always check the calendar page of this website for last minute changes.
June – Dave Figura – Tales of Central New York Nature
May – Paul Hai – Environmental Education of Children
April – Joseph Folta – Attracting Wildlife to Your Property
March – Dr. Jonathan Cohen – Virginia: The Secret of the Red Knots

There were a variety of excellent programs offered by the chapter in 2011.

February – Elizabeth Hunter – Galapagos Birds
March – Ellen Wisner – Birds and Urban Noise
April – Onondaga Environmental Institute – Historical Ecology of Onondaga Lake
May – Dr. Shields – Birds of Australia
September – Rescheduled for December
October – Chris Standley – Owls of the Pacific Northwest
November – Margaret Tsen – Birds of India
December – Mike Allen – Bald Eagle Recovery in New York