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.
Local, regional, global. Making a difference.
From Audubon in the Classroom to Audubon Camp scholarships.
Field trips, team birding events and citizen science projects.
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 2200 members we serve Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.
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.