Young Birders Club

The New York State Young Birders Club is a program started and supported by The New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). Onondaga Audubon is a member of the association and has hosted at least two of the association bi-annual meetings.

If you know a young person interested in meeting other birders their age have them check out the club’s website:

NYS Young Birders Club Competes in its 6th World Series of Birding

On May 10, 2014 the NYSYBC Razorbills, under the capable leadership of Captain Eamon Freiburger, competed in the annual World Series of Birding competition. The team birded Cape May County for 24 hours straight, netting a total of 140 species, beating its previous Cape May County record high of 134. Congratulations to all four of the fabulous Razorbills – Eamon Freiburger (14), Joseph Hernandez (16), Silas Hernandez (14), and Brendan Murtha (14)! Special thanks to Razormobile drivers Mary Batcheller, Sue Freiburger, and Carena Pooth, plus Herb Thompson, who stayed awake the entire 24 hours in the lead car to make sure the team didn’t get lost and could focus on finding the next bird instead of finding the next turn.

For three of this year’s team members, this was their third World Series of Birding, and for the remaining member it was his second foray. We were so impressed with their growth both as birders and as a team. We adults are not allowed to assist them in any way other than to provide transportation, food, and other creature comforts as needed. The Razorbills can proudly claim every species on their list as their own.

Among the more unusual sightings this year were Stilt Sandpiper, Parasitic Jaeger, and Gull‐billed Tern. As happens every year, there were many interesting encounters in addition to those with unusual species. An Osprey pair was building a nest at Jake’s Landing. A beautiful Eastern Box Turtle was hanging out at the CMBO parking lot in Dennis. We were all awed by a spectacular sunset at Beaver Swamp on one of the evenings before the big day.

At the Sunday brunch and awards ceremony, we were thrilled to find out that half the members of this year’s #1 WSB team statewide (the Cornell Redheads) were NYSYBC alumni – Hope Batcheller, Brendan Fogarty, and Benjamin Van Doren. Another NYSYBC alumnus, Nathaniel Hernandez (yes, same family!) was on the 4‐person Cornell Redheads Big Stay team, which tied for the Big Stay Award.

Funds raised through NYSYBC’s participation in the WSB go to the Scholarship Fund. The club’s scholarship program, now in its fifth year, helps young birders pay for camps and other birding and conservation related programs. We look forward to giving scholarships again this year, to help our young birders grow into tomorrow’s birding and conservation leaders.

I’d like to thank everyone who has already contributed during NYSYBC’s 2014 fundraising drive. If life just got too busy and your donation didn’t make it over to us yet (it was spring migration time, after all), it’s not too late! Please visit and click on DONATE for a mail‐in form or to donate online. Or just make out a check to NYSOA/NYSYBC and mail it to Carena Pooth, 22 Brothers Rd, Poughquag, NY 12570. Thank you!
Carena Pooth

Photo by Carena Pooth

Photo by Carena Pooth

2014 World Series of Birding – Help Young Birders Become Lifelong Birders!

NYSOA’s New York State Young Birders Club (NYSYBC) helps to ensure that passionate, committed conservationists will follow in our footsteps long after our own birding days have faded into the past. NYSYBC’s scholarships program plays a vital role in carrying out this mission. As NYSYBC alumnus Jacob Drucker (now a student at Hampshire College) said, “One of the fantastic things about NYSYBC is that it provides scholarships to its youth members, covering expenses for birding adventures that might otherwise not have been possible.”

Our annual fundraising drive is now underway, to replenish the scholarship fund for this year’s participants. We hope you’ll help the young birders out with a donation as a sponsor of the club’s World Series of Birding team. NYSYBC’s Razorbills team is competing in the Youth Division of the World Series of Birding on May 10. Even if the WSB is over by the time you read this, it’s not too late to make a donation!

NYSYBC has grown from 8 in 2008 to 40 today (not including 7 alumni members who are now Supporting Adult members). With the help of generous sponsors like you, over the last 4 years, we have awarded scholarships totaling more than $11,000 to young birders! This year we hope to continue inspiring young birders to turn their current passion into a lifelong pursuit, by awarding scholarships to help them participate in special, youth-oriented birding and conservation programs.

– To donate online, go to the NYSYBC donation page at, read the instructions, and click the DONATE button. When you are on the final Paypal “review your donation” screen, be sure to click “Add instructions for NYSOA/NYSYBC” and then type “WSB” in the instruction box before you submit your donation. NOTE: You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay online. Just select the option to pay by credit card (on the Paypal screen).

– If you wish to donate with a check, please make it out to NYSOA with “NYSYBC WSB” in the memo line and send it to Carena Pooth, 22 Brothers Rd., Poughquag, NY 12570.

We – and especially the young birders – thank you very much for your support!

Carena Pooth, NYSYBC Adult Chair

The New York State Young Birders Club (NYSYBC) is a special project of the New York State Ornithological Assocation (NYSOA).