Field Trips

Field trips are free and open to the public.
Novice birders (and non-birders too!) are welcome. Please contact the trip leader at least two days before the trip to sign up. If you find out you can’t attend, call as soon as possible to let the leader know. For all field trips, check the weather forecast and dress for the conditions. Suggested items to bring: binoculars, water, snack, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen. Trip leaders may postpone or cancel trips at their discretion, usually due to bad weather. Please check Facebook and Twitter the evening before and morning of the trip for possible trip changes. If you have suggestions for new locations, trip leaders, or other comments on field trips, contact field trip coordinator Dori Joiner at doripj@msn.com.

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2021/2022 Field Trips

*RSVP to all field trips are required. Adherence to current CDC guidance as to masking mandates and social distancing is required but increased safety measures are at the digression of each field trip coordinator and must be followed.* 

Pop-Up Field Trips
Additional trips may be added during the winter months, depending on weather conditions and bird activity. Examples include extra trips to view Bald Eagles on Onondaga Lake (dependent on lake ice) and trips to find Snowy Owls or Rough-legged Hawks or winter finches (if there are irruptions). Be sure to check our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter platforms for announcements on these special events.

Using the eBird Smartphone App
Sunday, October 17
Long Branch Park: Onondaga Lake North Shore
Jason Luscier 479-871-9199 lusciejd@lemoyne.edu
Join Jason for a morning of birding along the north shore of Onondaga Lake, beginning at Long Branch Park. In addition to seeing some excellent fall waterfowl, attendees will learn the ins and outs of the eBird smartphone app. This will likely be a two- to three-hour outing, so be sure to bring water and snacks if you need them. RSVP Required.

Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar
Sunday, November 28
Bill Purcell 315-382-2871 wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Bill will be leading our traditional November field trip to look for Purple Sandpipers. Dress warmly. Migrating waterfowl, Red-throated Loon, Bald Eagle, Dunlin, and Snow Buntings are just some of the possible sightings on this trip, and there is always the possibility of a Snowy Owl on the dunes. Easy walking. RSVP Required.

Onondaga Lake Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor
Saturday, Janurary 22
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022 richardsonp.audubon@gmail.com
This hike follows the Creekwalk to the Onondaga Lake shoreline where wintering Bald Eagles roost, then heads to the Syracuse Inner Harbor to look for waterfowl and wintering gulls. Please dress warmly.
RSVP Required. (More trips to view the eagles in February may be
announced depending on weather conditions and ice on the lake.)

Baldwinsville to Oswego
Sunday January 23
Bill Purcell 315-382-2871 wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Join Bill to look for waterfowl and gulls along the rivers from Baldwinsville to Oswego. RSVP Required.

Baldwinsville to Oswego
Suaturday February 19
Bill Purcell 315-382-2871 wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Join Bill for a second opportunity to look for waterfowl and gulls along the rivers from Baldwinsville to Oswego. RSVP Required.

Earlier 2021 Field Trips

September 25 – Onondaga Lake Creekwalk – Paul Richardson

September 23 – Beginner Weekday Bird Walks – Pleasant Valley Preserve – Diane Emord

September 16 – Beginner Weekday Bird Walks – Pleasant Valley Preserve – Diane Emord

September 12 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek

September 11 – Green Lakes State park – Paul Richardson

2020 Field Trips

June 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 14 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 13 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 11 – Weekday Bird Walks – Steve Kinne – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 6 – Labrador Pond – Joe Brin – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 5-7 – Great Adirondack Birding Celebration – Bernie Carr – CANCELLED due to COVID

June 4 – Weekday Bird Walks – Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango – Steve Kinne – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 28 – Diane Emord – Weekday Bird Walks – Pleasant Valley Preserve – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 30 – Joe Brin – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 24 – Scott Peterson – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 23 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 21 – Diane Emord – Weekday Bird Walks – Pleasant Valley Preserve – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 9 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory Celebration – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 2 – Annual Wildlife Festival – Montezuma Audubon Center – CANCELLED due to COVID

May 2 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson – CANCELLED due to COVID

April 25 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell – CANCELLED due to COVID

March 28 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell – CANCELLED due to COVID

March 24 – May 2 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne – CANCELLED due to COVID

January 11 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 18 – Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 22 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell

2019 Field Trips

January 12 – Cape Vincent – Michele Neligan
January 19 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 26 – Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 9 – Bald Eagles on Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
February 23 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 23 – Long Branch Park – Jason Luscier
March 30 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 20 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
March 26 to May 19 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
May 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 11 – Discover Derby Day
May 23 – Camillus Erie Canal Park – Diane Emord
May 25 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin
May 30 – Camillus Erie Canal Park – Diane Emord
June 1 – Three Rivers Management Area – Joe Brin
June 2 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 6 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 8 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Joe Brin
June 9 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 13 – Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango – Steve Kinne
June 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 16 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
June 22 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 15 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson
September 21 – Creekwalk /Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
September 22 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
September 28 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 19 – Long Branch Park and Onondaga Lake North Shore: Using the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 23 – Fair Haven Beach State Park and Environs – Bill Purcell

2018 Field Trips

January 20 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 27 – Creek Walk and Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 24 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 24 – Long Branch Park – Jason Luscier
March 27 – May 6 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
March 31 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 7 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson and Jason Luscier
April 21 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 29 – Monteuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson
May 5 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 12 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Several leaders
May 24 – Clark Reservation State Park – Diane Emord
May 26 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin
May 31 – Clark Reservation State Park – Diane Emord
June 2 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 3 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 7 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 9 – Dewitt Feeder Canal – Gene Huggins
June 10 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 14 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 16 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 17 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
June 23 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 25 – Fair Haven Area – Joe Brin
September 8 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 9 – Verona Beach State Park – Joe Brin
September 16 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Jason Luscier
September 22 – Creekwalk / Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
September 29 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 20 – Long Branch Park and Onondaga Lake North Shore: How To Use the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 17 – Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar – Gene Huggins

 2017 Field Trips
January 14 – Creek Walk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
January 21 – Creek Walk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
January 28 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
February 15 – eBird Tutorial Class – Dave Wheeler
April 2 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Dave Wheeler
April 23 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Dave Wheeler
April  4, 11, 18, 25, 30, May 2 and 7 -Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
May 6 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 13 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Several leaders
May 27 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
June 3 – Three Rivers WMA – Joe Brin
June 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 10 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Gene Huggins
June 11 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 18 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
June 25 – Sterling nature Center – Maryanne Adams
August 26 – Great Bear Recreation Area – Joe Brin
September 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 10 – Verona Beach State Park – Joe Brin
September 23 – Creekwalk/
Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 7 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 21 – Onondaga Lake East Shore -Restoration Way: How To Use the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 18 – Gene Huggins – Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar

2016 Field Trips
January 23 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 24 – North Country Winter Raptors – Rose DeNeve and Michele Neligan
April 2 – Derby Hill Area – Gerry Smith
April 30 – Derby Hill Area – Gerry Smith
May 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 28 – Whiskey Hollow Area – Joe Brin
June 4 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 11 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 18 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
June 19 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
June 25 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
July 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 27 – Perch River Wildlife Management Area – Gerry Smith
September 10 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 24 – Creek Walk / Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 9 – West Shore Trail Onondaga Lake – Alison Kopek
October 22 – Derby Hill / Southeast Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 19 – Fair Haven Beach, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar Park – Gene Huggins
December 4 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County – Gerry Smith

2015 Field Trips
January 17 – Winter Raptors – Gerry Smith
January 24 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 31 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
April 4 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory and Environs – Gerry Smith
May 2 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 23 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
May 30 – Three Rivers WMA – Joe Brin
June 6 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Gene Huggins
June 13 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 8 – Birding Tug Hill – Gerry Smith
August 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 19 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 17 – Creekwalk/Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 24 – Derby Hill / Southeastern Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 21 – Fair Haven Beach S.P., Barrier Bar – Gene Huggins
November 28 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson Co. region – Gerry Smith

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