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 Paul Richardson 315-488-5022 or richardsonp.audubon@gmail.com.

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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, 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.

Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail
Saturday, September 10
Alison Kocek 602-402-2284 (text) akocek@gmail.com
Join Alison for a walk along the northern portion of Onondaga Lake’s West Shore Trail. This easy two-mile walk is great for beginners and experts hoping to observe possible late-nesting marsh birds as well as migrant waterbirds, songbirds, and waterfowl. Please bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). RSVP required.

Pleasant Valley Preserve: Beginner Weekday Bird Walk
Thursday, September 15
Diane Emord demord55@gmail.com
Join Diane for a beginner’s morning bird walk at the new Pleasant Valley Preserve, a CNY Land Trust property located on Pleasant Valley Road. Bring binoculars. Diane will give instruction on how to use binoculars correctly and tips on how to spot and identify birds of the grasslands, forest, and marsh. The trip will take two to three hours. Easy walking; no facilities. RSVP required.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, September 17
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
This hike through Green Lakes State Park will take from 2.5 to 4 hours (or more), depending on trail length and weather conditions. Many fall migrants expected including a variety of warblers, and a chance for Philadelphia Vireo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and many more. It’s highly recommended that participants bring their own water and insect repellent and binoculars. RSVP required.

Onondaga Lake Creekwalk Trail
Saturday, September 24
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
Paul will lead a field trip to Onondaga Lake to look for waterfowl and late migrating songbirds including the potential to see many species of warblers. Depending on conditions, he may also walk the West Shore Trail to the Harbor Brook area. RSVP required.

2022 New York State Ornithological Association Conference
Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 02
Registration & Details
Many field trips along the Lake Ontario shore are planned for Saturday and Sunday. Participants are sure to enjoy an assortment of migrating warblers, shorebirds, and raptors. A paper session on Saturday will highlight the research of local students and ornithologists who are contributing to bird conservation in New York. In addition to educational presentations, many fabulous bird-themed vendors will be present with goodies to purchase. Two celebrated speakers are at the center of this event. On Friday evening, Bill Evans will discuss nocturnal bird-migration and lead an outdoor field trip to listen for the flight calls of birds migrating above us in the dark. On Saturday, eminent author and researcher Scott Weidensaul will present the keynote address, “A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds.” Scott will also make himself available to conference participants throughout the weekend by joining us for meals, mingling during cocktail hours, signing books, and accompanying us on birding outings. This conference is hosted by Onondaga Audubon, open to everyone, and we hope you can join us!

Long Branch Park: Using the eBird Smartphone App
Sunday, October 16
Jason Luscier 479-871-9199
Join Jason for a morning of birding along the north shore of Onondaga Lake, starting 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, as well as your smart phone and binoculars (spotting scopes are a bonus). RSVP required.

Onondaga Lake Bald Eagles & Waterfowl
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
*This trip fills up quickly but more eagle walks will be scheduled throughout the late winter.* Paul will lead this hike along the Creekwalk Trail to the Onondaga Lake shoreline, where wintering Bald Eagles roost, and then head over to the Syracuse Inner Harbor to look for waterfowl and wintering gulls. Please dress warmly. Spotting scopes suggested. RSVP required.

Baldwinsville to Oswego: Hunt for Rare Waterfowl & Gulls
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Bill Purcell 315-382-2871 wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Join Bill on a driving trip to look for winter waterfowl and gulls along the rivers from Baldwinsville to Oswego. Rarities of many kinds are possible. RSVP required.

Earlier 2022 Field Trips

June 19 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams

June 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson

June 11 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson

June 9 – Weekday Morning Bird Walks to Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango – Steve Kinne

June 7 – Montezuma National Wildlife Complex – Dave Fitch

June 4 – Labrador Hollow Unique Area and Morgan Hill State Forest – Michelle Stantial

June 3-5 – Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, Paul Smiths, New York

June 2 – Weekday Morning Bird Walks to Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango – Steve Kinne

May 28 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin

May 26 – Weekday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley Preserve – Diane Emord

May 22 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin

May 21 – Spring BIRDATHON

May 19 – Weekday Bird Walks at Pleasant Valley Preserve – Diane Emord

May 14 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory

May 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Dave Fitch

April 23 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell

April 5 – May 7 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Course for Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls – Steve Kinne

March 26 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell

March 26 – Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Photography Exhibit

March 5 – Pop-up Eagles & Waterfowl of Onondaga Lake – OAS Board

February 27 – Pop-up Eagles & Waterfowl of Onondaga Lake – OAS Board

February 19 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell

February 19 – Brews, Birds, & Bands Winter Festival at Meier’s Creek

February 3 – Onondaga Lake Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson

January 29 – Onondaga Lake Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson

January 23 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell *cancelled due to weather*

January 22 – Onondaga Lake Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson

2021 Field Trips

November 28 – Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar – Bill Purcell
October 17 – Using the eBird Smartphone App – Long Branch Park: Onondaga Lake North Shore – Jason Luscier
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