Monthly Public Meetings

2018 Programs

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 and often run 1-2 hours. In addition to the speaker there is a short chapter business meeting (usually 5-10 minutes) at the beginning of each program.

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.

Don’t want to miss a meeting? Email “Subscribe” to OAS.Programs@gmail.com to receive updates on upcoming program meetings.

Current Status and Ongoing Research of Moose in the Adirondack Park

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. Onondaga Free Library 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, N.Y.

As moose began to recolonize New York state in the 1980s, researchers became interested in the health and growth potential of this population, which resides at the southern margins of the species’ range. SUNY-ESF graduate student Sam Peterson will discuss the history of moose, their current status in New York state, and a collaborative moose research project being conducted in the Adirondacks.

River Otter: New York State’s Elusive Carnivore

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Baldwinsville Public Library 33 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville, N.Y.

As recently as the early 1990s, the range of North American river otters in New York state had been reduced to only its eastern half. However, in the late 1990s, the New York River Otter Project was formed to restore river otters to western New York watersheds. Kelly Powers will describe her graduate work at SUNY-ESF, in which she has been testing an experimental camera-trapping technique. Aimed at finding river otters in Central and Western New York waters, this technique could help gauge the success of otter reintroduction efforts.

Using Radar to Quantify and Forecast Bird Migration Patterns

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Manlius Library 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, N.Y.

The notion of hundreds of millions— if not billions—of migratory birds passing in and out of broad geographic areas is of considerable public and ecological interest, as well as of conservation concern. Capturing and quantify these large-scale movements, however, has remained a principle challenge. Kyle Horton, a Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology postdoctoral fellow, will explain how he uses weather surveillance radar to forecast avian migratory movements across the U.S.

Amphibian Ecology in Northeastern Forests

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. Marcellus Free Library 32 Maple St., Marcellus, N.Y.

Despite a rich history of environmental change, most amphibians in the northeastern U.S. thrive in forested ecosystems. Harrison Goldspiel, a SUNY-ESF graduate student, has been studying the various habitat needs of frogs and salamanders in Central New York. He will talk about this research and relate how historical land-use such as agriculture has influenced habitat quality. His research results will help inform conservation efforts for these unique species.

Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 36 Grand View Ave., Mexico, N.Y.

Celebrate spring migration at one of the Northeast’s best birding locations during a day of field walks that celebrate bird migration. Explore the trails and habitats of this premier birding location with experienced leaders. Walks start on every hour. Enjoy the spectacle of migrating birds from the lake watch, on trails through the fields and forest, and at the north lookout.

Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. Marcellus Free Library 32 Maple St., Marcellus, N.Y.

Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Would you like to create a more bird-friendly environment in which you can further enjoy the daily company of birds around your home? Janet Allen of Habitat Gardening in Central New York will share interesting facts about some of our favorite backyard birds and discuss how we can provide them with food, water, cover, and places to raise their young. She will also describe the vital role of native plants in providing for birds’ needs and explain how to help birds beyond our own backyards.

Programs held in 2017

November – Cody Gilbertson – Rare Snail Chit Chat
October – Irene Mazzocchi – Managing New York’s Non-game Wildlife
October – Kurt Gielow – The Role of Birds in Lyme Disease Dispersal
September – Ronald Calvo – Tropical Birds Then and Now
September – Alison Kocek – Bird Banding at Baltimore Woods 
June – Ian Davies – Birding in the 21st Century
May – Nicholas Piedmonte – Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease in Onondaga County
April – Dr. Lee Harper – Common Terns on the St. Lawrence River:
From Peril to Prosperity
April – Bernie Carr – Habitat and Ecology of Native Orchids of New York State
March – Chee Pheng Low – Coyotes and Foxes of Fort Drum
February – Amanda Cheeseman – A Brush with Bunnies: Perils Faced by New England Cottontails in New York’s Changing Landscape

Programs held in 2016

November – Justin Droke – Satellite Telemetry Study of Ducks of the New York Finger Lakes Region
October – Jason Luscier – Impact of Urbanization on the Birds of Ireland
September – Bill Evans – Automated Monitoring of Nocturnal Migrants at Derby Hill
June – Rick Bunting – 2016 Florida Birding Highlights
May – Gerry Smith – Birds of Conservation Concern
May – John Rogers – All About Bluebirds and More
April – Matt Perry – Urban Peregrine Falcons of Utica
March – Dr. Ernest Williams – The Endangered Migration of Monarch Butterflies
February – Samantha Dean – Reptiles and Amphibians of New York

Programs held in 2015

November – Deanna King – Audubon: Father of Ornithology
October – Linnea Rowse – Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Restoration
October – Abigail Darrah – Birds of the Amazonian Ecuador
September – Bronson Curry – Conserving Bats in the Northeast
June – Jeff Benjamin – Geese of Central New York
May – Michael Schummer – People and Waterfowl
May – Janet Allen – Bringing Back Bees
April – Angelina Ross – Spruce Grouse in New York
April – Melissa Althouse – Tourism and Terns
March – Dave Wheeler – Spring Migration at Derby Hill
February – Michelle Stantial – The Night Life of Birds

Programs held in 2014

November – Wells Horton – A Photo-a-day 365: One Photographer’s Journey
October – Julie Covey – Eastern Lake Ontario Conservancy
October – Shannon Farrell – Golden-cheeked Warbler Habitat Selection
September – Greg Craybas – Bald Eagles of Onondaga Lake
June – Michael Schummer – Our Changing Waterfowl Migration
May – Irene Mazzocchi – Birds and Habitats of the North Country
May – Andy Zepp – Conserving Finger Lakes IBAs
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

Programs 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. 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

Programs held 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. Bill 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