Monthly Public Meetings

2017 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.

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Native Plants That Attract Birds to Your Backyard

Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 pm.
Dewitt Community Library
3649 Erie Boulevard EastSyracuse, New York

While this is not an Onondaga Audubon sponsored program we wanted to make our members aware of the event. If you are interested in attending this lecture by Gene Huggins, please let the Dewitt Library know that you are coming.  The website is or call 315-446-3578.

Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease in
Onondaga County

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Onondaga Free Library
4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, N.Y.

Nicholas Piedmonte, a graduate student at SUNY-ESF, has studied the ecology and distribution of blacklegged ticks (aka deer ticks) and their associated tick-borne diseases within Onondaga County over the past two years. Nick will discuss basic tick ecology and behavior, as well as how to identify common tick species, what to look for if bitten by a tick, and how to protect oneself and one’s pets from tick-borne illnesses.

Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Saturday, May 13, 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 hawk watch.

Birding in the 21st Century

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Manlius Library
1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, N.Y.

Sightings and photographs submitted by birders like you are helping build the future of birding, while also providing valuable information for researchers and conservationists—giving back to the birds that we all care so much about. Ian Davies, project coordinator for eBird at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will teach you about eBird and Merlin, two free projects that can help you find and learn about birds like never before. Even if you’ve used eBird and Merlin before, this is an opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the free tools that the Cornell Lab has to offer.

Programs held earlier in 2017

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