Taking Flight / NYSOA 2019
The Catskill Center is pleased to present the 4th annual Taking Flight Conference in conjunction with the New York State Ornithological Association’s (NYSOA) Annual Meeting.
The 2019 schedule includes birding field trips, a Hudson River birding cruise, scientific paper and workshop sessions, keynote by Dr. Nathan Pieplow, and a boisterous Bird Trivia Hour will keep NYSOA members and general bird lovers chirping for more.
September 13-15, 2019
based at the Kingston Best Western Plus Conference Center
503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
2019 HIghlights include
We'll carpool to Hunter Mountain and then hike to catch the dawn song of the Bicknell’s Thrush. If you would like a bagged breakfast to take with you, please reserve one when you register for the conference. Sign up to go on this hike at the NYSOA/Taking Flight conference.
Please note: This is a VERY CHALLENGING hike with multiple sections of rocky scramble and a considerable elevation gain. Hiking poles are highly recommended.
Your list of top things to do in the Hudson Valley has to include a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River!
For more than 30 years, Hudson River Cruises has been sharing the beauty and history of the Hudson River with thousands of people – visitors and locals. Don’t miss your chance to observe the birds of the Hudson with birders from across New York State. Also enjoy views of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable sites aboard the Rip Van Winkle 2-hour Sightseeing Cruise.
Light fare, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during the cruise.
This is a supplemental offering.
“Plant it and they will come” is the new mantra for those wishing to attract birdlife to their yards and gardens—the “it” being native plants, which have co-evolved for millions of years with our native birds.
Join Audubon’s former Plants for Birds program manager Tod Winston for a fun and bird-song-filled exploration of the deep connections between native plants and birds: Learn why native plants are so important, and how you can create a bird-friendly, bird-filled habitat in your own yard.
It’s gonna be good!
Banquet will be served at 6pm, followed by the keynote address by Nathan Pieplow: The Language of Birds
All around us, the birds are constantly telling us who they are and what they are doing. In this keynote presentation, Nathan Pieplow unlocks the secrets of their language. You’ll listen in on the pillow talk of a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds, and learn the secret signals that Cliff Swallows use when they have found food. You’ll learn how one bird sound can have many meanings, and how one meaning can have many sounds—and how, sometimes, the meaning isn’t in the sounds at all. This talk from the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds is an accessible, entertaining introduction to a fascinating topic.
We’re not going to call it a drinking game — but you might.