Registration and Information

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Things to consider when registering:

  • Registering for the conference - Friday to Sunday/ Friday and Saturday/Saturday Only/Saturday and Sunday
  • Meals at Frost Valley are INCLUDED with all registrations
  • Optional off-site field trips
    • Hike up Slide Mountain in search of the Bicknell's Thrush with Steve Chorvas (there is an additional $20 fee - limited to 12 participants - transportation is provided)
    • Learning to Look with Richard Crossley (limited to 12 participants - there is an additional $20 fee)
  • Lodging and accommodations

Registering for the Conference:

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills is a three day conference. Check-in begins at 3 PM on Friday, June 9th at Frost Valley YMCA. You may register for the full 3-day conference which includes: Friday social (with cash bar), and Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Saturday social (with cash bar) and Sunday breakfast. Also included are the key note talks both Friday evening and Saturday evening and all on site walks, presentations and workshops.

All registrations include Meals and Frost Valley's Site fee. If you do not need Frost Valley lodging then the Registration Fee is higher because it includes meals and site fee. Meals and site fee are built into the Frost Valley accommodation fee, so the registration fee is lower when you take Frost Valley lodging. Here are the rates:

Frost Valley accommodations include a rustic cabin, lodges and the Lakeview Lodge.  Click HERE to see details of Frost Valley lodging.

Cabins have a dorm room that sleeps 4 and a separate room that  sleeps 1. All beds are bunk beds, but we are only assigning bottom bunks, leaving the top bunk empty for your use. Bedding and towels are provided. We will do our best to assign group registrants to the same cabin. There is one bathroom per cabin with one sink, one shower and one toilet

The Lodges offer four rooms sleeping 2 to 3 people in bunk beds. We will only be assigning the bottom bunk leaving the top bunk for your use. Each room has a private bath. Bedding and towels are provided. Each lodge has a common room socializing.

Lakeview Lodge is a hotel style lodging with 22 private rooms. Each room has two double beds. The SINGLE accommodation is for ONE PERSON ONLY. If you are a couple you must book TWO double accommodations - one for each of you.

Optional field trips 

Hike up Slide Mountain in search of the Bicknell's Thrush with Steve Chorvas (there is an additional $20 fee - limited to 12 participants - transportation is provided)

Learning to Look with Richard Crossley (limited to 12 participants - there is an additional $20 fee)

Lodging and accommodations

Additional ACCOMMODATIONS

Emerson Resort and Spa, 5340 Rt. 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457, 845.688.2828

Slide Mountain Motel, 5 Ruthenbeck Road, Shandaken, NY 12480. 845.688.7130

Hampton Inn Kingston, 1307 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401, 855.271.3622

Best Western, 503 Washington Ave, Kingston, NY 12401-2906, 855.464.7828

Courtyard Kingston, 500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY 12401, 845.382.2300

Airbnb.com & BnBFinder.com; search for "Claryville, NY" or "Big Indian, NY"

This abbreviated list of alternative housing options is provided as a courtesy to our conference registrants. The Catskill Center does not specifically promote any of the above businesses. Please feel free to search for other options.

Public transportation

The only way to get to Frost Valley via public transportation is to take the Shortline Bus from Port Authority to either Monticello or Liberty and then take a taxi. Monticello is about 45 minutes from Frost Valley and the bus drops you at a terminal. Liberty is about 20-25 minutes and the bus drops you at a taxi stand. I always recommend that the person arranging for the taxi calls and reserved it in advance. The number for Sureway taxi is, 845-292-8805

Conference Schedule

Friday 6/9 Registration Check-In 3-6 pm
4-5 pm - Bird walk
5-6 pm - Social Hour
6-7 pm - Dinner
7:30 Keynote - John J. Audubon (Brian Ellis)
9 pm Owl Prowl
Bonfire

Saturday 6/10 Registration 6am - 10am
4:30 am - Van leaves for Slide Mtn. BITH Hike (12 participants) w/ Steve Chorvas
6 am - Bird walk with John J. Audubon
7-8 am - Breakfast
9-10 - Becoming a Better Bird Guide (Brian Ellis)
9-12 - Beginning Birding Workshop and Hike (Scott Graber)
11-12 - E-Bird with Ian Davies - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
12-1 - Lunch
1-2 -  Bird Rehabilitation and Banding Workshop
2-3 – Eagles of the Catskills with Andy Mason
2-4 - E-Bird with Ian Davies - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
4-5 - Bird walk
5-6 - Social Hour/ Crossley Book signing
6-7- Dinner
7:30 - Keynote - Richard Crossley
8:30 - Crossley Book signing
9 pm - Owl Prowl
Bonfire

Sunday 6/11
6am - Pre-breakfast bird walks
7-8am Breakfast
8am Bird walk - “Learning to Look” with Richard Crossley for 12 paid participants
8am - Bird walks
10am - Final Remarks and Departure