Registration and Information

three aspects to consider when registering:

  • Registering for the conference
  • Optional off-site field trips
  • 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 10th at the Ashokan Center. 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.

Attendance for only the Saturday program is available with two options: all three meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner or only breakfast and lunch.

Optional field trips ($20 each)

There are two optional field trips. Each are limited to only 12 participants on a first to register basis. 

Slide Mountain, the Catskills' highest peak, features prominently in ornithological history, as the site where Bicknell's Thrush was first discovered on June 15, 1881. The mountain still hosts one of the Catskill range's largest breeding populations of this rare, vulnerable songbird. Join Chris Rimmer  for a moderately-paced [could say leisurely] hike to Slide Mountain's summit, where we will search for both Bicknell's and Swainson's thrushes, as well as other mountaintop breeding birds like Blackpoll and Magnolia Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, and Yellow-belled Flycatcher. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof outerwear, an extra layer or two, bug repellent (or a headnet), and water and snacks. The group will leave the Ashokan Center at 4:30 AM and will not return until 2 PM.

Lodging and accommodations

Attendees have four options. The first option is to make your own arrangements and show up at the Ashokan Center for the conference. The Ashokan Center offers the following: tent sites, bunkhouse style and private rooms. Details can be found at the Ashokan Center website.


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

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 &; search for "Olivebridge, 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.