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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.

All registrations include Meals. 


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


Frost Valley Lodging

Frost Valley offers three accommodation options:  rustic cabin, lodges or the Lakeview Lodge.  Details of Frost Valley lodging can be seen here.

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.


FUll COnference

Registration for the full 3-day conference 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.

Without Lodging $268.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Lodge $430.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Cabin $370.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Single $621.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Double $475. /per person

All meals are included. 


Friday-Saturday

Without Lodging $203.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Lodge $293.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Cabin $260.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Single $398.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Double $318. /per person

All meals are included. 


Saturday Only

Without Lodging $147.

All meals are included. 


Saturday-Sunday

Without Lodging $203.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Lodge $293.
with Frost Valley Lodging — the Cabin $260.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Single $398.
with Frost Valley Lodging — Lakeview Double $318. /per person

All meals are included. 


Additional field trips

the Bicknell's Thrush

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)



Additional ACCOMMODATION Options

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