Bicknell’s Thrush Hike / Steve Chorvas / 3am

We'll carpool to Slide 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, a considerable elevation gain and a stream crossing, which may be running high and fast. Hiking poles are highly recommended.

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Hawkwatch / 7am

Mohonk Preserve has confirmed allowing 12 participants to go up on the hawkwatch at the Trapps and have generously waived the day pass fee.

Meet at the visitor's center and carpool to the steel bridge.

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Ashokan Bird Walk / 2pm-4pm

Navigate to 16 Blue Heron Road, Ashokan NY 12411

The entrance to the Frying Pan is 900 feet west of Blue Heron Road. Meet at the Frying Pan parking lot and if water levels are low the best areas for shorebirds. There will be signage at the entrance.

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Historic Kingston Walk / 3pm-4pm

From the first settlers to the present day, in war and in peace, the Ulster County Courthouse has been the rallying point for the momentous events that have transformed our community, our State and our Nation. Take a walk with Paul T. O'Neill and discover the people and events that have made our Courthouse one of the singular most important locations in the United States.

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Field Trip Departures / 7am

The John Burroughs Natural History Society is hard at work planning sensational birding hikes and field trips throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Check back periodically for updates and more information.

Sign ups will be available September 13-15 at the Conference’s registration table.

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Hudson River Birding Cruise / 6-8:30pm

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

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Create a Bird-Friendly Yard / Tod Winston / 2:20 - 3pm

“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. 

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