Last Updated 12/7/16

"The connections alone truly made the club a brilliant success for me." — BF, NYSYBC alumnus, age 22
    "I've gotten 5 lifers so far this year, and 3 of them have been on NYSYBC trips." — BM, age 13
        "I joined up, and from that point on, I became a lot more serious about birds." GV, age 15
            "It has truly been a great experience getting to know other birders my age." — MM, age 15
                 "For me, the club really made a difference." BV, NYSYBC alumnus, age 21

Fox Sparrow, photo by Silas Hernandez
           Fox Sparrow -  photo by Silas Hernandez

Are You a Young Birder
Between the Ages of 10 and 19?

If you are, then you've come to the right place!  The New York State Young Birders Club provides community, friendship, and fun for young people who have a passion for wild birds and their habitats.
 

TIME TO RENEW!
YOUNG BIRDERS - JOIN OR RENEW BY 12/31/16
                and get a FREE BONUS GIFT!
You'll get a free copy of
   
The Checklist of the Birds of New York State
                (brand new 2017 edition)

This is the OFFICIAL checklist, published by the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA).  It is a pocket-sized, 16-page booklet that you can use in the field, including Latin species names, breeding notations, NYSARC (New York State Avian Records Committee) status, and a handy one-page index inside the back cover.
  
       Renew Online  or  Download Form now!
 

GIVE THE GIFT OF NYSYBC MEMBERSHIP!
Do You Know a Young Birder Between the Ages of 10 and 19?

Purchase Gift Online  or  Download Form now!
What can you give the budding young birder in your life for the holidays this year?
Give a gift membership to the NYS Young Birders Club! Open up a whole new world of friendship and fun for your grandkids, kids, and friends between the ages of 10 and 19!  For only $10, you will give them the chance to go to the best birding spots in NY with expert leaders and like-minded friends.  They will also get connected in a safe online community where they can share birding stories, questions, photos, and support. The NYS Young Birders Club organizes teams to compete in fun projects like the World Series of Birding. The club's Scholarship Program helps fund great educational experiences like birding camps and other programs for our young members. What a wonderful way to strengthen the next generation of birders and finish off your holiday shopping early! 
FREE BONUS GIFT! 
Purchase a gift membership by 12/31/16 and the recipient of your gift will be sent (in January) a free copy of the brand new 2017 edition of The Checklist of the Birds of New York State, a handy, pocket-sized 16-page booklet. This edition includes all the latest changes made by the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU), affecting about half the list! ACT NOW! Bonus offer expires 12/31/16.


 
WHAT'S NEW?

Records Summary - all trips for 2008-2016 now included!                    UPDATED 12/1/16
Thanks to Records Chair Hannah Mirando for bringing it up to date!
The NYSYBC life list now stands at 286 species (3 new lifers in 2016)!
     View the NYSYBC Bird Records

Our Latest Field Trip Reports, Bird Lists, and Photo Galleries:

   "We saw 9 owls that night, and saw some wonderful pictures that Rick showed us during the intermissions between owls."
   "A few Bald Eagles soared above our heads, immatures and adults alike. A few flocks of Rusty Blackbirds, perhaps the best bird of the trip, lent our ears their odd calls as they descended on the marsh."
   Read Elizabeth Hayes's report on the owl banding evening and Garret Van Gelder's Bashakill field trip report and bird list. And don't miss the photo galleries!
 

"As we gathered, we watched birds dropping down from the sky for a buggy breakfast as the sun heated up the leaves on which the bugs rested. While waiting for birding families, we watched two Ruby-crowned Kinglets dancing endlessly in the trees, heard the nasally laugh of the Red- breasted Nuthatch, and watched a Hairy Woodpecker fly overhead."
Read Teresa Loomis's report and the bird list by Truth Muller and Kai Victor, and enjoy the Photo Gallery!
 

"We were surrounded by a tempest of birders, nearly as numerous as the birds themselves. There were dozens of egrets, Snowy and Great, standing in a row, like the teeth of a white comb. Big, fat Mute Swans bobbed in the background, while in the foreground, all manner of plover and piper explored the mudflats. Someone found a grebe peering through the marsh grass, as squealing terns wheeled overhead." Read Truth Muller's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
 

"Finding both of our target species was much easier than we thought as within a few minutes of spotting the bunting we heard both the Cerulean’s rising “zee zeezeezizizizieeet” and the Hooded Warbler’s “ta­weeta­wee ta­weeTEE­too” songs, along with some other interesting discoveries..."
Read Josh Cantor's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

  •   Report & Photo Gallery - Whiteface Mountain (Adirondacks) - May 29, 2016
    On Whiteface Mountain at dawn, photo by Carena Pooth
    "Eventually, every young birder and most of the parents were able to get a glimpse at a thrush. Two Yellow-bellied Flycatchers gave great looks at this turn, and many Blackpoll and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen as well. We descended back down to a spot where Boreal Chickadees were building their nest, and we were given only a brief look at one of them..." Read Eamon Freiburger's report and Adrian Burke's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
     
     
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Central Park (New York County) - April 17, 2016
    On the Oak Bridge, Central Park - photo by Carena Pooth
    "We met at 7:30am, at the 72nd Street entrance to the park, and were immediately greeted by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, which was a life bird for some. We began our walk by heading up a mud-covered rock face to Falconers Hill, an excellent location for sparrows such as Savannah and Field Sparrow, but the only sparrow species on the hill this time was the Chipping Sparrow."
    Read trip leader Isaiah Sigman's report and Josh Cantor's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
      
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Read Sanctuary & Marshlands Conservancy - March 12, 2016 
    Great Horned Owl, photo by Joe Hernandez
    "If you think closed-for-the-season amusement parks are bad birding locations, prepare to be proven wrong by our visit to Manursing Lake....we set up our scopes on a flotilla of ducks....which was composed of around a hundred Greater Scaup with Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Buffleheads, a Pied-billed Grebe, and Hooded Mergansers mixed in."
    Read Joe Hernandez's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
     

Field Trip Calendar

Field trips are a great way to make friends and learn more about birds. Make your plans now to be sure you can attend as many trips as possible! See our calendar of monthly field trips.

Downloads
Check out our Downloads page, where we've created one place to find all NYSYBC membership forms, guidelines, and flyers.  Youth members, send us birding-related files you'd like to make available to others!
 

Do You Know a Young Birder Between the Ages of 10 and 19?
Give the Gift of NYSYBC Membership!
Give a gift membership to the NYS Young Birders Club!   Open up a whole new world of friendship and fun for your grandkids, kids, and friends between the ages of 10 and 19!  For only $10, you will give them the chance to go to the best birding spots in NY with expert leaders and like-minded friends.  They will also get connected in a safe online community where they can share birding stories, questions, photos, and support. The NYS Young Birders Club organizes teams to the World Series of Birding and the Super Bowl of Birding. What a wonderful way to strengthen the next generation of birders and give a boost to a great new club!

 

Least Tern, photo by Joe Hernandez
   
Least Tern - Cape May, NJ
photo by Joe Hernandez, May 12, 2016

Questions?