Note: This field trip was sponsored by the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club, a NYSYBC Partner Club. Gordon Batcheller of the NYS DEC (also NYSYBC member Hope Batcheller's dad) was very helpful in arranging the meeting location for us. For more information on the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and Dutchess County birding hotspots, visit www.watermanbirdclub.org. To learn more about Stony Kill, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1833.html.
, photo by Mary Batcheller
The New York State Young Birders Club (NYSYBC) got together for the second time on January 17, 2009. The day started with a field trip sponsored by the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club, which had set aside a territory for NYSYBC in the New York State Annual Waterfowl Count. Due to single digit temperatures, the Hudson River was mostly frozen. However, spirits were high as everyone enjoyed good views of 4 Bald Eagles perched & flying near some open water in the river, and a fifth Bald Eagle was observed soaring overhead a little later. After the Waterfowl Count, the young birders spent some time birding at NYSDEC's Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, where they found and enjoyed terrific views of an adult Red-headed Woodpecker. Other birds seen there included White-Crowned Sparrow, Pine Siskins, and many more common species. Many thanks to the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club and the Stony Kill EEC for their gracious hosting of the young birders.
After lunch, an organizational kickoff meeting was held to elect officers of the Youth Leadership Council and discuss plans for the future of the club. Topics included future field trips, publicity, the newsletter, and the website. Hope Batcheller was elected President; Erich Lehner, Vice President, and Brent Bomkamp, Secretary. Hope then appointed Greg Lawrence as Newsletter Chair & Benjamin Van Doren as Website Chair. The young birders are very enthusiastic about the club and most eager to increase its ranks in all 3 membership categories – Youth, Supporting Adult, & Partner Organization.
, photo by Lila Fried
, photo by Carena Pooth