Meetings and Events



Monthly programs are held on the fourth Monday of most months, featuring speakers from various organizations who bring us fascinating presentations on birds, other wildlife, and the environment. Refreshments and conversation take place after each meeting.

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at 7:30pm at the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church parish hall, located on Route 55, about .3 mile west of the Taconic State Parkway, across from Arlington High School. In addition, an informal dinner at the Daily Planet restaurant (close by and also on Route 55) takes place beginning at 5:45pm before each program meeting. No reservations are necessary — just show up!

In November, our monthly program is replaced by an Annual Dinner meeting; in July and in December, there are no meetings. All programs are open to the public free of charge, except for a very few labeled Members Only. If you’d like to join, see All events are subject to change.

In case of bad weather, meetings will be cancelled. Please listen to local radio stations or go to for cancellation information.



November 13WATERMAN BIRD CLUB ANNUAL DINNER (for members and their guests only; see below for dinner information)

Program: RARE & ELUSIVE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, A Slide Lecture Presentation
by William Burt, naturalist, writer, photographer

For 16 years, William Burt pursued a stubborn mission: to find and photograph all 20 of the continent’s least known and least seen birds. He spent weeks in the field at a time, employing his own hand-built equipment and often visiting sites repeatedly, year after year in certain cases – sometimes in the middle of the night – to get the picture he was after. The result: his 2001 book (Rizzoli/Universe) and museum exhibition: Rare & Elusive Birds of North America. Through this presentation the audience will journey to the marshes, plains and prairies, swamps and woodlands, in search of the rails and bitterns, nightjars, and other “mystery birds” that birders long to see.

William Burt is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within. His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and other magazines, and he is the author of three previous books. Burt’s photo exhibitions have showed at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

The Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club ANNUAL DINNER is for members and their guests only. To become a member, click on the green quick link on the right side of this page.

LOCATION: COPPOLA'S ON 9, Rt. 9 Hyde Park, NY, 5:30 - 6:30 PM Cash Bar, 6:30 PM Dinner

Antipasto Salad
Choose from one of three entrees: Chicken Scaloppine Marsala OR Eggplant Rollatini OR Norwegian Salmon Filet
All entrees are served with penne ziti and a vegetable medley, bread, tea and coffee
Dessert: Ice Cream Sundaes
If you have any special dietary needs, please contact Mary and Ron Gall @ 914-456-6953 or email -

COST $26.00
Make checks payable to: Waterman Bird Club. Write entree choice on check!
Send your check to Ron and Mary Gall, 5 Locust Crest Ct., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.