Meetings and Events

Greater Scaup – © Carena Pooth

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 Fellowship Hall, located on Route 55, about .3 mile west of the Taconic State Parkway, across from Arlington High School. Beginning January 2018, we meet in the new addition to the left (east) of the church. Park and enter the large center doors. Our room is on the left side of the hall. 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.



January 22“Ornithological Fieldwork in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea” by Paul Sweet

The island of New Guinea is home to over 700 species of birds—that is, 700 and still counting. In the fall of 2014 Paul Sweet joined a team of vertebrate specialists from the American Museum of Natural History on an expedition to the highlands of Papua New Guinea—the nation that occupies the eastern half of the island. The highlands are one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition was in search of new specimens and new species. Sweet will talk about the adventures of fieldwork and discuss some of the expedition’s discoveries.

Born in Bristol, England, Sweet has been interested in birds for as long as he can remember. After completing a degree in zoology at the University of Liverpool, he traveled widely in Asia and the Americas before working at the Raffles Museum in Singapore. In 1991 he moved to New York City to work at the American Museum of Natural History, where he is now the collections manager in the Ornithology Department.

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