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.



February 26"Victory At Sea," with Sean Sime and Doug Gochfeld

Since the 1960s, New York-based pelagic seabird trips have evolved from “Let’s go offshore” trips to nowhere to targeted strikes, overlaying sea surface temperature, wind, and chlorophyll charts in concert with our ever increasing knowledge of seasonal bird movements. With each new trip unknowns are becoming knowns. Join pelagic seabird junkies Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime as they discuss the evolution of the exploration of NY's offshore waters and how analyzing seabird data Atlantic-wide has paid immediate dividends here at home.
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Doug Gochfeld's Bio:
Doug Gochfeld made the jump from a love of trains, planes, and automobiles typical of many seven-year-olds to an avid interest in birds after a close encounter with a Steller's Jay in the Pacific Northwest. This filled his early formative years with scouring the urban landscape of New York City for birds with his father. After a teenage break from all things avian, he returned to it with a vengeance, and he hasn't looked back.
His first birding job was as a migration counter at the legendary Cape May Bird Observatory, where his love of and interest in the dynamics of migration (of anything with wings, insects included!) was cemented. From 2006 to 2016, he worked with birds from New Hampshire to Arizona, and from Suriname to Israel. He has also spent a substantial amount of time guiding in Alaska, the bulk of which was spent on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs.
Doug's strongest interests in birding are migration, vagrancy, and overall patterns of distribution. Shorebirds and seabirds (and any other long-distance migrants, really) hold a special place in his heart, and he has done intensive work studying the breeding and wintering ecology of Hudsonian Godwits in Alaska and Semipalmated Sandpipers in Suriname and Brazil.
In addition to being on the New York State Avian Records Committee, Doug is also passionate about spreading the gospel of birding and the outdoors, and to this end he participates in youth and urban birding initiatives and has guided at birding festivals across the country. His writing and photographs have been published in a myriad of venues.

Sean Sime's Bio:
Sean Sime is a professional photographer with twenty years’ experience working in the photo industry. He works with a wide range of clients including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Swarovski, Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Digest, Women’s Health, Hearst, and Time Inc. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Life Magazine, Garden & Gun, Harper’s and many other publications.
Sean is also a highly regarded nature photographer, a member of the Linnaean Society of New York, a trip leader for See Life Paulagics and a regional reviewer for eBird. He has lectured on nature photography at the American Museum of Natural History and his work has appeared in Birder’s World, National Wildlife, North American Birds, and others.
At age eight Sean was introduced to birds by his uncle Jim, who was monitoring a small tern colony in Greenport, NY, in conjunction with the Great Gull Island Project. Little did he know 15 years later he would find himself on Great Gull each summer for seven years banding Common Terns. He eventually traveled with the team to photograph Common and Roseate Terns on their wintering grounds in South America.

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