Last Updated 3/19/16

"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

Lesser Scaup pair, photo by Avery Scott
Lesser Scaup pair - photo by Avery Scott

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.

Elections for NYSYBC's officers for 2016 are complete - see the results.
Also check out our Hall of Fame page!

NYSYBC Fun....View the slideshow of our first 5 years!
Enjoy the slideshow that was played at the NYSOA Annual Meeting on November 2, 2013. This is a collection of slides in random order -- over 150 pictures taken at club events since we started way back in 2008!    

What's New? 

  • FIELD TRIPS! Check out our newly updated 2016 Calendar
  • Records Summary - all trips through February 2016 now included!     UPDATED 3/19/16
    Thanks to Records Chair Eamon Freiburger for all the updates.
    The NYSYBC life list now stands at 282 species!
              View the NYSYBC Bird Records
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Montezuma NWR - August 18, 2015 
    Montezuma NWR Wildlife Drive, photo by Carena Pooth

    This trip covered a lot of ground an netted us 81 species -- our second highest total for any trip since we started back in August 2008! The weather was perfect, we had great guides, and the birding was amazing!

  • Check out Nicholas Kachala's bird list, and enjoy Teresa Loomis's report along with the Photo Gallery!

  • Report & Photo Gallery - Jamaica Bay - July 18, 2015 NEW 12/9/15
    Osprey family at its nest, photo by Andrew Marden

    We racked up a nice list of 64 species in spite of the reduced amount of time we were able to spend birding (due to the rain), and in spite of the fact that the East Pond, which is usually teeming with shorebirds at this time of year, had not been properly drained to expose the mud flats that the birds need. It was a good field trip all the same, and several young birders happily added new lifers to their own lists.
    Check out Andrew Marden's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

  • Report & Photo Gallery - Peach Hill Park & Hopeland - June 7, 2015 NEW 11/26/15
    Herb Thompson shows us a nest inside a bluebird box, photo by Carena Pooth

    Herb Thompson is the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club’s bluebird trail monitor for Peach Hill, so he opened up some Bluebird nesting boxes, and showed us the inside, teaching us how to tell what bird was nesting within. Several ¬†were House Wrens’ nests. House Wrens fill the whole nesting box with twigs, and lay speckled brown eggs. The rest were Tree Swallow nests. Tree swallows put a lot of big feathers inside their nests. They lay pure white eggs. Herb told us to stay away from the entrance, or a bird might fly into one of our faces. Read the report by Teresa Loomis and enjoy the Photo Gallery!

  • Reports & Photo Galleries - NYC Warbler Weekend - April 25-26, 2015 
    Young Birders on the Empire State Building, photo by Carena Pooth
    On April 25, the NYSYBC began an exciting weekend of birding and bird-related activities in New York City. The activities began at the headquarters of the National Audubon Society with a talk on bird calls, went on to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, and finished at Prospect Park in Brooklyn the next morning. Read reports by Noam Klotz and Avery Scott, and view the Photo Galleries!

Read Eamon Freiburger's report and Truth Muller's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

Read our report and Adrian Burke's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
View our Field Trip Reports Archive - from 2008 unti now!

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.

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!


Semipalmated Plover, photo by Eamon Freiburger
Semipalmated Plover - Topsail Island, North Carolina
photo by Eamon Freiburger, August 16, 2014