Last Updated 10/12/16

"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

Ring-billed Gull, photo by Max Kogut
   Ring-billed Gull,  photo by Max Kogut

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? 

Records Summary - all trips through June 2016 now included!           UPDATED 10/8/16
Thanks to Records Chair Hannah Mirando for bringing it up to date!
The NYSYBC life list now stands at 286 species (3 new lifers in 2016)!
     View the NYSYBC Bird Records

Our Latest Field Trip Reports, Bird Lists, and Photo Galleries:

"As we gathered, we watched birds dropping down from the sky for a buggy breakfast as the sun heated up the leaves on which the bugs rested. While waiting for birding families, we watched two Ruby-crowned Kinglets dancing endlessly in the trees, heard the nasally laugh of the Red- breasted Nuthatch, and watched a Hairy Woodpecker fly overhead."
Read Teresa Loomis's report and the bird list by Truth Muller and Kai Victor, and enjoy the Photo Gallery!

"We were surrounded by a tempest of birders, nearly as numerous as the birds themselves. There were dozens of egrets, Snowy and Great, standing in a row, like the teeth of a white comb. Big, fat Mute Swans bobbed in the background, while in the foreground, all manner of plover and piper explored the mudflats. Someone found a grebe peering through the marsh grass, as squealing terns wheeled overhead." Read Truth Muller's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

"Finding both of our target species was much easier than we thought as within a few minutes of spotting the bunting we heard both the Cerulean’s rising “zee zeezeezizizizieeet” and the Hooded Warbler’s “ta­weeta­wee ta­weeTEE­too” songs, along with some other interesting discoveries..."
Read Josh Cantor's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

  •   Report & Photo Gallery - Whiteface Mountain (Adirondacks) - May 29, 2016
    On Whiteface Mountain at dawn, photo by Carena Pooth
    "Eventually, every young birder and most of the parents were able to get a glimpse at a thrush. Two Yellow-bellied Flycatchers gave great looks at this turn, and many Blackpoll and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen as well. We descended back down to a spot where Boreal Chickadees were building their nest, and we were given only a brief look at one of them..." Read Eamon Freiburger's report and Adrian Burke's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Central Park (New York County) - April 17, 2016
    On the Oak Bridge, Central Park - photo by Carena Pooth
    "We met at 7:30am, at the 72nd Street entrance to the park, and were immediately greeted by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, which was a life bird for some. We began our walk by heading up a mud-covered rock face to Falconers Hill, an excellent location for sparrows such as Savannah and Field Sparrow, but the only sparrow species on the hill this time was the Chipping Sparrow."
    Read trip leader Isaiah Sigman's report and Josh Cantor's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Read Sanctuary & Marshlands Conservancy - March 12, 2016 
    Great Horned Owl, photo by Joe Hernandez
    "If you think closed-for-the-season amusement parks are bad birding locations, prepare to be proven wrong by our visit to Manursing Lake....we set up our scopes on a flotilla of ducks....which was composed of around a hundred Greater Scaup with Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Buffleheads, a Pied-billed Grebe, and Hooded Mergansers mixed in."
    Read Joe Hernandez's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

  • Report & Photo Gallery - Winter Specialties along the Hudson River - February 21, 2016
    Croton Boat Launch, photo by Carena Pooth

    "The trip began where the group met: at a scenic overlook that gave a great view of Iona Island in the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge. It was in this location that we had a number of Bald Eagles that by far exceeded the number most of my fellow club members and I have seen in any one place."
    Read Noam Klotz's report and Jordan Klein's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!

  • Report & Photo Gallery - Annual Kickoff - January 17, 2016 
    Benjamin Van Doren telling us about his reserch projects, photo by Carena Pooth

    "We gathered at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, and when everyone was ready, we headed out for a walk. It was a cold morning, of course, but we found 36 species. One of them, Orange-crowned Warbler, was a new bird for the NYSYBC life list (which goes all the way back to 2008). We also saw a Nashville Warbler, which was an unusual January bird and a lifer for some. Then we went back inside and warmed up with bagels, donuts, and hot beverages as we settled in for a series of great presentations and discussions." Read the report based on Avery Scott's meeting minutes and enjoy 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!


Least Tern, photo by Joe Hernandez
Least Tern - Cape May, NJ
photo by Joe Hernandez, May 12, 2016