Last Updated 9/27/16

"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? 

  • FIELD TRIPS! Check out our newly updated 2016 Calendar
  • Records Summary - all trips through June 2016 now included!           UPDATED 6/28/16
    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
  • 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!

  • Report & Photo Gallery - Rockland Lake - November 8, 2015 NEW 5/3/16
    Rockland Lake, photo by Joe Hernandez
    "It was a cold November day as I and my fellow NYSYBC members and accompanying adults began a wonderful little hike around Rockland Lake State Park, an excellent site for water dwelling stopover birds...."
    Read Garret Van Gelder's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
  • Report & Photo Gallery - Bashakill WMA - September 6, 2015 NEW 5/3/16
    Bashakill WMA, photo by Carena Pooth
    "Fog made a screen around the New York State Young Birders Club members as we walked out toward an opening in a swampy river. In the shrouded unknown there were whistles of Wood Ducks and the chips of Common Yellowthroats, very few of them getting close enough for views. Fortunately, this changed as the sun climbed over the mountains and melted the curtain..."
    Read Joe Hernandez's report and Silas Hernandez's bird list, and view the Photo Gallery!
  • 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 
    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!
    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