Conference Schedule – Saturday, November 2nd

Saturday, November 2nd

6:00 am – 7:00 am

Breakfast (on your own; Conference Special, 10% off all hotel restaurants for conference participants. Just tell them you’re attending the New York Birders Conference)

6:30 am– 6:30 pm

Check-in/Information Table Opens

FIELD TRIPS: 7:30am – 12:30pm except Delegates Field Trip.

Meet at field locations at 7:30, except as noted.


Leader: Doug Futuyma

Meeting Place: Meet at West End 2 parking lot, (not field 2), north of pavilion.

B. Sunken Meadow State Park

Leader: Mary Normandia

Meeting Place: Parking lot #1 by main pavilion.

C. Alley Pond Park

Leader: Ian Resnick

Meet at East side of parking lot on 76th Ave. off of Springfield Blvd., Bayside, NY.

D. Kissena Park

Leaders: Eric Miller & Jeff Ritter

Meeting at the Velodrome parking lot, entrance at Booth Memorial Ave. and Parsons Blvd., Flushing, NY.

E. Robert Moses State Park

Leader: John Gluth

Meet at eastern end of Field 5.

F. Digiscoping Workshop, field session

Leader: Clay Taylor, Swarovski Optik, Inc., Corey Finger

Meet at the Jones Beach West End Boat Basin (also known as the Coast Guard Station).

G. Francis Purcell Preserve (Delegates field trip, till 10:00am)

Leader: Steve Schellenger

Meet in Lobby, Long Island Marriott.

8:45am – 5:30pm

NON-BIRDERS FIELD TRIP TO MANHATTAN – CANCELLED (See Non-Birding Activities page for suggestions and links to things to do in Long Island and Manhattan.)

Leader: Nancy Tognan

Meeting Place: Meet at LI Marriot lobby


Poster Session and Vendor Tables resume

Conference Center, lower level

10:30 am –1:00 pm

NYSOA Annual Business Meeting; all are welcome to attend

1:00am – 2:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

Options include Champions, Prime Seasons, & Skylight Lounge onsite. (Conference Special, 10% off all hotel restaurants for conference participants. Just tell them you’re attending the New York Birders Conference)

Nearby restaurants:

Presentations—Concurrent Sessions 2a & 2b



Adelphi Room

2:00pm – 2:45pm

The Hempstead Plains: Past, Present, and Future; Betsy Gulotta, Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau County Community College

2:00-5:00 Paper Sessions

Six Presenters will give 20-minute talks on diverse topics concerning New York State ornithology. Each talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions and a 5-minute break.

[Papers listed in order of presentation. See our Papers and Posters page for a full listing of authors and affiliations.]

Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs: Five Years of Monitoring in Jamaica Bay
Debra Kriensky; Co-authors: Susan Elbin, John Rowden
Columbia University, New York City Audubon

Loon Conservation and the BP Oil Spill
Michael Ivkov, Trinity School

Duration of stop-over in relation to date of arrival in vagrant Western Kingbirds: Is vagrancy mis-oriented migration, long-distance dispersal, or sometimes one and sometimes the other?
Lucinda Zawadski, College of Staten Island

Migration plasticity as an adaptation to climate change: Winter range expansions in half-hardy Neotropical migrant landbirds in the northeastern United States
Juliette Goulet, College of Staten Island

The Chemistry of Navigation in Birds
Alexander M. Gottdiener, The Browning School

Interspecific Information Use in Army-ant-following Birds 
Hope Batcheller, Cornell University


3:00pm – 3:45pm

An Introduction to the Long Island Pine Barrens; John Turner, author of Exploring the Other Island:

A Seasonal Guide to Nature on Long Island.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Waterbirds of the New York Harbor 1982 – 2013:breeding ecology and population trends; Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, NYC Audubon Society.

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Enjoying Birds Through Poetry; Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr., First Poet Laureate, Nassau County, New York, 2007-09.

New York State Young Birders Club; Carena Pooth, Hope Batcheller.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Poster Session, Vendor and Display Tables

Conference Center, lower level and Molloy Room

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Social Hour

Conference Center – lower level

6:30pm –


Dinner Banquet and Keynote Presentation, Ballroom

6:30 pm – Dinner begins

7:20 pm – Welcome – Seth Ausubel

7:30 – 8:20 pm – NYSOA Awards and Announcements (speakers TBD)

8:30 – 9:30 – Keynote Presentation: James Currie, Birding Adventures TV, Not Your Grandmother’s Audubon


Adjourn for the day