The first weekend in November will see birders from all over the Empire State descend on Long Island for the 66th Annual Meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA). Billed as The New York Birders Conference, the weekend-long meeting, hosted by the Queens County Bird Club, will feature great field trips, workshops, and a keynote speaker that 10,000 Birds readers will recognize – James Currie!
Based at the Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, the conference, scheduled for 1 November – 3 November, is timed perfectly for late fall migration, so the field trips should be excellent. If you have family members who are not birders the location of the conference makes getting into Manhattan a breeze, so you can keep them busy while you are paying attention to birds!
My good friend and frequent birding buddy Seth Ausubel is the driving force behind bringing the NYSOA annual meeting to Long Island for the first time in years and he is making sure that the conference is as excellent as it possibly can be. As a member of both the Queens County Bird Club and the New York State Ornithological Association I can say that both are excellent and with the number of people working on this conference it is going to be great!