Whatever your interests are, whether you are four or twice forty, there is something for you as a club member: learning the song of the bluebird, finding a tiny orchid you never saw before, seeing one of your slides shown at a club meeting or one of your nature stories in print. Best of all, finding new friends with whom to share your experiences.

  • Monthly Meetings: The club meets at 7:15 pm at the Vestal Public Library on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September through June (except the second Wednesday in November and December, and for the October annual dinner).
  • The Gnatcatcher: The club’s monthly newsletter lists upcoming events and items of interest, including monthly bird statistics
  • Family Field Trips: Nature hikes suitable for all ages are held occasionally.
  • Bird Song Classes: On Saturday mornings in May the public is invited to join members on outings to study birds by sight and song.
  • Christmas Bird Count: The club joins others throughout the US in the National Audubon Society’s census of birds in each area during the Christmas season.
  • New York State Ornithological Association: The club is a member of NYSOA. Our bird reports are included in NYSOA’s quarterly publication, The Kingbird.
  • Waterfowl Census: Members participate in the January waterfowl count, a joint effort of the New York State Ornithological Association and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population levels.
  • North American Bluebird Society: We cooperate with the Society by encouraging the building of bluebird houses to establish bluebird trails. Some members are active in the Society.
  • Bird Banding: Public bandouts are occasionally held by club members licensed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Advice and Assistance: The club provides expertise in leading field trips, developing nature trails and exhibits, and supplying nature information through talks and slide programs.

Some Naturalists’ Club Accomplishments

Publications:

  • The Gnatchatcher , our monthly newsletter.
  • Trees of Broome County, written and illustrated by club members.
  • Four Seasons Afield by Claude Howard illustrated with photographs and drawings by club members.
  • Broome Birds and Byways by Marie Petuh which describes the flora and fauna of nearby natural areas.

Projects:

  • Otselic Bog: The club purchased three acres along this quaking bog to assure its preservation.
  • Breeding Bird Atlas Project: Club members have completed the local New York Atlas Project and have assisted Pennsylvania.
  • Apalachin Marsh Nature Preserve: Members of the club were instrumental in saving this fifty-acre waterfowl habitat.
  • Wetlands Survey: In 1974 and the mid-1980’s members collected data for the evaluation of Broome County wetlands for the Environmental Management Council and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Local Park Studies: Club members have helped make check lists of the flora of Cole, Greenwood, and Jones Parks and the birds of Chenango Valley State Park.
  • Eldorado Beach: Over $8,000 was raised through club efforts for the preservation of this Nature Conservancy sanctuary on Lake Ontario.
  • IBM Glen: Club members assisted¬† The Friends of Glenn to help preserve this area.¬† The club donated $1000 to the Waterman Conservation Center to help manage the IBM Glen.
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