Audubon Offers Session for Beginners & Birdathon

Fahnestock bird walk April 27 and Birdathon May 11

Join Audubon naturalist Pete Salmansohn for a session on what’s involved in becoming a birdwatcher, or a better observer of birds, on April 27 at 9 a.m. The program will begin indoors at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center at Fahnestock Park, and participants will learn the basics of bird identification using the Peterson method of “field marks.” Salmansohn will also introduce some local bird vocalizations and calls, discuss seasonality and migration, and review the proper use of binoculars before going outside for a “bird walk.”

Children 8 and over are welcome in the company of an adult. Binoculars and a field guide are recommended, if available. There will be a few extra binoculars for those who need them. For more information, contact Salmansohn at 845-661-1552 or at [email protected], or visit the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society’s website at

The Putnam Highlands Audubon Society is gearing up for its annual Birdathon, which takes place Saturday, May 11, when expert birders will take to the field to search out as many species as possible over a 24-hour period. PHAS will have four Birdathon teams participating. For the first time, there will also be a beginning birding team that will go out locally for about three hours that morning on easy trails.

Those who would like to participate should contact Connie Mayer-Bakall at 845-897-4701 or via email at [email protected] for more information.



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