The New York State Bluebird Society is holding its eastern spring meeting at SUNY Cobleskill on April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Cobleskill student chapter of the The Wildlife Society.

The meeting will feature presentations by leading experts, campus tours, a potluck lunch, and book signings by Darryl McGrath, author of “Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People”. The 2016 book chronicles the work of a small group of New York biologists to bring the peregrine falcon and bald eagle back from the brink of extinction.

All events will be held in Room 101 of SUNY Cobleskill’s Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is free and open to the public.


9 – 10 a.m. Tours of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science facilities in SUNY Cobleskill’s Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, including fish, bird, and mammal labs, cold-water and warm-water hatcheries, and the live reptile room.

10 a.m. – noon Presentations by Dr. Carmen Greenwood on native pollinators and Dr. Roger Masse on the American woodcock.

noon – 1 p.m. Potluck lunch.  A list of nearby local restaurants will also be available. Participants can visit our lab facilities during this period.

1 – 3:30 p.m. A presentation about attracting bluebirds by John Rogers, the leading bluebird producer in New York State; a presentation on identifying birds by their calls by Dr. Michael Losito; and a presentation by SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science students Sara Germain and Leah Kahn about their recent trip to Panama.

(Photo: Tom McDowell/The New York State Bluebird Society)