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connect with our local birding community

Join us for a live, interactive bird chat via Zoom on Monday evenings, 7:00 pm, continuing through June.

SCHEDULING NOTE: we anticipate switching to Tuesday nights for July & August.

See our list of conversation guests for upcoming and past BirdChats.

How to Connect?

Register here for any of the scheduled chats. This is free. Instructions to join the Bird Chat will be in the email we send you after you register.

If joining us via computer or mobile device, get set up with the Zoom app before your first Bird Chat, following those emailed instructions.

OR you can simply call in by phone without any advance setup using the phone number and Zoom codes provided in that email.

More Zoom help is below.

What Will We Do?

We plan to gather for about an hour, maybe less or maybe a little more, depending on the conversational flow. Our chat will be very informal.

Chat Moderator will be Anne Swaim, SMRA Executive Director, with different guests joining us each week from the local birding community.

First we'll offer some brief planned content—some birds you can look and listen for in the coming week—and then we'll have a short conversation with our guests. Then we'll open up the chat for bird observations or questions from chat participants.

You don't need to speak, or be seen, even if you have a webcam. You are welcome simply to join us to listen (and to watch, if you join us by computer or mobile device).

Are You New to Zoom?

  • How to use Zoom
    • How to Join Your First Zoom Meeting <-- helpful step-by-step from Zoom
    • If you join by computer or mobile device using the Zoom app, you will be able to see the images we show AND you'll be able to click on a button in the computer or mobile phone app to "raise your hand" if you want to add observations or ask questions by voice. Otherwise sound from your end will be muted automatically. Click the link in the email we'll send after you register to get set up with Zoom before your first Bird Chat.
    • If you simply call in with a non-mobile phone or with a mobile phone not using the Zoom app, your phone will also be muted for sound from your end until you "raise your hand" (by pressing *9) AND the chat leader unmutes your phone for you to ask questions or share your observations. The phone number to call and the codes to enter to join the Bird Chat will be sent to you by email after you register.
    • You could connect by computer to see images AND also call in with a phone. This might be good if you want to speak but don't have a microphone for your computer and if you don't have a mobile phone that will run the Zoom app. After you register for a Bird Chat, we'll send you an email that will have directions to set up Zoom on your computer and also the phone number to call and codes to enter for you to listen and speak (if you wish) by phone.
  • Zoom download links
    (If you are brand new to downloading and installing new apps, first read about "How to Join Your First Zoom Meeting" above)
    • Download the Zoom app for Desktop Computer
      The web browser app will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting and prompt you to install the app, Zoom is also available for manual download here if you want to prepare ahead of time. After downloading the app, install it to your computer.

    • Download the Zoom app for Mobile Phone
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bird chat schedule


Mondays 7:00 pm  |  Register Here
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  • Monday, May 25, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • spring migration update
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guests: Kathryn Schneider, author
      Birding the Hudson Valley
      ,
      Atlasing & other recent birding
    • your questions & observations
  • Monday, June 1, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • Sightings this Week
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guests: Debbie van Zyl & Barbara Mansell,
      Waterman Bird Club
      Birding Dutchess County
    • your questions & observations
  • Monday, June 8, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • Sightings this Week
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guest: Tait Johansson, Naturalist,
      Bedford Audubon
    • your questions & observations
  • Monday, June 15, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • Sightings this Week
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guests: Tom Burke & Gail Benson,
      NYC Area Rare Bird Alert
      2020 Summer Bird Count
    • your questions & observations
  • Monday, June 22, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • Sightings this Week
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guest: Julie Hart, Coordinator
      NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III
    • your questions & observations
  • Monday, June 29, 2020, 7:00 pm

    • Sightings this Week
    • songs of the week: what to listen for
    • guests: Trudy Battaly & Drew Panko
      Birding for Science: hawk watching, banding,
      recording sound, Christmas & Summer Bird Counts
    • your questions & observations

Past Bird Chat Guests


  • Monday, April 6, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Sean Camillieri & Kyle Bardwell,
    local birders & our area eBird reviewers
  • Monday, April 13, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Charlie Roberto, local birder
    & Suzanne Kavic, SMRA board member
  • Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Steve Rappaport, SMRA board member
    and bird photographer
    & Kevin McGrath,
    local birder & bird photographer
  • Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Tom Burke & Gail Benson,
    NYC Area Rare Bird Alert
    and NYS Avian Records Committee
  • Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Michael Bochnik & Fran Greenberg,
    Hudson River Audubon of Westchester
  • Monday, May 11, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Sean Camillieri & Kyle Bardwell,
    eBird area reviewers
  • Monday, May 18, 2020, 7:00 pm
    Sandy Morrissey, President,
    Bronx River-Sound Shore Audubon,
    Westchester Bluebird Monitoring Update