our next public program


Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Author Talk & Book Signing:
Birding the Hudson Valley
Kathryn Schneider

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Join with us to celebrate the release of Kathryn Schneider's new book. Come hear Kathryn's stories about researching and writing this book over three years as she birded across the Hudson Valley.  Let us know you are coming at this EventBrite link.  Walk-ins also welcome.

Book sales and signing will be available at a reception following the program that will include all five Westchester Audubon chapters sponsoring this event: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River-Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon.

This visually-beautiful new book covers birding hotspots from Troy to New York City featuring photography from birders across the region.

Also included is a wealth of information about regional birding: seasonal birding tips, regional birding groups, how to start birding and how to improve your birding skills. Bonus content is a fascinating overview of the landscapes and habitats of the Hudson Valley.

Venue: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, located on the former Reader's Digest campus overlooking the Saw Mill River Parkway, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, New York 10514 [Google map link]

See more Saw Mill River Audubon upcoming events here.

public field trips & programs


SMRA canoe trip in Constitution Marsh. Photo: Ken Novenstern/SMRA.

Saw Mill River Audubon offers a year-round calendar of public programs and field trips. Our public programs are offered free of charge as part of our environmental education outreach. We do ask for a donation of $5/adult for our public field trips guided by SMRA staff or volunteers. This donation is entirely voluntary and all are welcome on our trips regardless of donation.

about our field trips
Some of our field trips are limited by registration to protect sensitive species and for a more positive experience for the group. Be sure to subscribe to our free, private email list to get early notice of trips that require registration as well as notice of new trips added since our last newsletter. Most of our trips are best suited for ages 10 and up unless otherwise specified. We have binoculars for free loan for any field trip, with notice. If we need to cancel a field trip, we will update our Google calendar, put a message on our office phone (914-666-6503), and send out an update to our private email list. We encourage carpooling and suggest that carpoolers offer to share costs of for gas/tolls with drivers.

You may also be interested to read this Birder's Guide to Field Trips from NJ Audubon.

upcoming events

extended field trips
We also offer extended weekend birding trips. Extended weekend trips have included: South Jersey Birding (August 2018), South Jersey Birding (August 2017), Winter Birds in Minnesota (January, 2017), Cornell Lab & Montezuma NWR (November, 2016), South Jersey Birding (November, 2015), Spring Coastal Birding (May, 2014), Winter Birds in Minnesota (February, 2014), Adirondack Winter Birding (2013), Delaware Bay Spring Birding (2012).

We also sponsor at least one major birding trip each year to other parts of the United States or to other countries, practicing eco-tourism in our trip planning to support local conservation organizations and habitats. All our extended trips also include a tax-deductible donation to SMRA as part of their cost.

Where we have traveled: Southeast Arizona (April 2018), Coastal Texas (November 2017), Magee Marsh (April 2017), Southwest National Parks (October 2017), Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec (July 2016), Cuba (February/March 2016), Trinidad (October 2015), Olympic National Park (May 2015), Belize (March, 2014), Yellowstone (May, 2013), Texas Coast & Hill Country (April, 2012), Costa Rica (March, 2011), Nebraska Cranes (March, 2010), Southeast Arizona (April, 2008), and Trinidad (April, 2007).