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Saw Mill River Audubon Upcoming Events

August 29, 2017
Upcoming Events & News from Saw Mill River Audubon

This email offers you a reminder of our upcoming events
AND exclusive advance notice of new events added since our last newsletter.

For latest updates on our events including any changes due to weather,

always check our Google calendar.
Please support our local conservation and education work
You are invited to join Saw Mill River Audubon.
Bird Seed!

Our 2017-2018 Bird Seed Sale begins October 14. Support our local conservation efforts and purchase high-quality bird seed from Saw Mill River Audubon. Download a sale flyer here, review our seed types & prices and order online here.

Monday Bird Walks
Come birding with
Saw Mill River Audubon.Beginners are encouraged!
Monday, Sep 4, 7:30 am

Muscoot Farm

Meet in main parking area


Monday, Sep 11, 7:30 am

Rockefeller State Park

Meet in main parking area.
Monday, Sep 18, 7:30 am

Rockefeller State Park
Meeting at Sleepy Hollow Rd entrance. Use this Google Map link for the meeting place.


Monday, Sep 25, 7:30 am

Croton Point Park
Meet in main parking area.




No pre-registration is necessary. Binoculars available for loan.


Held rain or shine unless road travel or walking would be unsafe. As with all our events, always be sure to check our Google calendar if any weather uncertainty.

Arizona Spring Birding!

April 23-May 1, 2018
Explore Southeast Arizona with local guides. Benefits SMRA. Email us for itinerary and pricing. Space limited.

Volunteers Invited!

Work alongside friendly people and make a difference.


Sat, Sep 23, 9:00 am
Graff Sanctuary

Help us improve the trails and habitats at Graff Sanctuary in Croton. We’ll be cutting invasive vines and moving debris off the trails. Bring clippers and work gloves if you have them. Meet at the Briggs Lane entrance.


Fri, Sep 29, 10:00am
Seed Sale First Delivery

Work with a team to unload bird seed at Pruyn Sanctuary


Sat, Sep 30, 9:00am
Tree & Shrub Planting

Help move and plant native trees and shrubs at Brinton Brook Sanctuary in Croton


Sat, Oct 14, 9:00am-5:00pm

Bird Seed Sale Kickoff

Help customers load seed orders in their cars and assist with new orders during a two-hour shift. Pizza lunch plus fun conversation provided.


If you want to join in on any of the above projects, please email or call us 914-666-6503.


Be a Trail Walker!
Do you walk in our sanctuaries or want an excuse to walk more often? Consider becoming a SMRA TrailWalker and use this online report.
We have over 1,375 people subscribed to this email notice list because they enjoy our field trips, programs, and sanctuaries.

Please consider supporting us
with your membership.

Join online
at this web link


THANK YOU members
and friends who have supported us!

Black Dirt Birding

Saturday, September 2, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us on an exploration of the rich “Black Dirt” fields of Orange County for grassland birds and more. We will be on the lookout for special sandpipers and migrants moving south. Call or email our office to register, to connect with possible carpooling and to find out about our first stop where you could meet us at 7:00 am. Bring a lunch if you’d like to picnic with us as we compile our bird list at the end of this trip. Contact our office at (914) 666-6503 or

  Cross-listed Public Program at Croton Free Library

Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 pm

Green Living Series: Grow Native

Simple Steps to Welcome Birds,
Bees and Butterflies into Your Yard

Whether your garden is large or small, you can play an important role in providing food and shelter for local wildlife. Speaker Karalyn Lamb will cover simple steps to incorporate native plants into your existing landscape, and see examples of how some beautiful but tough “workhorse” plants are used in area parks and gardens.

Karalyn Lamb holds Environmental Gardening and
Botany certificates from the New York Botanical
Garden. She is also on the steering committee of The
Native Plant Center and a partner in the Lower Hudson
Partnership for Regional Invasive Species
Management. The Green Living Series is a partnership between the Croton Conservation Advisory Council and Teatown. Local event cross-listed by SMRA.

Second Saturday Walk at Brinton Brook

Saturday, September 9, 9:00 am

Our Second Saturday Walk continues year-round at our largest sanctuary: Brinton Brook in Croton-on-Hudson. Best for adults and young people age 8 and up. No pre-registration necessary. Held regardless of weather except in cases of severe weather or road closures. Meet at the main parking area off Route 9A. Google map link to all SMRA sanctuaries.

Saturday, September 16, 8:00 am

Young Birders Walk, Croton Point Park
Note new meeting time and place

Our Young Birders Walks are held monthly for young people age 8 to 16 with accompanying adult. Meet in ball field parking on the left as you enter the park.

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 pm

Canoeing Constitution Marsh

Join us for a unique opportunity to bird by canoe through marshes on the Hudson River shoreline at the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center near Garrison.


Cost is $40/person including canoe rental. Space is limited. Registration required.


Email us or call at 914-666-6503 to register. Further details will be confirmed with registered participants. Payment is requested in advance by check to “Saw Mill River Audubon” or via secure online credit card payment (link will be sent to registrants.) or by cash.


Carpooling is strongly encouraged since parking is limited at this location.

  Public Program at Croton Free Library
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm

Of Birds and Beeches: What Can Wood Thrushes at Rockefeller Tell Us About the Health Of Our Forests?
Many of us are familiar with the haunting flute-like song of the Wood Thrush. Rockefeller State Park Preserve has been designated an Important Bird Area, in part because of its breeding populations of this declining migratory species. But do straight numbers of breeding birds tell the whole story? Exactly how productive are the Wood Thrushes at Rockefeller? What do Wood Thrushes reveal about the health of our forest?


Ornithologist Dr. Elijah Goodwin will present preliminary results from his three-year study of Wood Thrush nesting on Preserve lands. What have we learned so far from the Wood Thrushes and where do we go from here?


Check our all our upcoming fall public programs here.

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 am

Hook Mountain Hawk Watch


Meet 9:00 am at Rockland Lake State Park at the Executive Golf Course parking lot by the clubhouse. Hook Mountain, just north of Nyack in Rockland County, offers eye-level views of migrating hawks and falcons and a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the lower Hudson Valley. Moderate 30-minute hike to the hawk watching station at the summit of Hook Mountain. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars and water. Email or call to register, 914-666-6503. More info about Hook Mountain is available here from Rockland Audubon:

Check our web site for more fall events!
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