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connecting people & nature since 1953

We are a friendly community of people who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Our 1,000 members are drawn from northwestern Westchester County, New York and beyond. All share a common desire to learn more about birds and other wildlife, and a common belief in the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife habitats. We hope you’ll browse through our upcoming events and join us for a field trip, workshop or community program.

what we do

  • Education

    We offer field trips, workshops & programs to explore birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

  • Sanctuaries

    We protect more than 300 acres of wildlife habitat in eight sanctuaries.

  • Advocacy

    We advocate on environmental issues with Audubon New York & National Audubon.

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Red-tailed Hawk. Photo: SMRA/Jeff Senecas.

seasonal focus:
hawk migration

Westchester County is in the middle of a migration highway for hawks, eagles, falcons and other birds of prey, or raptors. There are several hawk watch locations in our region staffed by volunteers in the fall to count the flow of southbound birds of prey. While red-tailed hawks, our most common hawk, may be seen year-round in our area, other raptors move south to follow their food sources. Some eat other birds that are migrating south. Some raptors eat reptiles, amphibians and insects and move south where their prey may be found year round. Some travel as far south as South America for the winter!