Peregrine Falcon at Croton Point. Photo: SMRA/Jeff Seneca.

Westchester County has a rich diversity of bird life. With the Hudson River to the west and the Long Island Sound to the east, Westchester is in the middle of fall and spring migration flyways.

As of Fall 2013,  369 species of birds have been identified in Westchester County. With seven Audubon chapters in the lower Hudson Valley, the Westchester County park system and several private wildlife sanctuaries, there are many opportunities for you to explore birding here.

Come birding with us! Saw Mill River Audubon offers more than 80 field trips a year to the general public, to area school classes and to community groups. Beginners are encouraged and free binocular loans are available. ( Here is more about our field trips for school and community groups and our public field trips. )

Birders at Croton Point. Photo: SMRA/Anne Swaim.

Birding connects us with the habitats around us and the changing seasons. Birding also helps to monitor the health of local habitats because the presence (or absence) of birds can be an indication of habitat quality. Many birders are involved in citizen science projects such as the Christmas Bird Count and nest box surveys. Roger Tory Peterson, author of the first "Field Guide to the Birds," noted that "the observation of birds leads inevitably to environmental awareness."

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