Basics  of Bird Identification Educational Program
2:00 PM14:00

Basics of Bird Identification Educational Program

A classroom educational program on the Basics of Bird Identification Presented by Pete Salmansohn a/k/a "Puffin Pete"

Desmond-Fish Library , 472 NY-403, Garrison, NY 10524


Learn the basics….It’s easy!

Join local educator PETE SALMANSOHN for this fun and interactive program.

We’ll cover all the basic elements of bird identification so that you’ll soon feel comfortable in figuring out just WHAT that bird is that you’re seeing…………….This interactive program is tailored for adults and for children 8 and up.

Pete Salmansohn has worked as a naturalist-educator in the Philipstown area for several decades and is well known to many local students as “Mr. Pete.” 

Pete has run PTA-sponsored after-school nature programs at both Haldane and Garrison for years, and currently visits area schools as an outreach educator for both the Beacon Institute and Saw Mill River Audubon.  He worked for several years at Taconic Outdoor Education Center and for about 6 years seasonally at Constitution Marsh. 

Pete has written or co-authored five books, including two award-winning, Audubon-licensed children’s books:  “Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock” ; and “Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World.”  Pete has spent 38 summers working on the coast of Maine, narrating puffin-watching cruises for eco-tourists, and working at the Hog Island Audubon Camp. 

He is currently the education chairperson for Putnam Highlands Audubon Society,  and greatly enjoys sharing his love of nature with people of all ages.   He received the Alice Curtis Desmond Award from the Desmond-Fish Library several years ago. 

Pete lives in Garrison on an acre of property with his partner, Cory Ethridge, where they’re working to plant native shrubs and trees for wildlife, birds, and pollinators.

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PHAS Annual Fund Raising Dinner 2019
5:00 PM17:00

PHAS Annual Fund Raising Dinner 2019





  •  5 p.m. Social Hour and Silent Auction

  • 6 p.m. Buffet Dinner

  • 7 p.m. We Honor Audubon’s 

 Eric Lind

 Former Director of Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in recognition of his 25 years of Bird Conservation work In the Hudson Valley

                7:30 Presentation Given by Three Expert Citizen Scientists on Birding in the Hudson Valley

IAN KINGSLEY: An Arborist with a degree in Forestry Health from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the Coordinator and Compiler of our PHAS Birdathon and orchestrates the Birdathon Teams that bird from Dutchess County down through New York City. Ian is a well-traveled birder who has been birding with his father, Lew Kingsley, since he was young. He has just returned from birding in Northern Patagonia. 

 KYLE T BARDWELL: A Civil Engineer with a degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is a published author with a work on Eastern Screech Owls in the Hudson Valley as part of the Science Research Program at Ossining High School. He travels the country extensively birding and photographing birds in addition to trips to New Zealand and Costa Rica. One of his photographs was selected in the Audubon Top 10 photographs of 2010.

 CHARLIE ROBERTO: The Compiler of the Putnam County Christmas Bird Count. Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is the nation’s longest running citizen science bird project in the country. He is also an area Captain of the Peekskill Christmas Bird Count since 1985. Charlie also organizes the Breeding Survey of birds in Putnam County. Environmental planners use this data to determine the viability and health of bird populations.

 Tickets: $60 Per Perso

RSVP by March 29TH:

or Call 845 424-6003

 Make your checks payable to: PHAS

Mail to: PHAS, PO Box 292, Cold Spring, NY 10516

 Or RSVP and Purchase Tickets Online at:

Please no children under the age of 12!

Old VFW Hall 34 Kemble Ave, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Route 9D to Main Street Cold Spring

West on Main turn left onto Furnace St, turn right onto Wall St, sharp left onto Kemble Ave


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March - “Third Saturday” Spring Early Birds at Foundry Cove
9:00 AM09:00

March - “Third Saturday” Spring Early Birds at Foundry Cove

March 16th 8:30 am – 10:00 am “Third Saturday” Spring Early Birds at Foundry Cove

“Due to a delayed thaw of inland bodies of water, we are RELOCATING the Saturday, March 16 “Third Saturdays” Bird Walk from Canopus Lake to Foundry Cove in Cold Spring. The walk begins at 8:30 am. Meet at the preserve entrance at the end of Kemble Ave. The trails are universally accessible, but icy patches may remain - please prepare accordingly with proper footwear. Trip leaders from Putnam Highlands Audubon Society will be present with spotting scopes and will have a limited number of binoculars available for loan.

This event is free and open to the public.

Early spring migrants such as Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and American Woodcock are possible. Expect migrating waterfowl such as Common Merganser and Wood Duck. Birds are on the move - we’ve had an influx of American Robin and Red-winged Blackbird this week. Spring is in the air! But lakes are still partially frozen!

Please Register Here

Read About the November Canopus Walk Here

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1:00 PM13:00

Climate Change and Gardening

A talk by Kim Eiereman presented by Philipstown Garden Club and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society at Desmond-Fish Library

Learn how your plant choices and landscape practices can help reduce the impacts of climate change, save birds and other wildlife and improve the environment around you.

Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial. She is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions.  Kim is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics, presenting for industry conferences, "green events," Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeeping groups, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements.  Kim also provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients

Desmond Fish Library | A free event open to the public | Snow date: February 10, 2019

Conservation Program: contact Elise LaRocco


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9:00 AM09:00

2019 EagleFest at Boscobel

During EagleFest, naturalists from Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary and the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society will be on site at Boscobel with binoculars and scopes to help visitors spot bald eagles as they feed on fish and waterfowl in the Hudson River’s unfrozen waters.

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3:00 PM15:00

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk

A great event lead by Kyle Bardwell in Partnership with Saw Mill River Audubon we are guiding a bird walk at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Wallkill, NY.

There will be plenty of time to view winter grasslands birds as well as be present just before sunset to see the flight of Short-eared Owls that rise out of the grasses to hunt at dusk. Dress *very* warmly. We may do so birding beforehand in the Black Dirt region where more northern birds -- like Snow Buntings and Horned Larks -- are seen in the fields.

Registration required so we can update you on the itinerary. Email Saw Mill River Audubon office to register:

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9:00 AM09:00

2019 Winter Bird Seed Sale Order Deadline


If you haven’t heard, Winter 2018-2019 is forecast to be a WINTER FINCH IRRUPTION YEAR!!! Due to widespread hardwood and coniferous seed crop failure in Canada’s Boreal forest, there is an invasion of Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak, and Purple Finch in our area. These nomadic long distant migrants arrive stressed and hungry after flying hundreds of miles. Help them out by keeping your feeders stocked with high quality Blue Seal™ Feeds. Proceeds help support our schedule of events and community involvement. Order here 2019 Winter Bird Seed Sale

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2:00 PM14:00

Secret Lives… A Trail Camera Project

SATURDAY JANUARY 5th Secret Lives… A Trail Camera Project 2:00 pm:

Join Dr. Ed McGowan, Director of Science at Bear Mountain, for a presentation at DESMOND FISH LIBRARY.

What happens to a deer when it dies in the woods?  Lots. A parade of scavengers, from Common Raven to Bald Eagle to Bobcat, recycle the carcass in short order. Using motion activated cameras, park researchers chronicle the expected and unexpected wild animals drawn to the life-supporting protein of a dead deer.  The images reveal the importance of this food source for regional rarities, such as Golden Eagle, and the risks to wildlife from lead poisoning from unrecovered hunter-shot deer.  Highlights from other camera trapping projects, including an effort to estimate the size of our local Black Bear population, will be also be shared.

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9:00 AM09:00

119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Putnam County

Participate in the nation’s longest-running volunteer-based wildlife census. Beginner birder? Just curious? Help expert observers from Putnam Highlands Audubon Society find birds in local “hotspots” around Philipstown. No experience necessary. Participate for as long or as little as your schedule allows. This data helps assess the health of bird populations thereby guiding conservation efforts. Participants register by e-mailing veteran compiler Charlie Roberto email 845-270-2979

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science bird project in the United States. It originated as the holiday “Christmas Side Hunt” prior to the 20th century, when hunters would compete to see who could bring in the largest feathered and furred quarry.

In 1900, Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the nascent Audubon movement, proposed a different kind of tradition—a “Christmas Bird Census” where people could count instead of hunt birds. More

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11:00 AM11:00

Basic Backyard Bird Feeding Class

On Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 AM Scott Silver, Facility Director and Curator of Animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo will present a Basic Backyard Bird Feeding Program at Hubbard Lodge on Rt 9 in Cold Spring.


Backyard bird feeding is an enjoyable and educational activity that the whole family can enjoy and participate in! With a small investment in seeds, your household can enjoy many hours of bird viewing and wildlife watching right from your window.  This program will introduce people who are new to bird feeding to the experience, and outline some of the considerations for setting up a feeder, and helping to identify some of the likely visitors to your feeder! Anyone who has ever considered setting up a bird feeder but was not sure what it entailed, will find this program to be just what they need to get started watching birds from the comfort of your living room or kitchen!

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8:30 AM08:30

November Third Saturday Bird Walk @ Canopus Lake

Duck Sitting@ Canopus Lake & White Pond

Join birder Ryan Bass for a stationary observation of arriving waterfowl at Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park. Time permitting, we will caravan to White Pond, 10 minutes away via Farmers Mills Rd. Target bird species include Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, and Ring-necked Duck. A spotting scope will be shared for long distance viewing. Please register online at: Meet at the first gravel parking area while heading East on Route 301 at Lake Canopus.

Register Here

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11:00 AM11:00

Nature Exploration at Hubbard-Perkins Conservation Area

  • Hubbard-Perkins Conservation Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Family-friendly Nature Walk and Exploration

Join environmental educator Pete Salmansohn for a leisurely and fun exploration of the woods, streams, and wetlands of the Hubbard-Perkins natural area. We'll search for signs of beaver and other animals, look for birds, turn over some logs and rocks, cross some creeks, and do some sensory-awarenesss activities like creating a sound map of what we hear, as well as investigating smells and sights of the ever-changing forestlands. Wear good footwear and bring a sense of curiosity. Meet at the Hubbard Lodge, which is 1/2 mile north of Route 301, directly off of Route 9. You can email Pete with any questions - Register Here

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