The Linnaean Society of New York (LSNY), with members mostly in the New York City area, is devoted to all aspects of natural history. We are strongly bird oriented, providing birding field trips to various destinations in the greater New York City area, conducting occasional weekend or out-of-state birding tours, co-sponsoring the NYC Rare Bird Alert, and offering a variety of birding resources on our website, including an exclusive birdwatching guide to lesser known Manhattan hotspots. We also take a leadership role in addressing local conservation issues of concern to birders and natural history enthusiasts. In practice we are a New York City bird club with a broader purview on nature and conservation.
LSNY presents programs on natural history topics at the American Museum of Natural History monthly from September through May, except March. Our meetings are open and free to the public. The programs feature richly illustrated talks in layman's language, by leading naturalists and scientists.
LSNY field trips, led by expert members, focus on birds and also on plants, bats, and butterflies. More than fifty trips are offered each year, ranging from bird walks in Central Park, Jamaica Bay, and other New York City parks to excursions by carpool to diverse seasonal hotspots in the tri-state area. Field trips are open to non-members if space permits.
Our organization’s aspirations are reflected in our highest award, the Eisenmann Medal. Established in 1982, it honors “excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur,” accomplishments the Society’s founders would have endorsed.
— New 2017 – 2018 Season Schedule —
- Don't miss Tuesday, September 12, the first two public programs of the season:
- Birding Ethics by ABA updated on our resources page
- A Salute to Mike Flynn — a member for 80 years!
- The Linnaean Society of New York will be partnering with New York City Audubon and Wild Bird Fund in the annual International Coastal Cleanup. The beach cleanup is part of an annual international effort coordinated in NYS by the American Littoral Society. It is a global volunteer effort to cleanup beaches for marine life, shore birds, wildlife, and you—the beachgoer. Anyone can participate and it is a great way to give back and spend time outdoors.
- Volunteer with the Linnaean Society aconservationt the International Coastal Cleanup (flier) at North Channel Bridge Beach on September 16th at 10 am. Register at eventtbrite international-coastal-clean-up-day-north-channel-bridge-tickets-36122187435
- Two more local beach clean-ups are being held by NYC H2O this month. Limited transportation from Manhattan is being provided. Lunch, and a hands-on seining demonstration conducted by expert naturalists will follow both clean ups.
- Jamaica Bay (E & W Ponds and Gardens) with Richard ZainEldeen — 7/29/2017
- Prospect Park in April with John Suggs — 4/15/2017
- Staten Island Trip with Howard Fischer — 4/2/2017
- Cattle Egret at W 28 Street by Sherry Felix — 4/21/2017