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.

Brown Thrasher, Central Park, October 2014 © Sherry Felix

The Society 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.

Our 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.

Free Books

The bird books of the late Irving Cantor are on offer for free this Wednesday, July 12th 2017. Contact Robin Gordon at (516) 242-5419 for details and to make an appointment.


At the Honduran Birding For Conservation Tour, Miriam won a voucher for a five night stay, at Pico Bonito Lodge, located in the rainforest of Honduras. The voucher is good for one person, in a cabin with a private bathroom, veranda, and hammock. Pico Bonito is one of the the top 50 Eco Lodges in the world, according to National Geographic. The bird list exceeds 400 species. Some of the amenities include bilingual birding guides, active hummingbird feeders, bird feeding stations, lush gardens, three multi-story canopy observation towers, butterfly farm, pool, health spa, and a full-service dining room and bar. The minimum value of this voucher is $500.00. The minimum bid is $250.00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Linnaean Society of New York. The room voucher expires on December 21, 2017 (not including bird guides, or food). For more information visit and for additional questions, and to place a bid, email