Talks & Treks: Birding for Beginners

A woman looking through binoculars toward a lake

Photo: Bill Hecht


9:00 AM


Hinchcliff Family Nature Preserve—town of Spafford, Onondaga County


Please email to register, providing your name and email address. This trip is limited to 20 people.


Interested in learning a new hobby enjoyed around the planet by millions of people? Join Jason Gorman, FLLT’s Nature Preserve Manager, to learn the basics of birding. Identifying birds is very challenging, but learning how to notice a bird’s size, habitat, and distinct markings will help immensely. Once you learn how to identify birds in your area, you may find yourself appreciating these incredible creatures even more. Bring binoculars if you have them.


The Hinchcliff Family Preserve lies at the end of Covey Road off Route 41 in Spafford, Onondaga County. From Skaneateles, take Route 41 south for 14 miles, then turn right onto Covey Road. The preserve’s parking lot lies at the end of the road. From Ithaca or Cortland, take Route 13 north to Route 281 north, then take a left onto Route 41 north in Homer. Stay on Route 41 north for about 11 miles, then take a left onto Covey Road to the preserve.


Except in the case of extreme weather, walks go rain or shine. Please check this web page for updates.

Please refrain from bringing dogs as they may impede the observation of wildlife.

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