Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2015

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The Birdathon raises money to support our mission—to protect habitat, advance conservation research, and provide high-quality educational programs for families and adults.

Whether you're an expert or a novice, you can have fun while supporting a good cause.


Marty McGuire

2015 Marty McGuire Scholarship

Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Marty McGuire Scholarship. The Scholarship, of a maximum of $1,000, is given in honor of Marty McGuire of Putnam County, who died in a car accident in August of 2007. Marty was an ctive and enthusiastic young birder and conservationist filled with a love of nature.

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Proposed Changes to our Bylaws

To help familiarize you with the proposed revised bylaws, here is a brief summary of the most major changes.

Leon Levy Native Garden Opportunity (2015)

Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of an ten-week paid opportunity in the Leon Levy Native Garden, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. More...

Summer Field Biology Opportunity Description (2015)

Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of an ten-week paid opportunity in field biology, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. More...

Annual Meeting
and Free Lecture on the History of Botanical Illustration

by artist Dorie Petrochko
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm
Community Room at the Mount Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, New York Dorie Petrochko

Join us for our Annual Meeting—which will include a year in review, Board elections, and a vote on updating the bylaws. See proposed changes. To vote, you must be a member in good standing (call Janelle Robbins at 914.232.1999 to inquire about your status), but you do not need to be a member to attend the lecture.

Immediately following the Annual Meeting, Artist Dorie Petrochko will give a talk tracing the humble origins of botanical illustration from 1500 BC in Egypt and Greece to contemporary artists from around the globe. She will discuss the evolution of illustrating plants for medicinal purposes to the fine illustration of rare and beautiful plants for wealthy patrons interested in scientific botany and floriculture in the mid to late 1800s. She will also discuss the change in illustration techniques throughout time, as flower painting fell in and out of favor.

Dorie is an accomplished painter and natural science illustrator who has taught art for 25 years. She received a BFA from Wagner College and a MA in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She has received numerous awards, including the Don Eckelberry Fellowship Award for Wildlife Painting and the Julia & David White Fellowship in Costa Rica. In 2015, she will exhibit in All Things Birds and Beautiful, a juried show on Orcas Island in Washington to benefit bird conservation. Dorie lectures and teaches natural science illustration at the Yale Peabody Museum, where she is president of Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators.

Calling All Volunteers!

Bedford Audubon Society needs a few good men and women…to volunteer! Whether your passion is gardening, trail maintenance, education, fundraising, or writing, we have an opportunity just for you. Volunteers make a wonderful contribution to our success, and we couldn't have made it this far without the time and energy of numerous individuals. If you're interested in volunteering, please call Janelle at 914-232-1999 or fill out this application

*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).

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Bedford Audubon Society's headquarters are located at:
    Bylane Farm
    35 Todd Road
    Katonah, New York 10536
and the phone number is (914) 232-1999.
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