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.

Common Grackle, Central Park, (Digital Art) April 2017 © Sherry Felix
Common Grackle, Central Park, (Digital Art) April 2017 © Sherry Felix

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.


2018 LSNY Birds Field Cards: New York City Metropolitan Area for purchase on-line or at our regular meetings.


Thursday, March 1st from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Green-Wood Cemetery will host a “Birder Town Hall”. Director of Horticulture and biologist Joseph Charap will be the speaker. The primary purpose of the talk will be to:

  1. Express Green-Wood Cemetery’s commitment to birds and birders.
  2. Present efforts currently underway to support wildlife habitats.
  3. Listen to feedback from the birding community. 

Other topics to be covered include native plantings, installing benches at the Dell Water, lawnmowers, and helping birders understand Green-Wood’s many constituencies.
The “Birder Town Hall” meeting will be held at the Modern Chapel, just to the right after the main entrance on 25th Street. RSVP at Green-Wood Cemetery at


Public Radio International's “Living on Earth” January 19, 2018 on Birds, the MBTA, the CBC, and related bird things in this Year of the Bird. 

— 2017 – 2018 Season