What’s so great about Braddock Bay? – by Luke Tiller

Save the Dates! Rochester Christmas Bird Counts – Fun gatherings to count birds!

Join the Tradition of Citizen Science at its Best! The annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science project in the world and shapes our understanding of bird populations and range expansions and contractions. Anyone can join — new participants will be paired with experienced birders and they’ll hlep you ID birds. Continue reading »

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November: Dr. Christopher Norment - "At the Edge of the Arctic: Ornithological Research in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska"

Nov 10, 2016

November: Dr. Christopher Norment - "At the Edge of the Arctic: Ornithological Research in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska"

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Durand Eastman Park Field Trip

Nov 13, 2016

Durand Eastman Park Field Trip

Waxwings, winter finches, and lingering migrants are possible as well as Snowy Owl. We may visit Irondequoit Bay to look for waterfowl.
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Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

Nov 25, 2016

Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

By the day after Thanksgiving, wintering owls may have returned to the area while our resident owls remain close to their home turf. We’ll be looking for Eastern Screech-, Great Horned, Snowy and Short-eared Owl primarily in this trip that may involve driving between counties to get to where the owls are!
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Evening Grosbeak (male), Mendon (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: October

This is the prime time for sparrows, for watching the lake, for picking up the first birds of winter. It is also a good month for wandering rarities… Read more »

Birding Hotspots

Birding Hotspots Map

This map reveals 37 of Rochester’s best birding hotspots, as far west as Tonawanda and Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area and as far east as Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Members can access information for every site. Limited number of sites show for non-members.

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Winter Wren - Durand Eastman Park - © Eunice Thein - Oct 23, 2016

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

The Last 30 Days gallery displays images of birds that have been seen in … you guessed it … the last 30 days. This popular gallery helps keep people informed of what birds are being seen where throughout the seasons. All images submitted by RBA Members. Submissions welcome!

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Young Birders

If you are a birder between the ages of 10 to 19, or know someone who is, contact us and our Young Birder Ambassador will show you how to get started birding in the Rochester community.

NEXRAD and Migration Conditions

NEXRAD and Migration Conditions

NEXRAD is used by avid birders and professional ornithologists to track migratory birds. The blue circles in the image above reflect the density of flocks of birds, bats, or insects.

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RBA Photo Galleries

The RBA photo galleries includes images of local area birds submitted by members. Current galleries include: Rochester Area Birds, Montezuma NWR, Owls, Vagrants, and Nesting Birds.

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