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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 help you ID birds. Continue reading »

Upcoming Events

Durand Eastman Park - Year List Jump-Start Field Trip

Jan 1, 2017

Durand Eastman Park - Year List Jump-Start Field Trip

Get started on your 2017 list! We’ll look for winter finches, waxwings, and resident birds.
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Beginner Trip: Irondequoit Bay, Lakeshore, and Genesee River Outlet

Jan 14, 2017

Beginner Trip: Irondequoit Bay, Lakeshore, and Genesee River Outlet

In open areas of water, we’ll look for some of the spectacular waterfowl that visit each winter, and with luck even see a few rarities!
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Annual RBA Winter Dinner: Come Hungry! Saturday, January 14th - Register Now.

Jan 14, 2017

Annual RBA Winter Dinner: Come Hungry! Saturday, January 14th - Register Now.


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Where to Bird This Month

Short-eared Owl on Posson Road, NY © Melissa Groo - http://melissagroo.com/

Where to Bird this Month: December

In the woods, half the fun of winter birding is searching for lingering half-hardy species – birds that we usually expect to move south for the winter.  A few will stay in the area.  Check out any area with open water and food, such as berry-laden bushes and trees, or in areas of weeds and tall grasses. 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

Bonaparte's Gull - LaSalle Landing Park - © Eunice Thein - Dec 07, 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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Just for Young Birders

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.

RBA Galleries

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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Whether you are a new birder or dyed in the wool enthusiast, we’d like you to be involved and help RBA with our goals to 1) Teach 2) create 3) spread and 4) contribute