The POWER Coalition – RBA invited to join

The Rochester Birding Association (RBA) has been invited to become a member of a coalition of other organizations working to prevent the siting of up to seventy 620+ ft. tall wind turbines along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Since 2007, RBA has held the position of supporting wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuel power generation, provided that the facilities do not cause undue harm to nesting and migrating birds.

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Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

Mar 4, 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

Warmer weather is on its way and with it, bird activity picks up. We’ll check water for ducks, fields for inland birds, and watch the skies for raptors as well.
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March: Lynn Braband - "Protecting Yourself from Ticks & Tick-borne Disease"

Mar 8, 2018

March: Lynn Braband - "Protecting Yourself from Ticks & Tick-borne Disease"

As March is ushered in and the snow begins to melt, more of us will be heading out to our favorite birding spots. As we trek through fields and forests in search of birds, we must take precautions against ticks. Come to the March 8, 2018, RBA meeting where Lynn Braband of the New York State Community Integrated Pest Management Program of Cornell University will talk to us about these insects and what we all need to do to keep safe.
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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

Mar 10, 2018

Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

Starting at Hamlin Beach State Park we will be looking for migrating waterfowl. We will move to Braddock Bay Hawk Watch in hopes of spotting Rough-legged and Red-shouldered Hawk and eagles.
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Where to Bird This Month

Long-tailed Duck. Non-breeding Male with Tail Erect. Irondequoit Bay (© Jay Greenberg)

Where to Bird this Month: February

Who knows what this month will bring weather-wise?  On average 90 species are seen in February. There usually is open water for waterfowl along Lake Ontario. 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

Short-eared Owl - Avon - © Zaphir Shamma - Feb 05, 2018

Last 30 Days Gallery – Birds in and around Rochester, NY

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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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

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Young Birders of Rochester

RBA nurtures young people’s curiosity in birds and helps them take their skills to the next level while offering a fun, safe environment with other teens/preteens to network and bird together.