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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Upcoming Events

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Join us for the 118th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 114th Rochester CBC. New observers will be paired with experienced birders. Lots of eyes make for a better count! Contact area leader for details.
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Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Dec 23, 2017

Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

This year marks the 118th count nationwide and the 66th count for the area. Lots of eyes make for a better count! Contact area leader for details.
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Annual RBA Winter Dinner: Come Hungry! Saturday, January 13th - Register Now!

Jan 13, 2018

Annual RBA Winter Dinner: Come Hungry! Saturday, January 13th - Register Now!

Come to our Annual Winter Dinner Party at Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617 at 6:00 PM. To make a reservation, contact Wanda Thistle or call 585-236-1834 to sign up.
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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

Tufted Titmouse - Mendon Ponds Park - © Dick Horsey - Nov 11, 2017

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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Special Features

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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Get Involved

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

Young Birders Club

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.