Global Bird Rescue and the Genesee Valley BirdMappers

Winter Dinner Scheduled January 11th! Come Hungry!

RBA Winter Dinner 2019 © Richard Ashworth

Many cities have a dedicated team of volunteers who walk the downtown streets and sidewalks in the early morning, searching for the unfortunate victims of buildings that are too-well lit and too-well windowed. Rochester now has its own fatal collision monitoring group, and they are eagerly seeking new volunteers. Read more…

Upcoming Events

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

Jan 25, 2020

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

We’ll search the Nations Road area, looking for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.
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Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip

Feb 2, 2020

Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, and hawks in the plains and country roads of western Monroe and Orleans Counties.
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February Meeting: RBA Member Night

Feb 13, 2020

February Meeting: RBA Member Night

RBA MEMBERS!  If you didn't have a chance to present at the Annual Dinner, dust off/polish up, your BEST, MOST SPECTACULAR, “slides” of birds from your travels both local and foreign and get ready for MEMBER NIGHT on February 13, 2020! 
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Birding in Rochester

Plan Your Birding Trip

“Last 30 Days” Photo Gallery

Western Grebe - Summerville Pier - © Dick Horsey - Dec 31, 2019

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!

Harlequin Ducks, Pultneyville (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: January

Durand Eastman Park, with its abundance of cone-bearing trees, orchard and other food supplies, is a prime fall and winter birding spot.  Webster Park also has good stands of conifers and a good view of the lake.  Read more »

Birding Hotspots

Noteworthy Records

The collection of Noteworthy Records tables can be found in the Little Gull Archives. Here, we publish links to the more recent Noteworthy Records and one historical (2004) noteworthy sightings tables.

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Special Features

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

NY Breeding Bird Atlas

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Whenever you go birding—be it in your backyard, at your summer camp, or in your favorite park—every sighting counts!

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.

Board of Directors

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 ROC!

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.