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

Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail

Jan 20, 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines!
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Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

Jan 27, 2018

Avon and Lima Rural Tour Field Trip

We’ll revisit the Nations Road area to look for Northern Shrike, hawks, Snow Bunting, and other birds of the fields and farmland in winter.
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January RBA - Young Birder Event - Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jan 28, 2018

January RBA - Young Birder Event - Sunday, January 28, 2018

This month, we'll be meeting the Carey home for an afternoon of fun. The Carey's live on the Ganargua Creek in Farmington, and their backyard is a fantastic woodlot filled with wintering birds.
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Where to Bird This Month

Harlequin Ducks, Pultneyville (© Dominic Sherony)

Where to Bird this Month: January

Lake Ontario across from the Van Lare Treatment Plant in Irondequoit is a good spot to look for Little Gull. Sodus Bay and Conesus Lake usually have good numbers of waterfowl as long as there is open water and not too many hunters. Lake Ontario can also produce a King Eider or Harlequin Duck. 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 - Sodus Bay - © Joe Wing - Dec 12, 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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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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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.