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: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

Mar 25, 2018

Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.
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April: Fred Stoss - "Climate Change: Is It All for the Birds, or What?"

Apr 12, 2018

April: Fred Stoss - "Climate Change: Is It All for the Birds, or What?"

Climate Change: Is It All for the Birds, or What? Come find out at the RBA monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 pm at the Clover Center. Fred Stoss, a local scientist and librarian with more than 35 years of experience in dealing with issues of climate change, and who trained under Al Gore’s “The Climate Project” will present.
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Owl Woods ("Pear Orchard") Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

Apr 20, 2018

Owl Woods ("Pear Orchard") Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

This will be an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight. If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zig-zagging noisy frenzy only to start the cycle anew.
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Where to Bird This Month

Fox Sparrow - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Apr 11, 2016

Where to Bird this Month: March

Who knows what the weather will bring? We’ll see what March is like soon.  On average 120 species are seen this month. 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

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.