Volunteer with NYSDEC Region 8 to monitor wintering raptors

Volunteer with NYSDEC Region 8 to monitor wintering raptors

NYSDEC Region 8 is looking for volunteers to help monitor wintering raptor presence. Some of these species are of conservation concern, such as the Short-eared Owl and Northern Harrier. Read more…

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Young Birder Field Trip: Durand Eastman Park

Nov 19, 2017

Young Birder Field Trip: Durand Eastman Park

This month we'll start by taking a walk through Durand Eastman Park. We'll likely see a mix of common winter passerines like woodpeckers, robins, chickadees, titmice, Cedar Waxwings, finches and cardinals, but with a little luck they'll be supplemented by something special.
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Plan for clear cutting trees on Erie Canal Berms PUBLIC MEETING

Nov 20, 2017

Plan for clear cutting trees on Erie Canal Berms PUBLIC MEETING

Proposed Plan for Clear cutting trees from earthen berms of the Erie Canal: PUBLIC MEETING Monday, November 20, 2017 6pm: Open House Format; in the clubhouse of The Reserve on the Erie Canal, at 1 Reserve View Blvd., Brighton. The NYS Canal Corporation is planning to clear cut trees and grind out stumps and replace with mowed grass to stabilize the earthen berms along the sections of the Erie Canal where the canal is above grade and walled by earthen berms.
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Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

Nov 24, 2017

Afternoon Owl Trek Field Trip

By the day after Thanksgiving, wintering owls may have returned to the area while our resident owls remain close to their home turf. We’ll be looking for Eastern Screech-, Great Horned, Snowy and Short-eared Owl primarily in this trip that may involve driving between counties to get to where the owls are!
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Common Redpoll, Pittsford, NY. (© Richard Ashworth)

Where to Bird this Month: November

Will it be a finch winter? A Snowy Owl winter? November usually provides the clues. The first wintry weather arrives, and with it the birds of the season. Ducks, swans, late shorebirds and other migrants continue to move through the area… Read more »

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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

Blue Jay - Greece - © Carol Shay - Oct 27, 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.

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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 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.