About Us

Welcome to the Rochester Birding Association!

The Rochester Birding Association (RBA) is for all people interested in birdwatching in the Rochester area. We bring together people at all levels of knowledge and experience. We were established as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in 1987 with a focus on education and birdwatching in the birds’ natural environment. The RBA provides opportunities for birders to expand their skills, meet others who share their interest in birds, and see more species throughout the upstate New York area. Join today!

  • We schedule 50 + field trips during the year. The dates and habitats are chosen to highlight the birds of the season. Some of the trips are specifically designed for new birdwatchers. The locations range from parks in downtown Rochester (Cobbs Hill, Highland Park) to the suburbs (Braddock Bay, Mendon Ponds) and more distant places (Montezuma NWR, Hamlin Beach SP, Niagara River).
  • We hold monthly meetings where we have speakers on various bird-related topics. In addition, we review birds currently in the area, field trip results, and noteworthy sightings. There is also Birding Bits, where field identification of troublesome species is discussed. At each meeting, there is also an opportunity to socialize with fellow birders over refreshments.
  • We have a monthly newsletter, The Little Gull, which features upcoming events like field trips, upcoming meetings and special events such as regional counts, and social events such as our winter dinner and June picnic. Several pages are devoted to field trip reports. Bird statistics for the previous month are presented along with a summary to place them in context. Conservation topics are regularly covered in depth. Finally there are regular columns by the President and Editor. The Little Gull is available as a full color PDF file sent via e-mail or as B&W printed copy sent by mail.

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