Birding

Field Trips are Back!

The RBA held its first field trip since March, on August 1 at Conesus Lake.  We tested out our new COVID-19 guidelines, and everything went great!   Based on the success of this trip, we’re thrilled to be able to offer some additional field trips this fall.  Please note that all trips now require pre-registration for all participants. Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook.

The most important change is that pre-registration for the trip is required for all participants.  Details on how to register are found on the trip listing on both our website and on facebook.  For reference, here is the complete list of our COVID-19 field trip guidelines:

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Red-headed Woodpecker - Hamlin Beach Park - © Candace Giles - May 30, 2017

With migration largely behind us and breeding season in full swing, it’s time to think about the use of birdsong recordings (commonly called playback) to attract birds in the field. This controversial practice has become more and more commonplace as phone apps put these recordings in the hands of many more birders. Why does anyone… Read more

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Please Wear a Mask! The RBA recommends that birders wear protective masks in the field during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when we are not on organized field trips, birders often congregate closely while viewing birds, especially when there’s a rarity to see. In our excitement over a sighting, it’s easy to forget to maintain social distance.

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RBA and Covid-19 – Updates for May

The RBA is committed to following NYS guidelines and directives regarding social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, all field trips, meetings, and birds-and-brews through the end of May are cancelled, and we anticipate canceling events in June as well.

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Birding and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The RBA is committed to following NYS guidelines and directives regarding social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, all field trips, meetings, and birds-and-brews through the end of April are cancelled, and we anticipate canceling events in May and June as well.

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The long awaited Application for the Heritage Wind Project in Barre NY was submitted to the state at 5 pm on March 13, 2020 and is available for review.  http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/CaseNo16-f-0546  It is a massive document.  RBA is looking for people willing to help review so we can comment. Please contact Amy Kahn, RBA Conservation Chair… Read more

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Join the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas!

If you ever watch birds in New York, you can be a part of the Breeding Bird Atlas! Everyone is encouraged to participate from 2020-2024. Beginner and advanced birders alike can enhance their birding experience by observing bird behaviors. And you can be involved as little or as much as you want. Whenever you go… Read more

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RBA Member Night Scheduled February 13, 2020!

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! Richard Ashworth will again orchestrate STRICT 10 min. member presentations—first come, first served –… Read more

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One of our local young birders is getting lots of attention from the national American Birding Association! That’s right, Robert Buckert was interviewed alongside camp counselor Jennie Duberstein about his experience at Camp Colorado! Robert, you never cease to amaze! We’re proud of you. Click on the link to hear the blog. blog.aba.org/robert-buckert.html… Read more

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The City of Rochester has scheduled community meetings where you will have the opportunity to discuss your comments about the city’s Draft Comprehensive Plan (See below). Online and PDF versions of Rochester 2034, along with navigational and interactive tools, can be found at www.CityOfRochester.gov/Roc2034. Under the Natural Resources [NR] Action Plan is a section, NR-4d… Read more

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