Conservation

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

in Birding, Conservation, Educational, For New Birders, New Birders, Uncategorized

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

in Birding, Community, Conservation

Heritage Wind, LLC (“Heritage” or “Applicant”) is proposing to construct a major wind electric generating facility up to 184.8 megawatts (MW) in size in the Town of Barre, Orleans County, New York (“Heritage Wind Project” or “Facility”). This notice announces that on or about January 31, 2020, the Applicant will file an Application pursuant to… Read more

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Global Bird Rescue and the Genesee Valley BirdMappers

Many cities have a dedicated team of volunteers who walk the downtown streets and sidewalks in the early morning, searching for the unfortunate victims of buildings that are too-well lit and too-well windowed.  Rochester now has its own fatal collision monitoring group, and they are eagerly seeking new volunteers.  The Genesee Valley BirdMappers are encouraging… Read more

in Conservation

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

in Birding, Community, Conservation

Principles of Birding Ethics

Rochester Birding Association reminds all birders to remember that your actions in the field can have repercussions on birds and other birders.  Follow all road rules, stay off private property unless permission is granted, stay on trails or roads, stay far enough away from birds to not affect their behavior.  Your exemplary behavior will generate… Read more

in Birding, Community, Conservation, New Birders

The proposed Apex Lighthouse Wind Project stipulations  were issued by the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and Apex on March 6, 2018.  Any person, agency or municipality may submit comments on the proposed stipulations.  The procedure for submitting comments is listed at the end of this article. The majority of the project… Read more

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Your comments by April 6th can make a difference

Heritage Wind Project Preliminary Scoping Statement: Your comments can make a difference. We have a second wind project in the area to pay attention to.  This project is about 10 miles south of Lake Ontario and just east of the Iroquois Wildlife Management complex. Your comments can make a difference in being confident that appropriate… Read more

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The POWER Coalition – RBA invited to join

RBA Members, 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… Read more

in Community, Conservation, RBA

Hello RBA members,   It’s almost that time of year!  It sure feels like we’re finished with heat waves this fall, meaning wintering raptors will soon be showing up in local fields and wetlands.  Every year, NYSDEC regions across the state monitor wintering raptor presence to record where and how these birds are spending their time… Read more

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