In addition to the APEX Lighthouse Wind Project proposed for Yates and Somerset on the Lake Ontario shoreline, we have another proposed wind farm from the same company.  The Heritage wind project is being proposed in the Town of Barre, Orleans County just east of the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge.  APEX is holding an Open House… Read more

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Short-eared Owl - Livingston County - © Jeff Thompson

It’s almost that time of year again! As the days shorten and the air gets crisper, we start thinking about all of the raptors that will be visiting us from even colder latitudes. Every year, NYSDEC regions across the state monitor wintering raptor presence to record where and how these birds are spending their winter… Read more

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Join the Tradition of Citizen Science at its Best! The annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science project in the world and shapes our understanding of bird populations and range expansions and contractions. Anyone can join — new participants will be paired with experienced birders and they’ll help you ID birds. Congenial gatherings… Read more

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Restoring The Bald Eagle A Forty Year Journey - Presentation by Mike Allen

Mike Allen was a Wildlife Technician with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation for 34 years out of the Region 8 Avon office. During his career he worked with Peter Nye, a Wildlife Biologist in charge of the DEC’s Endangered Species Unit

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Is the lakeshore area between Buffalo and Rochester a good place for a wind farm? Not according to many, and not according to this study released by the Fish and Wildlife Service. This Great Lakes Avian technical Report for Niagra, Genesee, Wayne and Jefferson Counties, NY shows HEAVY use of the area, particularly by nighttime… Read more

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Red-tailed Hawk - Greece - © Zaphir Shamma - Sep 27, 2015

The 2015/2016 Montezuma Winter Raptor Survey season will begin November 18th. Surveys have been conducted annually at Montezuma since 2010, and will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays, one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunset. Surveyors follow an established protocol. We need veteran surveyors who are able to identify raptors who frequent… Read more

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President’s note: The RBA conservation committee recently submitted a letter to the  New York State Public Service Commission in regards to the planned Apex Lighthouse Wind Project. Below is a summary of that letter. We need New Yorkers to register their comments on this important issue. Please send a letter of your own to the address below. The… Read more

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The legislation for the Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) of feral cats is now on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his consideration. Outdoor cats, whether they are feral, barn cats, or household pets, are a grave danger to New York’s bird life. In the United States alone, outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 BILLION birds every… Read more

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Chimney Swift - Highland Park - July 03, 2015 © Dick Horsey

Audubon NY and Genesee Valley Audubon Society need the help of RBA on a Chimney Swift conservation project.  We need people who know what chimney swifts are and where they roost to send their observations to Will you help? As you know, the power of Audubon lies in our network of chapter members and volunteers. … Read more

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What kinds of life can be found in just 1 cubic foot of the Genesee River? Join Seneca Park Zoo and RBA this month as we find out! Seneca Park Zoo is partnering with photographer and environmentalist David Liittschwager, RBA, and many local and regional organizations to assess the biodiversity and health of the Genesee… Read more

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