Update on Washington Grove zoning variance threat

A decision was made by the City of Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 20th. Unfortunately, the Board voted 4 to 1, with one abstention, to allow the variance in favor of the Gabel proposal. The park’s welfare, the concerns that were raised in so much detail on August 17th and the many letters… Read more

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Please help us oppose a proposed house that will intrude on Washington Grove I received the following information which I felt our membership would like to have an opportunity to comment on. This request for a zoning change could be devastating to the birds and our birding fun in Washington Grove at Cobb’s Hill Park. … Read more

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Is The Cornell Lab Of Ornithology Anti-Cat? Not in the least! Despite the free-spirited nature of our feline friends, there are several reasons to keep a cat indoors. It’s not only better for the birds we love, but it lets kitty live longer. Cornell has fielded many questions and challenges about the bird-cat problem, and has produced a… Read more

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Yellow-rumped Warbler - Firehouse Woods - © Jeanne Verhulst - May 13, 2016

Spring is Coming! Save the Date now for the 2017 Rochester Warbler Workshop Finding & Identifying the Crown Jewels of Spring April 22, 2017 – an Earth Day teach-in More details to follow soon           Spring is a special time in Rochester as birdwatchers welcome back migrant birds that have flown… Read more

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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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