For New Birders

Come help us count the birds that make their winter homes in Mendon Ponds! For 117 years, adults have counted birds every winter as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count, and now it’s time for kids to join the fun!

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Early Morning Bird Watching and Picnic

Early Morning Bird Watching and Picnic June 25 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am Join Amy Kahn (RBA) and June Summers (GVA) as well as Alexis Van Winkle (Ganondagan) for a 1.5 mile walk through woodlands, shrub, grassland and wetland habitat. Attendees Should Bring/Wear: Clothing appropriate to the weather, extra blankets or pillows if desired… Read more

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For new birders: Listen up for the sounds of spring

Northern Cardinal (male), Pittsford, NY. © Richard Ashworth

You might not be aware, but it’s spring! As club president Laura Kammermeier announced in last week’s meeting, the Northern Cardinal has begun to sing. Why’s that a big deal? Because male birds generally sing when they’re looking to attract mates. And, if you’ve ever seen Bambi, you know that that’s spring-business. It doesn’t seem… Read more

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Beginner birders: Learn from my field guide mistakes

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When I started birding, I went out and bought a field guide. Several, actually. Here’s my experience with choosing and using them, including an embarrassing story. Go big and go small First, think about your options. There are lots of backyard, feeder, and basic bird guides, some barely more than pamphlets. But why not be optimistic? With… Read more

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For New Birders: 6 Tips for Getting Started

I may not be a good birder, but I am leagues better than when I started. Based on my first three years, here are six tips for absolute beginners: 1. Put up a bird feeder. Even if your outdoor space is tiny, you can still bribe some urban birds to hang out with you. As… Read more

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