Annual RBA Winter Dinner: Come Hungry! Saturday, January 12th – Register Now!

RBA Annual Dinner - January 10, 2015 © Richard Ashworth
RBA Annual Dinner - January 10, 2015 © Richard Ashworth

RBA Annual Dinner © Richard Ashworth

Come to our Annual Winter Dinner Party at Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617 at 6:00 PM.

Officers and directors-at-large will be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the annual dinner on January 12, 2019. We urge all association members to attend this event because a quorum consisting of 10% of current association members at any meeting is required for the transaction of any business including the election of the board of directors.

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Andrea Patterson
Vice President: Jeanne Verhulst
Treasurer: Brian Rohrs
Secretary: Kimberly Weeks
Directors-at-Large: Kevin Ferrell, Elizabeth Magnanti, Wanda Thistle, and one more to be determined.
Past President, Amy Kahn, automatically retains a voting position on the board for 2019 and shall assist the president in the performance of the duties of the president’s office and in the promotion of the efficient operation of the association.

To make a reservation, contact Wanda Thistle or call 585-236-1834 to sign up. Wanda will need the following information: your name, the number of people attending, and the side dish you will be bringing. The main entrees this year are Roasted Turkey and Honey Basted Ham. We will be providing the place settings and cutlery. Cost is $5.00 per person. Note: The church requests that no alcoholic beverages be consumed on the premises.

There will be a White Albatross Table. If you bring something for the white albatross table, be sure to price it, and let us know if you want the sale price to go as a donation to RBA or back to you.

There will also be Evening Entertainment. If you plan to give a presentation, please let us know and how long it will take. Artwork, photos, and slides are welcome. Please email Richard Ashworth, who will be coordinating this segment, or phone him at (585) 381-2189 if you will be showing slides.

If you can help with this event, please contact Wanda Thistle 585-236-1834. Many hands make light work!

New York State Ornithological Association 71st Annual Meeting Agenda and Schedule – 2018

Thanks for allowing us to host you for this great event!

The 71st annual meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) will be held October 5 – 7, 2018 in Henrietta, New York. This meeting will be hosted by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club (BANC) and the Rochester Birding Association (RBA). This will be the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the organization, formerly called the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs, which was held in Rochester in 1948, with each following 10th anniversary meeting since also held here.

 

Saturday Night Banquet Speaker: Greg Miller

A Big Year: Life After

The banquet speaker will be Greg Miller of The Big Year book and movie fame. This is the 20th anniversary of Greg’s Big Year. He will approach the subject from the viewpoint of what followed from his adventures: the book, the movie, and his future involvement in birding. He was able to spend time on the movie set interacting with Jack Black (who played him), Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson and serving as Bird Consultant to the movie. He has become an advocate of bringing birding to as many people as possible through talks and leading tours. He has a special interest in encouraging young birders.

Greg is one of the three birders whose competitive Big Years in 1998 became the basis for the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Big Year by Mark Obmascik published in 2004 and later the Twentieth Century Fox full length movie starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson filmed in 2010 and released in 2011. He has been birding since a young age, started and encouraged by his father. He has been birding for over 50 years, covering all 50 states and much of Canada. Since his Big Year adventure Greg has continued birding and has been very active in promoting birding, young birders’ activities, and bird records contributions through eBird. In 2016, he embarked on another Big Year, this one non-traditional. It consisted of 11 one-week tours aimed at introducing many to target species birding, with a goal of surpassing 500 species with that limited-time, focused approach. He currently lives in Sugarcreek in the heart of Amish Country in Northeast Ohio.

 

Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

White-winged Crossbill, Honeoye, NY (© D. Sherony)

White-winged Crossbill, Honeoye, NY (© D. Sherony)

This year marks the 118th count nationwide and the 66th count for the area.  The count day is Saturday, December 23, 2017.  Birds seen during the count week of December 20 to December 26 may be called in to the leaders for inclusion in the tally.  The center of the 15 mile diameter circle is the outlet of Hemlock Lake, at the north end of the lake.  The circle includes all of Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, and Honeoye Lakes and large area to the north.  The dividing line between the lakes is the height of land between the lakes.  It is important for the coverage in each of the 5 areas to be as consistent as possible, year to year, for meaningful evaluation of the count area.  Your participation in this worthy endeavor would be greatly appreciated.  New birders can be paired up with experienced birders.  If you are interested, contact one of the leaders.

The afternoon compiling meeting will be held at 4:30pm at the American Hotel, located at the SE corner of Routes 5 & 20 in the village of Lima.  As an expression of our appreciation for letting us meet at this location, please order something from the menu.  They are known for their tasty soups.

Pat Martin, Compiler.
Home: 582-2761, Cell 301-5485

Little Lakes CBC areas and leaders are as follows:
Conesus Lake – Jim Kimball  243-0316
Hemlock Lake – Bill Howe  505-238-1908
Canadice Lake – Phil Opdycke  385-6189
Honeoye Lake – Bob Spahn  671-5690
Northern AreaGreg Lawrence  730-2553

Christmas Bird Count for Kids – Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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! The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is a family-friendly bird-watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to scientific bird count data.

Click here for all the details!

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 17th, 2017

White-throated Sparrow - Mendon Ponds - © Candace Giles - Dec 21, 2016

 

FeatherThis is your chance to participate in Citizen Science and enjoy the company of other birders.

Join us for the 118th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 114th Rochester CBC.  New observers will be paired with experienced birders. Lots of eyes make for a better count!

In the evening of the count day, December 17th, we will gather at Newport Yacht Club (on Seneca Road in Irondequoit) at 6:00 PM for pizza followed by a species tally.  The tally will start about 7:30 PM. We will be finished by 9:00 PM.  Even if not coming to dinner, join us for the tally.  There will be $5 charge to cover costs.   Self-serve wine and beer will be available for $1.  Pot luck dishes would be appreciated.   Please reply to  Norma Platt at 585-260-5221/ [email protected] by Tuesday, December 12.

To participate in the count, call an area leader.  Be sure to ask your leader for details.

Rochester CBC areas and leaders are as follows:

Braddock Bay to Long Pond Road – Bob and Susan Spahn 671-5690
Long Pond Road to Dewey Avenue – Greg Lawrence cell 730-2553
Dewey Avenue to Charlotte Harbor – Kimberly Sucy 503-2534 [email protected]
Summerville to Culver Road – Dominic Sherony 223-7353
Culver Road to Baker Road (Webster) – Tom & Nancy Poeth 872-5344
Highland Park, Genesee Valley Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery – Shirley Shaw 385-3907
Seneca Park – Andrea Patterson  [email protected]
Maplewood & Turning Point Parks, Holy Sepulchre & Riverside Cemeteries – Kim Hartquist [email protected]
Area west of Rochester-Monroe County Airport – John Boettcher  [email protected]

Norma Platt, Compiler 585-260-5221

If you cannot get out to bird in the field, watch your feeder and phone results to the area leader.

Note:  Birds seen during the count week is December 14 to 20 may be called in to the area leaders.

 

 

 

 

Save the Date! Dominic Sherony – “An Overview of Hawaiian Birds”

Dominic Sherony

Save the date: Our monthly meetings start September 14 at 7 pm. Details on this event here. See overview below.

Dominic Sherony

Dominic Sherony

Come hear an interesting and educational talk about Hawaiian birds by a long-time birder and RBAer, Dominic Sherony. Not a travelog, although there will be some great photos, we will learn about the history of a number of Hawaiian birds, both endemics and introduced species–just in time to make your plans for winter vacations!

Recently, the ABA has added the birds of the Hawaiian Islands to its “ABA List”. This might encourage more birders to develop an interest in this distant island chain. The birds and plants of Hawaii are remarkable and the birds have adapted to the unusual plant communities.

In approaching the subject of the birds as an overview, three main subjects will be covered: the origins and history of the endemic birds and the relationship between the honeycreepers to their environment, the reasons why different bird species were introduced into Hawaii and their historical success, and finally a brief look at the breeding seabirds and wintering shorebirds of Hawaii.

Dominic Sherony was born and grew up in northern Illinois and attended University of Detroit and Illinois Institute of Technology, completing degrees in Chemical Engineering.  He worked for Xerox Corporation for 31 years after graduate school. In that period, Dominic took up bird watching as a hobby in 1972 and has been an active birder since, especially after his retirement.  Dominic has many and varied interests in birding including leading local trips.  He was a member of the New York State Avian Records Committee for eleven years, and was a region co-coordinator for the NYS breeding bird atlas. Dominic has written numerous papers about birds, volunteers at a Braddock Bay Bird Observatory,  enjoys the challenge of photographing birds, and occasionally give talks.

Save the Date now for the 2017 Rochester Warbler Workshop

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

Spring is Coming!

Magnolia Warbler - Lakeview Church Trail - © Dick Horsey - May 14, 2016

Magnolia Warbler – Lakeview Church Trail – © Dick Horsey – May 14, 2016

Save the Date now for the 2017 Rochester Warbler Workshop

Finding & Identifying the Crown Jewels of Spring

April 22, 2017an Earth Day teach-in

More details to follow soon

 

 

Golden-winged Warbler - Firehouse Woods - © Kimberly Sucy - May 11, 2015

Golden-winged Warbler – Firehouse Woods – © Kimberly Sucy – May 11, 2015

 

 

 

Spring is a special time in Rochester as birdwatchers welcome back migrant birds that have flown thousands of miles from the neotropical wintering grounds. One special class of migrants, warblers, is especially anticipated by birders and will be the focus of a special workshop led Kevin Griffith and Pat Martin.

Yellow Warbler - Beatty Point - © Dick Horsey - Jun 07, 2016

Yellow Warbler – Beatty Point – © Dick Horsey – Jun 07, 2016

This Saturday workshop is designed to enrich your experience with warblers this season. We’ll cover identification, song, resources and conservation in the classroom.  The afternoon will involve a short field trip, then back inside to learn how to enter data into ebirds.

Great Backyard Bird Count

White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) - Irondequoit - © Candice Giles - Jan 24, 2017

Hi Rochester Birders, let’s join in with National Audubon and Cornell Lab and participate in the twentieth annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 – 20, 2017.

White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) - Irondequoit - © Candice Giles - Jan 24, 2017

White-breasted Nuthatch (L) and Downy Woodpecker (R) – Irondequoit – © Candice Giles – Jan 24, 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a instantaneous snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

The 20th annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2017. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.

Women brought the love of the study of birds to everyday people

Rachel Carson was a staunch defender and lover of birds. Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty

Women Ornithologists of the Late 1800s through Early 1900s” – Kevin Griffith

February 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

1101 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14610 United States

sfw_ah100284_0Did you know it was women who brought the love of the study of birds to everyday people? Come to the February 9th meeting to hear Kevin Griffith, long-time local birder and teacher, tell us about the important role that women of the late 1800s and early 1900s played in bringing ornithology to all of us.

Kevin Griffith has been birding in the Rochester area for 40 years.  He was the Region 2 Field editor for the New York State Ornithological Association for 25 years and is presently serving on the Board of Directors. His column “Birds Afield” appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle/Times Union for a number of years. He has been a co-operator with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a bander for over 25 years.  He has led many field trips and has been a birding tour leader and has visited many birding locations around the country.  He is an experienced educator and taught in the Greece Central School District for 34 years.  He is past president of the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, past vice-president of the Genesee Ornithological Society and has served on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Birding Association as well as our field editor.

Rachel Carson was a staunch defender and lover of birds. Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty

Rachel Carson was a staunch defender and lover of birds. Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty

Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Christmas Bird Count

Join the Tradition of Citizen Science at its Best!

Christmas Bird Count

Join us for the 117th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 113th Rochester CBC.

This is our chance to participate in Citizen Science and enjoy the company of other birders. This is a great chance for ‘newbies’ to learn by being paired up with experienced birders.  Lots of eyes make for a better count!

Last year we noted 96 species. Let’s go for 100 this year!

In the evening of the count day, December 18th, we will gather at Newport Yacht Club (on Seneca Road in Irondequoit) at 6:00 PM for pizza followed by the tally of the species. The tally will start about 7:30 PM. We will be finished by 9:00 PM. Even if not interested in dinner, please join us for the tally.

There will be $4 charge to cover the costs. Self-serve wine and beer will be available for $1. If people and willing and able, they could bring pot luck dishes to augment the pizza. We would like some idea of head count by Friday, December 8 – please call/email Norma Platt at 671-9639/ [email protected].

Call an area leader to volunteer. Different groups may start or end at different times of day on the 18th, so be sure to ask your leader for details.

Rochester CBC areas and leaders are as follows:

Braddock Bay to Long Pond Road – Bob and Susan Spahn 671-5690
Long Pond Road to Dewey Avenue – Greg Lawrence cell 730-2553
Dewey Avenue to Charlotte Harbor – Kimberly Sucy 503-2534 or [email protected]
Summerville to Culver Road – Dominic Sherony 223-7353
Culver Road to Baker Road (Webster) – Tom & Nancy Poeth 872-5344
Highland Park, Genesee Valley Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery – Shirley Shaw 385-3907
Seneca Park – Lynn Bergmeyer [email protected]
Maplewood & Turning Point Parks, Holy Sepulchre & Riverside Cemeteries – Kim Hartquist [email protected]
Area west of Rochester-Monroe County Airport – John Boettcher  [email protected]

Norma Platt, Compiler 585-671-9639

If you cannot get out to bird in the field, consider watching your feeder for some time during the day, then phoning in your count of birds seen at your feeder; all data is useful.

Note:  Birds seen during the count week December 15 to 21 may be called in to the area leaders for inclusion in the year’s species total.