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April 2017

Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

April 29 @ 7:30 am
Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots, 30 Long Pond Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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Blackburnian-Warbler-THUMB - Dominic Sherony_500

Learn the basics of identifying our most colorful migrants on this trip, which will stop at several areas where these birds tend to congregate in spring.

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Four Mile Creek Preserve, Webster, NY Field Trip

April 30 @ 8:00 am
Four Mile Creek Preserve, Phillips & Lake Road
Webster, NY United States
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Golden-crowned Kinglet © Chuck Schleigh

This is our second field trip to this new preserve. We will look for early spring migrants along the hiking trails.

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May 2017

Camp Beechwood and Olga Fleisher Wildlife Preserve Field Trip

May 2 @ 7:00 am
Beechwood State Park, Campground
Sodus, NY 14551 United States
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Wood Thrush, Thousand Acre Swamp, Penfield, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

This park on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Wayne County should attract warblers, vireos, thrushes, and other migrants and also boasts a robust Bank Swallow colony.

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Cobbs Hill Park Field Trip

May 3 @ 8:00 am
Cobbs Hill Park, Culver Road and Norris Drive
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Black-throated Blue Warbler © Dominic Sherony

With spring in full swing, come to one of Rochester's best kept birding secrets: Cobbs Hill Park's Washington Grove. Colorful warblers and other spring migrants arrive in masses to this urban oasis of tall stately trees.

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Thousand Acre Swamp Field Trip

May 4 @ 7:30 am
Thousand Acre Swamp, Jackson Road and Penfield Center Road
Penfield, NY 14526 United States
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Scarlet Tanager - Buffalo - May 08, 2015 © Dana Kalir

This easy 2.5 mile walk goes through a variety of habitats, resulting in a variety of breeding bird species and migrants. The habitats include swampy woods, drier woods, a marshy area, meadows, and a pond.

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Taylor Marsh Field Trip

May 6 @ 8:00 am
Taylor Marsh, Allens Hill Road & Nighan Hill Road
Honeoye, NY United States
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Eastern Kingbird - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - May 11, 2016

This is a new RBA field trip. Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society, in Ontario County north of Honeoye Lake. It is best known for marsh birds, including both local bittern and both local rail species.

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Ontario Pathways Field Trip

May 7 @ 7:00 am
Ontario Pathways, 2011-2077 New York 96
Clifton Springs, NY 14432 United States
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Bay-breasted Warbler © Chuck Schleigh

In a joint venture with the Eaton Birding Society, we'll look for warblers and other spring migrants along this level, rails-to-trails pathway in Ontario County. This well-maintained trail is an established favorite for wildlife viewing and scenic views.

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Lucien Morin Park (formerly Ellison Park Wetlands) Field Trip

May 11 @ 8:30 am
Lucien Morin Park, 1129 Empire Boulevard
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Bald Eagle on nest © Chuck Schleigh

The park has trails through a mixture of habitats attractive to spring migrants. At the end of the trip we will look for the Bald Eagle nest on the Bay.

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May: Alexis VanWinkle – “Ornithology at Ganondagan State Historic Site”

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Clover Center of the Arts and Spirituality/The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Come learn about the ornithological efforts happening at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Alexis will cover the different survey protocols used, as well as the Environmental Field Team’s efforts to be designated as a New York State Bird Conservation Area.

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Powder Mills Park & the Auburn Trail Field Trip

May 13 @ 7:30 am
Powder Mills Park, 199 Park Road
Pittsford, NY United States
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Blue-winged Warbler (© Richard Ashworth)

On the east-side, Powder Mills Park is a mature woodland park that can be productive for many species of late migrating or nesting warblers and other songbirds; Blue-winged Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Scarlet Tanager have all nested there.

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