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March 2019

Beginner Birder Trip: Charlotte, Braddock Bay, and Lakeshore Fields

March 3 @ 8:30 am
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Redhead - Charlotte Pier - © Dick Horsey - Jan 22, 2016

Warmer weather is on its way and with it, bird activity picks up. We’ll check water for ducks, fields for inland birds, and watch the skies for raptors as well.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip

March 9 @ 9:00 am
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.

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March: Greg Lawrence – “Restoring Wetlands for Birds: An overview of ongoing wetland restoration projects in the Braddock Bay WMA and how they’ll impact bird communities”

March 14 @ 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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Greg Lawrence

The Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes a series of large barrier beach wetlands on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just northwest of Rochester. A combination of lake-level regulation, introduction of invasive species, increased development on adjacent land, pollution, and other factors led to degradation of these coastal wetlands over the last 100 years.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip

March 16 @ 7:30 am
Lakeshore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area, Broadway Road
North Wolcott, NY United States
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Fox Sparrow - Perinton - © Shelley Patterson - Apr 03, 2016

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrow.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Field Notes with the Careys

March 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home, Call Andrea Patterson (Cell 585-490-5361) for the address
Rochester, NY United States
Northern Cardinal - Tinker Nature Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 13, 2016

The Careys live on the Ganargua Creek in Farmington, and their backyard is a fantastic woodlot filled with wintering birds.

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Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

March 24 @ 7:30 am
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.

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April 2019

April: Luke DeGroote – “Clear and present danger: Bird-window collisions”

April 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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Luke DeGroote

Smack! That's the sound of a bird hitting a window—and you've probably heard it often. Collisions with windows cause millions of bird fatalities every year. But now there's new hope for birds thanks to scientists at Powdermill Nature Reserve.

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Owl Woods (“Pear Orchard”) Woodcock Courtship Flight Field Trip

April 12 @ 7:00 pm
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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American Woodcock - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 26, 2016

This will be an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight. If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zig-zagging noisy frenzy only to start the cycle anew.

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High Acres Nature Area Field Trip

April 20 @ 8:00 am
High Acres Nature Area (HANA), 425 Perinton Parkway
Fairport, NY 14450 United States
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Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.

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Highland Park Field Trip

April 24 @ 8:00 am
Highland Park, Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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We'll be looking for spring migrants and lovely flora. This walk would be gorgeous even without the birds, but it does have birds in abundance!

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