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August 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: BIG TRIP!!! Jamaica Bay & Long Island

August 9 - August 11
Little Blue Heron - Kings Bend Park - © Dick Horsey - May 23, 2017

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a summer birder’s dream! Covering 9,000 acres of salt marsh, mud flats and two large ponds, Jamaica Bay supports breeding populations of more than 70 species including breeding colonies of night herons and other long-legged waders like Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron, the amazing American Oystercatcher, and neat beach-nesting birds like plovers and terns.

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RBA Young Birder Event: East Spit & Braddocks Island

August 24 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Braddock Bay East Spit, 105 East Manitou Road
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Sanderling (L), Black-bellied Plover, and Baird's Sandpiper (R) - Braddock Bay East Spit Island - © Dick Horsey - Oct 10, 2018

The newly constructed barrier beach off what is known as the East Spit has become a major attraction for migrating shorebirds including a half-dozen sandpipers and both yellowlegs, plus occasional sightings of Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, and Ruddy Turnstone.

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September 2019

Montezuma Muckrace – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - September 14 @ 7:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Northern Shoveler - Montezuma NWR - © Eunice Thein - Nov 01, 2016

This is it – the biggest bird race in upstate New York! Organized by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, the Muckrace is a 24-hour birding competition in which teams try to see as many species of birds as possible on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Highland Park

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Highland Park, Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Chestnut-sided Warbler - Highland Park - © Dick Horsey - Sep 07, 2017

If you’ve been to the Lilac Festival, then you’ve been to Highland Park. Is it a little weird here to bird in September? Maybe – but someone has to do it, and this will be a nice relaxing trip after the craziness of the Muckrace the weekend before.

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October 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: LaSalles Landing & Lucien Morin Park

October 19 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
LaSalles Landing Park, 1080 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Pectoral Sandpiper - LaSalle Landing - © Eunice Thein - Oct 23, 2018

We’ll start by searching LaSalles Landing Park and the south end of Irondequoit Bay for waterfowl, gulls, and possible lingering shorebirds.

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November 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Durand Eastman Park & Irondequoit Bay

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Durand Eastman Park, Lakeshore Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Cedar Waxwing - Durand Eastman Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 08, 2015

We’ll start by taking a walk through Durand Eastman Park. We’ll likely see a mix of winter passerines like woodpeckers, robins, chickadees, titmice, Cedar Waxwings, finches and cardinals, but with a little luck they’ll be supplemented by something special.

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December 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count for Kids

December 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, 10 Braddocks Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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White-throated Sparrow - Mendon Ponds - © Candace Giles - Dec 21, 2016

For 119 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.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count – Seneca Park

December 15 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Seneca Park, 2222 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621 United States
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Eastern Bluebird - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 04, 2016

Participating in a Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition for many birders, and this will be the 116th CBC in Rochester. In a Christmas Bird Count, birders try to count as many birds as possible within a particular “count circle.”

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