Young Birders of Rochester
The Young Birders of Rochester
The Rochester region is teeming with young people with a blossoming interest in birding, nature, digital photography, mobile apps, bird migration patterns, bird monitoring and data exploration. All it takes is for one group to bring them all together. The Rochester Birding Association is a local organization that can nurture this curiosity and help young birders take their skills to the next level while offering a fun, safe environment with other teens/preteens to network and bird together.
RBA takes our mission of inspiring young people seriously. If you are a birder between the ages of 10 to 19, or know someone who is, contact us and our Young Birder Ambassador will show you how to get started birding in the Rochester community. Along with our regular field trips you will be invited on a special mentoring sessions with one of our youth leaders.
Interested in mentoring young birders?
We recommend you join NYSYBC to stay connected at the state level, but also join RBA so you can take advantage of real birding opportunities here at home. Our youth membership is only $10 and entitles you to mentoring, our Little Gull newsletter, all events and field trips, and immediate member access to the website. Plus, we’ll help you start a local club of like-minded friends.
By connecting with your local birding community, young birders will be exposed to birding, photography, birding technology, migration, monitoring and bird data. You can bird quietly with other members, or, if you want to share what you see, we may feature some of your bird-related photos or projects on our website, ask you to guest blog, and more. There are also volunteer opportunities for especially motivated teens involving this website, data collection, field trips, and other activities that will help grow and serve Rochester’s local base of young birders.
Birding is cooler than ever, as evidenced by the number of motion picture films (Birder’s Guide to Everything, The Big Year, Central Park Effect) and the regular occurrence of birding-related articles in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more.
What you can DO as a birder is also cooler than ever. You can figure out a bird song using a mobile app that works just like Shazam!, you can use high-tech radar to monitor bird migration (NEXRAD), you can enter your bird sightings into the eBird database and have it spit out your state and county lists, thus beginning a life-long record of bird sightings now, so you’ll never forget how and where you started. You can express your interest in birds through photography, blogging, and joining young birder field trips at the state and national level.
And, who knows, maybe someday you will be one of the ornithologists to discover a new species, bring a species back from the brink of extinction, write a new field guide, and travel the world for birds! Or, you can just kick back and watch birds. It’s up to you.
The RBA Young Birder program can be a
launching pad for a lifelong interest in birding.
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