Whether you are just watching juncos from your backyard or are loaded down with the latest birding equipment and apps, you’ve found your way here because you are interested in birds! The Rochester region is teeming with young people just like you, and the Rochester Birding Association can help connect you with other young birders while we nurture your curiosity and help you take your birding skills to the next level.
The RBA takes our mission of inspiring young people seriously, and we’ve created a special program aimed at developing a community of young birders in the Rochester area. Our monthly field trips are open to all, and they are a great way for both beginners and experienced birders to share their common interest in a safe, fun, and friendly way.
If you want to go a step further, you can join the RBA as a junior or family member, and you’ll receive a copy of the RBA newsletter, discounts on our educational workshops, member access to the website, and the opportunity to join our Youth Advisory Board. Junior memberships are just $15 a year, and families can join for as little as $25.
By connecting with your local birding community, you will be exposed to birding, nature, digital photography, birding technology, mobile apps, bird migration patterns, bird monitoring, and data exploration. 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.
Contact us and our Young Birder Ambassador will show you how to get started!
Birding is cooler than ever, as evidenced by the number of motion picture films (A Birder’s Guide to Everything, The Big Year, The Central Park Effect), and the regular appearance 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; 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 local, 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 all up to you!
- Young Birder Events
- Join the RBA Young Birders Club
- Mentoring Young Birders
- RBA Young Birder Hall of Fame
CLICK IMAGE to View The Rochester Young Birders Hall of Fame