Annual New York State Waterfowl Count

NYSOA (the NY State Ornithological Association) carries out an annual New York State Waterfowl Count each year in mid January. Teams of volunteers recruited and organized by leaders in each Kingbird bird-reporting Region attempt to census waterfowl in as many areas as possibly where they are wintering.  The aim is for all to count on the same day, however, there is freedom to shift a group’s count from the Saturday before to as late as a week later if weather or personal schedules require.

Locally we are in Region 2 – Genesee, and we cover Lake Ontario from Pt. Breeze to the west side of Fairhaven and inland over all of Livingston, Monroe, and Wayne counties and the east halves of Orleans and Genesee, plus Wyoming east of Rt. 19 and Ontario west of Rts. 64 and 21 to Naples. Historically this has been split into 11+ (now 16) sectors with observers or groups covering each, some having done this for a long time.

We are looking for a new volunteer to coordinate Region 2, as well as volunteers for sector leaders and birders to help in the various sectors.  New observers are always welcome, and can be paired with more experienced volunteers.

Bob Spahn, Region 2 Coordinator – phone: 585-671-5690; email:

PartyLeader/ObserversArea Surveyed
AGreg Lawrence, Robert BuckertPt. Breeze to Hamlin Beach SP W
BPat Martin & Kim HartquistHamlin Beach SP to Braddock Bay
CKevin GriffithBraddock Bay E to Charlotte
DJay Greenberg & Monica HermannGenesee River N of falls to east of Irondequoit Bay
D2Jay Greenberg & Monica HermannSeneca Park Pond
EJohn Boettcher & Bob SpahnIrondequoit Bay to Bear Creek
E2Bob & Sue Spahn, Sheryl Gracewski & Tom NashIrondequoit Bay
FJoe WingBear Creek to Sodus Bay
GMichael & Joann Tetlow, Jill ChurchSodus Bay to Fair Haven W
HMike WasilcoConesus Lake +
H2Bill HoweHemlock, Canadice, & Honeoye lakes
IDave StrongCanal - Pittsford Fairport, Mendon Ponds
JJay Powell & Mike KlimeczkoOatka Creek, Mumford, Caledonia
KCarolynn & Jerry BarnhartPenfield and Brighton spots
LJim KimballSilver Lake, Genesee - Mt Morris-Geneseo, +