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COVID-19 and RBA Field Trips

With the continuing high rates of COVID-19 in Monroe County and the surrounding area, the Board of Directors, the Field Trip Committee, and the field trip leaders will be making decisions on our upcoming field trips on a monthly basis.  The decision to cancel a field trip or to curtail attendance are not made lightly, but rather reflect the NYS guidelines at the time of the trip and also an abundance of caution for our trip leaders and attendees.

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The long awaited Application for the Heritage Wind Project in Barre NY was submitted to the state at 5 pm on March 13, 2020 and is available for review.  http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/CaseNo16-f-0546  It is a massive document.  RBA is looking for people willing to help review so we can comment. Please contact Amy Kahn, RBA Conservation Chair… Read more

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Heritage Wind, LLC (“Heritage” or “Applicant”) is proposing to construct a major wind electric generating facility up to 184.8 megawatts (MW) in size in the Town of Barre, Orleans County, New York (“Heritage Wind Project” or “Facility”). This notice announces that on or about January 31, 2020, the Applicant will file an Application pursuant to… Read more

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RBA Winter Dinner 2019 © Richard Ashworth

Come to our Annual Winter Dinner Party at Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14617 at 6:00 PM. Volunteers gladly accepted! To make a reservation, contact Wanda Thistle or call 585-236-1834 to sign up. Wanda will need the following information: your name, the number of people attending, and the side dish you will be bringing. The… Read more

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Celebrating Bill Thompson III

Birding lost a friend last week with the passing of BT3.  If you knew him or knew of him, you almost certainly took a moment to reflect in sadness when you heard the news.  If the name is unfamiliar, now is the time to be inspired by this incredible life.  This month in honor of… Read more

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The proposed Apex Lighthouse Wind Project stipulations  were issued by the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and Apex on March 6, 2018.  Any person, agency or municipality may submit comments on the proposed stipulations.  The procedure for submitting comments is listed at the end of this article. The majority of the project… Read more

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Heritage Wind Project Preliminary Scoping Statement: Your comments can make a difference. We have a second wind project in the area to pay attention to.  This project is about 10 miles south of Lake Ontario and just east of the Iroquois Wildlife Management complex. Your comments can make a difference in being confident that appropriate… Read more

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White-throated Sparrow - Mendon Ponds - © Candace Giles - Dec 21, 2016

Join us for the 118th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 114th Rochester CBC.

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Hello RBA members,   It’s almost that time of year!  It sure feels like we’re finished with heat waves this fall, meaning wintering raptors will soon be showing up in local fields and wetlands.  Every year, NYSDEC regions across the state monitor wintering raptor presence to record where and how these birds are spending their time… Read more

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Update on Washington Grove zoning variance threat

A decision was made by the City of Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 20th. Unfortunately, the Board voted 4 to 1, with one abstention, to allow the variance in favor of the Gabel proposal. The park’s welfare, the concerns that were raised in so much detail on August 17th and the many letters… Read more

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