Grassland birds show some of the most dramatic population declines in North America as a result of habitat loss and intensive agricultural management. Allan Strong has studied Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in the dairy country of Vermont’s Champlain Valley since 2002. He will present some of his research results that have led to innovative conservation… Read more

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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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January Meeting and Elections via Zoom!

Laura Erickson

Dear Members, As the new year approaches, hopes for our traditional January pot luck dinner with the opportunity to socialize and have fun with member presentations and quizzes, has, unfortunately, faded with the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases (as of this writing). This is disappointing, to be sure.  However, besides having fun, our January meeting… Read more

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Red-headed Woodpecker - Hamlin Beach Park - © Candace Giles - May 30, 2017

With migration largely behind us and breeding season in full swing, it’s time to think about the use of birdsong recordings (commonly called playback) to attract birds in the field. This controversial practice has become more and more commonplace as phone apps put these recordings in the hands of many more birders. Why does anyone… Read more

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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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by Amy Kahn, RBA President   Doing bird surveys last November and then again in early February I found Blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) upon doing my now mandatory nightly tick checks.  But the only time I got bitten was last fall gardening in my own backyard when I wasn’t checking nightly.  Now I wear repellent… Read more

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Braddock Bay – by Luke Tiller

Osprey - Braddock Bay Hawk Watch - © Luke Tiller - April 12, 2015

This spring at Braddock Bay Raptor Research’s Bird of Prey Days I gave a talk that covered, among many other things, my love of the region and how lucky Rochester area birders in general are. To follow up on that I wanted to jot a few thoughts down on that very issue.

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Restoring The Bald Eagle A Forty Year Journey - Presentation by Mike Allen

Mike Allen was a Wildlife Technician with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation for 34 years out of the Region 8 Avon office. During his career he worked with Peter Nye, a Wildlife Biologist in charge of the DEC’s Endangered Species Unit

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Summary: RBA Shorebird Workshop, August, 2016

the RBA Shorebird Workshop was held at Lakeview Community Church on Saturday, August 13th. A total of 41 members signed up for the workshop and at least 39 attended the four hour session.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the shorebird identification workshop led by Dominic Sherony on August 13. From evaluations of the course, things went very well. The feedback we received was generally positive; when asked what was the best part of this course several people said “Dominic!” and “the camaraderie!” so thanks to Dom, the… Read more

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