Articles on Bird Conservation

The Rochester Birding Association provides these articles for the general public to learn about bird conservation issues and what YOU can do as a birding enthusiast.

A Simple Duck, A Vexing Trend (Jim Ochterski, May 2014) – Why the humble American Black Duck is so much harder to find, despite being abundant a generation ago.

A Tern for the Better at Braddock Bay (Jim Ochterski, July 2014) – Black terns are being monitored as Braddock Bay water habitats are restored in a multi-agency partnership effort.

Duck Stamps and Our Local Refuges (Jim Ochterski, July 2016) – How buying a Duck Stamp is a simple and effective way to contribute to bird conservation

Eurasian Collared-Dove – Not Now, but Soon (Jim Ochterski, January 2013) – Why you should keep an eye on feeders for the Eurasian collared-dove.

Free Fall: Common Genesee Valley Birds in Steep Decline (Jim Ochterski, March 2014) – Be aware that 16 common bird species in our area are now known to be declining rapidly.

Mute Swans: Know Your Argument (Jim Ochterski, April 2014) – In a controversy like that surrounding Mute Swans and eradication, look at your arguments for or against more critically.

Short Eared Owls in the Genesee Valley (Jim Ochterski, December 2013) – The trend for Short-eared Owls is for females to migrate to hunting areas in our region sooner than males.

Snowy Owls: Conserving a Ghost (Jim Ochterski, January 2014) – Intriguing and lesser-known facts about Snowy Owls and their migration habits.

Toxic Tackle: How Anti-Bird Our Fishing Equipment Can Be (Jim Ochterski, June 2013) – The old lead tackle you probably use is a leading cause of poisoning loons and other waterfowl.