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Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. on August 12, 2023, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on August 18, 2023.

This trip is open to young birders ages 8 to18 accompanied by a parent.

The East Spit of Braddock Bay is a well-known spot for migrating shorebirds in late summer. Herons, eagles, Osprey and early warbler migrants are also possible. The trail is a woodland path between Lake Ontario and the Braddock Bay Marshes. We will walk out to the end of the spit and back, about 1 mile.

The trail is muddy, narrow and has uneven, rocky footing in places. Sturdy waterproof shoes or boots and bug spray will be needed. Crossing the channel to the barrier island will be completely optional and dependent on water levels.

Restrooms are usually available next to the Marina building.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the East Spit parking lot beyond Westport Marina at Braddock Bay. Note: You must drive through the Marina to reach the East Spit parking lot. Spotting Scopes will be provided by the leaders.

Leader: Neal Reilly 518-256-9147 and co-leaders Sheryl Gracewski and Tom Nash 585-261-6975


2023 RBA Guidelines for Field Trips

RBA field trips will abide by CDC (or NYS) health guidelines that might be in effect at the time of the field trip.  By registering for a field trip you are agreeing that you will also abide by those guidelines. CDC recommendations related to COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html. NYS recommendations related to COVID-19 can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/isolation


  • Scope use/sharing is allowed.
  • You are encouraged to keep hand sanitizer with you.


  • The RBA will continue with advance registration through Eventbrite for all field trips.
  • Registration opens at 7:30 p.m. seven days before the trip date.
  • Registration closes at 1:00 p.m. the day before the trip.
  • Capacity limits have been greatly expanded but will be determined on a trip-by-trip basis with input from leaders (or if there are NYS mandates).
  • If you are not able to attend, we encourage you to cancel your reservation before 1:00 p.m. the day before the trip to make room for others.


Canceling is done through your Eventbrite confirmation email.

Waive and Release from Liability: By registering for this field trip you acknowledge that you assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities of the event, including potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. You further release, absolve, hold harmless, defend and indemnify the Rochester Birding Association, Inc. and all individually named organizers, leaders, and participants of the event. In case of injury, you hereby waive all claims against all organizers, leaders, and participants.

Photo/Video Waiver: If you do not consent to have your image used by the RBA in the manner next described, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. Otherwise, by registering for this field trip you hereby grant permission to the Rochester Birding Association to take and publish photos or videos of you in connection with the event listed above, with or without your name and for any lawful purpose including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.

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