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Camp Beechwood and Olga Fleisher Wildlife Preserve Field Trip – Registration Opens April 27, 2021

May 4 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wood Thrush, Thousand Acre Swamp, Penfield, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

Camp Beechwood is on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Wayne County and should attract warblers, vireos, thrushes and other migrants.  It also boasts a robust Bank Swallow colony.  Bring beverages, snacks or lunch if you plan to attend the second part of this trip to the Olga Fleisher Preserve (known locally as Huckleberry Swamp), a bottomland forest and wetland with an excellent boardwalk and trail. Beechwood is mostly flat, wide trail walking; Huckleberry has a wheelchair accessible boardwalk except for a short dirt road back to the parking area. Port-a-john available.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Webster Park, corner of Lake and Holt Roads, or at 7:30 a.m. at B. Forman Park, 4507 Lake Road, Pultneyville, 14538. We will continue to Beechwood from there.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Rochester Birding Association is instituting the following procedures for all field trips. By registering for this field trip, you acknowledge that you have read and will abide by these policies.

Registration Policies:

  • Advance registration through Eventbrite is required in order to attend the trip. NYS guidelines for the allowable number of attendees at an outdoor gathering change frequently.  Exact capacity limits will be determined on a trip by trip basis, and they may be subject to change.
  • Individuals who did not pre-register will not be allowed to attend the field trip.
  • Should you decide not to attend the trip, we encourage you to cancel your reservation to make room for others. Canceling is easily done through the Eventbrite website; see your confirmation email for details.

Health Screening Considerations:

  • Full contact information is required at registration, in case contact tracing is requested.
  • No one who has a temperature of 100.4F or greater (without having taken any fever-reducing medications) should attend.
  • No one who has any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell) should attend.
  • No one who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or who has been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine should attend.
  • No one who has been in close (within 6 feet) or proximate (same closed environment, but greater than 6 feet) contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, should attend.
  • No one who has traveled or who lives with someone who has traveled to a country or state on the New York coronavirus travel advisory list in the last 14 days should attend.
  • Participants who test positive for the coronavirus within 14 days after attending a field trip are encouraged to contact the RBA.

Social Distancing and Safety Best Practices

  • Participants will be required to stay 6 feet apart at all times and wear a mask whenever they are outside of their car.
  • Participants that reside in the same household may share binoculars or scopes, but we regret that otherwise optics cannot be shared. We realize this may be frustrating for those who do not have their own spotting scopes. To the extent possible, we will choose birding locations that do not require advanced optics.
  • Participants are encouraged to keep hand sanitizer with them in case of accidental contact.

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, 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.



May 4
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Where to Meet?
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Webster Park, corner of Lake and Holt Roads, or at 7:30 a.m. at B. Forman Park, 4507 Lake Road, Pultneyville, 14538. We will continue to Beechwood from there.
Trip Leader
: Doug Daniels 585-394-9274
Trip Co-Leader
Jeanne Verhulst 585-473-9229


Beechwood State Park
Sodus, NY 14551 United States
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(315) 483-6934
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