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March 2020

CANCELLED ** Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site

March 28, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis. Long-eared Owl generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding.

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May 2020

***CANCELLED*** Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots

May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots, 30 Long Pond Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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The shoreline of Lake Ontario is a haven for migrating warblers and other passerines.  We will stop at several areas where these birds tend to congregate in spring.  Learn the basics of identifying our most colorful migrants on this trip. 

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August 2020

***CANCELLED*** Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

August 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Common Gallinule - Montezuma NWR - © Dick Horsey - Jun 21, 2017

Learn more about the fall migration of shorebirds in this nearby birding treasure. We’ll visit key spots you’ll want to revisit again and again! Meet in the Bushnell’s Basin Park and Ride lot at 1:00 p.m.

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September 2020

Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Turning Point Park – Registration Open!

September 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Tennessee Warbler. © Richard Ashworth

We’ll be looking for shorebirds, warblers, and other fall migrants along the river and lakeshore.  At Charlotte Beach, we’ll look for gulls in many plumages and some shorebirds, too.  At Turning Point Park, we will look for the usual suspects and fall migrants. 

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December 2020

Beginner Trip: Nations Road – Registration Opens Nov 29!

December 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nations Road, 2658-2682 Nations Rd
Avon, NY 14414 United States
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Short-eared Owl - Bloomfield - © Zaphir Shamma - Jan 13, 2016

Sharpen your skills on wintering hawks and Short-eared Owls.  Other wintering birds such as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs are often present. 

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January 2021

Beginner Birder Trip: Mendon Ponds Park Songbird Trail ***CANCELLED***

January 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Black-capped Chickadee - Mendon Ponds - © Yvonne Mathews - Mar 19, 2017

This trip will be a leisurely winter walk along rolling trails (approx.1-1/2 miles) featuring some very close looks at our winter passerines! 

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March 2021

Beginner Birder Trip: Owl Woods & Hawk Watch Site – Registration Opens March 20, 2021

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Owl Woods, 349 Manitou Beach Road
Rochester, NY 14468 United States
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We’ll look primarily for our smallest visiting owl, the Northern Saw-whet, which returns to this spot on a yearly basis.  Long-eared Owls generally put in an appearance, too, although they’re quite shy and great at hiding. 

Find out more »

May 2021

Beginner Birder Trip: Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots – Registration Opens May 1, 2021

May 8 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lakeshore Warbler Hotspots, 30 Long Pond Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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The shoreline of Lake Ontario is a haven for migrating warblers and other passerines.  We will stop at several areas where these birds tend to congregate in spring.  Learn the basics of identifying our most colorful migrants on this trip. 

Find out more »

August 2021

Beginner Trip: Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Registration Opens August 1, 2021

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Common Gallinule - Montezuma NWR - © Dick Horsey - Jun 21, 2017

Learn more about the fall migration of shorebirds in this nearby birding treasure. We’ll visit key spots you’ll want to revisit again and again! There will be a number of stops during this mostly driving trip. Bring binoculars. Restrooms may not be available at the Visitor Center.

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September 2021

Beginner Trip: Charlotte & Turning Point Park – Registration Opens August 28, 2021

September 4 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte / Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Park, 4800 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613 United States
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Tennessee Warbler. © Richard Ashworth

We’ll be looking for shorebirds, warblers, and other fall migrants along the river and lakeshore. At Charlotte Beach, we’ll look for gulls in many plumages and some shorebirds, too. At Turning Point Park, we will look for the usual suspects and fall migrants. Bring binoculars.

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