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June 2021

Bergen Swamp Field Trip – Registration Opens June 12, 2021

June 19 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Bergen Swamp, Hessenthaller Road
Bergen, NY United States
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Ovenbird - Bergen Swamp - © Jim Adams - May 19, 2016

A trip to this unique place is by special permit from the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society and will feature nesting birds. The mix of vegetation zones provides secluded nesting habitat for the usual western N.Y. species as well as those more characteristic of the Canadian zone such as Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Canada and Nashville Warblers.

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Odonata Sanctuary Field Trip – Registration Opens June 13, 2021

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Odonata Sanctuary, 20 Parrish Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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The 100 acre privately owned Odonata Sanctuary, 20 Parrish Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, is the former home of Joseph W. Taylor, who was a founder of the American Birding Association and president of Hawk Mountain Association. The sanctuary participates in the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) that provides nesting acreage for grassland nesting birds such as Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks, and Dickcissels.

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Barnhart’s Camp and Keeney Swamp Field Trip – Registration Opens June 20, 2021

June 27 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shop ‘n Save – Nunda, 9045 State Route 408
Nunda, NY 14517 United States
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Mourning Warbler © Chuck Schleigh

We will be birding as we drive (and stop) throughout the diverse landscapes of Northern Allegany County, 20 minutes south of Letchworth State Park. Grassland, woodland, pond and swampland species such as Prairie and Mourning Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, Pied-billed Grebes, and maybe a bittern or two should be seen.

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July 2021

Conesus Inlet State WMA Field Trip – Registration Opens July 24, 2021

July 31 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Vitale Park, Vitale Park
Big Tree Rd, NY 14480 United States
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Male Wood Duck, Llanelli, Wales (© Richard Ashworth)

Explore this expansive wetland for Virginia Rails and Wood Duck families.  We’ve seen eagles on a reliable basis, Cliff Swallows and more. 

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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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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip – Registration Opens August 15, 2021

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Common Gallinule - Montezuma NWR - © Mary Ackley - Aug 23, 2016

We’ll be looking for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds. Expect to see herons, eagles and possibly falcons.

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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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September Meeting: Faraaz Abdool – “Birding the Wildest Islands of the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago)”

September 9 @ 7:00 pm
Faraaz Abdool

Hello RBAers!

We hope you all have enjoyed your summer.  RBA will have our first meeting since May on September 9, 2021 at 7 pm.  As of this writing (Aug. 7), we do not know if we will be meeting in person or continue on Zoom (email notification to come later). 

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New! Whiting Road Nature Preserve Field Trip – Registration Opens September 4, 2021

September 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Whiting Road Preserve, 403 Whiting Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Pileated Woodpecker - Whiting Road Nature Preserve - © Dick Horsey - Feb 24, 2017

This preserve includes about 240 acres of land that is made up of a variety of birding habitats.  This results in decent birding lists throughout the year.  The trails are well marked and maintained.

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Durand-Eastman Park Field Trip – Registration Opens September 5, 2021

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Durand Eastman Park, Lakeshore Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Wood Thrush, Thousand Acre Swamp, Penfield, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

We’ll be looking for thrushes and other migrants. Durand can be surprising this time of year. This will be an easy 2-3 hour walk along paved roads. This trip is wheelchair accessible.

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