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November 2020

November Meeting via Zoom!: Rick Wright – “A Field Guide to the Toucans of Europe “

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Rick Wright

Join Rick Wright for an amusing and richly illustrated tour through the earliest literature of the toucans, aracaris, and other big-nosed birds of the American tropics.

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December 2020

Conesus Lake Area Field Trip – Registration Opens Nov. 28

December 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conesus Lake Area, Vitale Park
Big Tree Road, NY 14480 United States
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Bufflehead - Conesus Lake (RBA Field Trip) - © Dick Horsey - Dec 05, 2015

We’ll be looking for Tundra Swans, Canvasback, Redhead and other waterfowl. 

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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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December Meeting via Zoom!: Ken Rosenberg – “3 Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It”

December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Ken Rosenberg

In 2019, a landmark publication in Science documented the loss of 3 billion birds from the North American avifauna over the past 50 years. Lead author Ken Rosenberg will describe the scientific results of this study, the unprecedented attention it received in the media and the public, and efforts over the past year to respond to this loss and bring back the birds.

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Rochester Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, December 20th, 2020

December 20, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Snow Goose - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Feb 28, 2016

Join us for the 121th Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society and the 117th Rochester CBC. If you cannot bird in the field, watch your feeder and phone results to the area leader.

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Little Lakes Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 26th, 2020

December 26, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
White-winged Crossbill, Honeoye, NY (© D. Sherony)

This year marks the 121th count nationwide and the 69th count for the area. The count date is Saturday, December 26, 2020. Birds seen during the count week of December 23 to December 29 may be called in to the leaders for inclusion in the tally.

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January 2021

Irondequoit Bay Outlet & Durand Eastman Park – Year List Jump-Start Field Trip ***CANCELLED***

January 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Sandbar Park, 302 Lake Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Cedar Waxwing, Powder Mills Park, Pittsford, NY (© Richard Ashworth)

Get started on your annual list! We’ll look for winter waterfowl on the Bay, then move to Durand-Eastman Park where we will stroll Log Cabin Road and Zoo Road looking for finches, waxwings, and resident birds.

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Webster Park – Campground Area Field Trip ***CANCELLED***

January 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Webster Park – Campground Area, 999 Lake Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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White-winged Crossbill - Owl Woods - © Eunice Thein - Nov 03, 2020

In mature forest and scrubby areas we'll look for overwintering resident birds, lingering migrants such as Hermit Thrush and special winter visitors such as Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, White-winged and Red Crossbills and Bohemian Waxwings.

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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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January Meeting via Zoom!: Laura Erickson – “The Love Lives of Birds”

January 16 @ 6:30 pm
Laura Erickson

Laura Erickson will talk about how courtship, mating, and parenting vary wildly among different birds, from the lifelong devotion of American Crows to the dalliances of Eastern Bluebirds, from Bald Eagles’ focus on home improvements to the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s Rosie the Riveter’s lifestyle.

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