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January 2021

Lakeshore Plains West Field Trip – Registration Opens January 24, 2021

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road
Greece, NY 14612 United States
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Northern Shrike - Black Creek Park - © Jim Adams - Dec 26, 2015

A driving tour of the farm fields and open lands to the west of Rochester, this trip will search for Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Northern Shrikes, and hawks in the plains and country roads of western Monroe and Orleans Counties.

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February 2021

February Meeting via Zoom!: Allan Strong – “Conserving Grassland Birds in Agricultural Landscapes”

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY

Grassland birds show some of the most dramatic population declines in North America as a result of habitat loss and intensive agricultural management. Allan Strong has studied Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in the dairy country of Vermont’s Champlain Valley since 2002.

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Winter Waterfowl and Other Possibilities – Registration Opens February 7, 2021

February 14 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 4916 Culver Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Long-tailed Duck - Irondequoit Bay Outlet - © Dick Horsey - Feb 22, 2016

We will look for Long-tailed Ducks, mergansers, scaup and others that may be present.  We will then drive over to Summerville and Charlotte to see what is in the river. 

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March 2021

March Meeting via Zoom!: Matt Young – “From Finches to FiRN (the Finch Research Network)”

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY
Matt Young

Many area birders have been fortunate and delighted to observe Common Redpolls, as well as a sprinkling of other winter finches this season; colorful visitors from the North.

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Lake Shore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area Field Trip – Registration Opens March 6, 2021

March 13 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lakeshore Marshes East Wildlife Management Area, Broadway Road
North Wolcott, NY United States
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Fox Sparrow - Perinton - © Shelley Patterson - Apr 03, 2016

This extensive driving tour of the large natural area to our northeast always turns up some great birds! We’ll look for unusual ducks, late winter birds, and interesting migrants like Fox Sparrows.

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Hamlin Beach State Park Field Trip – Registration Opens March 13, 2021

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd
Hamlin, NY 14464 United States
Rough-legged Hawk - Burger Park - © Zaphir Shamma - Nov 22, 2015

We will gather at Braddock Bay Park and drive to Hamlin Beach State Park where we will be looking for migrating waterfowl as we work our way back east.  We will stop at Owl Woods in search of migrating owls. 

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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. 

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April 2021

April Meeting via Zoom!: Alicia Rae Brunner, Cornell University – “Findings on Migratory Bird Behavior Under a Changing Climate”

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY

Alicia Rae Brunner will first talk about her Masters project, in which she studied Swainson's Warbler winter ecology in Jamaica and demonstrated how individuals modified their space use in response to rainfall change throughout the nonbreeding season.

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Woodcock Courtship Flight at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Field Trip – Registration Opens April 2, 2021

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, 10 Braddocks Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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American Woodcock - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Jul 26, 2016

This will be an evening trip for woodcock courtship flight.  If you’ve never seen this spectacle, prepare to be amazed: birds call noisily from the ground in grassy fields before spiraling rapidly up high, descending back down in a zigzagging noisy frenzy, only to start the cycle anew.  An amazing sight! 

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High Acres Nature Area Field Trip – Registration Opens April 10, 2021

April 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
High Acres Nature Area (HANA), 425 Perinton Parkway
Fairport, NY 14450 United States
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Over 130 bird species have been observed at HANA including more than 70 that nest in the diverse habitats found there. During this field trip we expect to see at least 40 species returning to nest or on their way to northern nesting grounds.

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