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May 2021

Taylor Marsh Field Trip – Registration Opens April 24, 2021

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Marsh, Allens Hill Road & Nighan Hill Road
Honeoye, NY United States
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Virginia Rail - Conesus Inlet - © Nick Kachala - May 14, 2016

Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society and located in Ontario County north of Honeoye Lake. It is best known for marsh birds, including both local bittern and Virginia Rail. However, the star attraction is the 2-3 Sandhill Cranes that have been present in this area all year around for many years.

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Four Mile Creek Preserve, Webster, NY Field Trip – Registration Opens April 25, 2021

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Four Mile Creek Preserve, Phillips & Lake Road
Webster, NY United States
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Golden-crowned Kinglet © Chuck Schleigh

We will look for spring migrants along the approximately 2 to 3 miles of gently rolling hiking trails. The trails will most likely be muddy, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

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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
Beechwood State Park, Campground
Sodus, NY 14551 United States
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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. 

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Cobbs Hill Park Field Trip – Registration Opens April 28, 2021

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cobbs Hill Park, Culver Road and Norris Drive
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Black-throated Blue Warbler © Dominic Sherony

With spring in full swing, come to one of Rochester's best-kept birding secrets: Cobbs Hill Park's Washington Grove. Colorful warblers and other spring migrants arrive en masse at this urban oasis of tall stately trees.

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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. 

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Amy’s Pond & Woodsmith — Genesee Land Trust / RBA Joint Field Trip – Registration Opens May 2, 2021

May 9 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Amy’s Ponds – Genesee Land Trust and Conservation Easements, 484 Lake Road
Ontario, NY 14519 United States
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Amy's Pond and Woodsmith-GLT (Jeanne Verhulst)-1

This is a field trip to the private property of Janet Smith for spring migrants, early nesters and waterfowl.  Two adjacent easements make up 187 acres that include two large ponds, mature woodland, and open fields all within 0.5 mile of Lake Ontario. 

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Ontario Pathways Field Trip – Registration Opens May 4, 2021

May 11 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Ontario Pathways, 2011-2077 New York 96
Clifton Springs, NY 14432 United States
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Bay-breasted Warbler © Chuck Schleigh

We’ll look for warblers and other spring migrants along this level, rails-to-trails pathway in Ontario County.  This well-maintained trail is an established favorite for wildlife viewing and scenic views. 

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NEW!!! Rush Riverside Refuge (in association with Rush Recreation and Parks Association) Field Trip – Registration Opens May 6, 2021

May 13 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Rush Riverside Refuge, 250 Rush Scottsville Rd,
Rush, NY 14543 United States
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Chestnut-sided Warbler - Letchworth Park (RBA Field Trip) - © Jeanne Verhulst - June 12, 2016

The town of Rush has recently acquired a new patch of land containing old-growth woods, farm fields in various stages of succession, and a mile of Genesee River frontage.  Join us as we explore this “new” birding spot. 

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Powder Mills Park & BANC Sanctuary Joint Field Trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club – Registration Opens May 8, 2021

May 15 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Powder Mills Park, 199 Park Road
Pittsford, NY United States
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Blue-winged Warbler - Kendall - © Kimberly Sucy - May 21, 2017

On the east side, Powder Mills Park is a mature woodland and wetland park that can be productive for many late-migrating or nesting species. In recent years, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, American Woodcocks and Blue-winged Warblers have all nested there.

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Manitou Beach Preserve Field Trip – Registration Opens May 9, 2021

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Manitou Beach Preserve, Manitou Beach Preserve, Manitou Beach Rd
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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Willow Flycatcher - Beatty Point - © Dick Horsey - Jun 07, 2016

Our trip to this lakeside treasure should rack up good numbers of warblers, flycatchers, and other spring arrivals. Owned by the Genesee Land Trust, the Manitou Beach Preserve consists of 5 acres of flat, field, forest and hedgerow, shrub, and cattail wetlands extending into Braddock Bay

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