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May 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Whiting Road Nature Preserve

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Whiting Road Preserve, 403 Whiting Road
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Yellow Warbler - Whiting Road Nature Preserve - © Dick Horsey - May 31, 2017

The Whiting Road Nature Preserve is a 240-acre preserve with a variety of habitats ranging from grass fields to mature forest. Passerines are the star attraction in May, and we’ll spend the morning walking the trails in search of migrating warblers.

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June 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Mendon Ponds Park – Quaker Pond Trail

June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472 United States
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Pileated Woodpecker - Mendon Ponds - © Dick Horsey - Jan 25, 2016

The Quaker Pond Trail at Mendon Ponds Park is a 2.7-mile loop that circles a large marshy area and pond. We may pick up lingering migrants, but we’ll be especially on the alert for local nesting birds setting up territories.

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July 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Oatka Creek Park

July 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Oatka Creek Park, Quaker Road & Union Street
Garbutt, NY 14546 United States
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Eastern Towhee - Oatka Creek Park - © Jim Adams - June 26, 2016

Woods and meadow provide great habitat for nesting species such as Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Blue-winged Warbler and Field Sparrow. We’ll walk a trail that circulates through forest and field, looking for breeding birds.

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September 2019

Montezuma Muckrace – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - September 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Seneca Falls, NY 13148 United States
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Northern Shoveler - Montezuma NWR - © Eunice Thein - Nov 01, 2016

This is it – the biggest bird race in upstate New York! Organized by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, the Muckrace is a 24-hour birding competition in which teams try to see as many species of birds as possible on the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Highland Park

September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Highland Park, Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Chestnut-sided Warbler - Highland Park - © Dick Horsey - Sep 07, 2017

If you’ve been to the Lilac Festival, then you’ve been to Highland Park. Is it a little weird here to bird in September? Maybe – but someone has to do it, and this will be a nice relaxing trip after the craziness of the Muckrace the weekend before.

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October 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: LaSalles Landing & Lucien Morin Park

October 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
LaSalles Landing Park, 1080 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580 United States
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Pectoral Sandpiper - LaSalle Landing - © Eunice Thein - Oct 23, 2018

We’ll start by searching LaSalles Landing Park and the south end of Irondequoit Bay for waterfowl, gulls, and possible lingering shorebirds.

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November 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Durand Eastman Park & Irondequoit Bay

November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Durand Eastman Park, Lakeshore Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Cedar Waxwing - Durand Eastman Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 08, 2015

We’ll start by taking a walk through Durand Eastman Park. We’ll likely see a mix of winter passerines like woodpeckers, robins, chickadees, titmice, Cedar Waxwings, finches and cardinals, but with a little luck they’ll be supplemented by something special.

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December 2019

RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count for Kids

December 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, 10 Braddocks Avenue
Hilton, NY 14468 United States
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White-throated Sparrow - Mendon Ponds - © Candace Giles - Dec 21, 2016

For 119 years, adults have counted birds every winter as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count, and now it’s time for kids to join the fun! The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is a family-friendly bird-watching event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to scientific bird count data.

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RBA Young Birder Event: Christmas Bird Count – Seneca Park

December 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Seneca Park, 2222 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621 United States
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Eastern Bluebird - Hamlin Beach Park - © Dick Horsey - Dec 04, 2016

Participating in a Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition for many birders, and this will be the 116th CBC in Rochester. In a Christmas Bird Count, birders try to count as many birds as possible within a particular “count circle.”

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May 2022

New! Ganondagan State Historic Site, a Field Trip for Young Birders – Registration Opens May 21, 2022

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 NY-444
Victor, NY 14564 United States
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Bobolink - Burger Park - © Dana Kalir - May 21, 2016

This trip is open to young birders ages 8 to 18 accompanied by a parent. This trip has generated large species lists due to the many habitat types we will travel through

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