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Walks and Hikes

with Genesee Valley Audubon Society are family friendly opportunities to explore nature first-hand with other environmental enthusiasts.

Hand Feeding Chickadees

Our group activities and programs are starting again.  Registration is required and we will be following NYS guidelines for gathering during COVID.
Our Covid-19 disclaimer is located below our list of Walks and Hikes. Please review this prior to attending any walk or hike listed. Please check here or our Facebook page for updates on upcoming GVAS activities and programs. 

Durand Eastman Park Nature Walk
Zoo Road, Rochester
Monday, May 10, 10:00am

Celebrate winter turning into spring with a easy stroll along a level paved road. We’ll be looking for early migrants and wildflowers. Zoo road will more than likely be closed off to cars, so we will plan on meeting across the street in the parking lot on Lakeshore Blvd. Wear comfortable footwear, and bring binoculars, if you have them. All participants must wear masks, socially distance, and read and agree to the GVAS waiver document. Participation will be limited because of precautions. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at

Mt. Hope Cemetery
Mt Hope Ave North Gate entrance, Rochester
Sunday, May 16, 8:00am-10:00am

Join us at the North Gate of Mt Hope Cemetery for birding and history as we stroll through the older section of this Victorian cemetery. The large mature trees and bushes are very attractive to migrating birds. Bring your binoculars. The North Gate is on Mt Hope Ave across from Robinson Dr. (This is NOT the gate that is across from the Distillery Restaurant.) All participants must wear masks and socially distance. Preregistration is required and will be available at the website starting one month before the event. There is a charge of $12, which goes toward a cemetery restoration fund. For questions, email Joanne Mitchell at

Burger Park, (part of the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area)
99 Hogan Point Road, Hilton, NY 14468
Saturday May 22, 9:00am-11:00am

Migration should be well underway. We will be looking for grassland bird species as well as osprey, eagles and hawks which could be migrating overhead. Many of our breeding songbird species should be back in town, so it could be an exciting day of looking and listening for birds. Trails could be wet and muddy; wear appropriate footwear. All participants must wear masks, socially distance, and read and agree to the GVAS waiver document. Participation will be limited. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at

Highland Park
Park along South Avenue across from the Vietnam Veterans’ memorial.
Keep an eye out for a bright green Kia Soul.
Monday, June 7, 2021 @ 9:00am-11:00am

We will stroll through Rochester’s iconic Frederick Olmsted-designed park enjoying the blooms and birds of an early June morning.  Preregistration required no later than Friday, June 4 by emailing

Braddock Bay Park
Summer Solstice/Father’s Day evening nature walk
Braddock Bay Park parking lot

Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm

What’s better than going for an evening stroll on the longest day of the year? We will meet at the Braddock Bay Park parking lot, and walk along the cattails and out the short board walk to see what we can see, and then we will walk down to the Westpoint Marina and out to the end of the East Spit with Braddock Bay on our left and Lake Ontario on our right. You may want to have bug spray on hand. Preregistration required no later than Thursday, June 17 by emailing

Hidden Sidewalk/Charlotte Pier
180 Beach Avenue
Monday July 12, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

Participants will meet up at the parking lot across from the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue just west of the Ontario Beach end of Lake Avenue. From there we will walk down to the neighborhood along Beach Avenue and explore the beautifully maintained gardens along the hidden sidewalk. After a rest stop, if necessary, at the community center, those who are interested in a longer walk will proceed down to the river and walk out to the end of the pier and back. Preregistration required no later than Friday, July 9 by emailing

Huckleberry Swamp Chimney Bluffs State Park East Bay, Mudge Creek, and Chimney Bluffs Trail
Parking lot of Huckleberry Swamp on Catchpole Road in Lyons, NY

Sunday August 15, 2021 @ 9:00-1:00pm

I’m certain that I am not the only one in need of a road trip. We are going to check out two trails in our neighboring county of Wayne. We will meet at 9:00am in the parking lot of Huckleberry Swamp on Catchpole Road in Lyons, NY. This is a short boardwalk trail of less than a mile, but it should be rich with wildlife. After we finish seeing what there is to see there, we will caravan over to Chimney Bluffs State Park just north of 104 and walk an easy trail. This is a carry-in/carry-out picnic area with available restrooms. Bringing along bug spray for the swamp is highly encouraged. Because of the timing you may want to pack a lunch or bring snacks. Preregistration required no later than Friday, August 6th by emailing

Channing H. Philbrick Park
Park behind Tops Supermarket at 1601 Penfield Road
Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 10:00am-12:00pm

What could be nicer than walking along a stream on a hot summer day? We will meet behind the Tops Supermarket at 1601 Penfield Road and stroll along the bank of Irondequoit Creek. We hopefully will still see a fair amount of our breeding birds as they work on foraging for food for the coming migration or cold winter season. Preregistration required no later than Friday, August 13 by emailing

Turning Point Park
260 Boxart Street
Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 10:00am

We will walk to the end of the boardwalk and back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Genesee River in early autumn. Hopefully we will get one last look at our favorite migrant birds before they head to the winter feeding territories. We will then backtrack and walk along the river to a marshy area before walking back to our cars. This is an easy walk except for a gradual slope from the parking area to the river’s edge. Preregistration required no later than Friday, September 10 by emailing

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Programs, Presentations & Events

are a great way to learn about a variety of environmental topics and get involved with nature.

Beginning Bird ID and Field Trip
Zoom Meeting: May 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Field Trip: May 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am

Spend 2 hours in a Zoom class learning the basics of strategic bird identification. We will go over shape, size, color, markings, behavior, and habitat. How to use binoculars, books and which apps are best for the beginning birder. Then we will go on a field trip to get you started. This class will be limited to 15 people. We will accept a $20 donation at the field trip. Register to attend by contacting June Summers,, (585) 355-1824.

Become a Falcon Watcher

Join the Falcon Watchers this year for the experience of your life. After the young falcons on leave the nest and start to fly, the real family dynamics start. It is an exciting experience to watch the adults catch prey to feed the young and watch the young learn to fly. Sometimes falcon watchers help rescue the young if they get into trouble while learning to fly. Contact June Summers, or (585) 355-1824 if you are interested in participating. Check out website


Water Chestnut Pulls
Braddock Bay Tavern, 372 Manitou Rd, Hilton
July 24 and August 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am

This summer GVAS will be working with the DEC to remove the invasive European water chestnut plants from Braddock Bay that would otherwise cover the bay. We need your help. So join us on July 24 and August 7. Bring your canoe or kayak and dress for the weather. We will meet at the Braddock Bay Tavern, 372 Manitou Rd, Hilton. Unload your boat at the ramp then park near the road. Contact June Summers, or (585) 355-1824 if you are interested in participating.

To participate as a volunteer with any of these activities, please visit our Get Involved page.

Genesee Valley Audubon Society

P.O. Box 15512
Rochester, NY 14615