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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

Chickadee Hike @ Mendon Ponds, November 3, 2018, 9:00 am
Come and join Joni & Jon Dubner for a walk in the woods, no more than 2 hours in Mendon Ponds Park. Walk a trail and feed the chickadees, tufted titmice & nuthatches while enjoying nature. Fun for the whole family!! All are welcome to participate in this outdoor adventure on Saturday, November 3, 2018. We will meet at 9:00 am in the Nature Center Parking lot on Pond Rd off of Clover St (the southernmost of the 3 park entrances off Clover) Dress for the weather (wear boots, warm clothes, etc.). Seed will be provided – donation optional.

1st Sunday Nature Walks
The first Sunday of every month GVAS will host a nature walk through a local park.  Join our adventure as we stroll through the park looking for birds and other wildlife. See the beauty that nature has to offer. We will visit a different location each month. Listed below are upcoming walks:

  • Nov. 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am, Westpoint Marina at Braddock Bay, Meet at the public parking lot before you enter the marina,
    105 E. Manitou Rd.
  • Dec. 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am, Shadow Pines Park in Penfield, Meet behind the Clark House; Use Whalen Road entrance.

Follow Genesee Valley Audubon Society on Facebook or Twitter for updates or email Lisa at Also feel free to call or text Lisa at 585-899-9616

Programs, Presentations & Events

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

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Brighton Town Hall
Downstairs meeting room
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is an international collaborative research network that uses a coordinated automated radio telemetry array to track the movement and behavior of birds, bats, and large insects affixed with digitally-encoded radio transmitters that broadcast signals several times each minute. Joshua Bacon, DEC, Biologist at the Montezuma Complex, is going to tell us how Motus is being used in that area and what the DEC hopes to learn form their research.  



All About Monarchs

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Brighton Town Hall,
Downstairs meeting room
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

Monarchs butterflies are such an iconic symbol of summers and migration.   But, how do they get all the way up here from Mexico and how do they get back?  This year seems to have been a good summer Monarchs, we saw lots of them around.  So what made this a good year for Monarch caterpillars and butterflies. Tiffany Clay a graduate student at SUNY Brockport is doing is doing research on Monarchs on the area wildlife refuges.  She is going to fill us in on the answers to some of our questions and the research she is doing.


First Sunday Hikes

Jan. 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Cranberry Pond Trail
Braddock Bay Park
199 E. Manitou Rd.

We will meet in the parking lots near the lodges. We will talk about the restoration work that the National Audubon Society is going to do in Cranberry Pond this winter.

Contact June at (585) 865-6047 with questions.



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