Eastern Meadowlark by Sheri Douse

Walks and Hikes

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

Hand Feeding Chickadees

Genesee Valley Audubon’s Nature Walks: Join us to see what nature has to offer.

Genesee Valley Audubon’s Nature Strolls: Nature Strolls are designed to be accessible to all participants despite their compromised fitness level or reduced mobility.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am – Field Trip to Montezuma Audubon Center, 2259 NY-89, Savannah 

Montezuma Audubon Center will be hosting a guided van tour to see how many species we can find. Several species of duck use Montezuma NWR as a stopover during migration. Wear appropriate footwear for cold, snow and possible mud. Short walks for better vantage points are possible. Bring your own binoculars. We have a few to lend, if you don’t. Spotting scopes will be available.
Reservations are required. Cost is $20.00 per person to ride in the van. Van seating is limited to nine adults. $15.00 per person to take part in the car pool.* Reservation is secured with full payment. Payment in full must be received by Monday, March 16. Checks to Genesee Valley Audubon Society, C/O June Summers, 208 Rhea Crescent, Rochester, NY 14615.
*Note: If demand is high enough that we need to car pool behind the van, we will be utilizing conference calling through Sync so every one can take full advantage of having a tour guide.
Questions? Contact Loretta Morrell at 585-208-6461 or

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Nature Stroll, Turning Point Park, 260 Boxart Street
Nature Stroll is in celebration of City Nature Challenge 2020. Using the iNaturalist app on our phones we will meet in the parking lot at Turning Point Park and enjoy a stroll along the river trail. Trail surface is a combination of tarmac and boardwalk. There is a gradual hill near the parking lot. The remainder of the walk is level. If you prefer to use a camera, feel free. Photos can be uploaded by going out to the iNaturalist website. If possible, please have app downloaded onto your phone before meeting up. Questions? Contact Loretta Morrell @ 585-208-6461 or

Tuesday, May 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Natural Stroll, – Zoo Road, Durand Eastman Park
Celebrate winter turning into spring with a easy stroll along a level paved road. Meet at the parking lot situated on the right before the barricades. We’ll be looking for early migrants. Wear comfortable footwear, and bring binoculars, if you have them. Questions? Loretta Morrell 585-208-6461 or

Sunday, May 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am –  Mt Hope Cemetery field trip
Join us at the North Gate of Mt Hope Cemetery for birding and history as we stroll through the
older section of the historic cemetery for two hours. The large old trees and bushes along the hillsides are very attractive to migrating birds. Bring your binoculars and $10 for the tour fee.
The North Gate is located on Mt Hope Ave. across from Robinson Dr. (This is NOT the gate that is across from The Distillery.) No advance signup is needed. Questions? Contact Joanne Mitchell, (585) 621-1906 or

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Pittsford Library
24 State Street, Pittsford, NY 14534

This new report from National Audubon Society offers a fresh look at the vulnerability of birds across North America to climate change based on a new, updated scientific analysis that leverages big data and incorporates the unique biology of each bird to determine its vulnerability. Come see the potential fate of your backyard birds, and come see how you can be part of the solution.

New topic! Magnetoreception in Migratory Birds

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 pm
Irondequoit Library, Rm 114
1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester

How do birds know which direction to migrate in the spring and fall? Like us, they can distinguish north from south by watching the sun, moon, and stars, and by remembering the locations of geographic landmarks. They are also somehow able to find their way by sensing the direction of Earth’s magnetic field, an ability known as magnetoreception. Recent experiments suggest magnetoreception in migratory birds involves the optic nerve and lightactivated enzymes called cryptochromes, which are found in the retinae of birds.
The biochemical mechanism by which cryptochromes send signals about the strength and direction of magnetic fields to the brain is unknown. At SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Brandon Tate and students are using chemical synthesis to make artificial cryptochromes and studying them to improve our understanding of how birds perceive magnetic fields. In this talk, Dr. Tate will summarize the current scientific consensus on avian magnetoreception and its implications in conservation science, describe his ongoing research on artificial cryptochromes at Geneseo,
and discuss strategies to use this project to provide opportunities for career advancement to students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in science due to systemic bias.

Nature Walk along the Brickyard Trail at the Sandra Frankel Nature Park

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Meet in the front of the Brighton Library Parking Lot, 2300 Elmwood Avenue,14618

A casual evening nature walk to watch for birds and early spring flowers while listening for frogs and other wildlife. This short easy walk of about a mile and a half round trip will give us a chance to explore an urban wetland at dusk. Who know what we will find? We will visit a local
restaurant for hot cocoa afterwards.

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