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

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:

  • Jan. 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am, Cranberry Pond Trail, Braddock Bay Park, 199 E. Manitou Rd. Meet at the public parking lot near the lodges
  • Feb 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am, Shadow Pines Park in Penfield, Meet behind the Clark House; Use Whalen Road entrance.
  • Mar 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am, Shadow Pines Park in Penfield, Meet behind the Clark House; Use Whalen Road entrance

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Owl Prowl Nations Road area, Avon
Sat. Jan 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Many non-birding people think birdwatching stops during the winter. But not for us at GVAS. We go birdwatching year round and winter can be especially rewarding. We have had so much fun in the past looking for winter owls and raptors in the Nations Road area we are going to do it again.
Last year we saw Red Tail Hawks, Horned Larks, Northern Harriers, Ring-neck Pheasants, a herd of White Tail Deer crossing a field, and the star of the show… (drum roll please) Short-Eared Owls. It’s nature and we never know what we will see, but it is always fun.
If you wish to join in the fun, meet us on January 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tops parking lot in Avon on Route 5 & 20. From there we will head to Nations Rd.


Chickadee Hike Valentines Walk in the Woods @ Mendon Ponds Park
Sat. Feb 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am

Joni & Jon Dubner will be partnering with the great staff from The Birdhouse to lead a hike (no more than 2 hours) in Mendon Ponds Park. Come get up close and personal with nature. We will hand-feed wild songbirds while enjoying the park. Fun for your sweetheart and the whole family!! All are welcome to participate in this outdoor adventure on Sat. Feb. 9, 2019.
We will meet at 9:30 am in the Nature Center Parking lot off 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.

Programs, Presentations & Events

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

More than Just a Walk in the Park: The Modern Zoo’s Role in Conservation and Community Engagement 

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Brighton Town Hall
Downstairs meeting room
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

Today’s modern zoo serves both as a recreational facility for families as well as a multifaceted organization focusing on education and conservation. Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo strives to combine these attributes in order to foster a sense of stewardship for the preservation of biodiversity both locally and on a global scale. Utilizing the public’s desire to connect with the animals under our care, we will discuss the inner workings of the Zoo and what a day in the life of a zoo keeper looks like when your coworker may be a leopard gecko or a lion! Presenter, James Weinpress, more than a zoo keeper.



Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15-18, 2019

You are invited to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and become a citizen scientist. For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 15-18, 2019, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location.
Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.
Last year, more than 190,000 participants worldwide submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. Over 6,000 species of birds were reported, with the Northern Cardinal the most frequently reported, followed by the Dark-eyed Junco, the Mourning Dove, and the American Crow.
The 22nd annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019. Please visit the official website at for more information.
This website gives instructions for participating, results of the 2018 bird count including photos submitted by participants, check lists of birds found in each zip code, and tips for tricky birds IDs.

Why Native Berries are Better for Birds

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Brighton Town Hall,
Downstairs meeting room
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

Susan Smith-Pagano, RIT Professor, will speak on the nutritional importance of native berries for migratory birds, and the implications of invasive berries. Her talk will focus on her research and will provide some specific data on the nutrition of different berries, but also will provide some recommendations for migratory bird plantings.
Dr. Smith-Pagano’s research was performed in the Rochester area. She has been studying several different native berries against the food value of non-native berries. When you are a migratory bird, eating a berry with the most “BANG” for your system will help you on you way.
Join us to learn what might be the best berry bushes to plant in your yard.

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