Activities

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

Our group activities and programs are ready.  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. 

Tinker Nature Park
1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY, 14534
Saturday, November 26, 10:00am

Though we don’t hear much bird song this time of the year our winter residents are still out and about. We will have a walk through this beautiful park woodland and wetland and see what birds remain with us during these cold and sometimes snowy months. Bring binoculars if you have them. Wear warm and sturdy footwear to protect your feet from getting wet and cold. Terrain is relatively flat and is a combination of crushed stone, natural surface, and boardwalk. Facilities are available. Registration is required no later than Wednesday, November 23. For questions or to register, email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.

Mendon Ponds Birdsong Trail
27 Pond Road
Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 am

Come enjoy a nice stroll in the woods and take the time to feed some of our hungry winter feathered residents that have been acclimated to eating from our hands in this popular park. Most of the trail is a fairly easy walk but there are a couple of steeper areas. Areas can be muddy if temperatures are warmer and there has been recent rain or snow. Birdseed will be provided for participants (donation for seed would be appreciated). Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for possible wind and standing in snow, and or icy conditions. A shortened walk with be offered if conditions are too icy, so that we can still enjoy feeding the birds. Facilities are available. Reservations are required by Monday, December 12. Contact Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com for questions or to register.

Short-Eared Owls and Other Field Birds
Nations Road area, Avon
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 3:00 pm

Many non-birding people think birdwatching stops during the winter. GVAS goes birdwatching year round and winter can be especially rewarding. Once again this year we will be leading an owl and winter raptor prowl in the Nations Road area on January 21, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Two years ago we saw Red-Tailed Hawks, Horned Larks, Northern Harriers, a herd of White-Tailed Deer crossing a field, and the star of the show…Short-Eared Owls. It is 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 21, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tops parking lot in Avon on Route 5 & 20. From there we will head to Nations Rd area. Please register with June at summers@frontiernet.net or (585) 355-1824. This is a driving field trip; dress warmly because it will be cold outside. We will have Covid liability wavers for you to sign when we meet.

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

The Magic Stump, Its Secrets were Forged in Fire and Ice – By Zoom
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 pm

A new birding documentary by Bob Dolgan and Turnstone Films, who brought us Monty and Rose. The Magic Stump is a documentary about the large stump located in the middle of a large farm field in Illinois and the ecosystem that uses the stump and fields. Make no mistake, a number of raptors use the area, including the only pair of Prairie Falcons east of the Mississippi. It is an exciting film. Join us please. Register with June Summers at summers@frontiernet.net, by Nov. 13 to receive your Zoom link.

Snow Birds – By Zoom
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023, 7:30 pm

Ken Elkin, Community Conservation Manager for the Menunkatuck Audubon Society, in New Haven, CT, will enlighten us about how birds stay warm in the winter. There are methods that birds employ to keep from freezing to the branches and freezing in general. Join us to learn more than you imagined. You need to register; email June Summers at summers@frontiernet.net by January 22. If I don’t reply within several days please call me at (585) 355-1824.

In Search of the Great Gray Owl with Kyle Dugdeon – By Zoom
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023, 7:30 pm

Kyle Dugdeon is a young aspiring writer and photographer from Oneida, NY, who set out to make a difference in life. He found himself in Bozeman, Montana, documenting the ecosystem of the Bridgerton Mountains range. Once he came across Great Gray Owls he became hooked. His search for them in the Bridgerton began. The photographs are fantastic. He also tells of his work to save at least part the forest from a US Forest Service project that would have wiped out all of the old growth forest the owls use. This video was brought to GVAS by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. You need to register; email June Summers at summers@frontiernet.net by February 26. If I don’t reply within several days please call me at (585) 355-1824.

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

Email: summers@frontiernet.net