Activities

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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 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. 

Yanty Creek Nature Trail
Hamlin Beach Park
Monday, October 11, 2021 10:00am -12:00pm

Located on the east end of Hamlin Beach State Park, this is an easy looped trail of 1 mile with a variety of ecosystems to observe wildlife complete with a ADA accessible bird watching platform and boardwalk. Parts of the trail could be muddy after heavy rain, so appropriate footwear is highly recommended. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.
Register for this event no later than Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Genesee River Trailway
Petten St to Turning Point Park
Saturday, October 16, 2021, ** 9:30 am – 11:30 am **

We will meet at the marina on Petten St off Lake Avenue south of the O’Rorke Bridge (Pattonwood). We will walk to the end of the boardwalk at the bottom of Turning Point Park and back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Genesee River in early fall. This is an easy walk mostly on tarmac and boardwalk. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.
Register for this no later than Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Chickadee Walk at Mendon Ponds Park
Nature Center Parking lot on Pond Rd off of Clover St

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 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. Registration is required and we will follow NYS Covid-19 guidelines. We will meet Saturday, November 13, 2021 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. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. For questions or to register email Joni at bajacool416@gmail.com or 585-338-3712
Register for this no later than Thursday, November 11, 2021..

Tinker Nature Park
1525 Calkins Road
Monday, November 15, 10:00am -12:00pm

We will meet at 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY, 14534. 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. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.
Register for this event no later than Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Durand Eastman Park
Log Cabin Road
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 10:00am

We will meet at Lot D on Lakeshore Blvd, which is directly across from Log Cabin Road. We will be on the lookout for over wintering birds and other wildlife. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for the weather that can be brisk and wet this time of the year. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.
Register for this event no later than Friday, December 10, 2021.

Mendon Ponds Park, Birdsong Trail
Nature Center Parking lot on Pond Rd off of Clover St
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm.

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. While you are visiting you might want to check out the Wild Wings Center and their newly acquired nature center. Most of the trail is a fairly easy walk but there are a couple of steeper areas. Areas could be muddy if temperatures are warmer and there has been recent rain or snow. Birdseed will be provided for participants (a donation for seed would be appreciated). Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for possible wind and standing in snow. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.
Register for this no later than Monday, December 13, 2021.

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

September 28, 2021, 7:30 pm, By Zoom
GVAS: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going

GVAS invites members, volunteers, and anyone who is interested in knowing more about the local chapter of the National Audubon Society to join us on Zoom for a Power Point presentation and informal conversation. We will be taking a brief look back at the past 45+ years, and reveal some of our plans and dreams for the upcoming year. We will also be sharing ways that you can become involved no matter what your abilities or time constraints may be. If you don’t know much about us, now is a great time to get more acquainted. You need to register to receive the Zoom link; email June at summers@frontiernet.net, by Sept. 26, 2021.

October 26, 2021, 7:30 pm (NEW TOPIC) By Zoom
The Spotted Lanternfly is headed our way!

Pennsylvania has been overrun by the Spotted Lanterfly (SLF), and it is moving north into New York State. Michael Warren Thomas will discuss the life stages of the SLF, and talk about how to scout for it in the woods, as well as in urban areas. Upstate NY is mostly free of it right now except for an infestation in Ithaca. Our goal is to hold it off long enough that Cornell and Penn State can come up with an effective biocontrol before the vineyards and orchards of the Finger Lakes are overwhelmed by this ironically rather beautiful insect. You need to register to receive the Zoom link; email June at summers@frontiernet.net by Oct. 24, 2021.

November 16, 2021, 7:30 pm, By Zoom
Puffins, Little Fish and Climate Change
with Dr. Steve Kress – from the Lincoln Theater presentation in Damariscotta Maine, August 2018

Dr. Steve Kress talks about the Puffin Project, which is almost 50 years old. He talks about the start of this visionary project and its far-reaching impacts. The Puffin Project restored Atlantic Puffins to the coast of Maine; it restored other symbiotic seabirds as well. Once word got out about the success of the project, the model was used around the world to restore other seabirds. Many other lessons have been learned along the way including how climate change is affecting the lives of Puffins and other northern seabirds. While this is a recording, this is an excellent source of information, and we hope you will join GVAS to learn about the Audubon Puffin Project. You need to register to receive the Zoom link; email June at summers@frontiernet.net by Nov 14, 2021.

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