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.

Tuesday November 5, 2019 @ 10:00am – River Walk Nature Stroll 
We will meet at the Marina at the bottom of Petten Street past River Street just South of the O’Roarke bridge. We’ll head north along the river and enjoy the fall colors, ducks and whatever other sights we might see along the way. The path is a combination of boardwalk and tarmac with very little grade variation: wheelchair, scooter and stroller accessible.

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 am – Chickadee Nature Walk at Mendon Ponds Park
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 9, 2019. 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.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 8:00 am – Durand Eastman Park Nature Walk
Meet at Log Cabin Rd and Lakeshore Blvd.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am – Chickadees and Fairies Nature Stroll at Mendon Ponds Park
Meet in the parking lot of the Mendon Ponds Park nature center at 27 Pond Road, Honeoye Falls. We will walk the back portion of the natural surface trail to find the Chickadees and observe what winter resident birds are present. We will also keep an eye open for the fairy houses that are popping up here and there. Interested participants are welcome to walk over to Wild Wings afterward and check out the educational birds and Zoara, the bobcat. Dress for the weather and wear footwear that might get wet. The trail surface is grass, gravel and dirt but relatively flat.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 9:00 am– Black Creek Park Nature Walk
Meet by Woodside Lodge, from the Union St. park entrance.

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

Things That Go Bump in the Night, Wildlife Cameras

Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs meeting room
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton

Dave Will, Lead Zoo Naturalist for Citizen Science for the Seneca Parks Zoo, has been doing a research project using wildlife cameras in wooded areas along the Lake Ontario shoreline for several years now. Dave will share the animals he has seen pass the camera and some of their behavior. You might be surprised to see what is awake outside when you are asleep.

Freshwater: Upstate NY’s most valuable resource

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Irondequoit Library, Room 113, 1290 Titus Ave, Rochester

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) helps the public contribute to healthier lands and waters in the Finger Lakes, where harmful algal blooms now occur in all 11 lakes?from the shallowest to the deepest and most pristine. TNC is collaborating with municipalities, agencies, volunteer groups, academic researchers and farmers to reduce phosphorous and other pollutants in our waters and invest in nature?s ability to help keep our waters safe. Jim Howe, the TNC Chapter Director for Western New York, will tell us how they are doing this work and how we can be a part of this movement.

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