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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.

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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. 

Brickyard Trail at Sandra Frankel Nature Park
Elmwood Ave
Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Spring Evening Walk 7:00pm-9:00pm

This is a joint trip with Burroughs Audubon Nature Club. Participants will meet in the parking lot in front of Brighton Library, near the road, 2300 Elmwood Ave., 14618. This is a casual evening nature walk to  watch for birds and listen 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 knows what we will find? Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for the weather. Masks and Social Distancing practices are required. We have to cross the road to get to the path which is flat and has a small stone surface. Registration is required. To register, email June Summers at no later than Sunday, April 24.

High Acres Nature Area and Christine Sevilla Overlook
Fairport, NY
Saturday, May 7, 2022,  9:00am

Early May is the perfect time of the year to be out looking for wild flowers and song birds. We will be walking around a wetland area, and also exploring another trail in this Nature Preserve managed by the Genesee Land Trust. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. They may get wet and  possibly muddy. We strongly suggest you bring along sunscreen and bug spray. Binoculars will enhance your viewing. Terrain is relatively flat, natural. For questions or to register email no later than Saturday, May 5.

Mt. Hope Cemetery
Mt. Hope Ave
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 8:00am-10:00am

Join us at the North Gate of Mt Hope Cemetery for birding and history as we stroll through the older section of this 1838 Victorian cemetery. The large mature trees and bushes are very attractive to migrating birds. Bring your binoculars. The North Gate is on Mt Hope Ave across from Robinson Dr. (This is NOT the gate that is across from the Distillery Restaurant.) Preregistration is required and will be available at the website starting one month before the event. There is a $12 fee for this tour; all money goes toward restoration efforts in the cemetery. Most of the walking will be on a paved road but there is a hill and a short walk on an uneven dirt path. For questions, email Joanne Mitchell at

Field trip to Sterling Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Rd, Sterling
Wednesday, May 25, 10:00am-noon

This small nature center has so much to offer, with trails that wander on a bluff above Lake Ontario or you can take a stroll along the shoreline itself. Varying habitats abound including a heron rookery. Come explore. Sterling Nature Center is about an hour and a half from downtown Rochester off 104A. The trails are not difficult, but they are not graded to accommodate wheelchairs or strollers. This is a nature preserve area. At the time of our visit the young herons should still be in their nests and being tended to by the adults. You will want sturdy footwear that will keep your feet dry, if the trail is wet. Also consider sunscreen and bugspray. Binoculars will enhance your viewing. A spotting scope will be available. For questions or to register contact Loretta Morrell at Register no later than Monday, May 23.

Tinker Nature Park – Beginning Bird Walk
1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford
Saturday, June 11, 8:00am-10:00am

We will be walking trails that lead us through multiple habitats looking for several different species of both resident birds and summer visitors. This is a nice walk for the novice bird watcher. Trail is a combination of crushed stone, boardwalk and natural surface, but is quite flat. Wear sturdy footwear. You may want sunscreen and bug spray. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Bring along your smartphone, if you have one. There will be a discussion on apps that will assist you in your bird watching ventures. For questions or to register email Register by Thursday, June 9.

Channing H. Philbrick Park
1 Linear Park Drive, Penfield
Monday, July 18, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

This pretty trail will take us along Irondequoit Creek where we will encounter waterfalls and other sites along the way. Trail surface is natural and may be uneven in spots. Wear sturdy footwear. Sunscreen and possibly bug spray is strongly suggested. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. For questions or to register email Register no later than Saturday, July 16.

Hidden Sidewalk/Charlotte Pier
180 Beach Avenue, Rochester
Monday, August 8, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

Participants will meet up at the parking lot across from the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue just west of the Ontario Beach end of Lake Avenue. From there we will walk down to the neighborhood along Beach Avenue and explore the beautifully maintained gardens along the hidden sidewalk. After a rest stop at the community center, those who are interested in a longer walk will proceed down to the river and walk out to end of the pier and back. The walkway consists of sidewalks, boardwalk, and pavement, and is flat. For question or to register contact Loretta Morrell at Register no later than Saturday August 6.

Burger Park, part of the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area
99 Hogan Point Road, Hilton
Monday, September 5, 10:00am

Fall migration will have begun. We will be looking for grassland bird species as well as osprey, eagles and hawks that could be migrating overhead. We also will be checking out the woods near the lake hoping to catch sights of some of the songbirds fueling up for their often long treks to their winter feeding habitats. Trails could be muddy so wear sturdy footwear. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. For questions or to register email Register by Saturday September 3.

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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
Fall 2022 TBD

From the filmmakers of Monty and Rose, the story about the Piping Plovers. “The Magic Stump” tells the story of an Illinois tree stump that’s attracted a phenomenal variety of wintering raptors through the years, including two rare Prairie Falcons.

The Secret Perfume of Birds: Uncovering the Science of Avian Scent
Fall 2022 TBD

Danielle Whittaker, an evolutionary biologist and the author of this new book, will describe the emerging research showing birds’ ability to produce complex chemical signals that influence everything from where they build a nest to when they pick a fight and why they fly away. If you would like to purchase the book for summer reading go to John’s Hopkins Press, books/title/12467/secret-perfume-birds (they have the ebook), or Amazon.

Get outside

There is lots of activity outside in the summertime. Get outside if you can, or watch out a window. Observe what you see. It’s an amazing world out there for you to discover and enjoy and protect.

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