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 slowly starting again.  Registration is required and we will be following NYS guidelines for gathering during COVID. Please check here or our Facebook page for updates on upcoming GVAS activities and programs.  

November 14, 2020, 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.

We will meet Saturday, November 14, 2020 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.

Please register with Joni at or (585) 338-3712. We will be observing social distancing and wear masks. We will have liability wavers for you to sign when we meet.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

Join GVAS for a walk in the woods of Durand-Eastman Park. We will be walking up and down hills as we make our way from Log Cabin Rd. to Zoo Rd, and back. We will of course be looking for birds and other creatures. We will meet at the entrance of Log Cabin Rd., at Lake Shore Blvd. There is a small parking lot just up the road. If there is not enough space or if the gate is closed, please park across Lake Shore Blvd. in the beach parking lot.

Please register with June at or (585) 355-1824. We will be observing social distancing and wear masks. We will have liability wavers for you to sign when we meet.

January 30, 2021, 3:00 pm Nations Road area, Avon

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 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Last year we saw Red Tailed Hawks, Horned Larks, Northern Harriers, a herd of White Tail 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 30, 2021 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 or (585) 355-1824. This is a driving field trip; when we get out of our cars we will observe social distancing and wear masks. We will have liability wavers for you to sign when we meet.

Follow Genesee Valley Audubon Society on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

Programs, Presentations & Events

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

The Magic of Monarchs – By Zoom
Oct. 27, 2020 7:30 pm

Monarchs are one of several migratory butterflies that migrate as far south as Mexico and
the southern United States in the fall. These butterflies add to the biodiversity of the North American habitats. Monarchs have a fascinating life cycle to accomplish their fall and spring migration. We can’t help but be fascinated when they fly by, large and brightly colored. Liz Magnanti is going to reveal the secrets of the monarch to us. Currently Liz is the manager
of The Bird House on Monroe Ave. and the President of Rochester Birding Association.

Until it is safe to meet in in groups of 10 or more, GVAS will be meeting online using the Zoom app. You need to register. Email June at by October 25, 2020.


Conserving wildlife in bright noisy places: Do light and noise pollution
affect urban frogs and bats? By Zoom
November 17, 2020, 7:30pm

In this increasingly urbanized world, global biodiversity is threatened by human activities and
habitat loss. It is important for us to understand how urbanization is affecting local wildlife to inform future urban planning. Jason Luscier is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. His research program aims to inform conservation strategies for urban wildlife in Syracuse. In this program, he will give an overview of research with Le Moyne undergraduate students on the effects of light pollution on frogs and toads AND the effects of noise pollution on bats.

Until it is safe to meet in groups of 10 or more, GVAS will be meeting online using the Zoom app. You will need to register for this program; email June at by November 15, 2020.

Fishers, Cousins of the Weasel By Zoom
January 26, 2021, 7:30pm

Few animals are misunderstood more than the fisher. What is this animal that few residents of Western NY have even heard of and even fewer have had the opportunity to observe? What do they eat? Is there any cause for concern? Where are they and where did they come from? Is the DEC studying these animals? NYSDEC Biologist Scott Smith will share his knowledge and experience with fishers in NY.

You need to register; email June at by Jan. 24, 2021.

Cranberry Pond Restoration Project By Zoom
February 23, 2021, 7:30pm

The restoration project for Cranberry Pond in the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area that we told you about last year should be built this winter, if Mother Nature allows.
Last year Ducks Unlimited, the contractor that is planning and building the project, had permitting issues. They were simply doing too many projects to get this one started. Genesee Valley Audubon is working with Audubon Great Lakes, Audubon New York and the Department of Environmental Conservation to make this the best restoration project possible. Andrew Hinickle, conservation biologist for Audubon New York, is going to give us the details of the design and what birds will benefit from the project. June Summers will also be there to discuss GVAS’ participation in the project.

You need to register; email June at by Feb. 21, 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