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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.
Our group activities and programs are slowly starting again. 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.
Shadow Pines Park Nature Walk
Monday, January 18, 2021, 10:00am
Join Genesee Valley Audubon Society at Shadow Pines Park at 600 Whalen Road by the “Clark House”, Webster, 14580 for a walk in nature. We will be watching for winter birds and other interests in the winter landscape. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress in layers. Masks and Social Distancing practices are required. Due to Covid 19, participation is limited and preregistration is necessary.
To register, email email@example.com no later than Saturday, January 16.
Short-eared Owls and Other Field Birds Field Trip
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 355-1824 by January 28. 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.
Valentines Walk in the Woods Hike
February 13, 2021, 9:00 am at Mendon Ponds Park
Joni & Jon Dubner will be leading a hike (no more than 2 hours) in Mendon Ponds Park. Come get up close and personal with nature. We will handfeed wild songbirds while enjoying the park. Fun for your sweetheart and the whole family!! All ages are welcome to participate in this outdoor adventure. We will meet on Saturday, February 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 and has been donated by The Birdhouse at 3035 Monroe Ave. Masks and Social Distancing practices are required. Due to Covid 19, participation is limited and preregistration is necessary.
To register, call or email Joni Dubner at 585-338-3712 or email@example.com by Thursday February 11.
Duck, Duck, Swan, Owl? Nature Walk
Ontario Beach Park/Seabreeze Irondequoit at the Outlet Bridge
Monday, February 15, 10:00am
February is not the nicest time of the year to go for a walk, but it can be a great time to see ducks and other waterfowl. We will meet at the northeastern corner of the Ontario Beach Park parking lot. We will use binoculars and a spotting scope set up with a handsfree phone adapter and view what birds we can find in and around the river and beach. Waterfowl should be abundant. A snowy owl is a possibility. From there we will caravan to Seabreeze and the parking lot on the left-hand side before crossing the outlet bridge in Irondequoit, and see what we can see there. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress in layers. Masks and Social Distancing practices are required. Due to Covid 19, participation is limited and preregistration is necessary.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Saturday, February 13.
Tinker Nature Park Nature Walk
1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, 14534
Monday, March 15 10:00am
This will be a great opportunity to learn about the birds that overwinter in our area. We will be walking through several different habitats in this walk of less than two miles. Dress in layers, and know that trails could be muddy in spots. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment.
Masks and Social Distancing practices are required. Due to Covid 19, participation is limited and preregistration is necessary.
To register, Email email@example.com by Saturday, March 13.
Programs, Presentations & Events
are a great way to learn about a variety of environmental topics and get involved with nature.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com by Feb. 21, 2021.
Brickyard Trail at Sandra Frankel Nature Park
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Participants will meet in the front of the Brighton Library Parking Lot, 2300 Elmwood Avenue,14618. This is a casual evening nature walk to watch for birds and early spring flowers while listening 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. Due to Covid-19, participation is limited and
preregistration is necessary.
To register, Email June Summers at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, April 25.