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 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. 

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 loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com by Saturday, March 13.

Turning Point Park Nature Walk
260 Boxart Street, Rochester
Saturday, April 24, 10:00am

In anticipation of City Nature Challenge 2021, we will be utilizing the iNaturalist app on our smartphones, or we can also use the desktop version and upload pictures from a phone or camera. We will meet in the parking lot at Turning Point Park and enjoy a stroll along the river trail. The trail is mostly flat but access to and from the parking lot is a gradual slope. If there are enough participants, we will split off to cover both the lower and upper trail. If possible, please load the iNaturalist app onto your phone before meeting up.
All participants must wear masks, socially distance, and read and agree to the GVAS waiver document. Participation will be limited because of precautions.
For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.

Brickyard Trail at Sandra Frankel Park
Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm
See details in programs below

Durand Eastman Park Nature Walk
Zoo Road, Rochester
Monday, May 10, 10:00am

Celebrate winter turning into spring with a easy stroll along a level paved road. We’ll be looking for early migrants and wildflowers. Zoo road will more than likely be closed off to cars, so we will plan on meeting across the street in the parking lot on Lakeshore Blvd. Wear comfortable footwear, and bring binoculars, if you have them.
All participants must wear masks, socially distance, and read and agree to the GVAS waiver document. Participation will be limited because of precautions.
For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.

Mt. Hope Cemetery
Mt Hope Ave North Gate entrance, Rochester
Sunday, May 16, 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 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.)
All participants must wear masks and socially distance. Preregistration is required and will be available at the FOMH.org website starting one month before the event. There is a charge of $12, which goes toward a cemetery restoration fund.
For questions, email Joanne Mitchell at jwmitchell@rochester.rr.com.

Burger Park, (part of the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area)
99 Hogan Point Road, Hilton, NY 14468
Saturday May 22, 9:00am-11:00am

Migration should be well underway. We will be looking for grassland bird species as well as osprey, eagles and hawks which could be migrating overhead. Many of our breeding songbird species should be back in town, so it could be an exciting day of looking and listening for birds. Trails could be wet and muddy; wear appropriate footwear.
All participants must wear masks, socially distance, and read and agree to the GVAS waiver document. Participation will be limited. For questions or to register email Loretta Morrell at loretta.morrell.gvas@gmail.com.

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

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 summers@frontiernet.net by Feb. 21, 2021.

“Monty and Rose: The Story of Chicago’s Piping Plovers” By Zoom
March 23, 2021, 7:30 pm

“Monty and Rose” is a 2019 documentary written and directed by Bob Dolgan. The film tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach, becoming the first of the species to nest in the city since 1955. The endangered birds took up residence on one of the busiest stretches of one of the busiest beaches in Chicago. Those interviewed for the film include volunteers, biologists and other advocates who spoke out when a music festival was scheduled within feet of the plovers’ nest site. The film made its debut on November 18, 2019, with a showing at the historic Music Box Theatre; Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared the date Illinois Piping Plover Day to honor the birds. “Monty and Rose” was an official selection of the One Earth Film Festival and aired on Chicago’s PBS
station, WTTW Channel 11, on May 2, 2020. More information is available at www.montyandrose.net. Bob Dolgan created his first film, “Monty and Rose,” as a volunteer plover monitor in Chicago in 2019. He is the founder of Turnstone Strategies, a marketing/communications firm with a specialty in nonprofit organizations, and a Board Member of Chicago Ornithological Society.
You need to register; email June Summers at summers@frontiernet.net by March 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 summers@frontiernet.net no later than Sunday, April 25.

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