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 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. 

Owl Prowl
Braddock Bay Park

Saturday, January 15, 2022, 3:00pm

Join GVAS for an owl prowl on January 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm. We will meet at Braddock Bay Park by the lodge. From there we will travel to various locations along the southern shore of Lake Ontario looking for snowy owls and short eared owls, plus any other birds seen wintering in this area. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for the weather; it can be cold and windy by the lake. For questions and to register, email June at Please register no later than January 12.

Duck, Duck, Swan, Owl?
Ontario Beach Park/ Seabreeze Irondequoit at the Outlet Bridge
Monday, January 17, 2022. 10:00am – 12:00pm

January 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 walk along the river and view what birds we can find. 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. Conditions will probably be icy, crampons (Yaktrax or something similar) are highly recommended for your safety. For questions or to register, email Please register for this event no later than Saturday, January 15.

Valentines Walk in the Woods
Mendon Ponds Park
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:30 am

Joni & Jon Dubner will be partnering with the great staff from The Birdhouse to lead a hike (no more than 2 hours) in Mendon Ponds Park. Come get up close and personal with nature. We will hand-feed wild songbirds while enjoying the park. Fun for your sweetheart and the whole family!! All are welcome to participate in this outdoor adventure. Registration is required as well as face covering. We will meet on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 9:30 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.). Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Seed will be provided by The Birdhouse. Donation is optional. Register by Feb 10, 2022 and get event details from Joni at or 585-338-3712.

Shadow Pines Park
600 Whalen Road, Webster, 14580
Monday, February 21, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm

We will be watching for winter birds and other interests in the winter landscape. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress in layers and wear warm weatherproof footwear. For questions or to register email Register for this event no later than Saturday, February 19.

Durand Eastman Park
Log Cabin Road
Monday, March 14, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm

We will meet across the street in parking lot D on Lakeshore Blvd. We will be on the lookout for over wintering birds and other wildlife. Binoculars will enhance your enjoyment. Dress for the weather that can be brisk and wet this time of the year. For questions or to register email Register for this event no later than Saturday, March 12.

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Programs, Presentations & Events

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

January 25, 2022 , 7:00 pm, By Zoom
(Please note the change of time)
Bird of Prey

“Bird of Prey” is the stunning story of the critically endangered great Philippine eagle with the remarkable story of wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig and a small group of conservationists from the Philippine Eagle Foundation, who work tirelessly to save the bird from extinction.
The film follows Rettig’s return to the Philippines 36 years after he and his crew captured the first-ever recorded images of the eagle in the wild. Decades later, Rettig returns to the Philippine jungle on a grueling expedition to find the reclusive raptor and once again films a pair of eagles as they attempt to raise a newborn chick. With fewer than 400 breeding pairs left in the wild, the Philippine eagle is considered the world’s rarest bird of prey and the future survival of the species is in doubt. – Pat Leonard. You need to register to receive the Zoom link; email June at by Jan. 22.

Feb. 22, 2021, 7:30 pm By Zoom
Doug Tallamy’s “Nature’s Best Hope”

Doug Tallamy is a leading authority on saving our planet and ourselves by restoring nature one yard at a time. He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has written and co-authored several books, including “Nature’s Best Hope.” Dr. Tallamy advocates for home gardens that bridge the gaps between parks and preserves in providing habitat for native species. He has spoken on the connections between plants and insects and how those relations are important to birds. By planting native plants in your yards you can restore those relationships, feed more caterpillars to feed more baby birds, and capture carbon to help cool the Earth. You need to register to receive the Zoom link; email June at by Feb. 20.

March Program


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Genesee Valley Audubon Society

P.O. Box 15512
Rochester, NY 14615