Looking ahead to a new year is a time to explore new ideas and here’s a great activity to try. Rochester Birding Association sponsors a series of field trips to introduce beginners to the activity of bird watching. A U.S. Fish and wildlife Service study revealed one fifth of all Americans are bird watchers spending up to $32 billion in 2001.
New birdwatchers are welcome to attend without limitations, just bring your binoculars. Field trips are at several locations to provide different outdoor viewing areas. The focus of these birding trips is designed entirely for beginners teaching identification skills, learning new habitats and answering questions. These field trips are not suitable for experienced birdwatchers but they are welcome to serve as educators.
The first activity is scheduled starting the new years on January 1 at Durand Eastman Park. Winter finches, waxwings are resident birds may be seen. Obviously it is important to dress warmly for the event at this time of the year. Be sure to wear boots with great traction to provide sound support.
The field trip begins by meeting 8:00 AM at the parking area at the north end of Irondequoit Bay. An alternate meeting point is Lake Shore Boulevard parking area between Log Cabin Road and Zoo Road (parking lot D) at 8:45 PM.
The next event is 8:00 AM January 17, 2015 at Irondequoit Bay Outlet, 4916 Culver Road, Rochester NY. This is only a short distance east from the first bird watching trip at Durand Eastman Park, The meeting point is one of the parking lots on the west side of the north end of Irondequoit Bay. Prepare as with the previous birding trip. Several great viewing areas are selected revealing great views of waterfowl with little walking.
The third event is scheduled for January 24 at Mendon Ponds Park, 95 Douglas Road, Honeoye NY. The meeting point is 9:30 AM on Pond Road near Clover Street at the Visitors Center. A leisurely winter walk will give a close look at winter perching songbirds. Bring sunflower seeds, binoculars and a camera.
Rochester Birding Association is a chapter of American Birding Association (ABA). This non-profit organization founded in 1969 is dedicated to recreational birding in the U.S. and Canada. It is the established organization for bird watching in North America serving with a wide range of services and publications.
Bird watching is wildlife observation as a recreational activity. It can be accomplished using the naked eye but enhanced through magnification by binoculars or a spotting scope on tripod. The activity may use blinds or observation towers to hide observers from the wildfowl, to improve viewing conditions.
These field trips are ideal for those interesting in finding out what this activity is all about. Why not give it a try and learn by doing.