Rochester Birding Association
Supporting Rochester Birding Since 1975
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Local Birding Conservation Efforts
Amy Kahn is our conservation chair. If you have questions or concerns regarding any birding conservation issue, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Help Is Still Needed! Consider joining the RBA Conservation Committee.
Conservation Efforts For Everyone
If you find an injured bird (caught in fishing line, hook stuck in it's mouth, etc.) or observe a hunting or trapping violation you should contact the New York State DEC Environmental Conservation Officer's 24 hour dispatch line at 1-877-457-5680 and report the problem.
Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.
American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics excerpt:
‘To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming. Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area.
Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover.
Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance can be minimized, and permission has been obtained from private land-owners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities.
If you witness unethical birding behavior, assess the situation and intervene if you think it prudent. When interceding, inform the person(s) of the inappropriate action and attempt, within reason, to have it stopped. If the behavior continues, document it and notify appropriate individuals or organizations.'
Link to the American Birding Association's Code of Ethics can be found here.
There is a 24/7 dispatch line to the DEC Conservation officers for complaints at 1-877-457-5680. When you make a report, the dispatcher knows who to call to respond the fastest. Please put this number in your cell phone. When someone is exhibiting bad birding behavior, please try to get the name of the person or their license plate number and report it.
Links to current and previous Conservation Articles in the Little Gull:
Keep checking back - to be added in the future.
Jay Greenberg created a table of New York State's Bird Species that are listed as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. You can view the table here.
Here is a link to the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council where you can locate a rehabilitator if you ever need one.
Local Conservation Related Links:
Center for Environmental Information Provides information and communication services, publications, and educational programs on environmental issues.
Genesee Land Trust Organization dedicated to saving land around the Rochester region.
Olga Fleisher Ornithological Foundation, Inc A non-profit bird and wildlife organization based in Rochester, NY USA for education, research, birding enjoyment, and bird and wildlife habitat conservation.
Monroe County Environmental Management Council Advisory to the County Executive and the County Legislature on environmental issues.
The Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists To ensure that future growth and development within Monroe County and the Genesee Valley region will not compromise full protection of our environment.
RochesterEnvironment.Com Environmental News for the Rochester, NY area.
Although they do not have a web site, the Genesee Valley Conservancy (585-243-2190) in Geneseo, NY protects land in the Avon/Geneseo areas.
Other Conservation Related Links:
American Bird Conservancy Conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences A leader in environmental research, partnership building and solution development.
NYS Freshwater Wetlands DEC site with all the information you might want on this subject.
Partners In Flight Resources of public and private organizations in North and South America must be combined, coordinated, and increased in order to achieve success in conserving bird populations in this hemisphere.
TNC The Nature Conservancy site.