Events

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Upcoming Events!

June 2024 - Reinstein Get Outdoors & Get Together!

Thanks to all the new families and frequent fliers who stopped by to visit with us at Reinstein's Get Outdoors & Get Together Day on a gorgeous late spring day! 

May 2024 - Birdathon & ANP!

Congrats to all the young birders who had an amazing time participating in the Buffalo Audubon Birdathon! The teams identified 169 species around the region all on May 11. That is a lot of great birds and awesome birders! It was also great to see so many young birders and their families at Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, especially around the banding table!

The rain didn't deter us from having a beautiful exploration of the Hull Family Home & Farmstead! We had a lovely wander in the property seeing early warbler migrants as well as a very noisy towhee! The inside was equally beautiful with examples of how people and birds interacted in the Revolutionary period such as chickens in the home and turkey quills in the school room.

April 2024 - Buffalo Bird Festival!

The first ever Buffalo Bird Festival was wonderful! Interdisciplinary talks and creative work paired with outdoor festival fun full of beautiful creativity and good people. Looking forward to next year!

We had a pair of great woodcock walks at Tifft Nature preserve! We heard at least 8, saw at least 4, and got a great look at 3 American Woodcock. It was great to see some of our favorite families and meet some new families too on beautiful early spring evenings!

March 2024 - Waiting for Spring 

March was a quiet month waiting for spring to stop teasing us! Stay tuned our Annual Woodcock Walk tentatively scheduled for the evening of April 10 but timing depends on weather conditions and migration patterns so be sure to stay tuned to your email to ensure you know when to meet for our signature event at Tifft Nature Preserve! 

While we didn't get to do our woodcock walk yet, we did do a lot of planning for spring and summer so make sure to check out all our upcoming events!

February 2024 - Birds on the Niagara

We had a wonderful time at Birds on the Niagara 2024! It was great to see so many young birder families at events throughout the weekend and meet some new young birders as well! Save the date for BON 2025, Feb. 14-17 and let us know if you are interested in helping with young birder programming! 

We had a wonderful winter bird count at Reinstein Woods' I Bird NY for Kids program! We saw 20 species with excellent feeder watch, nice slushy walk, and a great new family! Highlights were the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers showing up on the feeders at the same time to give good looks at the differences in these seemingly similar birds.

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December 2023 - BMS & CBCs

We started December with the avian collections and bird trivia at Buffalo Museum of Science and wrapped up the month with Christmas Bird Counts with Buffalo Audubon and Iroquois.  

Nov 2023. Nature & Art!

We had a lovely time appreciating nature through art with Ranger Logan Sauer at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. We didn't have a ton of birds outside but we had a ton of fun creating art inside! Logan guided some folks in a beautiful Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette project while others created their own. Lots of new faces learning about young birders and the wildlife refuge!

Oct 2023. Halloween Owl Prowl!

What a lovely fall evening for a special "Owl Prowl Spooktacular" in partnership with Buffalo Audubon & WNY Land Conservancy! We enjoyed funny/spooky stories and songs, cider, and donuts before trying to call in some owls with Naturalist Tom Kerr! We heard Eastern Screech Owls calling back and ended the evening with a sighting of a Great Horned Owl flying off towards the beautiful full moon!

Sept 2023. Reinstein Woods Fall Festival

We had a great time this month meeting new young birders and their families at the Reinstein Woods' Fall Festival! Welcome to the new members who joined from that event - we are glad to have you with us! A highlight was definitely giving field guides to particularly interested individuals who said they did not have a field guide at home - watching the excitement in kiddos eyes as they flipped through their very own first field guide was magical! Please keep field guides (and other gently used birding gear!) coming to our Birding Gear Freecycle (more info below) so that we can keep these experiences happening - data from The Spark Bird Project (www.spark-bird.org) shows that 36% of spark bird stories mention field guides as an important part of their spark bird moment! 

August 2023. A month off with new resources!

We don't have any programs in August as we take August off to work on our resources and plan for upcoming events while members are busy with travel. Once again, our August event break paid off and we are excited to announce new resources and a great line up for the fall and beyond!


New Young Birder Resources! Make sure to check out our new Young Birder Resources page with information on organizations, camps, and opportunities around North America. 

July 2023. Alice, Ever After Books

A wonderful first program with our official bookstore - Alice, Ever After Books (https://www.aliceeverafterbooks.com/)! We enjoyed stories of real, mythical, and imaginary birds while trying our hand at making our own! Many thanks to artist Christina Baal (https://www.drawingtenthousandbirds.com/) who was the artist behind the American Birding Association's 2022 Bird of the Year art (https://www.aba.org/product-category/art/). Christina's book, Once Upon A Feather: A Field Guide to Fantastic Birds, was one of the books we enjoyed and were inspired by during the event and she even sent along free gifts for attendees and future events!

It was a beautiful day to lead a Birding 101 program at Graycliff! The highlights were the Bald Eagles and the beautiful Red-headed Woodpeckers! 

Lots of peents but no sightings on a beautiful evening at Tifft Nature Preserve! Thanks to all who came out for this great walk! 

A beautiful spring morning to enjoy a walk at Forest Lawn with Dr. Kyle Horton following his Vaughan Lecture at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Brown Creepers were a particularly abundant sign of spring! 

Wander #9 & 10. Birds on the Niagara

Weather, health, and the holidays interrupted fall and early winter programming but we made up for it with a great Birds on the Niagara Festival with events at Reinstein and Tifft welcoming new families and enjoying reconnecting with long-time young birder friends! Check out photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/1TAZBff35G9DZWTs9

Our September outing took us to CW Native Plant Farm. We had a nice fall walk exploring the beautiful property then headed to Iroquois NWR to look for fall migrants and found ourselves surrounded by Yellow-rumped Warblers in the trees behind the visitor center! 

We had a great (if very warm) hike with Matt Nusstein from NYS Parks! We saw our NY State Bird (Eastern Bluebird), other great local summer birds including lots of fledgling Bobolinks sounding just like R2D2, and great nature in general from butterflies and dragonflies to trees and chipmunks!

It was wonderful to welcome some new faces and say hello to frequent fliers Nora & Gina and enjoy the beautiful weather for Get Outdoors and Get Together Day at Reinstein Woods! The highlight of our wander (besides the great people and beautiful weather!) were definitely the Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Kingbird, and Pied-billed Grebes at and around Lily Pond. 

We had a lovely exuberant wander around Camp Allegany at Allegany Nature Pilgrimage! Great to connect with frequent fliers and new friends as we shared in an incredible weekend of birds, bugs, herps, and nature in general on one of the most beautiful weekends wny has to offer. Save the date for next year June 2-4!

The rain didn't keep us down as we explored Western New York Land Conservancy's College Lodge Forest with the amazing Marcus Rosten. Not only did we see and hear some cool birds like the Canada Warbler we spotted and the Black-throated Green Warbler and Ovenbird who were trying to out-sing each other, we also saw salamanders, newts, frogs, toads, millipedes, and lots of cool fungi which Marcus was able to help us learn so much about. 

We had a great evening looking for and finding American Woodcock along with a number of other cool birds and even a beaver! 

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WNY YBC even got a shout out from The Field Guides for this walk in Episode 56 - Let's Get Nuts!

Five families enjoyed a scavenger hunt, a visit with the president of the UB Campus Audubon Chapter Lauren Smith, and a nice walk around Beaver Meadow on a beautiful afternoon!

We had a great small group wander with 4 kiddos and 3 parents. We did some feeder watch then braved to cold and saw a barred owl!