Wildlife - Rochester, NY area


Consider all the wildlife in our area and how they impact Rochester, New York's environment. Also, consider our local wildlife in connection with Climate Change.  

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Page Contents: Wildlife Newslinks |  | Wildlife & Climate Change | Wildlife Actions | Wildlife Education | Wildlife Resources | Animal Rights | Bird Resources | Coyotes in our area | Essay on Wildlife |


The Wildlife in our environment, because they are so intimate with it, are often indicators of our environmental health.  Animals were part and parcel of how our particular environment in this area developed by what plants they fed on and what other animals they preyed upon. 

Our way of life has change a lot of the dynamic between animals and plants.  How this interdependency has changed should be on our radar as an indication of present and future environmental health. How we treat our pets too is an indication of our sensitivity towards our environment. Added to this page is a sub-page with a directory for all humane societies within the Rochester area.


Also: Humane Societies & Animal Rescue societies in and around the Rochester Area Here is the most extensive and up-to-date list and contacts for all Humane and Animal Rescues in the Rochester, NY area. Also: Deer Problem and Geese Problem If you have information about suspected animal fighting, call the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 223-6500.

NWF Report: Swimming Upstream from National Wildlife Federation


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Local Wildlife through the lens of Climate Change

As Climate Change takes hold in our area there will be "Likely Changes." Wildlife will be particularly affected because, like the brook trout, many animals need to survive within a very specific climate, certain amounts of snow pact, certain time frames when their food is available--all which are changing with Climate Change.

  • How is Climate Change going to affect New York State? Ask the Lake Trout. They ‘like’ deep cold water and there will be less of it. Of course, as with most issues with Climate Change, it’s not about the fish, it’s about what they are telling us about the new normal. LAKE TROUT AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE ADIRONDACKS 2014 Status and long-term viability A survey report for the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy By Mary Thill Adirondack Chanpter of the Nature Conservancy
  • Important report by National Wildlife Federation that questions the assumption of large deer populations in Climate Change Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World  | Download the full report: Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World (pdf) Even the largest species on the landscape—our nation’s treasured big game wildlife—are being directly exposed to changing climate... Populations and habitats have already been affected, and landscapes are changing. Increasingly severe drought, rising temperatures and greater weather extremes will leave no big game species untouched. Huge investments were made to restore big game in the 20th century and continue today. These investments have come from many sources, especially special excise taxes paid by hunters through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. As a result, many big game habitats and populations have been successfully restored across the Nation. However, restoration of caribou, deer, moose, mule deer, pronghorn and white-tailed deer are expected to be set back by climate change. Bighorn sheep, still at a small fraction of their historical levels, can ill-afford the added challenge of climate change. It appears that bears will be less affected and only elk may fare better, at least for the near future. National Wildlife Federation
  • Commissioner's Policy - Climate Change and DEC Action "Based on overwhelming scientific evidence, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("Department" or "DEC") recognizes that New York State's ("State") air and water quality, forests, fish and wildlife habitats, and people and communities, are at risk from climate change. In order to perform its core mission of conserving, improving, and protecting the State's natural resources and environment, DEC must incorporate climate change considerations into all aspects of its activities, including but not limited to decision-making, planning, permitting, remediation, rulemaking, grants administration, natural resource management, enforcement, land stewardship and facilities management, internal operations, contracting, procurement, and public outreach and education. " The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • If you don’t believe the majority of climate scientists that Climate Change is happening, ask the birds: The Birdwatcher's Guide to Global Warming  This report, jointly produced by American Bird Conservancy and National Wildlife Federationgives an in-depth analysis of how global climate change may affect populations of some bird species.  In addition to the main report, there is a supplement for each of the lower 48 U.S. States. American Bird Conservancy
  • Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World Urgent Action Needed to Protect Birds and their Habitats   Executive Summary Download the full report: Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World (pdf) Our nation’s birds and other wildlife are currently dealing with a climate crisis that grows worse with each passing year. Climate stressors are expected to cause large contractions in the ranges of even some of the common and widespread species we enjoy today. Some bird species will be pushed closer to extinction. Migratory species, such as most birds, face the unique challenge of climate change affecting the multiple habitats they require to breed, migrate and overwinter. Bird ranges are shifting and populations changing. The timing of migration and breeding are changing, affecting the availability of food needed to raise their young. The very landscapes birds inhabit and upon which they rely are showing the effects of climate-driven changes. Forests are now encroaching on the formerly treeless Alaskan tundra, and deciduous forests are moving up mountains, crowding out alpine coniferous habitats. Millions of acres of pine forests in the West are being decimated by unprecedented epidemics of pine beetles, and catastrophic wildfires are reconfiguring habitats throughout the West. Coastal beaches and marshes are being drowned by rising seas. more... - from National Wildlife Federation
  • Our songbirds are being affected by Climate Change. Global Warming and Boreal Birds "Worldwide, bird populations are predicted to suffer in response to global warming. A 2000 BirdLife International report found that 11% of the world’s bird species – that’s a total of 1,111 bird species – are considered to be at risk from global warming. As many as 200 of these species may disappear within the next 20 years. Optimal habitats for many species of bird may no longer exist as the planet heats up.1 Long-distance migratory birds may arrive too late to find food Long distance migrants, such as many of those that summer in the Boreal Forest, face greater challenges in the face of global warming.  Research in eastern North America has documented that in the spring, short-distance migrant birds are arriving 12-14 days earlier now then they were 50-100 years ago, while long-distance migrants have seen an advance of spring arrival date by only 3-4 days. "Boreal Songbird Initiative
  • Wildlife in a Warming World | Download the full report: Wildlife in a Warming World (pdf) Our nation’s plants, fish, and wildlife are already facing a climate crisis. Pine trees in the Rocky Mountains are being jeopardized by beetle infestations, while new forests are encroaching on the Alaskan tundra. East coast beaches and marshes are succumbing to rising seas, especially in places where development prevents their natural migration landward. Polar bears, seals, and walrus are struggling to survive in a world of dwindling sea ice, which is their required habitat. Birds and butterflies have had to shift their breeding season and the timing of their seasonal migrations. Fish are dying by the thousands during intense and lengthy droughts and heat waves. Many plant and wildlife species are shifting their entire ranges to colder locales, in many cases two- to three-times faster than scientists anticipated.  World Wildlife Federation

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy Our Vision: Ecological systems will sustain healthy, diverse, and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants. These systems will provide valuable cultural, economic, and environmental benefits in a world impacted by global climate change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Department of Commerce), State, and tribal partners, are proud to present the final National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (NFWPCAS or Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to inspire and enable natural resource professionals and other decision makers to take action to conserve the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and ecosystem functions, as well as the human uses and values these natural systems provide, in a changing climate.

  • USFWS - Conservation in a Changing Climate "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service climate change strategy, titled “Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change,” establishes a basic framework within which the Service will work as part of the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife, plants and habitats in the face of accelerating climate change. The plan is implemented through a dynamic action plan that details specific steps the Service will take during the next five years to implement the Strategic Plan. " Rising to the Urgent Challenge Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change
  • State of the Birds 2011 Report — Public Lands and Waters "This year’s report provides the nation’s first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat. The state of our birds is a measurable indicator of how well we are doing as stewards of our environment. The signal is clear. Greater conservation efforts on public lands and waters are needed to realize the vision of a nation sustained economically and spiritually by abundant natural resources and spectacular wildlife. "
  • NFWP Climate Adaptation Strategy "The overarching goal of the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is to provide a nation-wide unified approach—reflecting shared principles and science-based practices—to safeguard the nation’s biodiversity, ecosystem functions and sustainable human uses of fish, wildlife and plants in a changing climate. Our Vision Ecological systems will sustain healthy, diverse, and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants, which are well adapted and continue to provide valuable ecological services in a world impacted by unprecedented and accelerating global climate change. "
  • Birds on the Move Show Significant Changes Underway Analysis of four decades of Christmas Bird Count observations reveal that birds seen in North America during the first weeks of winter have moved dramatically northward—toward colder latitudes—over the past four decades. Significant northward movement occurred among 58% of the observed species—177 of 305. More than 60 moved in excess of 100 miles north, while the average distance moved by all studied species—including those that did not reflect the trend—was 35 miles northward. There was also movement inland, from warmer coastal states into areas not long accustomed to winter temperatures suitable for their new arrivals. The analysis found these trends among nearly every type of species; their sheer numbers and variety pointing to a powerful common force contributing to the movements.” (Page 3, Birds and Climate Change Ecological Disruption in Motion A Briefing for Policymakers and Concerned Citizens on Audubon’s Analyses of North American Bird Movements in the Face of Global Warming from Birds | National Audubon Society Birds (2009)
  • The Effects of Climate Change on Mammals "Climate change is expected to impact most parts of an ecosystem, and mammals are no exception. Some mammals have very specific climatic adaptations, such as requirements for snow, sea ice, or temperatures within a narrow range for hibernation. Some have distributions that are dependent on climate. Most mammals will not be able to avoid the effects of climate change, with both positive and negative effects possible. Mammals generally utilize a variety of often disjunct resources. They need places to hide, eat, drink, and breed, and in many cases these places are distinct and may change seasonally.  Thus there are many opportunities for climate change to distrupt mammalian life histories.  In general they will not be able to effectively hide in microhabitats; in contrast many plants can persist as rare endemics long after the climate has changed. Most mammals are also highly mobile and, compared to perennial plants, have relatively short (generally < 20 yrs) life spans. Thus, if climates become unsuitable, mammalian response can be expected to be rapid. " Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC)

Wildlife/Animal Action

Things you can do or groups you can join to help animals/wildlife in the Rochester, NY area

  • Create a Wildlife Habitat - Garden for Wildlife - National Wildlife Federation Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young--and by incorporating sustainable gardening practices--you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™.   --from National Wildlife Federation
  • Urban Bird Studies What is URBAN BIRD STUDIES?  A group of projects to help us learn more about birds in cities.  Data are collected by citizen scientists across North America and in many other countries. Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology use the data to answer scientific questions about urban birds. --from Celebrate — Celebrate Urban Birds
  • Volunteer at Lollipop Farms - Much of what we do depends on the help of volunteers.  Volunteering is fun and rewarding, and it is also a great way to help the homeless animals.  Just a few hours every week can make a big difference. --Lollypop Farm
  • Pet Adoption Network  -  Our Mission will be to rescue homeless pets, obtain veterinary care for them and make them available for permanent placement with responsible guardians. No adoptable pet will be euthanized solely for lack of a permanent home. We will strive for increased public awareness of the need to spay/neuter and vaccinate pets, and educate the public on the proper care of companion animals. This effort is intended to reduce the large population of homeless pets, primarily in the City of Rochester.
  • Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows for individuals to: Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection; Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts; Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees; Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees; Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and Connect with other citizen scientists.


The Climate of Conservation in America: 50 Stories in 50 States For 50 days beginning Earth Day, April 22, 2011, we'll be featuring stories that explore the many ways in which accelerating climate change is affecting fish and wildlife across America. No geographic region is immune. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home

Wildlife Education

Online and Offline Wildlife education opportunities in the Rochester, NY area

  • Get the facts on our Plants and Wildlife: Learning how our plants and wildlife are managed, how climate change and other factors affect our environment, check out this document by the US Fish and Wildlife Service JOURNAL OF FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT A Quarterly Open Access Publication Developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "Welcome to the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management ! On behalf of the editorial staff and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I am excited to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the new Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management! This new online journal focuses on the practical application and integration of science to the conservation and management of North American fish, wildlife, plants, and the ecosystems upon which they depend." Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • New Web Page Guides Users to "Watchable Wildlife" - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Initiative Promotes Wildlife Viewing Opportunities and Eco-Tourism Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking tips on where to spot Peregrine falcons, river otters, bald eagles, Chinook salmon, Karner Blue butterflies and other animals can click on a new web page, dubbed "Watchable Wildlife," launched today by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Watchable Wildlife, which can be found on the DEC website, provides a user-friendly way to look up the best locales and settings to view wildlife - and helps promote eco-tourism opportunities in the state. (July 2, 09) Press Releases - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
  • New York Nature Explorer - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation A Gateway to Biodiversity Information  | New York Nature Explorer is an online tool for finding out about the animals, plants and habitats in your neighborhood or in your area of interest. As a gateway to biodiversity information, New York Nature Explorer is intended for landowners, land managers, citizens, municipal officials, planners, consultants, project developers, researchers, students, and anyone else interested in the natural world.
  • New York Wild "The mission of New York Wild is to bring to the viewing public, for the entire year, a diverse group of wildlife in their natural habitats within New York State. As habitat continues to be impacted by people, it is vital to recognize the habitat needs of so many species in order to minimize future impacts. New York Wild is the first animal cam website that will operate on a year-round basis throughout New York State. Animal cams will be established not only for individual bird nesting seasons, but also for mammals and amphibians, in an effort to offer new insights on animals not commonly seen on animal cam websites."
  • Wild Wings Wild Wings is a not-for-profit educational organization that houses and cares for permanently injured, birds of prey (raptors) which are unable to survive on their own in the wild any more. Our mission is to teach environmental stewardship through programs featuring our resident raptors as our teaching partners. We travel with our raptors to schools, scout meetings, and many other corporate and private events, and we also host educational programs and hikes at our facility at Mendon Ponds Park.
  • Up to the Gills: 2009 Update on Pollution in Great Lakes Fish This report examines fish consumption advisories in the Great Lakes between 2005 and 2009. Up to the Gills finds that levels of toxic chemicals in Great Lakes fish are alarmingly high, and are not improving. The major chemical contaminants that cause consumption advisories for Great Lakes fish include mercury, PCBs, pesticides, dioxins and furans. Health effects of these chemicals include damage to the nervous, respiratory and immune system, as well as cancer.
  • Environmental Health News: Bee Colony Collapse from Environmental Health News: "The mission of Environmental Health News is to advance the public’s understanding of environmental health issues by publishing its own journalism and providing access to worldwide news. "
  • Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Rt. 89 Savannah, NY 13146 (315) 365-3580 "The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast. Audubon New York operates the center, in partnership with the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, and Pheasants Forever in the planning of educational and interpretative programs and exhibits. "


The American Black Bear "Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org".
Glut of bear sightings around Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY’s local media is falling all over itself reporting on the whereabouts of bears in our vicinity. One pops up in Pittsford, another (maybe the same one), appears in Irondequoit. Everyday there seems to be a new sighting: they look for them here; they look for them there, those darn illusive black bears. I shouldn’t joke. The American black bear (Ursus americanus) once common to our area has been making a comeback. And because they are potentially dangerous, the public should be aware of them. To learn about the black bear, and what to do in case you come across one, go here Black Bear - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). But it seems to me that if we were really serious about black bear sightings, we (government, media, a business) would hire a team of students, place monitors on the bears, and track them. This would provide jobs for students and increase public safety. And we’d learn a lot about living with wild bears.  more...

(Above scripts from Dynamic Drive)

Wildlife Resources

Go to these sites to get official or expert advise about wildlife in our area. 

  • National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy "In response to increasing impacts of climate change and other stressors on America’s natural resources, the United States Congress called for the development of a national, government-wide strategy to safeguard fish, wildlife, plants, and the natural systems upon which they depend. The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy was developed with input from a broad range of federal, state, and tribal partners, with active engagement with non-government organizations, industry groups, and private landowners."
  • Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Plan "The development of New York State’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) benefited from invaluable contributions of many individuals and organizations. This included a Partnership Group, composed of representatives of statewide conservation organizations, local government, tribal organizations, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties. Participation by several Species Group Experts was also an integral part in the early phases of developing the CWCS, especially developing the list of “Species of Greatest Conservation Need.” These experts also assisted in the compilation and review of the Species Group Reports that are found in Appendix A and formed the cornerstone of the entire CWCS document. " The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 
  • New York's Watchable Wildlife "Whether it's the spectacle of a soaring eagle or a glimpse of a river otter, here you'll find what you need to plan a great wildlife viewing experience in New York State. DEC's wildlife experts help you learn where to find wildlife, what sounds to listen for, or when to look for your favorite animal. Find a full list of wildlife viewing sites in New York State with many new locations just released and see our full list of wildlife species. Have you checked out the new New York Wildlife Viewing Guide? In it you'll find over one hundred of New York's best sites to see wildlife near home or while on a trip. New York State has millions of acres of state parks and forests, preserves, and wildlife management areas (WMAs) each offering tremendous opportunities for wildlife and nature viewing. Take along the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide on your next outdoor adventure! Available soon for your E-reader and electronic devices; purchase a copy on the web, in bookstores, or at watchablewildlife.org " . New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Millions of New Yorkers know DEC as the caretaker of state lands and provider of licenses and facilities for outdoor activities. But did you know that New York's outstanding recreational opportunities also rely on DEC for conserving crucial habitats, and for managing and protecting wild animals and plants?  - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rochester Animal Services - Rochester Animal Services (RAS) is dedicated to improving the quality of life and safety for city residents and their animals, the promotion of responsible pet ownership, and the reduction of animal overpopulation to reduce animal suffering and euthanasia. RAS enforces all New York State and City of Rochester ordinances pertaining to animal control. We operate an animal shelter for stray, injured, and disowned animals that serves both as an adoption center and as a site for locating lost pets. We strive to provide the best possible care for every animal in our charge.
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service World Wide Web Site This is a very comprehensive web site and includes a lot of services.  You can sign up for two mailing lists, one for news coming out of US Fish and Wildlife Service and a shorebirds digest. Research these topics: Coastal Habitat,Training, Federal Duck Stamp, Endangered Species, Fisheries, Environmental Contaminants, Images/Pictures, Lands, Publications, Migratory Birds, International Affairs, News Releases, Refuges, and Waterfowl.
  • Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service --from the USDA. The mission of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to protect America's animal and plant resources by:  Safeguarding resources from exotic invasive pests and diseases, monitoring and managing agricultural pests and diseases existing in the United States, Resolving and managing trade issues related to animal or plant health, and Ensuring the humane care and treatment of animals.
  • Endangered Species Program: Home Page The number of threatened and endangered species in the U.S. is always changing. See how many are currently listed - "As the principal federal partner responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we take the lead in recovering and conserving our Nation's imperiled species by fostering partnerships, employing scientific excellence, and developing a workforce of conservation leaders "
  • The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) "is a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the boreal forest region to North America's birds, other wildlife, and the global environment. Why is a United States organization working to protect the Canadian boreal forest? Because it is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems left on earth and it is critical to North American birds. International attention is a key part of conserving the Canadian boreal because of the volume of trade between the U.S. and Canada. Resource development in the boreal is largely being spurred by American consumption. The U.S. is the leading importer of Canadian wood products as well as oil and gas. Presently trees being logged in the boreal are mostly pulped and turned into disposable products such as toilet tissue, junk mail, and catalogs."
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) "The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. What does IUCN do? Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. We demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security."

2011 Designated YEAR OF THE TURTLE! Why Turtles, and Why Now? Turtles are disappearing from the planet faster than any other group of animal. Today, nearly 50% of turtle species are identified as threatened with extinction. However, it's not too late for our turtle heritage to be salvaged. The United States has more endemic turtle species than anywhere on Earth; a turtle biodiversity hotspot. Our careful stewardship can preserve the rare species and keep 'common species common.' Throughout the year, we will be raising awareness of the issues surrounding turtles through press releases, newsletters, photo contests, and related events. We believe that citizens, natural resource managers, scientists, and the pet and food and related industries can work together to address issues and to help ensure long-term survival of turtle species and populations. --from Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Animal Rights

Several groups in our area have formed to protect animal rights.

  • ASPCA - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals exists to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty, and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals.
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.
  • Bugsy's Animal Network Homepage: Rochester, New York, Pets for Adoption, Animal Rights/Abuse,Dogs,Cats,Main Menu Choices Hi, I'm Bugsy and Welcome to my Network! My  mission, and that of our many contributors, is to promote the well-being and humane treatment of all animals, through our support of greater Rochester, New York, area shelters and rescue organizations.  
  • Animal Advocates of Western New York Animal Advocates of Western New York is an independent, non-profit, all volunteer grassroots community organization dedicated to the elimination of animal exploitation and abuse. Founded in 1985, we are issue and action oriented. We are working with other local, regional and national groups to help build this social justice movement.
  • Animal Rights Rochester, ARRoc.org "We support animal rights and the vegan ethic in the Rochester, N.Y. area by educating the public about AR philosophy and specific animal issues, raising awareness of and expressing dissent against examples of exploitation and abuse, and supporting the advocacy community. "
  • PAR of CNY We are a local group that educates about animal rights and protecting the Earth. We host vegan meals, bring in speakers on a variety of topics, have a legislative network, produce a newsletter and other material, produce a cable TV program, and provide educational material and speakers to schools and others. Read further for details. If you are interested in joining or getting more information about PAR, please contact us:
  • Friends of Animals Friends of Animals, Inc. is an international, non-profit, membership organization, incorporated in the state of New York in 1957. FoA works to protect animals from cruelty, abuse and institutionalized exploitation. FoA's efforts protect and preserve animals and their habitats around the world. Our goal is to achieve an ethic of respect in people's relations with animals, wild and domestic, at home and abroad.
  • League of Humane Voters - LOHV The League of Humane Voters (LOHV) seeks to mobilize public concern for animals through the democratic political process. We campaign for the election of candidates for public office who will work to enact animal rights legislation. Recognizing that animal exploitation is a political issue and not just a moral one, we intend to make animal rights a mainstream political issue by building support among citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives.

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World Urgent Action Needed to Protect Birds and their Habitats


Executive Summary Download the full report: Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World (pdf) Our nation’s birds and other wildlife are currently dealing with a climate crisis that grows worse with each passing year. Climate stressors are expected to cause large contractions in the ranges of even some of the common and widespread species we enjoy today. Some bird species will be pushed closer to extinction. Migratory species, such as most birds, face the unique challenge of climate change affecting the multiple habitats they require to breed, migrate and overwinter. Bird ranges are shifting and populations changing. The timing of migration and breeding are changing, affecting the availability of food needed to raise their young. The very landscapes birds inhabit and upon which they rely are showing the effects of climate-driven changes. Forests are now encroaching on the formerly treeless Alaskan tundra, and deciduous forests are moving up mountains, crowding out alpine coniferous habitats. Millions of acres of pine forests in the West are being decimated by unprecedented epidemics of pine beetles, and catastrophic wildfires are reconfiguring habitats throughout the West. Coastal beaches and marshes are being drowned by rising seas. more... - from National Wildlife Federation

Rochester area Bird Resources

There are many groups in the Rochester, NY area focuses on saving, counting, and watching birds. 

  • Olga Fleisher Ornithological Foundation, Inc. (OFOF). is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1979 for the preservation of habitat for birds and other wildlife. The philosophy of our foundation was conceived by an awareness of the need to sustain our fragile environment. Our mission has been to protect vulnerable wetlands, lead in wildlife and conservation education, and to facilitate in ecological research.
  • RochesterBirding: Welcome to the Web Home of the Rochester Birding Association, located in Rochester, NY. Our mission is to enable residents of the Greater Rochester Area to gain a fuller appreciation of the region's birds and its birding.
  • Braddock Bay Raptor Research educating the public and learning more about birds of prey. Braddock Bay Park is about located about 20 minutes northwest of downtown Rochester, NY.
  • Birding Western New York: The mission of this site is to provide information to visiting and novice birders about birding in Western New York. It features an extensive site guide, an annotated checklist of where to locate specific birds, and site recommendations based upon the season. Additional information is provided to round out the birding in Western New York.
  • The Cayuga Bird Club (CBC), founded in 1913, provides its members and the community at large with opportunities to learn about birds, local birding localities, and the environment. CBC membership is composed of a diverse group of people from various professions and backgrounds, whose common bond is a keen interest in the observation and preservation of bird life. CBC field trips and monthly meetings offer members a chance to meet socially and to focus on a topic or locality of interest. Most field trips visit areas within the Cayuga Lake Basin, although the club regularly visits places farther afield, such as Amherst Island, Ontario; Niagara Falls, New York; and Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania. Lectures and presentations offered at the monthly club meetings draw from the great variety of professional and amateur researchers at the Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, and Ithaca College, as well as the local community.
  • Genesee Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever Our mission statement is to improve pheasant populations via habitat restoration projects in the six county area surrounding Rochester, NY.
  • The Bird Coalition of Rochester is dedicated to environmental education, service learning, and migratory bird conservation in the Greater Rochester, New York Area. BirdCOR is a nonprofit program of the Genesee Valley Audubon Society.
  • American Bird Conservancy Conserving Wild Birds and Their Habitats Throughout The Americas
  • BirdSource
  • American Birding Association: we're about birds, birding, birders The ABA represents a whole range of birding interests, from identification and education to listing and conservation. We actively promote the economic and environmental values of birding, and we encourage the conservation of birds and their habitats. If it's about birding, it involves ABA.

Dying for ProtectionNew Report Highlights Nation's 10 Most Vulnerable, Least Protected Frogs,  Turtles, Lizards and Salamanders Pollution, Disease and Ongoing Habitat Loss Push Many Toward Extinction WASHINGTON— A new report by the Center for Biological Diversity today identifies the nation’s top 10 amphibians and reptiles in need of immediate federal protection to stave off extinction. The list includes a yellow-legged frog from California’s high Sierras, a 2-foot-long eastern salamander and a colorful northeastern turtle. The report, Dying for Protection: The 10 Most Vulnerable, Least Protected Amphibians and Reptiles in the United States, details the population declines and ongoing threats that have left once-common species like the western pond turtle and boreal toad spiraling toward extinction. “These increasingly rare frogs, salamanders and turtles are on the fast track toward extinction if we don’t step up and rescue them,” said Collette Adkins Giese, a Center lawyer and biologist who specializes in conserving amphibians and reptiles. “And it’s not just about protecting these irreplaceable amphibians and reptiles; it’s about protecting the health of the priceless environment we share with them.”  (September 18, 2013) Center for Biological Diversity [more on Wildlife and Climate Change in our area]

Resources on the Eastern Coyote

Much has been rumored about the coyote in our area.  Get the facts. 

  • Living With the Wiley Coyote - E-Files - Sierra Club The Navajo call the coyote "God's dog" and, in some ways, this member of the dog family does seem to enjoy divine benefaction. While virtually every other North American predator has seen its numbers decline, the coyote has managed to increase both its range and numbers during the past century -- despite a long history of trapping, poisoning, and hunting by humans.
  • The Coyote in New York State - From the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry... The coyote has been present in New York state for about 85 years. As with its western cousin, the eastern coyote has been the object of much controversy as well as curiosity.
  • The Coyote in New York The Eastern Coyote - at a glance Description: The Eastern coyote looks like a medium-sized German shepherd dog, with long thick fur. The tail is full and bushy, usually carried pointing down. Ears are erect and pointed. Length:4 to 5 feet (including tail) Weight: 35 to 45 pounds (males usually larger than females.) Color:Variable, from blonde or reddish blonde to dark tan washed with black. Legs, ears and cheeks usually reddish.
  • Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue, Inc --- Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue is a Wildlife Rehabilitation facility, Education Center and Sanctuary located in East Concord, NY.
  • The Humane Society of the United States The human-animal bond is as old as human history. We cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We feel a thrill when we glimpse wild creatures in their natural habitat or in our own backyard. Unfortunately, the human-animal bond has at times been weakened. Humans have exploited some animal species to the point of extinction.