Ninth Annual Mendon Foundation Birdwalks

Bird lovers, families, and hikers come and join us for bird walks along the Lehigh Valley Trail, Taylor Marsh in Honeoye, Mendon Foundation property on Pittsford Mendon Road, Great Bend Park and Semmel Road Park. Geoff  Gretton and Connie Kellogg, long time bird enthusiasts, will lead the walks. Identify and observe a variety of birds by song and sight.

Dates & Locations of Walks

April 26th: Lehigh Valley Trail - Plains Rd - Rochester Junction entrance www.mendonfoundation.com.

May 3rd: Taylor Marsh in Honeoye** - A unique opportunity to explore the wetlands of Bergen Swamp and possibly see Sandhill Cranes. Rugged conditions, waterproof boots recommended. Join the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society on their annual pilgrimage. ** Taylor Marsh – Meet at Mendon Church, 936 Cheese Factory Rd. at 7:00am to carpool or at the marsh at 7:45am www.bergenswamp.org

May 10th: Mendon Foundation Property - 1136 Pittsford-Mendon Rd. Park across the street off the road. Group will meet there for directions.

May 17th: Great Bend Park. Meet at the parking lot off Clover Street. http://www.townofmendon.org/images/Great_Bend_Park_1.pdf

May 24th: Semmel Road Park, Mendon. Meet in the parking lot near the baseball fields.

Meet at 6:45am sharp. All bird walks begin @ 7:00 am. This is the best time of day to see the birds feeding. **Note: Meet at 7:45 at Taylor Marsh for the May 3rd walk. Be sure to wear appropriate weather gear and hiking shoes. Do not forget your binoculars and camera. Grammar school children and older are invited to come. Light breakfast refreshments will be served following most of the walks. Please e-mail Jaye Knight at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need directions or additional information We look forward to meeting all of you and hope you will attend this annual, educational and enjoyable event. This is a great opportunity to add to your life list of birds.

Freight House

The Grand Opening of the Freight House replica happened at 10:30AM, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Mendon Supervisor John Moffitt, County Legislator Carla Boyce, and Mendon Foundation President John Farrell cut the ribbon. This is a wonderful addition to the Rochester Junction site.

YNN Video on Freight House

YNN posted an item concerning the Freight House at Rochester Junction. To see the item click here. This will open a new tab. To return to this site delete the tab.

The Mendon Foundation is the first and only member-directed not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the rich cultural heritage of the communities in and adjacent to Southeastern Monroe County. Our mission is to enrich the lives of our members and their community by working with local municipal governments, major contributors and local residents to preserve, protect and enhance the scenic, natural, recreational, structural and historical resources of critical cultural significance. The Foundation values are nonsectarian, nonpartisan and perpetual. A Board of 12 Directors governs the Foundation. Bi-monthly meetings are held for the Directors. An annual meeting for all members is held in May.


Since 1992 the Mendon Foundation has worked hard to enhance the natural resources in the Town of Mendon. Our Goal is to continue to preserve as much precious open space as possible in order to enhance property values and contribute to the outstanding quality of life we enjoy in our town.

Throughout the past ten years the Mendon Foundation has contributed significantly in the community with its partnership with municipal and county government. Their working partnership with Monroe County has resulted in the development of the Lehigh Valley Trail and Mendon Station Park, Museum and Education Center. Through land acquisition by endowment, the Sibleyville Nature Reserve is currently being developed for passive recreational use and preservation of open space. Environmental preservation has occurred with involvement in federally funded programs such as the Warm Weather Grass program, Wetland Restoration project, and the WHIP program.
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