Braddock Bay Bird Observatory sits just yards from the south shore of Lake Ontario, and has been investigating the stopover ecology of migrating passerines during both spring and fall since 1986. An all-volunteer station, the Observatory annually bands nearly 10,000 birds, teaches four banding classes, and engages more than 800 visitors. BBBO is helping to organize and run the 2019 EBBA meeting, and is additionally opening its doors to offer an open house, a workshop, and two owl banding field trips.
Genesee Land Trust has been working to protect significant lands surrounding the Rochester area since 1989. They have so far conserved 5400 acres, and among them are the lands on which Braddock Bay Bird Observatory conducts its migration and MAPS banding. BBBO is grateful for their continued partnership, and EBBA thanks the GLT for extending an invitation to all EBBA members to visit the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Preserve.
The New York Department of Conservation has worked to maintain the 2125 acre Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area for the benefit of wildlife and wildlife recreation. A haven for migrating birds, the WMA’s Owl Woods are the home to BBRR’s main raptor blind as well as part of the BBBO banding station. BBBO and BBRR are grateful for their continued partnerships, and EBBA thanks the DEC for welcoming EBBA to the WMA.
Braddock Bay Raptor Research operates a hawkwatch each spring, and also coordinates owl surveys and raptor banding on the west side of Braddock Bay. Founded in 1986, BBRR introduces countless visitors to the awesome spectacle of the spring raptor migration, and its annual Bird of Prey Days is always a welcome harbinger of spring. We are grateful to BBRR for offering to host the hawkwatch and raptor banding open houses.