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Welcome to BBBO

Who we are

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is a non-profit organization dedicated to ornithological research, education and conservation.  BBBO is operated entirely by volunteers, with the financial support of our members.  Our primary research and education facility, the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station, is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario northwest of Rochester, NY.  Find out more.

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Spring Banding

Our spring season opens on April 15, and will run through the end of May.  The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is improving, but we do not yet believe it is safe to open the station to visitors.  During banding hours, the station and the trails will be closed to all but our assigned staff.  After our nets are closed for the day (at approximately 2PM), visitors are welcome to walk the trails.

NEW !!!  Adopt-a-Tag

In addition to our popular Adopt-a-Bird Program and Adopt-a-Net programs, we now have an Adopt-a-Tag Program!  In 2020, we will start nanotagging Blackpoll Warblers, Canada Warblers, and certain thrushes.  This is your chance to help sponsor a tag, and learn about the detailed movements of your bird!

Upcoming Events for 2020

April 15, 2021: Spring Season opens
May 2-8, 2021: Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding
May 9-15, 2021: Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding
May 16-22, 2021: Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding
May 22-26, 2021: MAPS Prep – An Advanced Workshop

July 21-25, 2021: Back To Basics (and Alternates) – an Advanced Workshop
September 20-26, 2021: Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding

Upcoming Service Days

None currently scheduled