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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Remembering Virginia Duffy

It is with a heavy heart that we relate the news that long-time BBBO volunteer Virginia Duffy died Monday April 6th after a long illness.

Many of you will remember Virginia as a “tough broad” with a Long Island accent. She wasn’t shy about sharing her opinions, but she was equally quick with a smile and a laugh. She had a string of initials after her name as long as your arm . . PhD, RN, CS, NP . . . and she published a book on crisis management.

Virginia started volunteering at BBBO in the spring of 2002, and was a weekly fixture until she moved to Florida in the summer of 2015. She banded more than 1800 birds with us; her first was a Yellow Warbler on May 22, 2003 and her last was a White-throated Sparrow on October 4th of last fall.

We’ll be remembering Virginia in our Memorial Garden ceremony, and we’ll be sure to pass along any other service information as we receive it.

Photos by Kathy Habgood

Spring Banding

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the station is closed to guests this season.  We regret that we cannot host groups of any size (including drop-in single visitors).  Banding will be conducted by two members of the same family in the same household. To keep up with what’s happening at the station we encourage you to check out our daily blog and our facebook page.  We’ll see everyone in the fall!


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

May 11-17, 2020:  Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding – Canceled
May 20-24, 2020: MAPS Prep – An Advanced Workshop – Canceled
July 22-26, 2020:  Back to Basics (and Alternates): An Advanced Molt Workshop
September 21-27, 2020:  Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding

Upcoming Service Days

None currently scheduled