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 ran from April 15 – June 8.  Due to the covid pandemic, we operated with a two-person staff, and altered our protocol as necessary to keep both birds and humans safe.  We ended the season with 3,665 birds of 91 taxa, and 1,079 recaptures.  Unique or interesting captures included an Eastern Whip-poor-will, a Cooper’s Hawk, several Acadian Flycatchers, a Savannah Sparrow, a Clay-colored Sparrow, a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Scarlet Tanager with red wing bars, and a Kentucky Warbler.  Stay tuned for a complete recap of our spring season!


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

July 22-26, 2020:  Back to Basics (and Alternates): An Advanced Molt Workshop – Canceled
August 15: Fall Season opens
September 21-27, 2020:  Soup to Nets – An Introduction to Passerine Banding – Canceled

Upcoming Service Days

None currently scheduled