It’s hard to imagine a better group of volunteers than the dedicated crew at BBBO. Some folks help by recording banding information, doing building maintenance, trimming net lanes, or acting as education liaisons. Others provide moral support and brownies. After training, volunteers can assist in removing birds from the nets and can provide direct assistance to the banding staff. During the summer, capable birders are always needed to help construct breeding status lists for our MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) sites. Get to know our fabulous crew, and if volunteering interests you, please call us at 585-234-3525, or e-mail us.
Alice: Alice discovered BBBO through quilting friend and BBBO volunteer, Marilyn Guenther. Alice began net-picking in the spring of 2010, and she’s been a regular volunteer ever since. A retired city school teacher, Alice brings her love of learning to children and adults alike. In addition to volunteering at BBBO, Alice volunteers as a docent at the George Eastman House where she gives public tours, and she enjoys kayaking on Honeoye Lake.
Ann and Allen: Ann is a retired nurse, and Allen is a retired projects manager from Xerox. They discovered the banding station in the spring of 2010, and Ann began scribing and net-picking. She took the Bander’s Training Course in the spring of 2011. That spring was exceptionally wet, and Allen decided all the trails needed work. He ordered mulch from the town and has been spreading it on all the trails ever since. Ann and Allen have two sons and four grandchildren, all of whom love to visit BBBO and help carry birds back to the station.
Gayle: Gayle banded her first bird, a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), on the island of Antikythera, Greece, in 2008. A former burn center Occupational Therapist and elementary level substitute teacher, she discovered the K-MB station shortly thereafter, and successfully completed the bander training class in the spring of 2010. In addition to a variety of volunteer opportunities at BBBO, Gayle devotes time to Lollypop Farm and WXXI. Gayle is an avid backpacker, neighborhood dog walker, gardener, snorkeler, baker, and world traveler who, in 30 minutes or less, can be packed to go anywhere there are mountains to climb, oceans to swim, or cities to explore.
Jane: Jane is a retired high school biology teacher and a life-long fan of birds, starting when she was a kid watching the birds at the backyard feeder. She wouldn’t call herself a birder, because she doesn’t seek out places to see birds . . . she just enjoys them when she comes across them! She volunteers as a scribe at BBBO, where her perfect handwriting delights everyone. She became interested when Shirley Meston described her experiences there. She tried it out and was hooked. Jane also sings with the Rochester Oratorio Society and her church choir, works out regularly at the gym, does Sudoku, and travels with friends.
Jenna: Jenna earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Biology from SUNY Brockport. Her thesis research, conducted at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, focused on the energetic condition and migratory orientation of White-Throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) near a large ecological barrier. Jenna completed the bander training course in Fall 2011 and earned NABC Bander certification in 2015.
Leanna: Leanna completed the Bander’s Training class in the spring of 2006 and has been volunteering with Braddock Bay Bird Observatory ever since. She is an NABC certified Bander, and has proved to be a successful grant writer as well. She received both an MPA in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Environmental Science and Biology from SUNY Brockport. She enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her family. Her older son frequently accompanies her to BBBO, where he has shown a fondness for Gray Catbirds.
Maggie: Maggie started birding for a summer job in California on Acorn Woodpeckers and been traveling and birding ever since. After completing her Master’s in Indiana on Cerulean Warblers, she learned to band at a station in Ontario, Canada. She kept returning to Rochester after completing field jobs and eventually found BBBO. In 2o15, she was certified by the North American Banding Council. She began raptor banding after a term banding Burrowing Owls near San Francisco, and she helps Braddock Bay Raptor Research as well. Currently she is working in the non-bird world as a project manager but keeps binoculars on her desk, goes birding when away on business, and happily gets to band here in Rochester! When not in the field she likes to cook, visit and travel with friends, practice agility with her Lab/Border Collie mix, and go camping.
Marilyn: Marilyn began volunteering at K-MB in the spring of 2001. She is a first-rate net-picker, patient teacher of new net-pickers, inspired creator of information boards, tireless sewer of new bird bags, and baker of healthful muffins. Marilyn taught home economics in middle and high schools for 35 years. Now retired, she is the chair of the Gardening Committee at her condo, loves quilting, monitors bluebird boxes at Genesee Country Museum in summer, and cross-country skis in winter. A teacher at heart, she even taught downhill skiing at Swain for 15 years!
Tom and Jeanne: Jeanne and Tom each began volunteering at BBBO shortly after they retired; Jeanne enters data records and Tom works as a scribe. Jeanne, who retired as a curator at George Eastman House in 2009, is an avid potter and gardener, while Tom, a 2006 retiree from the U.S. Postal Service, enjoys singing with the Rochester Oratorio Society. Both also have a keen interest in birding in the field and are active in the Rochester Birding Association. Each served in the Peace Corps many years ago–she in Brazil, he in Malaysia–and their continued interest in travel has taken them to all fifty states and twenty or so other countries, with hopefully more trips yet to come.