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Lunch With Peggy Keller and the Tigers of India October 7 2015.

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A large crowd filled the EWB Education Room at 1 PM on October 7, 2015 for lunch and a spectacular program on Peggy’s visits to India to film tigers and birds.

Peggy Keller Ready to Start Her Program

Peggy Keller
Ready to Start Her Program

The day started with a surprise visit from Shirley Meston

Shirley Meston and Peggy Photo by Kathy Habgood

Shirley Meston and Peggy
Photo by Kathy Habgood

and Shirley’s adorable dog Lucy!

Shirley, Peggy and Lucy! Photo by Kathy Habgood

Shirley, Peggy and Lucy!
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Jenna, Peggy, ryan, and Alice Photo by Kathy Habgood

Jenna, Peggy, Ryan, and Alice
Photo by Kathy Habgood

One of Peggy's Tigers at the

One of Peggy’s Tigers at the “Tigers of India Lunch”
                             Photo by Kathy Habgood

Marilyn, Jenna, Peggy, Ryan, Alice and Sue Photo by Kathy Habgood

Marilyn, Jenna, Peggy, Ryan, Alice and Sue
                   Photo by Kathy Habgood

Donna Traver and Bob Reed Remembered in Our May 2015 Memorial Garden Ceremony

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                                                                     Bob Reed

Bob came to Manitou Beach as a child and stayed there to raise a family.  He loved the water and anything nautical.  During that time he came to know and love the local history of the beach.  He enjoyed dogs, large family gatherings and doing wood restoration.

                                                                 Donna Bell Traver

Donna was a beloved teacher at the Jefferson Road School in Pittsford.  After she retired, she and her husband Don traveled extensively and managed to see a member of every bird family in the world. 

“Reg” Britton and Joseph Verdone ‘Remembered’ in Memorial Garden Ceremony

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  It was a lovely evening, and a large crowd  ‘remembered’  two men in our annual Memorial Garden ceremony.

 

Gordon Reginold Britton –

‘Reg’ served in the United States Navy during World War II. He loved skiing, sailing and spending time on Mudlunta Island in the Thousand Islands. And he always had a great story to tell!

 

Friends and Family Remember 'Reg' Britton Photo by Kathy Habgood

Friends and Family Remember ‘Reg’ Britton
Photo by Kathy Habgood

 

 

Joseph Verdone –

Joe was a Kodak chemist. He loved everything outdoors … trout fishing in summer, ice-fishing in winter, gardening, refereeing his girls’ Angela and Jules softball games, and sailing with Barb.  

Friends and Family of Joe Verdone  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Friends and Family of Joe Verdone
Photo by Kathy Habgood

PICNIC FOR VOLUNTEERS MAY 2014

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May 28, 2014 .  Volunteers and their guests enjoyed the annual picnic for volunteers.

Judy, Gayle, and Brian Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Judy, Gayle, and Brian
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ted, Ann, Allen and John Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Ted, Ann, Allen and John
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Tom, Jeanne and Marian Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Tom, Jeanne and Marian
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Jules, Barbara and Betsy Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Jules, Barbara and Betsy
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

John and Doris Waud and Rick Shearman Photo by Ryan Kayhart

John and Doris Waud and Rick Shearman
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

 

The Boathouse has a New Name !!!

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On October 3, BBBO hosted its first ever Science Talk in our newly renovated education space.  Dr. Sara Morris from Canisius College spoke about her experiments in the Mobile Avian Recording Studio, in a presentation titled “Conversations among the stars? Exploring individual variations in flight calling behavior in warblers.”

Sarah prepares for her talk.

Sarah prepares for her talk.

The talk was well attended, interesting, and engaging . . . and it was all a cover.

We all know what's about to happen . . . but Betsy has no idea!!!

We all know what’s about to happen . . . but Betsy has no idea!!!

 

 

The real purpose of the evening was to honor our own Betsy Brooks.  Betsy  was instrumental in the founding of our station almost 30 years ago.  She laughingly tells each Bander Training Class how local banders used to come up to the area and band on their own schedules with their own equipment.  They banded on top of an overturned dumpster and weighed the birds in a glassed-in chemistry balance.  Betsy notes that bush-crashing was common (a strict no-no today!).  Eventually, these intrepid pioneers finally decided to coordinate their efforts.  They haggled over every point of protocol and gave us the guidelines that we still largely follow today.  Betsy has been guiding BBBO ever since, and the station would not be what it is without her.

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BBBO’s mission states that we are dedicated to research, education and conservation.  While Betsy has her hand in all three, her commitment to education is nationally recognized.  She welcomes several school groups ranging from pre-school through college to the station each season; visitors include several homeschool networks, the Hannaford Career Center in Vermont, and a half dozen local colleges and universities.  Betsy has taught a Bander Training Course to nearly 200 students, and has informally educated dozens more.  Her courses routinely fill months ahead of time and often have a waitlist long enough to fill a second class.  She has held several North American Banding Council (NABC) certification sessions, which are intended to inspire banders to excellence.  In 2011, Betsy received the NABC Fleming Award, which recognizes her contributions to bander training and development.

Betsy receives her dedication plaque from board member Chita McKinney.

Betsy receives her dedication plaque from board member Chita McKinney.

It is exceptionally fitting that the BBBO Board of Directors has chosen to name the newly renovated educational space the   Elizabeth W. Brooks Center for Learning about Migratory Birds

The Elizabeth W. Brooks Center for Learning about Migratory Birds

Have we embarrassed Betsy enough yet???

This space is already being used for classes, and we envision it being used for events and public lectures as well.  We hope Dr. Morris’s talk will be the first of many!  In time, we hope to have educational and interactive displays and posters lining the walls, so that both children and adults can learn more about migration.

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Thanks much to the Board of Directors for putting together such a fantastic event, to Sara Morris for being a good sport and a great speaker, to Marilyn Guenther and her crew of cooks for all of our goodies, to Kathy Habgood for all the photos, to everyone who attended, to the 50 or so people who managed to keep this all a secret from Betsy, and most of all to Betsy.

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Congratulations to NABC’s Newest Trainers, Banders and Assistants!

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Sunday October 6, 2013.  23 new birds of 11 species, 9 recaps.  Bird of the day was White-throated Sparrow with 6 banded.  The rain played spoiler today, as we were only able to be open for a few hours.  We hope that the rain moving through will bring a new flush of birds over the next few days!

We finished our NABC testing, and our candidates had their final exit interviews to learn the results of their efforts.  NABC certifies candidates at three levels:  Assistant (for those who are capable of safely and efficiently extracting and/or banding birds), Bander (for those who are capable of independently running a station, and Trainer (for those who are exceptionally knowledgable and are capable of teaching others).  We are pleased to congratulate the following candidates who were certified at the following levels:

Maren Gimpel: Trainer
Dan Small: Trainer
Kristen Covino: Trainer and Bander

Ariane Giudicelli: Bander
Emily Patterson: Bander

Al Sherkow: Assistant
Leanna Twohig:  Assistant

We had a great weekend learning from each other, and we hope that we’ll see these candidates back either testing for the next level, or just for a visit!

Using Birds to Build Bridges

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Thursday June 27, 2013:  Today, Emily and I headed down to Baker Park in Canandaigua to participate in their “Animal Exploration” summer day camp.  The day camp supports Bridges for Brain Injury, a local organization that raises awareness of and provides services to people affected by brain injuries.  Today, thirty children between the ages of 6 and 12 were at the camp, and they were treated to a walk through the woods to see the nets, close-up views of birds in the hand, and the always-popular kid-friendly “beanie baby net.”  The kids were fantastic, and asked many excellent questions such as “why do people band birds?” and “do the bands ever get too small for the birds?” and “Do birds remember where their nests are?”.

Emily bands a Cardinal as eager campers look on.

Emily bands a Cardinal as eager campers look on.

We set opened five nets at 9:30 and closed them at 11:30, and captured a total of 7 birds . . . one adult American Robin, four juvenile Robins, and two male Northern Cardinals.  While these birds may not be terribly exciting for banders or for birders in NY, they were great for the kids.  They see these birds in their yards, but it is a completely different experience to see them up close, and in some ways I think it is more meaningful to the kids.  Emily and I were really hoping we’d catch one of the four woodpecker species we heard (including a Pileated that sat just  a few feet from a net, flew toward it and then veered off as we watched!), but overall we counted the day a success.  Andrea Patterson

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