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Richard ‘Dick’ O’Hara Remembrance Gathering

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Long-time friend of BBBO, Dick O’Hara was remembered by family and friends at a gathering after the annual picnic for volunteers on Wednesday May 29, 2013.   Dessert featured a beautiful cake in Dick’s honor!

Sweets for the Sweet!  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Sweets for the Sweet! Photo by Ryan Kayhart

His children and grandchildren came from as far away as Minnesota to reminisce about what he meant to them as father and how his love of birds influenced them through the years.  Many long-time friends and neighbors of Mary Beth and Dick were present also.

Patrick (Pat) O'Hara reminisces about his dad and his birding.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Patrick (Pat) O’Hara reminisces about his dad and his birding. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Members of the Rochester birding community also talked about his unsurpassed knowledge of shorebird identification and his dedication to keeping the statistics accurate for the Rochester ornithological organizations.

The banders remembered Dick as someone keenly interested in the banding operation … from his role as a point count census-taker in the early days of the daily banding summaries to his delight in crossing off ‘wanted’ birds on his yearly lists with special birds caught at the banding station.  Even when he could no longer easily get out to visit the station on his own, he still managed to have someone drive him down and we’d bring all the birds over to the car for him to see.

Bench in memory of Dick O'Hara.  Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Bench in memory of Dick O’Hara. Photo by Ryan Kayhart

A beautiful bench dedicated to Dick  now sits outside the Robert G. McKinney Banding Lab.  It reminds us of how he used to sit outside the release window and watch the birds as they flew off.   We are grateful for his love for the birds and his dedication to the ornithological research, education and research carried out at BBBO.

In Memory of

Richard T. “Dick” O’Hara

1923 – 2012

Loved to watch the birds at BBBO

 Betsy Brooks

Spring into Nature at Iroquois!

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Braddock Bay participated in Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Spring into Nature Festival on Saturday, April 27.  What a great event!!!  This celebration from 9-4 featured tons of activities for kids including building birdhouses and suet feeders, planting seeds, making dragonflies out of maple seeds (and then covering them with glitter!), painting wooden cutouts of owls and fish, archery, viewing the eagle nest, and bird banding.  And the best part?  It was all free!  No admission, no charge for the activities – just great fun for parents, grandparents and children.

BBBO set up several nets behind the Visitor Center and managed to catch nine birds over the course of the morning hours:  four American Robins, four Song Sparrows, and one Chipping Sparrow.  While the Chippy won some oohs and aahs, the Robins were certainly the highlight.  Dozens of young children were fascinated to see these common birds up close – to see the texture of the feathers, and and shape of the bill.  It was a good reminder that even ordinary birds are extraordinary!

Katie bands an American Robin as three young naturalists look on.  Notice the phrase on the backpack . . . "Let's go outside."  What a great sentiment!

Katie bands an American Robin as three young naturalists look on. Notice the phrase on the green backpack . . . “Let’s go outside.” What a great sentiment!

Visit from Students and Teachers From Diversified Occupations School in Vermont

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Students from the Diversified Occupations School visited BBBO twice this spring … once for the ‘Extreme BBBO House Makeover” and another visit of students from Rodney Olsen’s Science Class.

Group Photo of Students, Teachers and BBBO Staff.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Group photo of students, teachers and BBBO staff. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Giving a Ruby-throated Hummingbird a Rest Before Liftoff!  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Giving a Ruby-throated Hummingbird a rest before liftoff! Photo by Kathy Habgood

Students with Rodney with Wendy Looking On.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Students with Rodney and Wendy looking on. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Ryan and 'Mr. O.   Photo by Kathy Habgood

Ryan and ‘Mr. O.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Rodney and Betsy.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Rodney and Betsy. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Betsy, Rodney and Ryan.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Betsy, Rodney and Ryan. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Scenes From the Spring 2012 Bander Training Class

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We had nine students in our Spring 2012 BTC and they all passed their written and practical exams!  They are

Cathy Belair of Hamlin, New York; Cece Fabro of Scarsdale, New York; George Farnsworth of Cincinnati, Ohio; Annmarie Geniusz of Duluth, Minnesota; Hannah Smith of New Hope, Pennsylvania;  Butch Tetzlaff of Minier, Illinois; Alison van Keuren of Slingerlands, New York;  Lee Ann van Leer of Ithaca, New York;  and Chris J West of Richmond Center, Wisconsin.

Alison, Cece, Lee Ann, (Betsy), Hannah, Annmarie, Butch, George, Chris and Cathy - the Spring 2012 Bander Training Class Photo by Kathy Habgood

Alison, Cece, Lee Ann, (Betsy), Hannah, Annmarie, Butch, George, Chris and Cathy – the Spring 2012 Bander Training Class.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Alison at the mist nets.  Photo by Hannah Smith

Alison at the mist nets. Photo by Hannah Smith

Betsy and Annmarie.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Betsy and Annmarie. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Annmarie Banding SY-Male Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Photo by Hannah Smith

Annmarie Banding SY-Male Sharp-shinned Hawk. Photo by Hannah Smith

Butch Banding His First Gray Catbird.  Photo by Hannah Smith

Butch Banding His First Gray Catbird. Photo by Hannah Smith

Betsy and George.  Photo by Kathy Habgood

Betsy and George. Photo by Kathy Habgood

Ryan and HannahPhoto by Kathy Habgood

Ryan and Hannah
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Dedication of the Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory

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There was a large turnout for the Dedication of the refurbished Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory held on Sunday May 6 at BBBO.  Matt Belanger, President of the Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd of nearly 85 people, to start off the program.   Bob’s daughter,  Laurie Dirkx, had slides of her father which were running behind the podium.  Cindy Marino, Linda  Boutwell, and  Betsy Brooks spoke on behalf of the banders and friends of Bob.  Betsy read messages from John Gregoire, Gerry Rising, Jennifer Hanley, and others, and  Roger Cass and several other members of the audience spoke about their memories of Bob.  After the Dedication,  a wonderful supper prepared by Linda Boutwell, Kathy Habgood, Marilyn Guenther,Cindy Marino, Ann Nash, Andrea Patterson and Alice Van der Moere was enjoyed by everyone.      Betsy Brooks

Photos below by Laurie Dirkx and Kathy Habgood.

Program for the Dedication, designed by David Bonter

Robert G. McKinney Banding Laboratory plaque

Family members gather before the Dedication

Family members gather before the Dedication

Friends of Bob Arriving for the Dedication

Friends of Bob arriving for the Dedication

Matt Belanger, President of the BBBO Board of Directors, welcomes attendees

Family and friends of Bob

Friends and family of Bob

David and Wilma Sickels

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust Remembering Bob

Roger Cass of Genesee Land Trust remembering Bob

Wonderful Treats for the Supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful treats for the supper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie's Daughter Cassie Clement

David Bonter with Chita, Laurie and Laurie’s daughter Cassie Clement

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Laurie with Cassie and Wade

Bob’s Grandson Wade Braman with Jerry Farrell

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander

Cheryl, Quinn and Mark Deutschlander

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