BBBO volunteers are available to give both on- and off-site presentations and demonstrations. If you would like more information, please call us at 585-234-3525 and leave a message. You can read about some of our recent events below.
On-site Presentations and Demonstrations:
Many groups visit BBBO each season to observe the banding process or learn about the local ecology. Some groups prefer a more formal presentation complete with a slideshow and discussion, while others prefer to follow our volunteers as they handle the birds. While not every trail at BBBO is handicapped accessible, all birds are brought to a central accessible location enabling all visitors to see birds up close.
Youth: BBBO is a wonderful place to bring both elementary and high school students. Recently, we have hosted visits from BOCES of Monroe County, Calvary Chapel Christian School, the CL Academy, the Hannaford Career Center in Vermont, the Harley School, Neil Armstrong Elementary School, and Wayne County Central Schools. We have also welcomed visits from Boy and Girl Scout Troops, 4-H students, Montesorri students, homeschool students, and the New York State Young Birders.
College: Classes from Alfred University, Canisius College, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Houghton College, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher, SUNY ESF, SUNY Geneseo, and the University of Rochester have all made field trips to the station. Representative classes include Ornithology, Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Zoology, Field Biology, Environmental Science, Freshman Seminar, and Senior Biology Seminar.
Adults: Each season, BBBO hosts visits from local Garden Clubs, Senior Citizen Groups, Bird Clubs, and Audubon Societies. We have also had visits from hiking clubs, local churches, camera clubs, the Rochester and Fairport Retired Teachers Associations, Bridges for Brain Injury, the Howe & Rusling Investment Firm, and WXXI. In addition, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Spring Field Ornithology class visits for two days every spring.
Volunteers from BBBO are available to give presentations or banding demonstrations for local groups or at local events. Presentations often consist of an informational display with children’s activities, but we are also available to give slideshow discussions about birds, migration and the banding process. Banding demonstrations include the actual capture and banding of wild birds, typically during the morning hours.
Presentations: BBBO educators have participated in Science Day at Spencerport’s Terry A. Taylor Elementary School, the Annual Science Day at Rochester Public School #19, the Cool Kids Eco-Fest at Genesee Community College, and Bird of Prey Days at Braddock Bay Raptor Research. In addition, our volunteers have spoken at local garden clubs, at nursing homes, and in individual elementary school classrooms.
Banding Demonstrations: BBBO volunteers have conducted banding demonstrations at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, Spring into Nature at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Celebrate Urban Birds in Batavia, Animal Exploration Camp in Canandaigua, and the Wildlife Festival at Cumming Nature Center.