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2018 Bird of Prey Days April 27-29

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2018 Bird of Prey Days – April 27-29

Hawkwatch!

2018 Bird of Prey Days April 27-29

Raptor Banding!

2018 Bird of Prey Days April 27-29

Come Celebrate the Migration at BBRR’s Annual

BIRD OF PREY DAYS!

April 27-29, 2018

at the Donald Schleiter Lodge in Braddock Bay Park on East Manitou Road in Greece

One Entry Fee for the Entire Weekend: $5/Adult, Kids are FREE!

View each day’s schedule of events below or download a printable Flyer 
 The featured raptor species for 2018 is the Snowy Owl!

The following organizations will be displaying on the weekend:  The Bird House, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Genesee Valley Audubon Society, Hawk Migration Association of North America, Rochester Birding Association,  The Finger Lakes Institute, SunCommon, Water Education Collaborative, The Animal Teachers

Friday, 4/27/18 Events
OPENING NIGHT!
6:30-8:30 p.m.
6:30 – 8:30 – Meet Live Owls with Gary Zimmerman from Black Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
7:00 – Feature Presentation – “The Life and Times of Snowy Owls” – presented by Tom McDonald

Tom’s presentation will cover and chronicle an entire year in the life of a Snowy Owl, from hatching, migration, wintering and the bird’s return to the Arctic Circle.  The program will explore how and where snowies move in New York state, as well as take an intimate look into their daily wintertime routines.  Lastly, environmental changes that are affecting their life cycle and the future of the Tundra will be discussed.

Tom McDonald has been trapping, banding and studying Snowy Owls in New York state for 29 years.  His work has been focused on migration ecology and wintering habitat and behavioral studies under his own project, SnowyWatch.

He has worked with close to 600 Snowy Owls and has outfitted 16 owls with state of the art GSM/GPS transmitters, funded and supported by Project SNOWstorm.  He has been an active and contributing member of the International Snowy Owl Working Group since 2009 and is the New York state regional coordinator for Project SNOWstorm.  He is presently working on a book titled, Snowy Owls of New York.

Saturday, 4/28/18 Events

HAWK WATCH! ALL WEEKEND! Visit our orientation station at the hawkwatch platform from 10-2 for fun activities to help you learn about the raptor migration at Braddock Bay. Binoculars available for loan, or bring your own.

Get a bite to eat from Spot Hots and stay all day!

Featured Presentations

10:00 a.m.-Raptor Connections – featuring LIVE Raptors from Braddock Bay Raptor Research, presented by Daena Ford

11:30 a.m.-Mission on the Mountain – Erin Brown, Education Director, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
Discover Hawk Mountain Sanctuary through its mission statement of conserving raptors through research, education, and preservation of our hawk watch site. Erin Brown will discuss the Sanctuary’s current research projects, newest education initiatives, and talk about how Hawk Mountain came to be the world’s first sanctuary for birds of prey and its exciting future.

2:00 p.m. –The Hidden Lives of Northern Saw-whet Owls – Andrea Patterson, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
Forget what you think you know about our cutest bird of prey . . . because its probably wrong!  Banding and other new tracking technologies are revealing surprising details about the distribution, migration, roosting behavior, and even lifespan of these tiny owls.  Using data from Braddock Bay Bird Observatory and a larger coordinated network of owl banding stations, we’ll learn to look at saw-whets in a whole new way.

Other Activities

All Day – Enter our on-site Braddock Bay Photo Contest and have your own raptor-themed caricature done by artist Becky McDonald
1:00 p.m. – Stories and Activities with BBRR’s own Kele the Kestrel

10 am – 1 pm – The Animal Teachers – Live Animals!

Also….Band-a-Kid Station, Raptor Trivia Games, and more!

Tours & Walks

8:00 a.m.- Early Morning Owl Prowl – (Meet at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road)

9:00 a.m.- Song Bird Banding at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (Meet at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory)

11:00 a.m.- Raptor Banding Station Tour

1:00 p.m.- Raptor Banding Station Tour

HAWK BANDING DEMONSTRATIONS from 10-1: Meet a wild bird and learn about the banding process. Get a chance to “adopt” your own raptor! *Please note that all demos will take place according to the availability of the hawks that are caught and the timing of their capture.

 

Sunday, 4/29/18 Events

HAWK WATCH! ALL WEEKEND! Visit our orientation station at the hawkwatch platform from 10-2 for fun activities to help you learn about the raptor migration at Braddock Bay. Binoculars available for loan, or bring your own.

Get a bite to eat from Brunch Box and stay all day!

Featured Presentations

10:00 a.m. – Raptor Identification 101 – Presented by Greg Lawrence, BBRR Hawk Counter.  Also, meet a LIVE raptor from BBRR!

1:00 p.m.- Snowy Owls: nomads of the arctic – JF Therrien, PhD, Senior Research Biologist, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 
The presentation will review recent results from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s research program, with an emphasis on snowy owls. The audience will witness how we manage to monitor those highly mobile and unpredictable predatory birds throughout consecutive years via a slide show depicting field work situations.

2:30 p.m.- Live Birds of Prey from Kindred Kingdoms – Jean Soprano, Wildlife Rehabilitator

 

Other Activities

All Day – Enter our on-site Braddock Bay Photo Contest

9:00 a.m. – Family Bird Walk at Braddock Bay, lead by the Young Birders Club from the Rochester Birding Association
12:00 p.m. – Stories and Activities with BBRR’s own Kele the Kestrel 

10 am – 1 pm – The Animal Teachers – LIVE Animals!

Also….Band-a-Kid Station, Raptor Trivia Games, and more!

Tours & Walks

8:00 a.m.- Early Morning Owl Prowl – (Meet at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road)

9:00 a.m.- Song Bird Banding  – (Meet at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory)

11:00 a.m.- Raptor Banding Station Tour

1:00 p.m.- Raptor Banding Station Tour

HAWK BANDING DEMONSTRATIONS from 10-1: Meet a wild bird and learn about the banding process. Get a chance to “adopt” your own raptor! *Please note that all demos will take place according to the availability of the hawks that are caught and the timing of their capture.

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