2021 Bird of Prey Week Schedule

2021 Bird of Prey Week

Banded Red-tailed Hawk

Braddock Bay Raptor Research is excited to announce that not only will we be able to offer live programming this year but we are also expanding Bird of Prey Days back to a full week’s worth of programming. Our full week of events will offer both virtual programs as well as live programs located at and around Braddock Bay Park.

This year’s theme is “Small But Mighty” and highlights smaller birds of prey, and the little things we humans can do to help wildlife.

We will be adding more details to the schedule below over the coming weeks.  There will be registration for all in-person programs on May 1 & 2, as well as some of the virtual programs during the week. Keep checking back to learn more and we cannot wait to have you visit this year!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Virtual Programs

1:00pm - Bird Migration & Live Raptors

Presenter: Jean Soprano, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation

7:00pm - Spring Raptor Migration at Braddock Bay

Presenter: Daena Ford, President BBRR

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Virtual Programs

10:00am - Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

Presenter: Loretta Morrell, Membership Chair, Genesee Valley Audubon Society

7:00pm - Wildscaping in Any Space

Presenter: Carol Erb, Master Gardener and BBRR Educator

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Virtual Programs

10:00am - Simple Organic Practices from the Ground Up

Learn simple organic practices and products to protect and benefit wildlife, pollinators, Humans and pets.

Presenter: Carol Erb, Master Gardener and BBRR Educator

1:00pm - Bald Eagles of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Join Montezuma Audubon Center Environmental Educator, Alyssa Johnson, for a virtual program detailing the conservation success story of Bald Eagles in New York State. Once on the brink of extirpation, their numbers have rebounded significantly and are no longer listed as an endangered species- Federally, or at the state level. Learn how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex played an incredible role in the reintroduction of Bald Eagles in New York, and where you can enjoy seeing them in the wild today.

Presenter: Alyssa Johnson, Montezuma Audubon Center Educator

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Virtual Programs

10:00am - Screech Owls

Presenter: Liz Magnanti, President of the Rochester Birding Association and Manager of The Bird House

1:00pm - Owl Migration at Braddock Bay

Learn about the importance of Braddock Bay’s Owl Woods as a migration stopover for Northern Saw-whet Owls and Long-eared Owls. 

Presenter: Jim Adams, Owl Roost Survey Coordinator, BBRR

7:00 PM Tiny, Tough & Terrific Birds!

A new Prius gets 55 miles to the gallon – but a Blackpoll Warbler gets 720,000, and on just a few grams of fat he can fly 2000 miles nonstop over the ocean as he migrates from New Jersey to South America.  A human needs about 2000 calories a day – but a Brown Creeper needs only ten, and just one tiny spider enables him to climb 200 feet up a tree.  The world’s fastest sprinters take five steps a second – but a Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats his wings 53 times a second, and he can move forwards or backwards.  These birds may be tiny, but they are capable of amazing things.  In this fun talk aimed at both kids and adults, we’ll explore North America’s tiniest birds and learn just how terrific they really are.  

Presenter: Andrea Patterson, Director of Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.  After two decades of studying philosophy, Andrea had a not-quite-midlife career change and began studying birds instead.  While still a novice birder with birds in trees, she’s an expert with birds in the hand.  Just don’t ask her what her favorite bird is, because she loves them all.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Virtual Programs

7:00pm - Chasing Broadwings from Pennsylvania to Peru: Broad-winged Hawk Migration Ecology

From 2014 through 2020 Hawk Mountain has tracked 16 Broad-winged Hawks during nesting, migration, and wintering periods using satellite tracking. Because Broad-winged Hawks have declined in some parts of their range, the study is focused on understanding basic biology as well as possible conservation threats. In this talk we will share the overall findings on broad-winged hawk migration ecology, habitat use, and possible conservation threats. We will share basic biology such as length of migration, departure dates, migration speed and compare patterns in adults and young birds. We also will discuss the 2021 plans to tag hawks nesting in northeastern states to compare migration patterns among populations.
Presenter: Laurie J. Goodrich is the Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, PA. She serves on the HMANA Board of Directors and as a Fellow in the American Ornithological Society. Her favorite place to be is watching hawks at Hawk Mountain’s North Lookout.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Virtual Programs

9:00am - Good Morning from the Banding Station

Live Stream from the BBRR Raptor Banding Station

Live Events (In Person) – Registration will open soon!

10:00am - Sharp-shinned Hawk Survival Guide with Kele the Kestrel

An interactive program for kids and their families.

Presenter: Nick Hadad as Kele Kestrel

10:00am - 2:00pm - Meet and Greet with Live Raptors

No registration needed.  Come visit throughout the day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  

Presenter: Gary Zimmerman, Black Creek Wildlife Station

11:00am - Rehabilitation of Small Raptors, with BBRR's education birds

Learn about the reasons these raptors need rehabilitation, typical treatments, and requirements for release back to native habitat.  Meet two of BBRR’s education raptors that have done through the rehab process – our Merlin and Broad-winged Hawk.

Presenter: Morgan Hapeman, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Finger Lakes Raptor Center and Daena Ford, president of BBRR

12:30pm - American Kestrel Survival Guide with Kele the Kestrel

A great way for kids and families to learn about one of our smallest raptors!

Presenter: Nick Hadad as Kele Kestrel

1:30pm - Wildflower Container Gardens Workshop

Presenter: Carol Erb, Master Gardener and BBRR Educator

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Virtual Programs

9:00am - Good Morning from the Hawkwatch

Live Stream from the Braddock Bay Hawkwatch platform

Live Events (In Person) – Registration will open soon!

10:00am - Pint Sized Predators: Saw-whet & Screech Owls with Kele the Kestrel

Learn about some of our smallest owl species and meet a pretty bid one, too!  Interactive program for kids and their families.

Presenter: Nick Hadad as Kele Kestrel

10:00am - 2:00pm - Meet and Greet Live Raptors

No registration required.  Come visit throughout the day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  

Presenter: Gary Zimmerman, Black Creek Wildlife Station

11:00am - Merlin Mania with Kele the Kestrel

Learn about these bold falcons and meet a real Merlin in person with Kele the Kestrel!  Interactive program for kids and their families.

Presenter: Nick Hadad as Kele Kestrel

12:00pm - Remarkable Raptors with Live Birds of Prey from BBRR

Presenter: Daena Ford, President of BBRR

1:30pm - Fairy Garden Workshop for Kids

Presenter: Carol Erb, Master Gardener and BBRR Educator