Bird of Prey Days 2024

2024 Bird of Prey Days

Braddock Bay is home to one of the most spectacular spring raptor migrations in the country!  Join Braddock Bay Raptor Research in this annual event to learn about hawks, eagles, falcons, owls and others, and support our conservation efforts.

There will be activities for ALL ages at BOP Days, both indoors and out—so come rain or shine!

This year’s theme is Into the Woods: Raptors of the Forest.  There are several species that live in our forests year round, and other migratory species that depend on them for nesting.  We will highlight several in our programs and give you a chance to meet some of these hawks and owls in person.

The schedule is listed below.  Some programs will require registration due to limited seating.  Registration links will be live shortly. Check the schedule below or visit our Events Page.  We cannot wait to have you visit this year!

BOP Days 2024 Online Auction

COMING SOON!!

Take part in BBRR’s Bird of Prey Days Online Auction and get a chance to win some awesome prizes while helping support the raptors and our programming.  Prizes include artwork, bird houses, gift baskets, raptor programs, and more!  The auction will start on April 24 and close on April 30 at 9 pm.

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Friday, April 26, 2024

7:00pm - Into the Woods: Raptors of the Forest

Learn about local and migratory species of raptors that call the woods their home.  This program will feature some of  BBRR’s raptor ambassadors, and special guest “Sherlock” the Eastern Screech Owl from Helmer Nature Center.

Presented by Daena Ford, president of BBRR

Seating is limited.  Walk-ins are welcome but seating cannot be guaranteed.  REGISTER NOW!

8:00 Sunset Walk and Owl Prowl

Join BBRR’s Jill Heimrich as she leads you through Braddock Bay Park as the sun sets, looking for critters that are active in the early evening, including owls!

No registration required.  Meet at the lodge at Braddock Bay Park.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00 am - Raptor Banding Station Tour at the Owl Woods

Join a guided tour of the Mather raptor banding station, and see banding in action!  Meet at the trail at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road.  

 Directions HERE

11:00am-3:00pm Hawkwatch!

Visit the hawkwatch platform to see what’s flying and learn about the migration and other birds at Braddock Bay.  Bring your own binoculars, or borrow from BBRR.

11:00am - Introduction to Wildscaping: Making your Home a Haven for Birds, Pollinators and Wildlife

More and more people are considering the needs of their wild neighbors, including their preferred shelter, diet and migratory requirements and are applying this lens to their landscaping practices, transforming barren lawns to richly diverse habitat that will positively impact generations of species. NYS Master Naturalist and Class II Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Nat Smith will share insights from their own journey as a rehabilitator seeking simply to offer native foods at home, to a land steward seeking to nourish the future. Join us to explore practical ways to contribute to biodiversity preservation on the land you steward, whether it’s at home, work, or within your community.

Presenter: Nat Smith, Mutual Aid Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Limited Seating – REGISTER HERE!

12:00 pm - Raptor Banding Station Tour at the Owl Woods

Join a guided tour of the Mather raptor banding station, and see banding in action!  Meet at the trail at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road.

Directions HERE

12:00 pm - Into the Woods: A Bird's Survival Guide to Living in the Forest

An interactive program for kids of all ages.

Presenters:  Meadow Hadad

Limited Seating – REGISTER HERE!

12:30 pm - Hawkwatch BINGO!

A great way for kids and families to learn about what’s spotted at the Braddock Bay hawkwatch!  Win some great prizes!

1:00 pm - Wildlife Rehabilitation, Research & Education

WNY Raptor is a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research. During WNY Raptor’s presentation, Clabeaux will share the mission of the nonprofit as well as successful rehabilitation stories, including those of orphaned barn owls, turkey vultures, hawks, and others. She will also discuss the current research projects of WNY Raptor. Helen Busch, Hannah Robillard, Emma Ridolfi, and Jessica Culbert will be featuring reptilian ambassadors and discussing important features of these distant bird relatives. More information about WNY Raptor can be found on the organization’s website (www.wnyraptor.com) and Facebook page @wnyraptor and Instagram @wny_raptor.

Presenter: Dr. Bernadette Clabeaux is the founder and director of WNY Raptor and Wildlife Care, Inc., and an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in environmental sustainability. She teaches courses in biology, ecology, and botany, as well as ornithology. Clabeaux has both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biology from UB and has worked as a biologist for Ecology & Environment, Inc. (now WSP) and other environmental organizations. A passionate wildlife conservation enthusiast, Clabeaux loves to teach and engage with the community. She is a native of Buffalo, New York.

Limited Seating: REGISTER HERE!

2:00pm - Meet & Greet with Live Raptors and Reptiles from WNY Raptor & Wildlife Care

Meet raptors and reptiles from WNY Raptor and Wildlife Care.

Presenters: Bernie Clabeaux, Helen Busch, Hannah Robillard, Emma Ridolfi, Debbie Piotrowski,and Jessica Culbert

3:00 - Capillaria in Sharp-shinned Hawks: Current Trends and Research Directions

Banders at Braddock Bay Raptor Research have been monitoring the capillaria parasitic infection in Sharp-shinned hawks since the spring of 2020. A total of eight banding stations in the U.S. and Canada are now inspecting these hawks when captured. The rates of infection vary from station to station and those results will be reported. Current and future research directions will be discussed.  Visit our page on the Sharp-shinned Hawk Project for more information.

Presenter:  David Mathiason, PhD, Banding Director, BBRR

Limited Seating  REGISTER HERE!

All Day - Poster Presentation - Change in Historic Weather Trends and Impact on Observed Raptor Migration

Learn how the changing weather patterns affect the summer raptor counts at Braddock Bay.  

Presenter: Bob Williams, BBRR Summer Raptor Counter

Sunday, April 28, 2024

10:00am - Raptor Banding Station Tour at the Owl Woods

Join a guided tour of the Mather raptor banding station, and see banding in action!  Meet at the trail at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road.  

 Directions HERE

11:00am-3:00 pm Hawkwatch!

Visit the hawkwatch platform to see what’s flying and learn about the migration and other birds at Braddock Bay.  Bring your own binoculars, or borrow from BBRR.

11:00am - Live Raptor Presentation from Cornell Raptor Program

Learn about birds of prey from the student presenters of the Cornell Raptor Program.

Limited Seating – REGISTER HERE!

12:00pm - Meet and Greet Live Raptors from Cornell Raptor Program

No registration required.  Come visit the birds and students from the Cornell Raptor Program between 12-1 pm. 

 

12:00pm - Raptor Banding Station Tour at the Owl Woods

Join a guided tour of the Mather raptor banding station, and see banding in action!  Meet at the trail at the Owl Woods on Manitou Beach Road.

Directions HERE

1:30 pm - What's that Hawk? Raptor ID Workshop

Come get some identification pointers and visit the hawkwatch to put them to the test.  Great for beginners, also fun for intermediately skilled watchers.

Presenter: Daena Ford, BBRR

Limited Seating – REGISTER HERE!

2:00-4:00 pm - Meet and Greet Live Raptors from Messinger Woods

No registration required.  Come visit the birds and chat with the volunteers from Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center.

 

All Day - Poster Presentation - Change in Historic Weather Trends and Impact on Observed Raptor Migration

Learn how the changing weather patterns affect the summer raptor counts at Braddock Bay.  

Presenter: Bob Williams, BBRR Summer Raptor Counter