BOS Field Trips and Events



Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plain

Date: 10/28/2017

Location: Route 78 and Route 104 (map)

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Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for fall migrants.

Meet at 8 AM at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. This is on the east side of Route 78 and Route 104, north of Lockport.

Leader: Willie D'Anna 751-3637 or dannapotter@roadrunner.com.

This trip is a car caravan of sorts, plying the rural roads of Niagara County in search of late fall migrants. Every year is different but with all of the fields and open space habitat we will check it is reasonable to see Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, and possibly early winter arrivals such as Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk. Horned Larks should be added to the day's list as well.
A few stops along the Lake Ontario shore lookouts should produce Horned Grebe and several species of scoters and other diving ducks.

NYSOA Annual Conference

Date: 11/10/2017

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York (map)

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The BOS is proud to host the 2017 Annual NYSOA Conference! This 3-day event (Nov. 10-12) will be centered in Niagara Falls, NY during peak gull season. Don't wait...go to our Home Page and register now! Whether you live in or out of town, treat yourself to an overnight stay at the brand new Doubletree by Hilton hotel with views of the Niagara River just upstream from Goat Island! The hotel is offering a fantastic rate for NYSOA attendees!

Friday evening, our guest speaker will be Paul Guris; owner and operator of See Life Paulagics. Paul has been organizing and leading pelagic trips for several decades from Hatteras, NC to Long Island, NY. Paul will be focusing on the birds of the NY pelagic zone and his lively stories will be decorated with many photographs.

Social hour in the Grand Ballroom will preclude Paul's presentation and a buffet dinner. The Birder's Marketplace will be open for business Friday afternoon. Shop our various vendors for artwork, optics and even book a future birding trip with one of our several tour operators.

Check-in begins on Friday afternoon. Please see the BOS website for online registration. Hotel accommodations can also be booked through the website to get a special rate of $104/night at the brand new Doubletree by Hilton, across from Goat Island in Niagara Falls.

NYSOA Annual Conference

Date: 11/11/2017

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Saturday will feature many field trips in the WNY region. The Birder's Marketplace will be open most of the day. The marketplace will feature tour groups, Nikon optics dealer, artists and several non-profit organizations. Research paper sessions will be presented in a satellite room.

The Saturday evening speaker is Neil Hayward who will present on his Accidental Big Year! Do not miss this exciting rendition of Neil's adventures which landed him a whopping 749 species and broke the ABA record.

Social hour and a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom will precede Neil's presentation.

NYSOA Annual Conference

Date: 11/12/2017

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Departure field trips will be running this morning. Choose your trip based on your route home. We will be offering options to fit everyone's travel plans. Box lunches are available through the hotel and can be ordered through our online registration form through the BOS website.

Niagara River Gulls and Waterfowl

Date: 12/3/2017

Location: Fort Niagara SP

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Joint Trip with the Rochester Birding Association to look for gulls and waterfowl. The later date this year should increase our likelihood of seeing white-winged gulls as they have been arriving later in the fall. A spotting scope is helpful for viewing across long distances.
Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot just outside the old fort at Fort Niagara State Park. Because this trip will head across the border into Canada, make sure you have a passport, passport card, Nexus, or enhanced drivers license. Dress warmly! Leaders:
RBA: Bob Spahn (585-671-5690) or RSPAHN@Prodigy.net
BOS: Tom O'Donnell (716-284-5569) or tmodonnell@roadrunner.com

Meeting

Date: 12/13/2017

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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December 13th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Presentation by Wendy Paterson:
Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water. We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space.

We will be holding our Annual Holiday Celebration so please bring a treat to share and enjoy an evening of birding friendship. We will also elect officers for the year 2018.

CBC - BOS

Date: 12/17/2017

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Please join us for the annual Buffalo Ornithological Society's Christmas Bird Count. Please join in the fun, the more the merrier! Contact David Gordon for an assignment.

Compiler: David Gordon (dgordonphoto@yahoo.com or 716-390-1429)

CBC - Beaver Meadow Audubon

Date: 12/23/2017

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Please join the Buffalo Audubon Society for their annual Christmas Bird Count which is centered around Beaver Meadow in Java, NY. Please contact Tom Kerr for an assignment.

Compiler: Tom Kerr (tkerr.buffaloaudubon@gmail.com or Beaver Meadow 585-457-3228 Tues - Sat)

8 AM start

CBC - Niagara Falls (ON/NY)

Date: 12/27/2017

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Compilers:

Marcie Jacklin (Ontario: mjacklin@brocku.ca or 905-871-2577)

Willie D'Anna (NYS: dannapotter@roadrunner.com or 716-751-3637)

Meeting - "Rarity Roundup!"

Date: 1/10/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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January 10th: Wednesday at 7:00 PM. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Alec Humann/Sue Barth
Our 3rd Annual Rarity Roundup!

A slideshow of photos and stories will be presented by BOS members that will include some of the rarities seen in the BOS study area in 2017! If you have photos and stories of any rarities you saw in 2017, please email the photo(s) to Sue Barth at: suebarth@verizon.net or Alec Humann at: alechumann@msn.com.

January Waterfowl Count and Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey

Date: 1/14/2018

Location: The Niagara River and adjacent waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and any productive open interior bodies of water.

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The count window is from Jan. 13-21. However, counters are urged to use the target date of Sunday, Jan 14, weather permitting, to avoid potential double or under counting. Contact the compiler for info. Jim Landau at 716-941-3869 or landaujr@gmail.com.

See our Waterfowl Count page for more details: Waterfowl Count

Meeting

Date: 2/14/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Feb 14th: Wednesday at 7:00 PM. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Jajean Rose-Burney WNY Land Conservancy will focus on the Western New York Land Conservancy, our work to protect wildlife habitat, especially that of birds.

Meeting

Date: 3/14/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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March 14th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Topic to be determined.

Meeting

Date: 4/11/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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April 11th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Wayne Schacher: Follow up and expansion from last April’s presentation Tennessee Habitat Restoration.

Meeting

Date: 5/9/2018

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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May 9th: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Topic to be determined.

Annual June Picnic

Date: 6/13/2018

Location: Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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June 13th: Wednesday.

The Annual June Picnic will be held at Tifft Nature Preserve (off Furman Blvd.). The picnic will be followed by a short field trip of Tifft Nature Preserve. Bring your own food and we will eat at 6:00 PM near the Visitor Center.

BOS Travel Trip - Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, Jennings, LA

Date: 10/30/2018

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Join your fellow BOS members on this sure-to-be-memorable travel trip to southeastern Louisiana! If you've always wanted to SEE a Yellow Rail, then you won't want to miss this adventure! We will be joining the 2018 Yellow Rails and Rice Festival which virtually guarantees laying eyes upon one of the most secretive species of birds in North America.
We will enjoy a full 5 days of birding (plus two travel days) in the pine woods and Gulf Coast of Louisiana on this trip. Details are evolving but I wanted to get the dates out to potential interested people.
Trip cost will run about $1500/person and that includes airfare to Baton Rouge, hotel in Jennings, entrance to the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival and rental vehicle. I will be working with a travel agent to coordinate our flights and other arrangements.
During the festival, we will enjoy field trips to the Piney Woods for Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachmans Sparrow and Brown-headed Nuthatch. On another day, we will head to the coast for shorebirds, waterfowl and waders. I will lead our BOS group the day before the festival begins and we will plan on birding the coast and/or chasing any local rarities that have recently been reported.
Of course the main purpose of this trip will be to see Yellow Rails which are flushed from the rice fields during harvest. Other birds fleeing the combines include King Rail and LeConte's Sparrow. We may even get the opportunity to see a Yellow Rail in the hand during the banding operations! I have heard rave reviews from friends that have attended this event and am very excited to be planning this trip!
For those interested, please email me at alechumann@msn.com so I can get your name on the list. No worries, this does not commit you to the event, I just need to get an idea of initial interest. A planning meeting will be scheduled in the future as details become available. Feel free to visit the festival website to psych yourself up...https://www.snowyegretenterprises.com/Snowy_Egret_Enterprises/Yellow_Rails_%26_Rice_Festival.html.

BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 10/31/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/1/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/2/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/3/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/4/2018

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BOS Travel Trip - YRARF, Jennings, LA

Date: 11/5/2018

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