BOS Field Trips and Events

Field Trip - Krull Park with Joel Strong - Breeding Bird Atlas Boot Camp

Date: 7/11/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Krull County Park, Olcott, NY 14126 (map)

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Breeding Bird Atlas Boot Camp with Joel Strong

Leader - Joel Strong (

Meet at 8am at 6148-6152 East Lake Road (this is where the soccer fields are located and we will park here).

This trip will cover the basics of atlasing for the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas that is currently collecting data. Krull County Park covers two atlas blocks and Joel will cover how to stay within a block as well as how to code breeding bird activity. Our route will cover the area where Clay-colored Sparrows are known to nest, a spruce stand as well as an area by the lakeshore where Pine Warbler and Red-headed Woodpeckers nest. This trip will be limited to 10 participants. If you are interested in this trip, you need to contact Joel to let him know and to make sure there is a spot for you!

Field Trip - Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

Date: 7/12/2020   (Sunday)

Location: 1610 Welch Road, Java Center, NY 14082 (map)

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RESCHEDULED from June to Sunday, July 12th.

Leader - Tom Kerr, Audubon Staff Naturalist,, (716) 310-0380

Meet at 8AM at the Visitor Center. This will be a 1/2 day trip wrapping up around noon.

This half-day trip takes us meandering the grounds of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in Java Center, NY. Tom will guide our group using his superlative knowledge of the nesting birds of this preserve. Species we will be looking for include nesting Blue-winged, Hooded and Mourning Warblers and possibly Alder Flycatcher. Maintained trails offer us views of the glacial kettle ponds, meadows and marsh boardwalk where Virginia Rails have raised young in past years. The visitor center has a fantastic gift shop so please support this refuge with your purchase. It is recommended to bring water and a snack/lunch.

Meeting - Member’s Night!

Date: 9/9/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

This is our first meeting back after summer break. Members, please bring photos from your summer travels to share with the rest of us.!

Field Trip - Woodlawn Beach SP

Date: 9/12/2020   (Saturday)

Location: 3580 Lake Shore Rd, Blasdell, NY 14219 (map)

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Leader - Seaghan Coleman ( 716-435-7753

Meet at 730am in the main parking lot.

Join Seaghan this morning as our group seeks out migrants during the busy month of September. Even without a good cold front, migrants are moving through the region nightly and you never know what the day might bring.
With its range of diverse habitats, Woodlawn offers respite to weary winged travelers in the form of sand beach, riparian woods, open lake, grassy dunes and a creek! Neotropical migrants may entertain us in the woods while various sandpipers use the beach to pick through the high water mark for food. Gull flocks that loaf on the beach may offer up more unusual species such as Franklin's or Little.
Woodlawn regularly supplies the BOS statisticians with review species. Among them are gems such as Piping Plover, American Avocet, Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo and Cave Swallow.
This will be a half day trip wrapping up around 1130. Wear footwear appropriate for walking through grassy trails and loose sand.

Field Trip - Tifft Nature Preserve for Migrants

Date: 9/19/2020   (Saturday)

Location: Tifft Nature Tifft Nature Preserve (map)

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Leader - Jajean Rose-Burney (; 716-247-1255)

Meet at 730am at the first bridge past the visitor center. From here Jajean will decide which trails we will wander. Plan on this being a 1/2 day trip, wrapping up around 1130.

Tifft is one of Buffalo's premier birding hotspots. With over 250 species recorded at this urban preserve, we are sure to end up with a great checklist for the day. Tifft includes ponds, cattail marsh, riparian areas and a grassland. The trails are level and easily walk-able and there are also short boardwalk sections.

At this time of year we will be focusing on Neotropical migrants and there's always a chance at Virginia Rail or Least Bittern along the boardwalk. If water levels are low in the marsh, we will hope to cross paths with shorebirds.

Field Trip - Beaver Island SP

Date: 9/20/2020   (Sunday)

Location: 306 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072-3018 (map)

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Leader - Joshua Ketry ( 716-563-0720

Location - Beaver Island SP, Grand Island, NY 14072; meet at 3:30 pm in the parking lot OUTSIDE THE PARK on the east side - see map link above.

This trip is two-fold:
1. Migrants at Beaver Island SP
2. Dinner at Say Cheese Pizza Company (only restaurant nearby open on Sunday).

Please join Josh as he leads our group through the quiet wooded path leading into Beaver Island SP from the east. The path parallels the Niagara River where we can view the heron rookery on Motor Island. This rookery is used by Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Herons and Double-crested Cormorants. Pockets of marsh habitat dot this trail as well and we will try to find species such as Marsh Wren and Pied-billed Grebe as we meander.
After our walk through Beaver Island, those interested will meet for dinner at Say Cheese pizzeria (
A reservation at the restaurant will be made so make sure to email Alec to secure your dinner chair -

BOS October Count

Date: 10/10/2020   (Saturday)

Location: BOS Study Region (map)

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Saturday, October 10th

BOS members are encouraged to participate. Please help us add to the decades of records that the BOS has collected reflecting population dynamics of the area birdlife. You can be part of a field team or simply count birds at your backyard feeder. All observations are important! If you don't know what section you live in, please contact Marcie Jacklin who will put you into contact with the correct section compiler. Thank you so much!

Compiler: Marcie Jacklin ( or 905-871-2577)

More about the October Count: more info »

Meeting - Topic TBD

Date: 10/14/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Topic TBD

Field Trip - Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant

Date: 10/18/2020   (Sunday)

Location: Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant (map)

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Leader: Doug Beattie (585) 356-3007 or

Meet at the operations center at 9 AM. The facility is located at the end of Industrial Blvd, which is off Pearl St. (Rte 33) at the western edge of the city of Batavia.

Doug Beattie will again lead our group through the famous wastewater treatment plant. This complex is a bonafide birding hotspot and has attracted such gems as Northern Wheatear, Harlequin Duck, Piping Plover and Eared Grebe. In fact, BWWTP is the only reliable location for Eared Grebe in Western and Central NY. This phenomenon has been running for close to a decade now and we hope it continues for this year.

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plains

Date: 10/31/2020   (Saturday)

Location: 3949 Lockport Olcott Rd, Lockport, NY 14094 (map)

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**Weather Date is Sunday 11/01/2020**

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 (716) 751-3637 or

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.

Meeting - Vaughn Lecture

Date: 11/11/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Meet at 7 pm in the Cummings Room.

Vaughn Lecture - topic TBD

Meeting - Holiday Celebration with Elections

Date: 12/9/2020   (Wednesday)

Location: Buffalo Museum of Science (map)

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Annual Holiday Celebration at 7:00 PM in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Please bring a treat to share and enjoy an evening of birding friendship.

We will also elect officers for the year 2021.

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica the Third!

Date: 3/13/2021   (Saturday)


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This trip to Costa Rica will be for those that missed out on the 2020 excursions. Please refer to the 2020 itinerary for an idea of what we will see and the places we will visit. We will again have former Niagara Falls resident and BOS member, Patrick O’Donnell, as our guide. This 11-day tour will likely run in early March. Please email Alec asap to be added to the guest list (

BOS Travel Trip - Off to Maine for Atlantic Puffins!

Date: 7/9/2021   (Friday)


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***This trip is full at 15 people. Wait list has been started***

Alec is currently working out the details for this trip scheduled for mid-July 2021. This will likely be a 7-day trip (2 days land birding and 2 days birding by boat with an extra day to 'clean up') plus 2 travel days to/from WNY.

We will be planning to hire a local guide for 1 or 2 days to help us search for Maine's boreal specialties...Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse and Canada Jay. Breeding warblers are also well represented in Maine as well as specialty birds like Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows.

We will plan on taking two boat trips. One of them will depart from Cutler Harbor and take us out to Machias Seal Island. Here we will climb ashore, weather permitting, and walk out to observation blinds. This unique opportunity allows up close and personal viewing of the hundreds of breeding Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills and Common Murres. Arctic Terns will dive bomb us as we walk out to the blinds! Keee-arrr! This experience will offer incredible photography opportunities! This is a 5-hour excursion.

The second boat trip will depart Bar Harbor with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. Our route skirts the shore of Mount Desert Island and then heads offshore towards Petit Manan Island. This boat trip is entitled "Whales and Puffins" and is not dedicated solely to birding but we will search for Manx, Sooty and Great Shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Red-necked Phalaropes, Northern Gannet and Wilson's Storm-Petrel in addition to Common Eiders and the alcids we enjoyed at Machias Seal Island. We will test our skills at picking Roseate and Arctic Terns out of the Common Tern flocks. Whale encounters could include Humpback, Finback and Minke as well as several dolphin/porpoise species. This will be a 3.5 - 4 hour excursion.
Land birding plans are still evolving but we will hope to stretch our legs at Acadia National Park, Quoddy Head State Park and Baxter State Park.
Stay tuned for more details and pricing as information becomes available. Oh, and did I mention Lobster? Not sure about you, but I will attempt to eat lobster for every one of my meals while in Maine; so long as it doesn't interrupt our birding schedule!

BOS Travel Trip - Panama’s Canopy Family

Date: 3/4/2022   (Friday)


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***This trip is full at 10 participants. A wait list has been started.***

This trip will take BOS members to the forests of Panama where we will be guests at the famous Canopy Tower (3 nights) and Canopy Lodge (5 nights) for a total of 8 nights. An optional 7-night extension to the Canopy Camp located in the Darien region will hopefully get us looks at an active Harpy Eagle nest. I am currently working with guide extraordinaire and friend, Carlos Bethancourt, and details are being worked out so stay tuned!
Other specialty birds that we will be searching for with local guide include Blue Cotinga, Black-crowned Antpitta, Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Crested Eagle, Black-breasted and Barred Puffbirds, and more. Feel free to peruse the website for The Canopy Family

BOS Travel Trip - Upper Texas Coast and Edwards Plateau.

Date: 4/3/2022   (Sunday)


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The Upper Texas Coast has long been a bucket-list destination for most birders, and for good reason. Northbound migrants, in their spring finery, descend upon the TX coast after a long migration across the Gulf of Mexico. Many
Neotropical migrants depart from points along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for a non-stop flight across the Gulf and the salt dome cheniers that dot the northern Gulf Coast are true oases for these birds as they encounter land. If the weather is fair, birds push inland from the coast. However, if the migrants encounter a cold front en route, a fallout can occur and can be the stuff of legends! This portion of the trip will span 5 full days in and around High Island.

Even if we don't experience a fallout, the general birding in the area is exceptional. We will visit High Island's Boy Scout Woods and Smith Oaks Preserve, the Bolivar Peninsula and Anahuac NWR. The varied habitats available in this small geographical region allow for a fantastic list of birds!

Neotrop migrants typically arrive midday, as it takes them about 15 hours to cross the Gulf. This will allow us to use the morning hours to study shorebirds in the agricultural fields around Anahuac or along the beaches of the Bolivar Peninsula. By 11am most mornings we will want to be in place at Boy Scout Woods to welcome the migrants as they arrive. Some days we will join the free guided walks offered by the staff of Tropical Birding Tours in conjunction with Houston Audubon Society. For the photographers in the group, accommodations can be made to reserve space in the photo blind in Boy Scout Woods. Our birding efforts will be concentrated in a small region so we will be visiting and revisiting local hotspots over our 5-day stay to maximize our time in the field.

The wader rookery at Smith Oaks Preserve offers close views into the nests of herons, egrets and Roseate Spoonbills, offering another fantastic photo opportunity. Here is a great website giving a nice overview of birding in and around High Island,

We will be staying in Winnie, TX which is about 20 miles from High Island. Don't worry coffee drinkers, if you've finished yours on the morning drive to High Island, FREE coffee is available every morning at the Houston Audubon house across the street from the Boy Scout Woods' parking lot! Some days we may eat lunch in the field and on other days we may take over one of the little coastal eateries on the Bolivar Peninsula so we can watch for migrants following the coast. Winnie is home to the famous Al T's Seafood and Steakhouse where we will have dinner at least once, !

After experiencing migration at its finest along the coast, we will drive west to the Edwards Plateau region for Hill Country specialties including the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. We will visit Lost Maples State Natural Area, Neal’s Lodge and other hot spots. During our three-night stay, we will hope to encounter birds more typical of West Texas; Black-chinned Hummingbird, Verdin, Hutton’s and Bell’s Vireos, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Hooded Oriole, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Lark and Black-throated Sparrows, Harris’s and Zone-tailed Hawks, Painted and Lazuli Buntings and others.

Potential dates for this trip are the weeks of April 3 - April 12 or April 10 - April 19, 2022. This trip will span 10 days. We will be flying in and out of Houston, TX with Alec Humann as your guide.

BOS Travel Trip - Puerto Rico

Date: 3/2/2024   (Saturday)


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The commonwealth of Puerto Rico hosts 18 endemic birds as well as many unique Caribbean species. We will enjoy a week-long adventure on this emerald isle during February or March of 2023. The island's vegetation and bird populations should be recovered by 2023 after Hurricane Maria decimated the island in 2017.

As we traverse the island, we will visit the legendary El Yunque rain forest preserve in the NE corner, the salt flats of Cabo Rojo in the SW and many places in between. In addition to the 17 endemic species of birds residing on Puerto Rico, we will aim to see Caribbean specialties such as West Indian Whistling-Duck, White-cheeked Pintail, American Flamingo, Key West Quail-Dove, Red-legged Thrush, Antillean Euphonia and Antillean Crested Hummingbird. We should also catch up with White-tailed Tropicbirds along the coast!!!

An option is to add an extra day to take the ferry over to the island of Vieques to try for the Bridled Quail-Dove. We will plan to hire a local guide for the entire trip so as to maximize our chances at seeing all 17 endemics plus a good number of Caribbean specialties. This will likely be a 9-day trip; 7 full days of birding with 2 travel days.