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Deutschlander and Braddock Bay Bird Observatory Help to Conserve Critical Bird Habitat

In conjunction with the Genesee Land Trust (GLT), the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (BBBO) has helped to secure the future of a five-acre lot in the Braddock Bay Complex on the south shore of Lake Ontario. The Audubon Society has labeled Braddock Bay an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it serves as critical habitat for thousands of migratory songbirds and hawks every spring and fall. Land around the bay is mixed ownership by private individuals, the DEC, and GLT. The land purchased by GLT and BBBO will ensure that more habitat in the area remains bird-friendly and undeveloped. This purchase, although small, is key to protecting water front property in the bay area from being over developed. A news article about the purchase was recently on the front page of Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle.

The Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (BBBO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ornithological research, education, and conservation. Currently Mark Deutschlander, assistant professor of biology, is the president for BBBO and conducts much of his research at the Observatory. The focus of the Observatory is to monitor the migration of songbirds and learn about the behaviors and ecology of these species. The recent land purchase will also help secure the future of the Observatory's research. More about the observatory can be found at their Web site, www.bbbo.org.

Interested people can visit Braddock Bay on May 14, when local bird and conservation groups, including GLT and BBBO, will hold a festival for International Migratory Bird Day. More information about the event can be found at www.eecg.org/imbd/mission_i.htm.