The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!
The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.
The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.
Mark Your Calendar Now!
2017 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
November 10-12, 2017
The Buffalo Ornithological Society is hard at work planning the 2017 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, November 10-12, 2017 (Veteran's Day weekend).
Why so late in the year? Because the birding is fabulous then! Waterfowl! Gulls! With possibilities for phalaropes, jaegers, and rare or lingering songbirds! You just never know!
Mark your calendar now and check back here for details in the months ahead.
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New BOS Council Members
Welcome to the council, BOS members: Marilyn Feuerstein, Ann Enger, and Dwayne Wood!
Marilyn, Ann, and Dwayne will be serving on the council for 2017-2019.
July 2017 Adirondack Travel Trip
UPDATE -Trip is now full - wait list has been started.
Most of the details are in! I am excited to be offering a BOS Travel Trip this July to Adirondack State Park! We are hiring an ADK native, Joan Collins, to lead us on two of our three days in the park. Joan has an incredible ear and local knowledge of the birdlife. Target species include Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher and the rare and local, Bicknell's Thrush. This trip is limited to 20 participants. Please refer to the Calendar for details.
Upcoming Field Trips and Events
Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!
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Mar 08, 2017
Meeting - "Birds of the Niagara River and Outer Harbor"
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Wednesday, March 8th at 7PM: BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Jay Burney, Chair of the Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve, Executive Director of the Pollinator Conservation Association, founding partner of the Our Outer Harbor campaign, and habitat chair of the Western New York Environmental Alliance, will share stories and videos about Niagara River and Outer Harbor birds and other wildlife, ecology, and the efforts to ensure protection and conservation of critical regional assets, especially on Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Mar 25, 2017
Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plain
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March 25th: Saturday, not Sunday. Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for early migrants. This popular field trip seeks returning birds, like Killdeer, blackbirds, and Eastern Meadowlark, overwintering birds, like Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting, and Lapland Longspur, and an abundance of waterbirds. We will look for loons, grebes, a variety of ducks and geese, and any goodies that might be around. Seven species of geese have been found on this trip. Last year’s excursion found a King Eider. We will also keep our eyes to the skies in search of migrating raptors, which are often prevalent in spring up by Lake Ontario. Previous trips have recorded Golden Eagle. Come join us and start to get over your spring fever!
Meet at 8 AM at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. This is on the east side of Route 78 at Route 104, north of Lockport.
Leader: Willie D'Anna 751-3637 or email@example.com.