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You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14
You Can Be Part of Audubon/BOS Bird Count on Saturday, October 14

Jamestown, N.Y. – If you will be anywhere in western New York on Saturday, October 14, 2017, you can join bird-lovers from four counties to report species seen that day.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region, which includes western New York and southeastern Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life, with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded.

Every second Saturday in October since 1939, the BOS has sponsored a one-day census of all birds in the BOS territory. The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.

Audubon Community Nature Center supports this effort that both provides a fun day of birding and generates data which make a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations. 

It takes many people, beginning to advanced birders, to cover the four counties, whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area. It is important that each person has an assigned territory, to give the broadest coverage without overlapping.

Participants do this on their own, keeping track of the birds they identify in a certain pre-determined area. Then they report their findings to Audubon Community Nature Center President Ruth Lundin on the forms provided by BOS. 

Sunday, October 1, is the deadline to be assigned a count area. Contact Lundin at (716) 569-2345 or rlundin@auduboncnc.org to request a specific area.

For more information, visit the BOS website, buffaloornithologicalsociety.org. The BOS is a member of the New York State Ornithological Association, nybirds.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.  The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty the Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.  

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit www.auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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