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Annual Waterfowl Survey

Today a few of us from the Cattaraugus County Bird Club participated in the NYS DEC / NYSOA annual waterfowl survey. Each January a quarter of a million ducks across New York State are counted by bird clubs, state officials and your average birder. In years past we had participate in the Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey, where we would help locate Eagles wintering along the Allegheny River (while also looking for waterfowl) . . . . But for some reason these dates did not overlap as they had previously. The results of this survey will help determine the long-term monitoring of waterfowl within New York State during the winter months. Continue Reading »

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Steve and Betty
Stephen and Betty Eaton

The Cattaraugus County Bird Club held a dinner in honor of Stephen and Betty Eaton on Thursday, April 24th at the Saint Bonaventure University Club. Members honored Steve and Betty Eaton for their life time of devotion to the natural history, the local history, and the community of Cattaraugus County. Dr. Eaton, retired biology professor emeritus from St. Bonaventure University, also received a lifetime achievement award from the New York State Department of Conservation for his work in preserving the Wild Turkey in New York State. Founding member of the Cattaraugus County Bird Club, Dr. Eaton inaugurated the St. Bonaventure Audubon Christmas Count and participated in all 59 counts to date. The Eaton’s have been active contributors to life in Cattaraugus County and will be missed by all as they begin their retirement in southern Pennsylvania.
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Bufflehead
Bufflehead

Today the Cattaraugus County Bird Club had their Annual Waterfowl Fieldtrip along the Allegheny River and Conewango Wetland Area. We had a wonderful birding day with 53 species of birds and we survived glacial like temperatures!
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Annual Waterfowl Survey

Today a few of us from the Cattaraugus County Bird Club participated in the NYS DEC / NYSOA annual waterfowl survey. Each January a quarter of a million ducks across New York State are counted by bird clubs, state officials and your average birder. We are also participating in the Mid-winter Bald Eagle Survey, where we are locating Eagles wintering along the Allegheny River. The results of these two surveys will help determine the long-term monitoring of waterfowl and Eagle populations within New York State during the winter months.

Canada Goose on Ice
Canada Goose with a cold wake up call.

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Cattaraugus County Bird Club
Participants of the 2007 Christmas Bird Count

Today the Cattaraugus County Bird Club participated in the 58th Saint Bonaventure Christmas Bird Count (108th Audubon). The weather temperature for the count was around 20-25F and we had very the cold blowing winds!! We had a wonderful dinner where we reflected the many birds we saw today. We recorded 49 species within the 6 sections of the circle. Continue Reading »

Cattaraugus County Bird Club

On International Migratory Bird Day the Cattaraugus County Bird Club attended our annual trip to Presque Isle State Park in Erie Pennsylvania. Although the temperatures were very chilly, we had a wonderful day with 72 species of birds!! We found 13 species of warblers on our trip. Continue Reading »