“The Birds of Braddock Bay” on April 24

On Thursday, April 24 as part of the 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Series, David Semple, director of the Bird Coalition of Rochester (BirdCOR), Fairport, NY, will talk about “The Birds of Braddock Bay.” As a special bonus for any teachers in the audience, Semple with demonstrate the Flying WILD Program that provides 40 bird-theme cross-curricular learning activities for K-12 teachers and students. The program will begin at 6 pm at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor.Semple says, “Birds are remarkable wildlife, and from melodic songsters and the symbolic harbingers of spring to ever-fascinating raptors, they are also an important economic resource to the Seaway Trail region. BirdCOR’s mission is to foster interest in conserving birds as a vital natural and economic resource through learning, service activities, festivals and participating with series such as the 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.”Birders spend billions of recreational dollars in communities across the U.S. Statistics from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 2006 show that more than 71 million people spent nearly $45 billion observing, feeding, and photographing wildlife and another $12 billion on wildlife-related travel expenses.With 518 miles of shoreline, woodland, wetland and open fields along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail is prime habitat for hundreds of wild bird species.On April 24, Semple will invite those attending his program to travel the Seaway Trail byway along Lake Ontario to the May 10-11 International Migratory Bird Day Festival at Braddock Bay Park located off the Lake Ontario Parkway stretch of the Seaway Trail 15 miles west of Rochester. The area is known for its spring migration of raptors and songbirds.A not-for-profit education and service-learning program of the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, BirdCOR is the first organization in the U.S. to begin outreach to schools with the Flying WILD project. Teachers attending the April 24th program at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center will receive a discount on a July 31st BirdCOR Flying WILD training program.BirdCOR also maintains the Rochester Falconcam that monitors peregrine falcons nesting atop the Kodak tower in the city of Rochester on the Seaway Trail.The $5 program admission to the Birds of Braddock Bay program benefits the Seaway Trail Foundation. The 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Exhibit and Program Series will continue through fall with live birds and speakers from the Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife service, Audubon New York, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Wild Turkey Federation and others representing the birding resources found along the 518-mile freshwater Seaway Trail.Watch www.seawaytrail.com for dates and details on the series sponsored by the Seaway Trail Foundation, Town of Hounsfield, Key Bank, National Grid, New York State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, North Country Bird Club, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and Bird Coalition of Rochester.

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