Regional Censuses and Research
For over sixty years the Society has also conducted region-wide counts of birds in April, May and October. Hundreds of local birders participate in each of these activities and their records provide invaluable information about changes in bird distribution and populations over the years. Members also take part in a number of National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts, Fish and Wildlife Service Breeding Bird Censuses, and the January Waterfowl Count for the New York State Ornithological Association.
For e-submission of monthly noteworthy reports to the BOS compiler. Please arrange e-submissions with the species, number of birds, date, location and observer(s). This information should be sent no later than the fifth day of the month following the reporting month to
Report of Bird Sighting to the BOS Records Committee For submission of reports for birds requiring additional documentation (see the Verification Date Guide for details) the following form should be downloaded and completed. Reports should then be forwarded to the BOS compiler.
Download the Verification Date Guide.
Download the Rare Bird Verification Form.
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Annual Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) Counts
Download our new color pdf maps.
National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count
Visit the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for wintering distributions of North American birds.
New York State Atlas 2000 Project
Regional Coordinator for the Niagara Frontier Region 1
Get your block maps from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
For more information on the Atlas 2000 project visit the New York State Ornithological Association or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
NYS DEC Waterfowl Count
New York State Waterfowl Count Compiler Region 1
Upcoming Waterfowl Counts
Buffalo Ornithological Society Compilers 1955 to Current
USGS Breeding Bird Census
The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Canadian Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Research Center to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional BBS coordinators and data managers work closely with researchers and statisticians to compile and deliver these population data and population trend analyses on more than 400 bird species, for use by conservation managers, scientists, and the general public.
If you would like to look at some of the North American Breeding Bird Survey from the Niagara Frontier Region, please visit the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. To be assigned a survey route visit the New York State Ornithological Association.
Peregrine Falcon Web Cam
This "spring only" watch is conducted at Lakeside memorial park (formerly Lakeside Cemetery) in Hamburg, NY. it is on flat lake plain located along the shoreline of the east end of Lake Erie, approximately 12 miles southwest of Buffalo. The official watch site is just inside the Camp Rd. entrance, between Routes 5 and 20. (Page 54 on the New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, published by DeLorme Mapping Co.)
Many raptors will not cross the open waters of Lake Erie because a large body of water does not produce strong thermal updrafts. Thus, the lake creates a natural barrier for thermal-loving raptors and funnels the birds to a relatively narrow zone within several miles of the shoreline where thermal updrafts will be much stronger. Buteos and vultures are especially dependent upon the thermals during migration while accipiters, eagles, falcons and harriers also utilize thermals and the prevailing north-westerly winds. In addition to the thermals discussed above the shoreline may provide a natural landmark for migrating raptors to follow on their northward migration.
This is an "all volunteer" effort (with most coverage provided by members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society). Hamburg Hawk Watch was established in 1988. Please contact the Hawkwatch coordinator for more information.
Barn Owl Project
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