Buffalo Ornithological Society

Michael Hamilton, President

52 Park Street, Buffalo, NY 14201




The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region of New York State and Ontario Province. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. The Society is affiliated with the Buffalo Museum of Science and is also a member organization of the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs.


Meetings are at 7:30 PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from September through June at the Buffalo Museum of Science and feature speakers on topics related to birds. Opportunities are provided to share field experiences and sightings and the meetings are open to the public.


Each month half-day or full-day field trips, led by experienced birders, survey regional and occasionally more distant areas of special interest to birders, such as the Niagara River, the Tifft Nature Preserve, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, and the Lake Erie and Ontario Shores.


The Society sponsors Dial-a-Bird (896-1271) at the Museum from which current birding information can be obtained and reported. Through touch-tone commands the caller can receive reported sightings for the previous week, "hot-line" reports of rare sightings which have occurred during the current week or post a personal rare bird sighting for the use of others.


Since 1935 the Society publication, The Prothonotary, has provided a monthly summary of regional bird activity, relevant weather and a list of noteworthy records together with articles, field trip reports, and meeting and field trip schedules.


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 Federation of New York State Bird Clubs.


Anyone with an interest in wild birds, and associated scientific and social activities is encouraged to attend Society meetings (see above) or field trips and to apply for membership. Contact Karen Landau, Chairperson, Membership Committee at 716-941-3869 or Michael Davis , Chairman, Field Trip Committee at 716-874-2721.