Celebrating and appreciating the world of birds is more important than ever, especially in this region. This is because WNY is home to the Niagara River Globally Significant Bird Area, where birds from around the world come to mate and breed.
The annual Birds on the Niagara (BON22) festival may have started small, but these days it’s grown into quite a business. Thanks to so many dedicated bird watchers in the region, BON22 will engage with people around the world, in person and virtually, helping to ensure that Ramsar-designated Wetlands of International Importance (aka the Niagara River Strait ) are duly stored to the best of our abilities.
Registration is now open for the Birds on the Niagara Festival, which will be held From Thursday February 10 to Sunday February 13 (see complete schedule).
From the organizers of BON22:
Over 10 in-person bird walks led by local birders at locations along the Niagara River corridor on both sides of the border, recorded and live online presentations, panel discussions and online auctions. Registration is mandatory for all programs. See below for virtual programming. All walks and in-person programs can be viewed in the registration link below. Space is limited for each of these in-person programs.
Virtual programs are free. Registration is mandatory (click here to register). Donations accepted with gratitude.
Range of BON22 virtual programs (more to come!)
Project Snowstorm – Caught in the Snowstorm
Conservation and research of the snowy owl
Presenter: Scott Weidensaul, Co-Founder
Snow Storm Project
Indigenous stories and traditions
Music, stories and readings, embracing regional traditional cultures of Northeastern Indigenous cultures
Presenter: Joseph Bruchac, musician, author and storyteller Nulhegan Abenaki Elder
Purple Swifts Migration Tracking for Frequent Flyers
Speaker: Bridget Stuchbury, York University
Gardening for birds
How to Create a Nature-Focused and Attractive Outdoor Space
Presenter: Natasha Barlow, Birds Canada
I’m a photographer?, I’m an ornithologist?, I’m both!
How to Find, View, and Get Great Birding Images on the Shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River in Canada
Presenter: Larry Mathewson, photographer and videographer
Creating a “Lights Out” Movement for a Bird-Safe Niagara Region
Presenter: Arthur Pearson, Executive Director Roger Tory Peterson Institute
New York and its Lights Out programs
Presenter: Kaitlyn Parkins, Director of Conservation and Science at Audubon in New York
RAMSAR – The Niagara River Wetlands of International Importance
Presented by: University at Buffalo Law Clinic
Niagara River Colonial Waterbirds
Learn about Tern Island, Blue Herons, Green Herons and other nesting species
Presenter: Connie Adams New York State Department of Conservation
Bird Watching at Niagara River State Parks
Learn about birds and birding spots at New York State Parks on the Niagara River
Presenter: Matt Nustein, New York State Parks Naturalist and Educator
The New York State Bird Trail
Learn about New York’s New Online Birding and Sightseeing Initiative, New York State Birding Trail and Niagara Region Component
Presenter: Kayla Baker, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, 50 years later
Learn about the impacts in the Niagara region of this landmark treaty and what we can do moving forward
Presenter: Margaret Wooster
Why Nature in the Niagara River Corridor Matters
Learn about the importance of bird and fish biodiversity in the Niagara River Corridor Globally Significant Bird Area
Presenter: Jay Burney, President of BON
Top 10 reasons to save Waverly Woods from Fort Erie Ontario
Waverly Woods is one of the most critical and relatively intact natural areas remaining on the Niagara River Corridor coastline. It is the breeding ground for endangered bird species. It also has great historical significance. It is seriously threatened by development.
Presenter: Marcie Jacklin, President of Community Voices of Fort Erie
From Canada’s perspective
Presenter: Justin Peter, Ontario Field Ornithologists
From the perspective of the United States
Presenter: Tom Kerr, Naturalist and Educator, Buffalo Audubon Society
Grass Island Conservation Update
Grass Island is a small habitat located in the Niagara River adjacent to Buckhorn Marsh State Park. It benefits breeding fish and provides a perch for migrating purple kingfishers. It is also a favorite party spot for summer boaters. Find out what is being done to protect this valuable wildlife habitat.
Presenter: David Spiering, New York State Parks
What is your favorite bird?
Tom Kerr and Jay Burney (Birds on the Niagara TV) have been busy interviewing birders you may already know on this topic for BON22. They have created a series of short programs that you can watch.
Log in: www.birdsontheniagara.org