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Connected with the Finger
Lakes National Forest and a large hemlock wetland, this 60-acre
sanctuary is known as Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory.
An inviting migratory stopover and year-round sanctuary for birds
and other wildlife, this sanctuary and bird banding station provides
invaluable data for assessing the biological health of the area. Daily
weather data is transmitted to the National
Weather Service and then made available worldwide. These data
form the "official" weather database for
is a privately owned, perpetual wildlife sanctuary and the only
full time, non-profit avian research (banding) station in
Bird Banding is under the aegis of the U.S.
Department of the Interior and data are published in scientific
journals as well as being publicly available through the Department. As of january 2010,
over 80,000 birds of 145 forms have been banded here. A total of 220 avian
species have been reported as a part of daily point counts. The
overall data is invaluable in assessing the biologic health of the
the sanctuary's ever-increasing array of wildlife inhabitants are
220 avian species, several reptiles and amphibians, many woodland
mammals, and many species of butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies.
Through the Gregoires' foresight and generosity, the sanctuary is
now protected by a conservation easement with Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.