Kestrel Haven
an Avian Migration Observatory

in the Heart of the Fingerlakes

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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 Schuyler County .

This is a privately owned, perpetual wildlife sanctuary and the only full time, non-profit avian research (banding) station in New York State . 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 county.

Among 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.

Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
John & Sue Gregoire
Field Ornithologists
5373 Fitzgerald Road
Burdett, NY 14818-9626

"Conserve & Create HABITAT"

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Last updated on April 22, 2013