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Ales on the Trails plus bird banding demo set for June 11th at Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve

Seneca Meadows, Inc. and Braddock Bay Bird Observatory of Hilton, NY, today announced that a bird banding demonstration along with Ales on the Trails will be held at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve on Saturday, June 11th from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. The public is invited to drop-in anytime to this free event.  

In tandem with the annual bird banding, the popular Ales on the Trails event is returning to the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve also on June 11th from 10:00AM – Noon.  The event features a self-guided trail walk and local brewery tastings and purchase opportunities.  Featured breweries are Wagner Brewing of Lodi and Fleur di Lis Brew Works of Seneca Falls.

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“The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is at the gateway to the wineries and beer trails.” Said Mark Deutschlander, PhD., President of Braddock Bay Bird Observatory. “This is a perfect first stop for the beginning of a beer trail tour with the added highlight of being able to interact with nature up close and personal during our bird banding demonstration.”


Mark Benjamin, Seneca Meadows Community Relations Director said, “Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is one of our environmental conservation partners, and we are grateful they are lending their expertise to provide our community with this amazing experience. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to observe wild birds this closely.”

Bird banding is a scientific tool used to gather data regarding avian population demographics, behavior, movement, and physiology. Fine mesh nets are strategically placed to safely capture the birds. Once captured, a numbered ring is placed on each bird’s right leg.


The banding demonstration will be conducted by Braddock Bay Bird Observatory staff. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk to the nets along with Observatory staff, taste local beers or wait in the parking lot where all birds will be processed. The event is suitable for all ages and physical abilities.

Birds anticipated to be captured include, warblers, wrens, sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, Red-winged Blackbirds, bluebirds and swallows. No registration required, participants are encouraged to drop-in anytime between 8am and 11am.