Official New York State Birding Trail Recognized in Branchport

The boardwalk on the birding trail leads to a timber frame pavilion.

Finger Lakes Museum’s Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve announced as site of NYS Birding Trail      

The Finger Lakes Museum has officially become a part of the NYS Birding Trail. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added the museum’s trail through the preserve, in addition to seven other sites across the state, in February of this year. These 332 designated locations across New York allow for a special birding experience for all visitors.  

The Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve at the Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport is a unique property that is a prime location for migratory birds in the spring and fall seasons. Located in Branchport on Keuka Lake, the views are stunning and the ecosystem is rich with flora, fauna and wildlife.

Experts have identified over 50 species of birds that inhabit the precious land and water areas of the preserve.  The predominant species are blue jay, American goldfinch, red winged blackbird, American robin and turkey vultures. This unique and interesting property has served as a natural water filtration system for over 160 square miles of agricultural and residential runoff for thousands of years. Therefore, many unique species have made it their home. The museum has developed many short trails, a boardwalk leading to a shoreline octagon pavilion, and interpretive signs for the preserve. 

Come on your own or join the museum on May 13 for their 10th Annual Bird Walk at the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve. Birding experts Mahlon and Eleanor Hurst will walk with you through the trails and help you discover what bird species are migrating and nesting there. Bring your binoculars and enjoy the beauty of the Finger Lakes. Sign up here to save your spot:

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