This Black-capped Chickadee photographed by Suzette Paduano is one of the species that will likely be spotted during the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s Bird Count on Saturday, October 8. To be part of this major endeavor that began in 1939, you can contact the Audubon Nature Center.

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people — beginning to advanced birders — to cover the four-county territory that is counted.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8. If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939. The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration.

The count provides a historical reference for bird species found in Western New York. For more information you can visit the BOS website,

In addition to providing a fun day of birding, the count generates data which make a real contribution to the understanding of local bird populations.

It is important that each person has an assigned territory to cover the broadest coverage without overlapping.

Reservations are required by October 1 to get an assigned count area. Contact Audubon Nature Center President Ruth Lundin at (716) 569-2345 or to be given an area.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.

To learn more about the Nature Center and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit