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Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area
Description: This expanse of grasslands, marshes and open water, just west of Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is an important stop on the Atlantic Flyway for large gatherings of migrating raptors, waterfowl and songbirds in the spring and fall. The geography here funnels thousands of birds to food, shelter and nesting sites among the wetlands, scrub and woods.

Waterfowl and wading and diving birds are attracted to the area, and the Braddock Bay Hawk Watch records thousands of migrating raptors each year as well. In April, visitors are doubly treated to the cacophony of ducks and geese in the marshes and ponds, while kettles of hawks and the occasional eagle circle high above.

Songbirds forage in shrubs and forests at the landward edges of the marshes, and field birds thrive in the grasslands. In addition to watching birds, visitors may also spy turtles, deer, foxes, muskrats and squirrels in the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl common to the Atlantic Flyway, including mallards, Canada geese, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, brant, goldeneye and long-tailed ducks, may be seen at several pulloffs along Edgemere Drive. The very lucky or skilled observer may see notoriously shy American and least bitterns hunting minnows and frogs in the shallows, while pied-billed grebes suddenly vanish underwater to hide or feed. Painted and snapping turtles are commonly seen in the warm months sunning themselves in the marshes or looking for places along the trails to lay their eggs in June.

From the hawk-watch platform at Braddock Bay Park, look for raptors like the northern harrier and bald eagle and the many varieties of migrating hawks common here during spring and fall. Look for bobolinks, meadowlarks, sedge wrens and field, song and savannah sparrows in the grasslands.

White-tailed deer browse the woods and shrubs, coyotes and red foxes stalk small mammals, raccoons search for crayfish, and muskrats dine on the roots and stems of water plants in shallow wetlands and streams.

Special Tips: Hunting, fishing, and trapping (by permit) are allowed at this site. There are no restroom facilities. Braddock Bay Park is nearby and offers a variety of amenities.

Some trails and two accessible wildlifewatching platforms

585-226-5380, Lake Ontario Pkwy., Greece, NY 14612

www.dec. ny.gov/outdoor/55991. html

Other Activities: Roadways provide easy access to the many trails that lace through the area. Some trails are paved and accessible to persons with disabilities. Some also have interpretive signs. There are two accessible platforms and a boardwalk into the marsh, as well as blinds for wildlife photography. The hawk-watch platform includes informative panels on the kind of raptors visitors may see.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town od Greece 
Size: 2,125 acres 
Closest Town: Greece

ParkingTent CampingFishingHuntingHandicap AccessibleSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Northern Shoveler Pair, Photo by Wayne Jones
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From Rochester, take I-490 west to exit 9A to I-390 north. After 7.6 miles, take exit 27B to Lake Ontario State Pkwy. west toward Hamlin Beach. Take the E. Manitou Rd. exit toward Braddock Bay Park.

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Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area