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
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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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: