The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
Resources and Links
Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve Brochure
Birds of Times Beach
Checklist of Birds Observed at Times Beach
Butterflies, Pollinators, and important Insects of Times Beach
Iconic Species at Times Beach
-This is a link to our page that identifies and connects to a variety of birds and pollinators that help to characterize the Nature Preserve, the Buffalo Waterfront, and the region. We add new species on a seasonal basis.
Young and Young at Heart
This great resource for bird and nature beginners of all ages was shared to us by a young birder that is just beginning what could be a life-long relationship with birds and all things nature. Here is his message:
"My name is Tommy and I am 10 and I have been working on a bird watching project for school. When I was researching, I came across "The Young Birder’s Backyard Guide" and it has been very helpful! Not only did I learn about migration but I also learned about bird conservation!"
Threats and Concerns
Audubon Report: 314 Species on the Brink
September 2014 -Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds including the Bald Eagle, the Common Loon, the Baltimore Oriole and many other species that are found at Times Beach Nature Preserve.
International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes (IJC)
IJC Report: Lake Erie Ecosystems Priority
"A Balanced Diet for Lake Erie-Reducing phosphorous loadings and harmful algal blooms"
This is a startling 2014 detailing the rapidly declining conditions of the waters of Lake Erie. It recommends that the lake be declared “Impaired” which will trigger action under the U.S. Clean Water Act. The report makes 16 specific recommendations including banning of fertilizers on frozen fields, and increasing the amount of protected wetlands that serve as natural filters.
Cats and Birds
According to many sources, the single largest threat to birds worldwide, in North America, and at Times Beach are wild or feral cats or housecats that roam outside.
The University of Wisconsin issued a study that said as many as 150 million songbirds are killed annually in just in Wisconsin by cats. A Study done by Point Reyes, California researchers estimate that as many as 4.4 million songbirds may be killed daily in the U.S. by cat predation.
Many of us in The Friends of Times are cat lovers, but recognize that our responsibility includes spaying and neutering and keeping our cats indoors.
Links to cats issues:
American Bird Conservancy
Bird Smart Design
Fatal Light Awareness Program FLAP
FLAP Resources Links Page
International Dark Sky Association
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) Collisions and Buildings
ABC Birds and Wind Development
Buffalo Audubon Society: http://www.buffaloaudubon.org/
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper: http://bnriverkeeper.org/
Buffalo Ornithological Society: http://www.buffaloornithologicalsociety.org/
Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.friendsofiroquoisnwr.org/
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc.: http://www.hawkcreek.org
Niagara River Greenway Commission: http://www.niagaragreenway.org/
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1977.html
The Nature Conservancy:
Tifft Nature Preserve: http://www.sciencebuff.org/tifft-nature-preserve/
Western New York Enviornmentl Alliance (WNYEA) www.growwny.org
Western New York Land Conservancy: http://www.wnylc.org/