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Braddock Bay
Braddock Bay

Braddock Bay, sometimes improperly referred to as Braddock's Bay, is a small bay of Lake Ontario located in Monroe County northwest of Rochester, New York in the United States. Braddock Bay is renowned for being an excellent bird-watching location, as raptors and other birds congregate there when migrating north in spring.

The bay's name is derived from a "barbarous mispronunciation" of its original name, Prideaux Bay, which referred to British General John Prideaux. The name was first given after Prideaux and his force of 3,200 soldiers encamped at the bay in 1759, on their way to the Battle of Fort Niagara during the French and Indian War, where Prideaux would be killed. Initial mispronunciation of the bay's name led to some confusion with British General Edward Braddock, resulting in the bay's current name.

The primary purposes of Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA is a 2,125 acre parcel which was transferred in 1982 to DEC from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This transfer did not include approximately 375 acres, which includes Braddock Bay Marina, Braddock Bay Park (day use area), and Beatty Point, which was leased to the Town of Greece.

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. Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area has been designated as a Bird Conservation Area.

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Braddock Point Light was a lighthouse just west of Braddock Bay at Bogus Point on Lake Ontario in New York. It was established and lit in 1896 and was deactivated in 1954. The lighthouse was constructed out of red brick, with an octagonal tower. The lantern portion of the tower was removed from an 1870s lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Braddock in 1895. The original lens, installed in 1896, was a third-and-half-order Fresnel lens. The upper two-thirds of the tower was removed by the Coast Guard in 1954 due to structural damage.

The Coast Guard reactivated the light on February 28, 1999. The lighthouse is now privately owned and has opened as a bed and breakfast. The lighthouse was put up for sale in November 2014 by owners Donald and Nandy Town.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The population of huge, regal mute swans living wild in the Rochester area and the rest of upstate New York could largely disappear — be resettled or killed outright — under a proposed state management plan.

State officials say the swans, while loved by some, are an invasive species that competes with native waterfowl and other birds for habitat and food. They are, officials stress, as damaging to New York's ecosystem as razor-sharp zebra mussels, rampaging Eurasian boars or toxic giant hogweed.

So a revised management plan released in March by the Department of Environmental Conservation calls for "elimination" of the 200 or so wild mute swans that live upstate, though portions of a much larger population in downstate areas would be allowed to remain in place. The plan is open for public comment, after which it could be adopted.

There's an asterisk, a glimmer of hope for people who treasure the birds. Though the written plan doesn't allow for it, state officials now say that town governments, nonprofit groups or possibly even property owners could step forward and "adopt" small numbers of mute swans that already inhabit a given locale.Braddock Point Light .

They'd have to promise to keep the birds from fleeing by clipping their wings and to keep them from reproducing, state officials said.

"Our intention is to be flexible. If we can find people willing to be responsible for the swans, we'll try to work with them," said Bryan Swift, a waterfowl specialist for the DEC in Albany.

If that didn't work out, the likely alternatives would be forced removal or death.

One upstate swan lover said a plan that would do away with wild mute swans in upstate New York is appalling to him and his family.

"We were shocked by all of this, and feel that other people will be too," said Heath Szymczak, who lives in the Buffalo area but has a cottage on Lake Ontario in Hamlin. His family, which has helped form a group called "SOS — Save Our Swans NY," has come to know and love mute swans there.

"If mute swans truly present a danger, that's one thing. But there should be solid scientific evidence to back up such a radical plan as complete upstate elimination," he said.

The swans, which are native to Europe and Eurasia, were first brought to North America more than a century ago as ornaments for parks and private estates. Over time, some flew off and established breeding populations in the wild.

Mute swans arrived in Rochester and other communities on the Lake Ontario shoreline several decades ago, apparently having migrated across the lake from Canada. - USA Today