The lab is the focal point of the BBO’s activities. It’s where we band birds and give educational presentations to school groups, Girl Guides, university students, and anyone else who stops by. Our current building is over 30 years old and is far too small to accommodate the large groups we now receive. The lack of space is particularly problematic during owl banding in the fall, when visitors can get quite cold waiting outside.
We plan to replace the lab with a new, expanded educational facility which will feature a much larger banding room with better sight lines and space for educational displays. It will provide a greatly improved experience for visitors, allow us to expand our educational programs, and it will be a legacy which will see the BBO through the next 30 years.
We’re pursuing grants to help with the costs, but most will only match funds that have already been raised. The new building will cost approximately $120,000. We need your help to raise the first half!