Location: Town of Greece, Monroe County
Size: 5 acres
Description: This preserve provides migratory bird stopover habitat adjacent to Braddock Bay and close to Lake Ontario. Manitou Beach consists of 5 acres of field and hedgerow, shrub and cattail wetlands extending into Braddock Bay as well as a small beach on Lake Ontario. In the spring, colorful warblers and other songbirds can be found throughout this small preserve.
Trail Description: Manitou Beach Preserve has a 0.3-mile loop trail through the open meadow, along the woodlands edge, and close to the cattail marshes of Braddock Bay for walking and birding. Genesee Land Trust maintains a short trail through the adjacent wooded DEC lands. The trail provides excellent birding opportunities in the spring.
History: The preserve is on the southeast side of Manitou Beach Road and completes the permanent protection of the open land in the area. Bordered by DEC-owned land, Braddock Bay, and a small area of residences near Lake Ontario, Manitou Beach Preserve is adjacent to the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (BBBO), an international migratory bird research station that has banded and studied birds in this area for over 20 years.
Long-time owner, William Kaiser has been a loyal supporter of BBBO and has worked with Genesee Land Trust over the past decade to ensure the protection of this key bird habitat.
Driving Directions: From Lake Ontario State Parkway, follow Manitou Beach Road (Route 261) north. The Manitou Beach Preserve is on the southeast side of Manitou Beach Road. Roadside parking is available near the northeast end of the road.
GPS coordinates: 43.321821,-77.714968
Photos by Nigel P. Kent and Genesee Land Trust staff