On Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., the Sodus Community Library will present a lecture by Richard Marx, advisory board member of the Genesee Land Trust entitled:  "Purple Martins' Majesty: Attracting and Managing This Unusual Bird." 

On Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., the Sodus Community Library will present a lecture by Richard Marx, advisory board member of the Genesee Land Trust entitled:  "Purple Martins' Majesty: Attracting and Managing This Unusual Bird." 

Marx, an environmental engineer, active not only with Genesee Land Trust, but also the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, is currently leading up the Purple Martin Conservation Project in conjunction with the Genesee Valley Audubon Society, focusing on establishing nesting colonies of these unusual birds. 

Birding has been a livelong pursuit of Marx, taking him on voyages all over North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Great Britain, Brazil, and Bolivia. But here at home, in the Rochester area, Marx works at attracting and protecting Purple Martins on Lake Ontario, Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye and Hemlock Lakes. His work has included the design and construction of wetlands and the installation of more than 100 nest boxes and other structures to protect songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey and bats. 

Marx will share his experiences on April 7th and will focus particularly on the Purple Martins — one of his favorites. Marx will also encourage audience members to learn more about birding groups in our area, specifically Braddock Bay Bird Observatory that is a center of international migratory bird research. This critical stopover is protected by the Genesee Land Trust, a local land conservation organization that preserves nearly 4,000 acres in the Greater Rochester Area. The Trust was also instrumental in saving Corbett's Glen in Brighton, working in partnership with the town and establishing it as a nature park.   

Genesee Land Trust, a non-profit founded in 1989, protects nearly 4,000 acres in Monroe and Wayne counties. With a mission to protect woods, wetlands, waterways, farmland, fish and wildlife habitat, scenic and recreational lands, Genesee Land Trust protects land by acquiring properties (preserves) or by acquiring the development rights to the land (conservation easements). It is proud to add Alasa Farms to its list of conservation easements. Genesee Land Trust, now holding the development rights to Alasa Farms, will steward these 627 acres, overlooking Sodus Bay forever. It is pleased to be working in partnership with Cracker Box Palace, a non-profit who that owns the property. This joint work will benefit the greater Sodus community.