Birding in the Adirondacks

Each June, birdwatchers flock to the annual birding celebrations held throughout the Adirondack Region.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
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Nuthatch
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Purple Finches

Male and female Purple Finches.

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The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

In the Adirondack Lakes Region the annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration takes place at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center a few miles outside Saranac Lake, NY. Join local birding experts and naturalists as they take you on a journey that will offer variety of birding habitats guaranteed to help grow your birding life list. The area is rich with boreal birds such such as Boreal Chickadees, Grey Jays, Bicknells Thrush, and Black Backed Woodpeckers (just to name a few). Catch the early morning chorus in the beauty of the Adirondacks or explore after dark on an Owl Prowl for Barred and Saw-whet Owls you won't forget!  Each year the region hosts world renowned speakers, workshops, walks and hikes and the popular Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge.

The Adirondack Birding Festival

In the Adirondack Wild join New York state licensed Adirondack guides for canoe trips, hiking excursions and lectures throughout Hamilton County during the annual Adirondack Birding Festival.

Workshops and exhibits on photography, birds of prey, loons, the Mountain Birdwatch Program, and Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of New York state will provide participants with background about the region and the local Adirondack bird species. There will also be seminars about owl rehabilitation and rescue along with an opportunity to track moose in hopes of obtaining some great photos; and nighttime brings owl and coyote calling trips.

The county is also home to four IBAs as designated by Audubon New York including: Moose River Plains; The William C. Whitney Wilderness; Adirondack High Peaks; and the Adirondack Loon Complex.

Birding Listings

Look for more boreal birds along the remote Blue/Azure Mountain Road. From the entrance gate of Paul Smith's College, take Route 30 a few hundred feet north and turn left (west) onto Keese Mill...
Right-of-way marked by two yellow-painted iron pipes. Parking along road. Marsh, hardwood forest, adjoining apple orchard. Foot trail leads to three observation points overlooking a marsh. Watch for...
Upper and Lower Lakes WMA is a large developed wetland complex lying between the Grasse River and the Oswegatchie River. The wet sedge meadows are home to the Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern,...
Explore extensive wetlands in the southeast end of Lake George in Warner Bay, as well as Dunham and Harris Bays.
This classic Adirondack hike up to the summit of Ampersand Mountain winds through an growth forest--stately hemlock, maple, birch, and beech trees. The steep 2.8 mile hike to the summit reveals a...
Hiking trail to rocky summit ridge and mountaintop pond. Boreal forest species.
Hardwood swamps, cattail marshes, old fields. Foot trails, boat access. Waterfowl.
12 ecological communities ranging from emergent marsh to floodplain forest at the mouth of the Ausable River. A managed wildlife area featuring potholes, dikes and islands, as well as ditching and...
View the 900-foot cliffs of the Split Rock Range from your boat. During June and July, watch the courtship rituals of Peregrine Falcons. Bald Eagles and migrating Hawks.
Fish Creek WMA consists of a 2,046-acre natural wetland which is primarily an emergent marsh whose water level is dependent on the many beaver dams on the Fish Creek drainage and 2,392 acres of...
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