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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Red-Breasted 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 Adiondack 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

This trail from Lake George Village takes you up to Prospect Mt. 1 5/8 mile trail follows the roadbed of an old cable railway that served a once-thriving summer hotel on the summit of the mountain....
Access at public boat launch sites and parks. Birding from adjacent backroads or by boat on 44 miles of flatwater. Breeding Bank and Tree Swallows, Belted Kingfisher and waterfowl.
Boreal forests and wetland habitats including hundreds of lakes and ponds. Off- road birding on trails in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Areas or just around Moss Lake. Take to the water for even more...
Popular hiking trails traverse the rugged uplands of the Tongue Mountain Range. Look for nesting pairs of Peregrine Falcons and waterfowl. Caution: Rattlesnakes are found in this area. Stay on the...
This is a rewarding flatwater canoe trip through a prime area for boreal birds, with a side trip by car and foot to a neighboring pond with marsh birds. Look for Bald Eagle, both American Three-toed...
One of the nation's top-rated State Parks with four-seaon activities. Featuring a sandy beach, hiking and cross-country ski trails, water access, and proximity to Saratoga Springs and Lake...
A mixture of grassland, bottomland deciduous forest, wooded swamps, meadows, cedar/juniper scrub, and hawthorn groves. Unusual diversity and abundance of migratory song birds, more than 175 species...
One of the largest boreal peatlands in the state with extensive wetland habitat and spruce-fir forests. Spruce Grouse and an impressive concentration of Palm Warblers breed here. Other...
825 acres located on the shore of Lake Champlain. Mixture of open and forested areas, Marshes, Open Water and Shoreline. Nature Center, twelve miles of foot trails.
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