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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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

Take to the water by kayak or canoe and explore the open marsh at the mouth of the LaChute River. Green Heron, Common Moorhen, Black Tern, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Warbling Vireo, Orchard Oriole,...
Best during spring and fall migration, this site is a shallow depression that fills with pickerel weed as the season progresses. After ice-out, the pond attracts American Black Duck and other...
70 acres overlooking Lake George. Trails, perennial gardens, wildlife exhibits, nature programs. Wetland, open fields, mixed forest. Mallard Ducks, Eastern Bluebird, Red-tailed Hawk, Wild Turkey,...
Explore extensive wetlands in the southeast end of Lake George in Harris Bay, as well as Dunham and Warner Bays.
This road typifies the best of birding along the Border. Just after turning onto Mary Riley Road, check the drainage ditch across from the barn and scan the adjacent cornfields for waterfowl - a pair...
Ride the Gondola and take a short hike to the summit fire tower, or hike the full distance, 9 miles round-trip. Nearby, Thirteenth Lake is the trailhead for hikes up to Peaked Mountain Pond and...
Paddle through bogs and marshes on this extensive 11 mile waterway from Hitchins Pond to Lows Lake. Common Loons, Ducks, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Barred Owls, Thrushes and Warblers.
This dirt road is lightly-traveled and can be walked and birded along its entire length for a wide variety of birds. About eight miles down the road is Powley Place, and on the left side of the road...
Hardwood swamps, cattail marshes, old fields. Foot trails, boat access. Waterfowl.
Starting with the Boreal Life Trail (1.3 miles) cross an extensive boardwalk through a northern bog. In addition to birds, this walking trail has an impressive display of native orchids during early...
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