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.

Brian Bledsoe

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

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...
Black Lake is best visited by boat.
The summit of Wakely Mountain provides good views of the Moose River Area, Raquette lake and the High Peaks to the northeast. The first part of the trail has been logged and proveds good habitat for...
Short, steep trail to open rocky summit, overlooks Lake George. Wetland and open hardwood forest.
Hiking trail to summit firetower. Nearby, walk the short trail along the Boreas River to Hewitt Eddy. The Goodnow Mountain nature trail and firetower, near Newcomb, provides access to more boreal...
The trail to the bog is only .3 miles. Watch for Boreal Birds along the trail. Listen for American Three-toed or Black-backed Woodpeckers. Wood Warblers inhabit the hardwoods by the parking are...
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...
Explore extensive wetlands in the southeast end of Lake George in Warner Bay, as well as Dunham and Harris Bays.
Trail to Thomas Mountain follows logging road as it winds up the mountain for approximately 1.5 miles and ends at a quaint cabin (not accessible to the public). Trail to Cat Mountain begins at...
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