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

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.
68.5 acres featuring two distinct habitats. A manmade canal separates a small floodplain from a mountain slope of mature white pine-northern hardwood forest. The canal teminates into a small pond....
This road provides five miles of good spring and summer birding, with little traffic, plenty of room to pull over to stop (which should be done often, to look & listen), and varied habitat....
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...
This 1900-acre park is a bird-watchers haven featuring Great Crested, Alder, and Least Flycatchers, Swallows, Purple Martins, Winter Wrens, Vireos and Warblers. Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in...
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...
A unique mix of abandoned farm fields and second growth forest. A 2.8 mile hiking trail traverses the entire length of the area connecting the North and South parking lots. Ruffed Grouse, Turkey,...
A 2000 ft cliff forms one side of this narrow pass where it squeezes the famed West Branch of the Ausable River. The road narrows and traffic may be heavy, roadside parking allows viewing and access...
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...
South of Piseco Lake. Excellent birding area along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River where Route 10 parallels a meandering flatwater, marshes and bogs. Wintering Crossbills. The river can be...
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