While visiting friends in the along the Raquette River, we came across a common loon in the distance. We cut the engine of his runabout and watched the loon dive. After 30 - 45 seconds, the loon reappeared close enough to allow for several shots before diving again. I've tried to get these birds before, but they always proved to be too elusive or the lighting was wrong or they were too distant or....whatever. This was one of those opportunities which just adds to the magical nature of the "dacks". My father was born and raised in these mountains and I've always felt an almost spiritual relationship to these mountains. Moments like today's only emphasize these feelings all the more.
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
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.
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