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

Adirondack Nature Conservancy Preserve. Home to the largest and most diverse waterbird colony on Lake Champlain. Nesting species include Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Great Egret,...
Explore extensive wetlands in the southeast end of Lake George in Harris Bay, as well as Dunham and Warner Bays.
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,...
The waterway is good Boreal Habitat. Look for Wood Warblers, American bittern. The mile-long foot trail on the right side of the dam goes through large hardwoods to the Sagamore Rd and is good for...
Unique habitat, hiking, cross country skiing, nature study.The Clintonville pitch pine-heath barrens sit on a sand delta deposited 12,000 years ago by glacial melt water. The sandy, well-drained soil...
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.
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...
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...
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....
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...
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