Birding in the Adirondacks

Each June, birdwatchers flock to the annual birding celebrations held throughout the Adirondack Region.
Adirondack Barred Owl

Barred Owl at the Mark Twain Camp

Jack Drury
Adirondack Barred Owl Catches Dinner

An Adirondack Barred Owl looks on curiously with a hair in it's tallons.

Sandy Ostrander
Adirondack Loon

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.

David Baker

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

Spring Pond Bog is a boreal forest and peat complex with a 500-acre open bog. Boreal species such as Spruce Grouse. Trail, handicapped accessible boardwalk. Contact Adirondack Nature Conservancy for...
Upper and Lower Lakes WMA is a large developed wetland complex lying between the Grasse River and the Oswegatchie River. The wet sedge meadows are home to the Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern,...
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...
Hiking trail to rocky summit ridge and mountaintop pond. Boreal forest species.
North of Bolton Landing, Northwest Bay brook and wetlands can be explored by trail or canoe, starting from the car top launch site. Waterfowl, American Bittern, Swans.
This Northern Adirondack peak features dense subalpine coniferous forests favored by Bicknell's Thrush. Hiking trail leads past old ranger cabin and firetower at the summit. Views of Lake...
Look for boreal species along the dirt road and Warblers on the trail to the summit fire tower. Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell's Thrush in the high-elevation zone. To reach the trailhead, take the...
There is a nesting pair of Osprey on the lakeshore and Common Loons on the lake. This location is best seen from the water as blowdown is abundant. Wood Warblers can be found on the shoreline and...
This scenic village park provides a panoramic view of a widewater pool formed near the confluence of Branch Brook with the Salmon River. A check for southbound shorebirds in late summer may turn up...
Pitch pine-oak forest, northern hardwoods, cattail marshes. Network of Foot trails. Park near gate and follow road west along the marsh. Alternatively, walk along the road north, cross the railroad...
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