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

This is a rewarding flatwater canoe trip through a prime area for boreal birds, with a side trip by car and foot to a neighboring pond with marsh birds. Look for Bald Eagle, both American Three-toed...
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.
Lakeshore Trail (3.5 miles, RT). Old carriage trails start from Shelving Road Road and lead to Shelving Rock Falls area and continue down to Lake George. Beautiful lakeside views and day-use picnic...
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...
Hiking trail leads up to a rocky summit with views and firetower. Look for birds of prey such as the Pergrine Falcon, migrating hawks and ravens.
825 acres located on the shore of Lake Champlain. Mixture of open and forested areas, Marshes, Open Water and Shoreline. Nature Center, twelve miles of foot trails.
Recently acquired by the State of New York, Madawaska has been a favored boreal birding area for a half-century or more. Explore the extensive boreal forests, marshes and bogs of Madawaska Pond and...
Hiking trail to summit firetower. Boreal habitat.
Featuring longest stretch (2 miles) of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Champlain, this rugged area includes a network of trails, scenic vistas, and is most famous for its rattlesnakes.
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...
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