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

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...
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.
Pitch pine-oak forest, northern hardwoods, cattail marshes. Network of foot trails. Begin at the trail register heading north, after descending and crossing a small bridge, the trail begins to veer...
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...
Starting with the Boreal Life Trail (1.3 miles) cross an extensive boardwalk through a northern bog. In addition to birds, this walking trail has an impressive display of native orchids during early...
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,...
An extensive boreal bog accessed via a foot trail which follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. Adjacent Bigelow Road (unmaintained dirt road) extends access to the north. Gray Jay, Boreal...
View the 900-foot cliffs of the Split Rock Range from your boat. During June and July, watch the courtship rituals of Peregrine Falcons. Bald Eagles and migrating Hawks.
Wilson Hill WMA is an open water wetland adjacent to the St. Lawrence River. This 3,434-acre area consists of several large open water pools of approximately 1800 acres bordered by cattail, shrub...
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