Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center

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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 July: Grass-Pink, Rose Pogonia, and hundreds of White Fringed Orchis. Best birding is in late May - early June, and the trail has an overlook tower on Barnum Pond. Scan marshy areas for Wood Duck, American Black Duck, and Great Blue Heron, and listen for pumping American Bittern. Olive-sided Flycatcher can be heard from the boardwalk and Black-backed Woodpecker nests nearby. Warblers include breeding (Yellow) Palm Warbler on the bog and Northern Parula in the nearby forest. A right at the trail junction leads down a side trail to a rather unstable dock that gives a view of the stream. Back on the main trail continue right, soon passing a Broad-winged Hawk nest on the left. Visitors may return to the center by turning left on Jenkins Mountain Road. Another option is the 0.8 mile Barnum Brook Trail, part of which skirts Heron Marsh where Common Goldeneye use a nest box annually. Yet another choice is the 0.7 mile Shingle Mill Falls Trail, with a floating bridge across the marsh and at least ten warbler species. The frogs heard in the marsh are not only Green Frog, but also the Boreal Mink Frog. Back at the parking area, listen for Purple Finch in summer, or watch and listen to birds visiting the feeders from the indoor comfort of the VIC in winter. Open year-round.

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