Great Adirondack Birding Celebration returns this week | News, Sports, Jobs

PAUL SMITHS – The big celebration of birding in the Adirondacks will return to Paul Smith’s College VIC this Friday through Sunday.

The event will introduce birders of all ages and skill levels to the birds and unique boreal habitats of the Adirondacks Park.

Experienced birders will lead full-day or half-day tours to places like Whiteface Mountain, Madawaska Flow, and Spring Pond Bog, New York’s second-largest expanse of open bog. Anyone interested can even get in the water with a canoe tour led by the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (canoe rentals available).

Depending on where participants travel, they might see Bicknell’s Thrush, Willows, Hawks, Bald Eagles and many other species.

Spring Pond Bog trip guests can then visit Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake for a Spruce Grouse talk while purchasing lunch and a pint of Spruce Tip IPA, a beer created in partnership with Northern New York Audubon.

For those new to birding, two free hands-on workshops are available: one at the CIV and another at the International Paper John Dillon Park in Long Lake, a fully accessible wilderness campground. These beginner sessions will introduce field identification and song identification skills. Other free sessions include beginner birding tours at the VIC and Dillon Park, and a raptor program by Mark Manske at the VIC this Saturday.

“We are thrilled to welcome back birdwatchers for the 18th Great Adirondack Birding Celebration,” said Scott van Laer, director of the VIC. “Even though we missed the last two years due to the pandemic, the birds never fail to return. And the incredible variety of bird species that birdwatchers know to expect will also be here this year.

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