Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks:  Blackburnian Warbler near the VIC Parking Lot (20 May 2014)

Birding the Adirondack Mountains:
Birding at the Paul Smiths VIC

Adirondack Birding: Yellow-rumped Warbler near the VIC parking lot (17 May 2015)Adirondack Birding : Yellow-rumped Warbler near the VIC parking lot (17 May 2015)

List of Birds at the Paul Smiths VIC

The 3,000-acre Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) includes varied Adirondack habitats, providing excellent opportunities to see and hear the many different birds that make the Adirondacks their seasonal or year-round home. As a result, the VIC has become a bird watching haven, attracting birders from throughout the northeast.

Birds of the Adirondacks: Common Loon on Black Pond from the Black Pond Trail at the Paul Smiths VIC (26 May 2015)
Common Loons usually nest on Black Pond and can also be seen on Little Black Pond. Both ponds are accessible from the Black Pond Trail and the Woods and Waters Trail. Common Loon on Black Pond at the Paul Smiths VIC (26 May 2015).

The Paul Smith's College VIC has continued the tradition of providing guided bird walks and nature walks throughout the year. A variety of bird walks and nature walks are held throughout the year, including Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walks in the spring, summer, and fall, and Snowshoe Bird Walks in the winter. The VIC also hosts the annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC), featuring birding trips, lectures, and workshops. The 2015 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC) was held on 5 - 7 June 2015 and featured field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, workshops, and more.

To give a better sense of where and when each bird may be observed at the VIC, detailed trip reports from organized VIC bird walks are provided below.


Trip Reports from VIC Bird Walks
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (11 July 2015) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (4 July 2015)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (27 June 2015) Warbler ID Workshop (20 June 2015)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (20 June 2015) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (13 June 2015)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 May 2015) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (23 May 2015)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (26 July 2014) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (19 July 2014)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (12 July 2014) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (5 July 2014)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (21 June 2014) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (14 June 2014)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (31 May 2014) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (24 May 2014)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (17 May 2014) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (14 September 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (11 September 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (7 September 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (27 July 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (20 July 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (18 July 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (6 July 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (29 June 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (15 June 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (8 June 2013) Beginner Birder Workshop (1 June 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (22 May 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (8 May 2013)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (4 May 2013) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (22 September 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (19 September 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (12 September 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 June 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (28 June 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (23 June 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (16 June 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (10 June 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (7 June 2012)
Beginner Bird Walk at the VIC (2 June 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 May 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (26 May 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (23 May 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (19 May 2012) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (16 May 2012)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 July 2011) Beginner Birder Workshop (29 July 2011)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (27 July 2011) Beginner Birder Workshop (22 July 2011)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (20 July 2011) Beginner Birder Workshop (15 July 2011)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (13 July 2011) Beginner Birder Workshop (8 July 2011)
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (6 July 2011) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (2 July 2011)
Beginner Birder Workshop (1 July 2011) Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (29 June 2011)


Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.