Birds of the Adirondacks:  Bicknell's Thrush on Whiteface Mountain. Photo by Larry Master.  Used by permission.

Birding Festivals in the Adirondacks:
2014 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
6-8 June 2014

2015 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
5 June - 7 June 2015

Birds of the Adirondacks: Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Yellow Warbler. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Common Yellowthroat. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Boreal Chickadee. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: American Redstart. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Northern Flicker. Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Larry Master. Birds of the Adirondacks: Black-backed Woodpecker. Bloomingdale, NY.  Photo by Larry Master.
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Pricing and Registration

Schedule of Events

The 12th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration -- the longest running boreal birding festival in the Northeast -- will be held 6-8 June 2014 at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, New York. The festival will feature field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, workshops, a raffle, social hours and more. More about Events and Activities at the 2014 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

The keynote speaker is Noah Strycker, Associate Editor of Birding magazine. His topic is “Bird World,” an exploration of the parallels between bird and human behavior. Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Strycker explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, life-long loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate. More about Keynote Speaker Noah Strycker

Some of the boreal species that participants in the birding festival hope to find include the Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, Bicknell's Thrush and a variety of migrating warblers.

The 3,000-acre Paul Smiths VIC is an eBird Birding Hotspot. It contains every habitat type found in the Adirondack Park with the exception of alpine vegetation. Included on the property is a 60-acre marsh, five ponds, several brooks and swamps, bogs, fens, and varied forest types, most notably northern boreal forest. The site includes significant glacial and geological features and provides scenic vistas of Saint Regis Mountain and Jenkins Mountain. The VIC property includes over 25 miles of trails, including 6 miles of interpretive trails, for spring, summer, and fall use. An interactive Trail Map is available here.

Information on the 2013 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

Trip reports from selected field trips during previous Great Adirondack Birding Celebrations are available here:



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.