Birding Festivals in the Adirondacks:
2016 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
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Join us for the 14th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration — the longest running boreal birding festival in the Northeast. The festival will be held 3 - 5 June 2016 at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, New York. You may sign up for one or more of the scheduled events, taking advantage of our a la carte pricing. The three-day event will offer a wide variety of activities designed to appeal to both experienced and beginning birders, including:
- All-day birding field trips on Friday
- Saturday and Sunday morning field trips to boreal birding hot spots
- Informative lectures and workshops
Some of the boreal species that participants in the birding festival hope to find include the Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell's Thrush and a variety of migrating warblers, such as the Golden-winged Warbler.
The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College 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.
Trip Reports from the 2015 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
- Bird the VIC Walk (6 June 2015)
- Intervale Lowlands Trip Report (6 June 2015)
- Intervale Lowlands Trip Report (7 June 2015)
- Heaven Hill Farm Trip Report (7 June 2015)