Birds of the Adirondacks:  Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org  Used by permission.

Birding Festivals in the Adirondacks:
2016 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration


Birds of the Adirondacks: Golden-winged Warbler. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks: Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks: Boreal Chickadee. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks: Gray Jay. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks: Black-backed Woodpecker. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks: Mourning Warbler. Photo by Larry Master. www.masterimages.org
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This site is no longer being updated with current information on birding activities at the VIC. For current information on the 2017 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, visit: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/vic/gabc/.

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:

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.

List of birds seen during the 2015 Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

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

Information on Previous Great Adirondack Birding Celebrations

2015 GABC
2014 GABC
2013 GABC
2012 GABC

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.