Great Horned Owl at the Paul Smiths VIC (27 July 2013)

October is Owl Month at the VIC!

Barn Owl at the Paul Smiths VIC (25 May 2013)Barn Owl from Adirondack Raptors at the Paul Smiths VIC October is Owl Month at the Paul Smiths VIC. Events during the month feature live owl presentations, evening Owl Prowls, a day-long program on owls, and opportunities for the public to participate in the Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Program.

All About Owls

To celebrate Owl Month, the Paul Smith’s College VIC, Adirondack Raptors, and the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge are teaming up to provide a day-long program on owls.  The activities will include opportunities to see and learn about the following owls: Barn Owl; Barred Owl; Eastern Screech-Owl; Great Horned Owl; Long-eared Owl; Short-eared Owl; and Northern Saw-whet Owl. For more information and a schedule of events on Owl Day, click here.


Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Program at the Paul Smiths VIC (Fall 2012)Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Program at the Paul Smiths VIC (27 September 2012)

Owl Prowls

Join Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister at 7:30 PM for a night owl prowl. $10 for adults. $5 for Friends of the VIC.  Free for PSC students.  Preregistration appreciated. Call the VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information or email

Saw-whet Owl Banding

The 2013 Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Program begins on 27 September and runs through 3 November. The banding begins at around dusk nightly (weather permitting) and lasts until around 11:00 PM. During the 2012 season, 35 owls were banded. The project is one of the research programs run by Adirondack Raptors, a privately owned business that monitors and studies the local raptor populations. The Northern Saw-whet Owl (NSWO) is a small and wonderfully photogenic owl that lives in woodlands and preys mainly on mice.

For more information on this project, visit or call (518) 521-7123 for more information.

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.