Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walks
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister is leading a series of bird walks at the Paul Smiths VIC. Participants are challenged to see and hear many of the bird species identified by a young Teddy Roosevelt in his research while visiting Paul Smiths in the 1870s (See: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. The summer birds of the Adirondacks in Franklin County, N.Y.). Birders meet at the VIC building at 9:00 AM, $20/person. Free for Friends of the VIC Warblers; $15 for Friends of the VIC. Please preregister by 5 PM the day before by calling the Paul Smith's College VIC at (518) 327-6241.
Bird walks during May through August 2014 are scheduled for the following dates:
- Sunday, 4 May: This walk will provide an opportunity to see and hear early migrant and VIC resident bird species, such as Blue-headed Vireos, Black-throated Green Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ring-Necked Ducks, and Hermit Thrush.
- Saturday, 17 May: Participants will search for late migrating VIC summer birds, who are setting up nesting territory, singing, and showing off their mating display. Species usually seen and heard at this time at the VIC include Ovenbirds, Swamp Sparrows, Magnolia Warblers, Ring-necked Ducks, and Red-winged Blackbirds. Trip Report from the 17 May Bird Walk
- Saturday, 24 May: The search continues for singing and calling birds who make the Adirondacks their home. Some birds may be establishing territory; others are carrying nesting material, while still others may already be sitting on eggs, quiet and discrete. Birds seen and heard at this time include Northern Parulas, Cedar Waxwings, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Wood Ducks, and Alder Flycatchers. Trip Report from the 24 May Bird Walk
- Saturday, 31 May: Join Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister from 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM to search for, listen to, and see the many Adirondack bird species that make the Adirondack Mountains their home. Warning: you may be overwhelmed by the variety and plethora of birds seen this time of the year as breeding season is in full swing. Among the bird species seen and heard at this time of year are Winter Wrens, White-throated Sparrows, Common Mergansers, Blackburnian Warblers, American Bitterns, and Great Blue Herons. Trip Report from the 31 May Bird Walk
- Saturday, 14 June: Search for the VIC's summer resident birds with Brian McAllister of the Adirondack Birding Center. By this time, the birds are setting up nesting territory, singing, and showing off their mating display. Birds commonly seen and hear in mid-June at the VIC include Common Yellowthroats, Blackburnian Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Northern Flickers, Northern Parulas, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, and Ovenbirds.
- Saturday, 21 June: Continue the search for the many bird species that make the VIC their summer home with Brian McAllister of the Adirondack Birding Center. Birds seen or heard in late June at the VIC include American Black Ducks, Nashville Warblers, Palm Warblers. Eastern Phoebes, Ring-necked Ducks, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
- Saturday, 5 July: Early July is a good time to observe a wide variety of birds nesting or feeding their young. We might see juvenile Red-winged Blackbirds and White-throated Sparrows being fed by their mother. We might also see some juvenile American Bitterns, still sporting white down on their heads. Listen for young Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers squawking for food in their nest cavities.
- Saturday, 12 July: Mid-July promises continued opportunities to observe family behavior. Many birds have fledged by this time, and parents are busy feeding them. The woods and the edges of Heron Marsh and Barnum Bog are full of families and juvenile birds, including warblers. Look for recently-fledged Black-throated Blue Warblers and families of Golden-crowned Kinglets.
- Saturday, 19 July: In late July, the birds are continuing to focus on rearing their young. Look for Ring-necked Ducks and American Black Ducks paddling on Heron Marsh with their ducklings. We might also see a Cedar Waxwing on her nest or a family of Merlins on Barnum Bog.
- Saturday, 26 July: Late July provides an opportunity to develop listening skills. The woods are quieter than in the noisy courting period of May and early June, providing a chance to focus on individual birds. Bird species commonly seen and heard in late July include Winter Wren, Northern Flicker, Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, and American Bittern.
- Saturday, 9 August: During August, activity picks up in the woods, as fledglings come out and can be heard making begging calls to their parents. Bird species often seen on the VIC trails in early August include Great Blue Heron, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Cedar Waxwing.
- Saturday, 23 August: In late August and early September, many of the birds we see at the VIC are migrants stopping here on their way south. The birds tend to move in small mixed-species groups, apparently for protection against predators or to help find food. They keep in contact through chipping calls. Groups of migrating birds can often be located by listening for the chatter of Black-capped Chickadees, who produce constant chip notes which help keep the small mixed flocks together. Bird species observed in late August along the VIC trails include Ruffed Grouse, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Swamp Sparrow, and Common Yellowthroat.
Designated an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, the 3,000-acre Paul Smith’s College VIC property 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 25-mile trail system traverses a variety of habitats with extensive boardwalks through wetland ecosystems. Common sightings at the Paul Smiths VIC include: Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Warblers include (Yellow) Palm Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Nashville Warbler. Other sightings may include Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Wilson’s Snipe, Broad-winged Hawk, Hooded Merganser, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Ring-necked Duck. Click here for a list of birds seen along the various trails at the Paul Smiths VIC.
Trip Reports from the 2014 Spring & Summer Bird Walks
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (17 May 2014)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (24 May 2014)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (31 May 2014)
Trip Reports from the 2013 Fall Bird Walks
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (7 September 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (11 September 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (14 September 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (18 September 2013)
Trip Reports from the 2013 Spring & Summer Bird Walks
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (4 May 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (8 May 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (22 May 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (8 June 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (15 June 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (29 June 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (6 July 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (18 July 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (20 July 2013)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (27 July 2013)
Trip Reports from the 2012 Fall Bird Walks
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (12 September 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (19 September 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (22 September 2012)
Trip Reports from the 2012 Summer Bird Walks
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (16 May 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (19 May 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (23 May 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (26 May 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 May 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (7 June 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (10 June 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (16 June 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (23 June 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (28 June 2012)
- Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk (30 June 2012)
Trip Reports from the 2011 Summer Bird Walks