December Snow at the VIC (12 December 2014).  Photo courtesy of D. Kirche.  Used by permission.

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Winter Series Snowshoe Bird Walk
Saturday, 24 January 2015

Mountain Lake PBS: Birding the Adirondacks at the Paul Smiths VIC

Join Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for a morning snowshoe bird walk in search of the hearty birds that call the Adirondacks their home. Participants will learn about how birds survive the harsh winter season in the Adirondacks, while looking for winter finches, woodpeckers, jays, chickadees, and more, on the VIC's extensive wooded trail system. Participants are asked to bring binoculars and snowshoes, and to dress appropriately. Snowshoe rentals will be available. Please register by 5:00 PM the day before by calling the VIC 327-6241. Cost: $10.00 for Friends of the VIC and VIC Season Pass Holders, $20.00 for others (includes a day pass).

Birds often seen during the winter months at the VIC include:

These bird walks are named after Teddy Roosevelt, because of Roosevelt's association with the Paul Smiths area.  Roosevelt, an avid naturalist, visited the region as a boy of thirteen in 1871, when he stayed at Paul Smith's Hotel, went camping on St. Regis River, and climbed St. Regis Mountain.  Later, in collaboration with his friend H.D. Minot, he compiled a list of 97 species seen during three other trips to the region: in August 1874, August 1875, and 22 June to 9 July 1877: The summer birds of the Adirondacks in Franklin County.


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.