Birds of the Adirondacks: Lincoln's Sparrow on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (5 July 2014)

Wetland Detectives Training Workshop
Saturday, 14 May 2016
10:00 AM to Noon

Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk (18 July 2013)Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk at the Paul Smiths VIC.

Join the Wetland Detective Monitoring Corps!  Become a citizen scientist and learn how to collect information on plants, birds and amphibians in Adirondack boreal wetland ecosystems.  The workshops will provide a brief overview of the project, boreal wetlands, and phenology – the study of biological timing and cycles. We will listen to frog and bird calls and examine wetland plant leaves and flowers. Finally, we will show you how to record observations of these animals and plants.  Free.

Please RSVP to Steve Langdon – – to reserve a seat.

Wetland Monitoring Project Target Species

The project focuses on the following peatland plant species:

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)
Black spruce (Picea mariana) Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)
Few-seeded sedge (Carex oligosperma) Labrador tea (Rhododendron groelandicum)
Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) Sheep-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Tamarack/Larch (Larix laricina)

Project participants will track the following bird species:

Black-capped Chickadee (BCCH) Blue Jay (BLJA)
Common Yellowthroat (COYE) Hermit Thrush (HETH)
Least Flycatcher (LEFL) Lincoln’s Sparrow (LISP)
Nashville Warbler (NAWA) Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL)
Purple Finch (PUFI) Swamp Sparrow (SWSP)
White-throated Sparrow (WTSP) Winter Wren (WIWR)

Project participants will monitor the following amphibians:

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
Mink Frog (Lithobates septentrionalis) Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)
Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

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.