June is birding month in the Adirondacks of Northern New York and avid ornithologists can enjoy the pristine wilderness habitats of several species of birds during one of the many birding events and festivals this spring.
At Great Camp Sagamore, two adventure programs featuring Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks will take place May 25-28 and June 10-13. Space is extremely limited – only 15 people are accepted per program and reservations are required. See and hear the boreal birds (gray jay, white- throated sparrow, black-backed and Northern three-toed woodpeckers, boreal chickadee, etc.) that make their home in and breed in the Adirondacks. Lectures, slide shows and bird-call lessons will prepare you for field trips to two New York State “Important Birding Areas.” $439 per person for this three-night, four-day program.
In the Southwestern Adirondacks, the 6th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival kicks off June 18-20 in the birding towns of: Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco and Morehouse, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Inlet, to name a few. The Festival is packed with treks through bird habitats including osprey, bald eagle, kestrel and hawk. Paddle into Good Luck Lake and take the West Branch of the Sacandaga River to Chub Lake to enjoy a birdwatcher’s haven. Evening activities also offer educational and fun ways to learn more about birding.
The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, scheduled for June 4-6 offers workshops on Boreal Ecology, with a dawn chorus walk, bird banding, evening programs and much more. Spanning several locations throughout the Paul Smiths area, this is one birding event that you don’t want to miss. The tour of White Pine Camp, an historic “Great Camp” that served as President Coolidge’s 1926 Summer White House, is spectacular. Registration is required.
If you can’t make it to one of the festivals, there are plenty of birding opportunities throughout the Adirondacks that can be done without a guide. The Lake Champlain Birding Trail runs through much of the Champlain Valley and offers prime viewing for Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Geese and Northern Pintail, among others. Sightings vary by season.
For more information on birding in the Adirondacks, a detailed map of important bird areas and to sign up for bird sighting alerts, go to VisitAdirondacks.com’s birding page.