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20th Great Adirondack Birding Celebration set for May 31-June 2

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Raquette River Brewing Introduces Canada Jay IPA in Collaboration with Northern New York Audubon to be released at the start of the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

Northern New York Audubon and the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center are thrilled to announce their partnership in the 20th Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (GABC). This year’s GABC coincides with the eagerly anticipated release of the Canada Jay IPA, produced by Raquette River Brewing. The GABC kicks off on Friday, May 31, and continues through Sunday, June 2.

The GABC invites adventurers and nature enthusiasts to explore the stunning landscapes of Northern New York through the enchanting activity of birding. Designed to cater to all levels of bird watchers, the event offers a variety of family-friendly activities perfect for beginners, as well as specialized tours and lectures for more experienced birders. Participants will have the chance to learn about the region’s diverse avian population, including rare and migratory species.

The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to connect with nature, learn about bird conservation, and enjoy the beautiful Adirondack environment. Highlights of the event include guided birding walks, expert-led lectures, and Adirondack Raptors. The festivities promise a weekend filled with educational opportunities, community engagement, and outdoor adventure.

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Photo Credit: Nanci Battaglia.

Raquette River Brewing is thrilled to announce the release of its newest craft beer, the Canada Jay IPA, produced in collaboration with Northern New York Audubon. This exciting partnership combines the artistry of brewing with a commitment to environmental conservation, celebrating the rich biodiversity of the Adirondack region.

Scheduled for release on May 31, the Canada Jay IPA pays homage to the iconic bird species, the Canada Jay, which holds a special place in the hearts of nature enthusiasts throughout the Adirondacks. Revered for its resilient nature and playful demeanor, the Canada Jay embodies the spirit of the wilderness, thriving in the rugged terrain of Northern New York.

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Photo Credit: Nanci Battaglia.

The Canada Jay IPA captures the essence of its namesake with a unique blend of hops, delivering a harmonious balance of citrusy notes and piney aromas. Crafted with precision and care, this flavorful brew is sure to delight both seasoned beer connoisseurs and adventurous newcomers alike.

“We are excited to partner with Northern New York Audubon to bring the Canada Jay IPA to life,” said mark Jessie, Head Brewer at Raquette River Brewing. “This collaboration not only celebrates our shared love for nature and conservation but also highlights the remarkable biodiversity of the Adirondack region.”

Known for its intelligence and adaptability, the Canada Jay is a familiar sight in the Adirondack Mountains, where it roams through dense forests and alpine habitats year-round. With its distinctive gray plumage and friendly demeanor, the Canada Jay serves as an ambassador for the region’s natural beauty, captivating birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts with its charming antics.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Raquette River Brewing on this exciting project,” said Catherine Smith, Co-President of Northern New York Audubon. “By raising awareness of the Canada Jay and its habitat, we hope to inspire others to join us in protecting and preserving the Adirondack wilderness for generations to come.”

The Canada Jay IPA will be available for purchase at Raquette River Brewing’s taproom and select retailers starting May 31. 

Photo at top: Photo Credit: Nanci Battaglia.

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