Almanack Contributor Hicham Aboutaam

Hicham Aboutaam is the owner of Electrum and the co-founder of Phoenix Ancient Art. He enjoys working with and educating aspiring collectors as well as established collectors and renowned museums. He is a regular visitor to the Adirondacks.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Reducing animal encounters starts with us

bear cub

Every year we see stories of people exploring national and state parks and being attacked by bears, moose and other wild animals. While these events can happen organically, it’s far more common for them to happen as a result of human error. It’s essential for us to remember, when we are birdwatching in the Adirondacks (or anywhere for that matter) that we are the visitors. We are there to admire the natural beauty of the location and of the wild life – but not in any way to disturb that natural habitat.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Birdwatching in the Adirondacks

Birder at Washington County Grasslands provided by DEC

By Hicham Aboutaam

Anyone who is a bird lover and an avid birdwatcher undoubtedly already has the Adirondacks on their bucket list. There are over 100 species of birds in the Adirondacks and the chance to enjoy everything from boreal birds and birds of prey to perching birds and waterfowl. The area is a feast for the eyes and the other senses. For the uninitiated, or the person who has not yet had the chance to enjoy birdwatching in the area, here is a quick guide to experiences I have had and advice I’ve garnered over time.

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