PAUL SMITHS - The 11th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration will be held Friday through Sunday at the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center.
The event will feature field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, and workshops. Field trips include: an all-day Birding Across the Adirondacks trip on Friday, plus a selection of half-day field trips on Saturday and Sunday (Birding by Ear at the VIC, Beginner Birder Workshop at the VIC, Bloomingdale Bog, Intervale Lowlands, Little Clear Pond for loons, Madawaska Flow, Spring Pond Bog, and Whiteface Mountain).
The keynote speaker on Friday night is Sara R. Morris, professor of biology and the program coordinator of the environmental science program at Canisius College. Dr. Morris will speak on bird migration.
(Photo — Larry Master, www.masterimages.org
The keynote speaker on Saturday night is Michale Glennon, coordinator for the Adirondack program at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Glennon will speak on the Wildlife Conservation Society's Boreal Bird Project.
Some of the boreal species that participants in the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration hope to find include the Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, Bicknell's Thrush, and a variety of migrating warblers.
The 3,000-acre Paul Smiths VIC contains every habitat type found in the Adirondack Park with the exception of alpine vegetation. Included on the property is a 60-acre marsh, five ponds, several brooks and swamps, bogs, fens, and varied forest types, most notably northern boreal forest. The site includes significant glacial and geological features and provides scenic vistas of Saint Regis Mountain and Jenkins Mountain.
The VIC property includes 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of back country trails for spring, summer, and fall use.
For more information, visit the website, www.adirondackvic.org/Great-Adirondack-Birding-Celebration-2013.html