Adirondack Birding for All

2 local libraries lend binoculars to give new birders a start

June 2021 birding trip to Coon Mountain Preserve, let by Derek Rogers, then of CATs.

SARANAC LAKE — Are you interested in birdwatching but don’t know where to begin? Starting this summer, the Keene Valley Public Library and Saranac Lake Free Library are loaning backpacks stocked with binoculars and field guides to give people an opportunity to try out birding.

The backpacks are part of the Adirondack Land Trust’s “Adirondack Birding for All” program, which is working with the libraries to increase awareness and appreciation of Adirondack birds and their habitats.

“Birds are such an important aspect of our natural history,” said Derek Rogers, stewardship manager at the Adirondack Land Trust, who helped launch the program. “I’ve been a dedicated birder for 20 years and a sentiment I hear regularly is, ‘I would love to try birding, but I don’t have a pair of binoculars.’ It’s exciting to break down that barrier so everyone can experience the joy of birding.”

The backpacks include high-quality Vortex HD binoculars, the Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, Adirondack Birding — 60 Great Places to Find Birds in the Adirondacks, and helpful information on how to use binoculars.

Adirondack Birding for All was made possible by a grant from Northern New York Audubon’s Joseph & Joan Cullman Conservation Foundation Program.

Sign at the Saranac Lake Free Library

To learn more, visit the Keene Valley or Saranac Lake libraries, or contact info@adirondacklandtrust.org, 518-576-2400.

Birding in the Adirondacks


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