Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival

Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 at 6:30am


Schedule of Events:

6:30 AM: Hike: Sabattis Circle Road, & Round Lake Road, Long Lake

Join Joan Collins and Brian "Fox" Ellis on this exciting trip into the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area north of the Town of Long Lake. Meet at the Geiger Arena in Long Lake to regroup and carpool to the birding area north. The trip will begin with a short stop at Shaw Pond in Long Lake. This shallow body of water is surrounded by marshes and hosts nesting Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, Virginia Rails, and American Bitterns. Next, we'll head to Sabattis Circle Road and car-bird for^S miles, stopping at several locations, including the scenic inlet of Little Tupper Lake and Sabattis Bog. Eighteen warbler species breed along this road including Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Palm, and Canada Warblers. Many boreal species can be found along Sabattis Circle Road including, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Yellow- bellied Flycatchers, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Lincoln's Sparrow. Next, we will Hike a short distance on the Round Lake Trail, a relatively level, dirt road trail. If we have time, we can drive to Sabattis Station where Olive-sided Flycatchers can often be found nesting. Round Lake, Little Tupper Lake, and Sabattis Bog are within the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area, a Designated Important Birding Area (IBA) by Audubon New York. Temperate deciduous and boreal forests make up most of the surrounding area, with over 30% of the IBA being a wetland habitat.

Guide: Joan Collins & Brian "Fox" Ellis
Event Length: 5-6 hours
Limit: 15 Participants
Bring: Insect repellant, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, binoculars and appropriate clothing/jacket and footwear.
Meet: At the Geiger Arena (Ice Skating Rink) Parking Lot, located directly across from the Long
Lake Post Office on Route 30/28N.
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.966571, -74.421913
Directions: Located just south on Route 30, from the intersection of Route 30/28N & Hoss's Country Corner Store, on the left hand side, directly across from the Long Lake Post office.

7 AM: DRIVING SAFARI/Walk: Perkins Clearing, Speculator

NYS licensed Guides Michael & Wanda Moccio will lead the driving safari into the Perkins Clearing area to see Mourning, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, and other warblers. There will be many stops along the way to observe wildlife along the road. Also possible to see Olive-sided and Alder Flycatchers, and many other mixed woodland species, including Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

GuideS: Michael & Wanda Moccio
Event Length: 4-5 hours
Limit: 15
Bring: Bug Repellant, (netting or bug shirt suggested), water, snacks, binoculars.
Meet: Mason Lake parking area on the west (left) side of Route 30, north of Speculator.
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.5991366°N, 74.4163017°W
Directions: From South: Take Route 30, 8 miles north of Speculator. From North: 16 miles S. on Route 30 from Indian Lake. The parking area is on the west side of Route 30, and overlooks Mason Lake. You'll see several picnic tables at the rest stop.

7 AM: Hike: Roosevelt Truck Trail, Newcomb

Back by popular demand with Guides John and Patricia Thaxton!

This gently rolling trail is an old moss covered road passing 2 Vz miles through a pristine northern (boreal) coniferous forest where many of the Boreal species can be found. We will start the Walk (and leave the cars) at the pull off/parking lot on Route 28N, which is 1.6 miles north of the Boreas River bridge on Route 28N. We'll Walk 5 miles round trip and return to the parking lot on 28N. We'll look for Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Pine Siskin, Black-Backed Woodpecker and the Cape May Warbler. It is one of the few areas in the Adirondacks to observe the Cape May Warbler.

Guide: John and Patricia Thaxton
Event Length: 5-6 hours
Limit: 15
Bring: Bug protection, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, binoculars and appropriate clothing/jacket and footwear. Trail may be wet in sports.
Meet: The parking lot on the south/east side of Rte. 28N, 1.6 miles N on Rte 28N from Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake. It is located directly opposite the intersection with the Tarbell Hill Road. NOTE: If you miss us at this Meeting place, continue on to parking lot on 28N in Minerva where we'll start the Walk. See Directions and GPS coordinates, below
GPS WAYPOINT: NLP Trail Head in Long Lake: 43.9759875° N, 74.3925475° W
GPS WAYPOINT: Pkg Lot: Start of Hike on 28N: 43.9143950° N, -74.0213517° W
Directions: From Long Lake: drive north/east on 28N towards Newcomb. At 1.6 miles from the Stewarts/Hoss's in Long Lake, look for the parking lot on the right side of the road for the NLP trail. It is located directly opposite Tarbell Road. Wait here. NOTE: If you are running late, and don't Meet up at this trail head, drive directly to the parking lot on Route 28N where we'll start the Hike. From the NLP trailhead in Long Lake, drive 17 miles east on Rte 28N to the intersection of the Blue Ridge Highway and Rte 28N, the road your drove on from Long Lake. Take a Right on 28N (do not go straight on the Blue Ridge Road) and drive approximately 3 miles south to the parking lot on the left side of the road, where we'll park cars and start the Hike.

4:00 PM: PRESENTATION: Brian “Fox” Ellis: Adventures with Audubon

In this interactive performance Audubon will Bring to life bird behavior, focusing on the birds you are most likely to see as you go bird watching in the Adirondacks. Audubon followed the annual migrations of birds throughout North America in the 1820s and 1830s, keeping meticulous journals on the birds he saw. With lessons on field ecology, the scientific method, art history, and bird migration, the audience is invited to imitate birds and discuss the life histories of their favorite feathered friends.

GUEST SPEAKER: Brian "Fox" Ellis, a storyteller who portrays Audubon in entertaining and meticulously researched monologues drawing from Audubon's journals, essays, and letters to his friends and colleagues. This program was developed with a grant from the USFWS as part of their celebration of the 100* anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Fox has performed as Audubon in museums, nature centers, schools and libraries across the United States, including Audubon's home in Henderson, Kentucky.

Meet: Adirondack Experience Museum Auditorium
Event Length: 1 - 1 1/2 Hours
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.8693404°N, 74.4319656°W
Directions: From Blue Mt. Lake: Vz mile north on Route 30 from the center of Blue Mountain Lake, the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28. Museum is on the left side of the road. From Long Lake: Drive south on Route 30 approximately 10 miles. Just after you pass the Blue Mountain trail head on the left side of the road, look for the museum a bit further on the right side of the road.

6 PM: DINNER: The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake

After the presentation at the Adirondack Experience Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, join us in the dining room at the historic Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake. This hotel, originally built in the 1850's, is the only one of its kind still operating in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Hotel overlooks Long Lake and is just a short distance from the shops in town. Dinner will includes salad, your choice of entree from a small specialized menu, and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

COST: $25 per person, includes tax and tip. Reservations must be made when registering for the festival.
Directions: Follow Route 30 North through Long Lake. The Adirondack Hotel is located directly across the road from the public beach, at 1245 Main St, Route 30 N Long Lake, NY 12847.