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Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival

Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 at 6:30am

Various Location
Indian Lake, NY 12842

Schedule of Events:

6:30 AM: Hike: Spring Pond Bog, Tupper Lake

Join Joan Collins for a Hike to scenic Spring Pond Bog. One of the most popular birding destinations in the Adirondacks and a designated "Important Bird Area" (IBA), Spring Pond Bog is the second largest bog in the New York State. This Adirondack Nature Conservancy property contains diverse habitats and bird species. Wetlands, bogs, boreal forest, mixed and deciduous forests, and areas growing back from logging activity, can all be found at this Tupper Lake property. Spring Pond Bog is a primary study site for Spruce Grouse researchers in the Adirondacks. Eighteen warbler species breed in this area including Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Palm, and Canada Warblers. Other boreal species include Common Loon, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln's Sparrow, and the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse. The hiking trail to Spring Pond Bog gradually climbs through a hardwood forest to a glacial esker. There is a boardWalk loop to the right of the esker that takes visitors into the bog for close-up views of plant and bird life. The trail is less than a mile long. We will make a couple other stops and Hike along level dirt roads in boreal forest within the Spring Pond Bog complex.

GuideS: Joan Collins
Event Length: 5-6 hours
Limit: 15
Bring: Bring food (lunch), water, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Larkin's in Tupper Lake (at 58 Main St. (Route 3) just past Pine St.) is highly recommended as a food/restroom stop and they open at 4 a.m. each day! Participants can get coffee/breakfast and lunch to Bring along. (Larkin's is about a mile northwest of McDonalds.)
Meet: Meet in Tupper Lake at the large parking lot to the right of McDonalds. We can leave some of the cars at the parking lot and car-pool into Spring Pond Bog. GPS WAYPOINT: N 44 13.679, W 74 27.77
Directions: McDonalds is located at 26 Demars Blvd. (Route 3 west) From Long Lake head North on State Route 30, the parking lot will be just before McDonalds.

7 AM: Walk: Hayes Flow/Robbs Creek, Speculator

Join Guide Jamie Taft on this trip in Robbs Creek and Hayes Flow Trails. This old forest road, now closed to vehicular traffic, can be overgrown at times but is easy to follow. The old road weaves in and out and crosses Robbs Creek several times while working its way over rolling hills to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. This is a perfect trail for a birdwatching Walk, and if you are extra quiet, you might be lucky enough to see a moose! Birds you might see include warblers, woodpeckers and raptors.

Guide: Jamie Taft
Event Length: 3-4 hours
Limit: 15 Participants
Bring: Insect repellant, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, binoculars and appropriate clothing/jacket and footwear.
Meet: Speculator Pavilion
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.495843, -74.359633
Directions: The Speculator Pavilion is located on Route 30 South, the Village of Speculator. It is directly across the street from the public beach and is neighbored by the Speculator Fire Hall. There is ample parking here to Meet and then continue onto the Pathway.

7 AM: Hike: Northville-Lake Placid Trail, Long Lake

A bird Walk in these areas will take participants through a wide variety of habitats including boreal forest, marsh/bog, swamp, mixed forest, deciduous woods, and to the shoreline of Long Lake. Each section, north and south, is 2 miles, round trip. We will do both, if time permits. The Walk through boreal wetlands takes you over raised Walkways and is home to Black-backed Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Boreal Chickadees. The second half of the trail moves through mixed forest where you may see Ruby-crowned Kinglets, nesting Northern Goshawks and up to 14 varieties of woodland warblers, including Yellow-Rumped, Magnolia and Blackburnian. As you approach the lake at Catlin Bay, look for many species of waterfowl, Common Loons and Bald Eagles.

GuideS: John & Patricia Thaxton
Limit: 15 Participants
Event Length: 4-5 hours
Bring: Bug Repellant, (netting or bug shirt suggested), water, binoculars and waterproof hiking attire. Due to the length of this trip, it is recommended to Bring lunch to enjoy along the trail.
Meet: Parking Lot on S side (R side) of Route 28N at (across from) Tarbell Hill Rd.
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.9759875° N, 74.3925475° W
Directions: The trailhead for the Hike is a large parking lot on the south side of Route. 28N, 1.6 miles N on Route 28N from Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake. Directly opposite the intersection with the Tarbell Hill Road.

7 AM: Walk: Lake Durant Marsh, Indian Lake

Join Mike and Wanda for a beautiful 3 hour Walk between Lake Durant proper and a large marsh. We will look and listen for American Bittern and Virginia Rail in the marsh, Common Loons in the lake, other warblers, vireos, flycatchers and thrushes will be found. Also a round beaver dam is an oddity. If time permits a Walk into a nearby woodland can top off the mourning.

GuideS: Michael and Wanda Moccio
Limit: 15 Participants
Event Length: 4-5 Hours
Bring: Bug Repellant, (netting or bug shirt suggested), water, snacks, binoculars, waterproof hiking attire.
Meet: Lake Durant parking area on Route 28 west of Indian Lake (NOT the campground)
GPS WAYPOINT: 43.85°, -74.41°.
Directions: Traveling east from Blue Mountain Lake, the picnic and parking area is on the left side of the road, 2 miles from the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30. Approximately 9 miles west of Indian Lake.

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