Peterson, the longtime regional editor of The Kingbird, an ornithological journal, and Lee, a retired forest ranger, have been birding in the Adirondacks since the 1960s. Both contributed to the Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, published by Cornell University Press in 1988, as well as its successor, which was scheduled to be released in December.
In 2004, the authors collaborated on Birds of Hamilton County, N.Y., a brochure that lists all the species observed in the county, with dates and locations. Peterson also has authored or edited similar compilations for Franklin and Essex counties.
But both saw a need for a guidebook that covered the whole 6-million-acre Park and that offered detailed descriptions of sites and their birding potential.
"Hardly a day passes without someone posting a query on birding chat lines asking for directions or suggestions," Peterson said. "Where's this Noblewood place? Any good birding spots near Lake Placid? How do I find a gray jay? Adirondack Birding has the answers."
"The book will show people many of the great places in the Adirondacks to see birds, including some sites few know about," Lee said. "It should take pressure off some of the more popular areas."
Most of the 60-plus sites described in the book are in the Champlain Valley (such as Crown Point and Noblewood Park), the Tri-Lakes Region (including the High Peaks) or the boreal lowlands in the northwestern Adirondacks (such as Massawepie Mire), since these are the places that attract the species of most interest to birders. However, there are some sites in the southern Adirondacks as well.
Adirondack Birding may be purchased in stores or on the Lost Pond and ADK websites.