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Paul Smiths VIC hosts birding festival

Festivities continue Saturday, June 6 with field trips from 7-11:30 a.m. Trip locations include Bloomingdale Bog, Osgood River, Whiteface Mountain, Madawaska, and Spring Pond Bog.

Vendors will set up at the VIC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several programs will be held in the afternoon, including presentation on dragonflies, "Birdscaping Your Backyard," raptors, the Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge, and Keynote Address by Dr. Bridget Stutchbury.

Though the VIC building is closed Sundays and Mondays, the trails remain open for birding. GABC programs continue on June 7 off-site with another session of morning field trips from 7-11:30 a.m.

The Paul Smiths VIC features prime boreal habitat, and some of the boreal species birders will seek on the field trips include the black-backed woodpecker, three-toed woodpecker, boreal chickadee, gray jay, Bicknell's thrush and many species of warblers.

For more information about the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, contact Martha Van der Voort at the Adirondack Park Institute's Paul Smiths office at 327-3376. The GABC brochure, full schedule, and registration information are available as PDF downloads on the VIC Web site: www.adkvic.org

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