Adirondack boreal birds program June 11

INDIAN LAKE - As part of this year's seventh annual Hamilton County Birding Festival, join author and noted Adirondack birder, John Thaxton, for an evening of educational entertainment highlighting the lives and habits of boreal species found in the Adirondacks.

Thaxton will present "The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of Adirondack Specialty Birds" on Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Indian Lake Theater. He will share information about Bicknell's thrush, black-backed woodpecker, palm warbler and other birds unique to the boreal landscape of northern Hamilton County. There will be an admission charge of $5.

Thaxton is the author of six books and has written articles for The Kingbird, Birder's World and Adirondack Life. He recently started writing a regular column, "Birdwatch," for the Adirondack Explorer. Thaxton is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and a veteran leader of birding field trips.

Bird-watching in the Adirondacks is marked by the Hamilton County Birding Festival, held annually the second weekend of June. This year's festival will be held June 10 through 12, and has grown to become a premiere regional attraction in celebration of Adirondack Boreal Birds. The three-day event will feature guided hikes, canoe excursions, driving safaris, walks, a cruise and evening presentations. Registration is required for each outdoor activity. A complete festival schedule of activities is available at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, participating Festival businesses, the Indian Lake Town Hall, at www.adirondackexperience.com, or by calling 518-548-3076.

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