Hamilton County-audubon paradise

Annual Adirondack Birding Festival activities set

— The 10th annual Adirondack Birding Festival is set to take place June 13 through June 15 with activities in various Hamilton County locations including Long Lake, Indian Lake, Speculator, Racquette, Blue Mountain Lake, Piseco, Lake Pleasant and Inlet.

“The event hosts between 14 and 18 activities,” said Dean Nervik, event coordinator. “People are here to see birds, period, particularly the boreal species.”

Hamilton County and its nearly one million acres of the Adirondack State Park has been noted as one of the best areas to spot the Boreal species of songbird. Nearly half of the North American breeding species north of the Mexican boarder call the boreal forests their home. With the unique climate and ecological factors Hamilton County houses the largest Boreal habitat in the state of New York, and second largest in the country. Boreals, typically found in the spruce thickets and swamp waters are a perfect match for the northern Adirondack terrain.

“This year we have driving safaris which have been popular in the past we see a lot of birds during these safaris,” said Nervik. “We also have easy walks and moderate hikes of about two to three miles and we host one evening event at the Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake.”

The festival is hosted by the Hamilton County Department Of Economic Development. Nervik also spoke of the event in terms of tourism.

“The festival offers things for people to do,” he said. “As a result, we want them to stay here and anything we can do to get them to stay and put heads on bed is a feather in our hat.”

All events are offered free of charge to patrons and are accompanied by seasoned and qualified guides. Those wishing to participate in this years events are asked to pre register for the day.

Events Schedule/ Registration

To see a full schedule of events and to register visit adirondackbirds.com or call 548-3076.

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