Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
The GABC is a 3-day Adirondack birding festival held at the Paul Smith’s College VIC in Paul Smith’s, NY.
Friday includes 2 options for day-long birding workshops across the Adirondack region. Saturday and Sunday mornings offer 5+ options of locations near the VIC for a full morning of birding. Saturday all day includes a family-friendly bird festival at the VIC, with an artisan market. This includes birds-carver Allen Aardsma from 11 am to 4 pm, craft activities, naturalist programs, and our BIRDS! exhibit, finishing with a presentation at 3:00 pm from guest speaker Len Reitsma.
$10 admission, which helps the VIC cover the cost of our speaker.
Bloomingdale Bog (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)
Location: Bloomingdale, NY
Activity Level: Flat walking along an old rail road bed
Max People: 20
This is great habitat for boreal species. The area encompasses a bog and cedar woods with sedge marsh and coniferous woods. Sightings may include: Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Palm Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cape May Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
Beginner Birder (Saturday Morning only)
Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: Walking along rolling, maintained wooded trails.
Max People: 16
This walk will emphasize seeing and hearing the birds of the VIC. We’ll explore the boreal life trail, looking at some common warblers and uncommon birds that are restricted to breeding in the Adirondacks in NYS. Lincoln’s Sparrow, Palm Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler, or some of the other ten warblers that breed at the VIC may be encountered on this field trip. If we’re lucky we’ll find Olive-sided Flycatcher and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at the edge of the bog.
Paddling for Loons (Saturday Morning only)
Location: Little Clear Pond
Activity Level: A morning of moderate paddling along flat water.
Other: Tandem canoes/lifevest/paddle are provided or participants may bring their own.
Max People: 16
Little Clear Pond is a haven for common loon with crystal clear water and healthy food sources for growing loon families. Dr. Nina Schoch is a wildlife veterinarian at the BioDiversity Research Institute. She coordinates their Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in New York’s Adirondack Park. Dr. Schoch’s research has focused on using Adirondack common loons as a sentinel species to better understand the impact of environmental contaminants on aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Schoch will lead us on a graceful and educational paddle in search of these beautiful symbols of Adirondack wilderness.
Madawaska Flow (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)
Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: 3-4 miles of walking along roads, flat walking along an old railroad bed, and walking on rolling terrain along minimally and unmaintained trails.
Max People: 20
Madawaska has been a favored boreal birding area for a half-century or more. The area encompasses conifer forest, mixed hardwood forest, a variety of wetlands, as well as Madawaska Pond. Sightings may include: (Yellow) Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Northern Parula, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Olive-sided Flycatcher. As the habitat changes to white pine forest, the Brown Creeper can be found nesting behind loose bark. Madawaska Pond may have Green-winged Teal, American Bittern and Bald Eagle.