Field Trips & Events
Birds, Brunch, Beer, & the Breeding Bird Atlas
Saturday August 3, 2019
Tupper Lake, NY
Registration Required for Morning Birding & Lunch (see below)
Please contact Joan Collins at JoanCollins@AdirondackAvianExpeditions.com or 518-624-5528.
Spend a fun day (or any part of the day) with fellow Northern NY Audubon members and other bird lovers this summer! This is the 3rd year of our Birds, Brunch, & Beer Annual Outing and it has proved to be a very popular event! This year’s outing will feature: morning birding in the Long Lake and Tupper Lake areas; lunch and chapter updates from Shelly Cihan, NNYA President, at Raquette River Brewing; a presentation held at the Wild Center on the NY Breeding Bird Atlas III project by Julie Hart, Project Coordinator (open to the public); a trip to Skyline Ice Cream; and more birding at the Tupper Lake marshes. Raquette River Brewing hosts live entertainment every Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. and August 3rd will feature Christine Dominguez. It is a great way to round out the day!
Long Lake and Tupper Lake Field Trip – 7am
The field trip will begin at Shaw Pond in Long Lake where the group will spend an hour (so, arrival can be anywhere from 7 to 8 a.m. for participants). The Shaw Pond meeting location is located at a rest area along Route 28N in Long Lake, approximately 1 mile east of the Route 30 – Route 28N intersection in Long Lake. Attendees can park in the rest area.
Shaw Pond is a scenic location famous among photographers and artists. The pond is shallow and full of wildlife. Pied-billed Grebes, Ring-necked, Wood, and American Black Ducks, Virginia Rails, American Bitterns, Great Blue Herons, and Common Loons are some of the many species that can be found at Shaw Pond and its marshes. Northern Waterthrush nest along the inlets. River Otters and Beavers are often observed in the pond and along its edges. Next, participants will have an opportunity to stop at the Long Lake Beach (restrooms available). More waterfowl may be observed on Long Lake and there is a nesting Merlin pair by the Adirondack Hotel across the road from the beach. Depending on the size of the group, a stop along Route 30 will be next for boreal birds such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, and Boreal Chickadee. Sabattis Circle Road in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area (an Important Bird Area) will be the next destination. Eighteen warbler species nest along this 6 mile road in a variety of habitats. The first 3 miles of the road will be in deciduous and mixed forest habitats, and the second 3 miles will be in mostly boreal forest and bog habitat. The group will make several stops along this road including the inlet of Little Tupper Lake where there is a vast marsh, Round Lake Trailhead where we can hike a short distance, and Sabattis Bog. Canada Jays will likely be found, along with many other possible species including Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided, Alder, Least, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Palm and Canada Warblers, and Ruffed Grouse. After Sabattis Bog, participants will head to Tupper Lake – to the pull offs on the causeway and then to the marsh viewing platform. The trip will finish in time for everyone to head to Raquette River Brewing for lunch.
Beer & Brunch – Raquette River Brewing – 12pm
Meet for lunch and beverages at Raquette River Brewing http://www.raquetteriverbrewing.com (food and drink costs not included). Since our Annual Outing lunch held here in 2017, Raquette River Brewing has expanded again and added another food truck (Fusion Street Wood Fired Pizza)! There are many more food choices now. Shelly Cihan and other board members of NNYA will hold a short meeting for members with updates on chapter activities. This is also an opportunity for members to suggest ideas for the chapter or become more involved by joining a committee of interest.
Raquette River Brewing hosts live entertainment on Saturday nights, and Christine Dominguez (https://www.christinedominguez.com/) will be performing from 5 to 8 p.m. that night.
NY Breeding Bird Atlas III Presentation – Wild Center – 3pm
It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2025 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state. This talk will cover the history of the atlas, the importance of atlas data, and how you can get involved. Learn how the third atlas will differ from previous atlases, including how we will be using eBird for data entry. eBird will make it easier to track progress and allow anyone to enter data anywhere. Atlasing is a great excuse to explore new areas and provides an intimate look into the daily lives of birds. Whether you are a beginner or advanced birder, this unique opportunity will strengthen your birdwatching skills while contributing valuable data to a large conservation-oriented project.
Julie is a native Vermonter who started birding while working as a bird conservation intern with National Audubon, Audubon New York, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She traveled for several years doing field work around the globe before returning to VT to serve as the coordinator for Mountain Birdwatch with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. She spent several years chasing Bicknell’s Thrush around the mountains of the Northeast and Hispaniola before moving to Wyoming to continue her education. She received her Master’s degree studying the impacts of climate change on Cassia Crossbill in southern Idaho. She is now settled in the Albany area where she is the Project Coordinator for the third Breeding Bird Atlas in NY. In her travels she has participated in two bird atlases and considers atlasing her favorite type of birding.
Trip to Tupper Lake’s Famous Skyline Ice Cream Stand
Following Julie Hart’s presentation, members can head to Skyline Ice Cream for dessert! (food costs not included)
Tupper Lake Marshes Bird Watching
Members can continue birding the interesting Tupper Lake Marshes in the afternoon. In 2016, Sandhill Cranes nested in the Adirondacks for the first time at a marsh in Tupper Lake successfully raising two young. They have returned each year since (2017 and 2018), raising two young each year. As I write this, the marshes in Tupper Lake are still flooded and there is no sign of the Sandhill Cranes yet!
To ensure we have enough trip leaders and to let Raquette River Brewing know the number of attendees, we are asking that you register for the first two events of the day. There is no need to register for the presentation. Please contact Joan Collins at JoanCollins@AdirondackAvianExpeditions.com or 518-624-5528.
We hope you can attend all, or some, of the day’s events with fellow NNYA members!
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8023 State Rt 30
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