Field Trips & Events
Winter Birding Weekend in the Central Adirondacks
Saturday January 26, 2019
Sunday January 27, 2019
Registration: Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077
Max participants for each field trip: 25
Enjoy a weekend of free birding events in the Central Adirondacks this winter. Participants will look for winter irruptive species such as Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, Common and Hoary Redpolls, and Pine Siskin, along with year-round boreal residents such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, and Boreal Chickadee.
Field Trips: Joan Collins will lead field trips on both days. The main field trip will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019. There will be an optional field trip on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for those who arrive early. (In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, the Saturday trip will become the main field trip.) Meet outside the Adirondack Hotel at 8 a.m. (near the bridge over Long Lake on Route 30). Participants can car-pool to reduce the number of cars in the train.
Presentation: Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., Joan Collins will present “The Mystery of Snow Burrowing Redpolls” at the Long Lake Town Hall. This multimedia presentation uses videos, digital photographs, and PowerPoint slides to explore this perplexing redpoll behavior. Common Redpoll behaviors presented include snow burrowing and tunneling, use of snow “nests,” snow “snakes,” seed eating, and vocal communication. Video and digital photographs of a rare visitor from the high Arctic, the Hoary Redpoll, are also presented. The Common Redpoll is typically an every-other-year irruptive winter visitant in New York State. It has been 3 years since there has been a redpoll irruption in the Adirondacks, so it will be exciting to see them this winter!
Speaker: Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, and Adirondack 46er. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and current Editor of New York Birders. She is a past Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and past President of Northern New York Audubon Society. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including Audubon, New York Birders, Conservationist, Adirondack Life Magazine, LOCALadk Magazine, and The Kingbird. She authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Joan is a frequent keynote speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics.
Dinner at the Adirondack Hotel: A social dinner will follow the Saturday afternoon presentation. Participants will gather at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake after the talk and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Registration is required to attend the field trips. Call the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077 to register. There is a maximum of 25 participants for each field trip. The presentation and dinner at the Adirondack Hotel are open to the public. If you plan to attend dinner at the Adirondack Hotel after the presentation, please call the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department to let them know by January 24th.
Places to Stay: The Adirondack Hotel (http://www.adirondackhotel.com/ ) or Blue Mountain Rest (http://bluemountainrest.com/ ). The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department also has a list of Airbnb and private rentals in Long Lake. The Long Lake Diner opens for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Stewarts offers quick breakfast items. Depending on the itineraries for Saturday and Sunday, lunch will be ordered from the Adirondack Trading Post in Long Lake or Larkin’s in Tupper Lake – both terrific!
The Winter Birding Weekend is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and cosponsored by Northern New York Audubon.
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