What’s on your Bird List? Long Lake and Hamilton County is an unbelievable boreal bird zone and not to be missed!
The Adirondack Birding Festival in Hamilton County launches on Friday, June 13th through 15th. This three day event features birding hikes, walks, safaris and seminars stretching from Long Lake all throughout Hamilton County. Free birding expeditions, all you have to do is sign up.
Hamilton County is over one million acres of the Adirondack State Park. Long Lake is one of the prime destinations to watch boreal birds. Now in its 10th year, the Hamilton County Birding Festival brings together bird watchers from all over the United States to explore and discover the amazing bird habitat of the Adks.
Joan Collins is a premier birding expert in the area and calls Long Lake her home. Every year she participates in guided hiking trips in and around the Long Lake area. Her love of birds is palpable and her amazing ability to hear them is something not to miss. “Shhh, be quiet!” Have your ears ready for a special auditory experience. Check out the schedule and sign up!
Be ready for the unexpected when it comes to weather in June. It can be hot, humid, rain, cold, and even snow. (let’s hope not) Though June is typically filled with warm days and cool evenings, you can never be sure so packing properly is part of the fun of exploring the area.
WHAT TO BRING
For each trip be sure to bring the following:
bug repellent (netting or a bug shirt is recommended)
snacks and/or lunch
comfortable waterproof footwear
For canoeing trips, you also need to bring a canoe/kayak, paddles, and a PFD (as required by law)
FRI. JUNE 13, 2014
7-10am Inlet Walk at Ferd’s Bog with guide Joan Collins
7am-12pm Long Lake Hike at Hitchins Pond/Low’s Ridge/Upper Dam with guides John & Pat Thaxton
10am-12pm Raquette Lake Walk at Raquette Lake Rail Bed/Marion River Carry with guide Joan Collins
2-4pm Long Lake Walk at Forked Lake Campground area with guides Jerry Roberts/Bill Labes
5-7pm Indian Lake Walk at Cedar River with guides Mike & Wanda Moccio
6:30pm Raquette Lake Dinner Cruise (Black Fly Challenge & Birding Festival) Special Cruise W.W. Durant Cruise & Dine Steamship
SAT. JUNE 14, 2014
7-10am Inlet Walk at Ferd’s Bog with guide Gary Lee
7-11am Indian Lake/Speculator Walk at Perkins Clearing with guides Mike & Wanda Moccio
7am-12pm Long Lake Walk/Hike at Hitchens Pond/Lows Ridge with guide Joan Collins
7-11am Piseco Hike at Fiddler’s Pond with guides Jerry Roberts/Bill Labes
7am-12pm Newcomb Hike – New Trip! at Roosvelt Truck Trail with guides John & Pat Thaxton
7-11am Morehouse Walk at G Lake with guides Laurie Freeman/Jamie Taft
2-4pm Piseco Driving Safari at Powley Road with guides Laurie Freeman/Jamie Taft
4-5:30pm Blue Mountain Lake at Adirondack Museum with guide Joan Collins for “Boreal Species”
SUN. JUNE 15, 2014
7am-12pm Inlet Road Safari at Moose River Plains with guide Joan Collins
7am-12pm Long Lake Hike at Northville-Placid Trail with guides John & Pat Thaxton
7am-12pm Indian Lake Walk – New Trip! Former Finch and Pruyn lands/Chain of Lakes Rd. with guides Mike & Wanda Moccio