Joan Collins from Adirondack Avian Expeditions, a local birding and guiding expert, travels frequently, early in the morning and spots incredible wildlife. On September 21, 2015 Joan photographed this Bull Moose along Route 28N in Long Lake (about 3/4 miles past the rest area) heading towards Newcomb at 8 a.m.
Joan stopped for a sad reason, having spotted a dead baby Black Bear in the middle of the road. Joan was in the car trying to find something that to pull the bear out of the road when she glanced in the rearview mirror and saw the huge animal entering the highway behind the vehicle. Joan grabbed her camera and stayed by the car with the door open, ready for a quick getaway in case the moose decided to get aggresive. Based on Joan’s account she was amazed at the length of time the bull took to stare at her. As the bull moose walked a few steps toward her when a car came along and frightened it off the road. Two men who work for the highway department showed up a few seconds later and told her it was the third (road-killed) baby bear they have retrieved in the past month. It was extremely foggy this morning, which likely explained this death.
Wildlife moves about in the fall as they prepare and gear up for the winter season. Driver’s should be alert on the roadways, as one never knows what to expect. Moose, squirrels, deer, bears and turkey’s pose dangerous road hazards particularly in the fall.
As a licensed guide Joan Collins leads hiking trips and excursions for the Town of Long Lake. Joan operates her own wildlife birding and guiding service. Joan Collins is a New York State licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, and speaker on ornithology topics. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. Joan also belongs to the ranks of the intrepid Adirondack 46ers (having climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks over 4,000 feet). Visit her website for more information.