Winter Birding Weekend in Long Lake!
Saturday & Sunday, January 28-29, 2017
Enjoy a weekend of birding events in the Central Adirondacks this winter! Events will include field trips, a presentation, and social dinner. Participants will look for winter “irruptive” species such as Common and Hoary Redpolls and Pine Siskins, along with year-round boreal residents such as Black-backed Woodpeckers, Gray Jays, and Boreal Chickadees.
Joan Collins will lead field trips on both days. The main field trip will take place on Sunday, January 29, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. There will be an optional field trip on Saturday, January 28, 2017 for those who arrive early. This trip will also begin at 8 a.m. (In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, the Saturday trip will become the main field trip.) The meeting location for both field trips is the Geiger Arena parking area (across from the Long Lake Post Office). Participants can car-pool to reduce the number of cars in our train!
Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., Joan Collins will present “Winter Bird Visitors of Northern New York” at the Long Lake Town Hall. Each year, avian visitors from the far north move south to spend the winter in our northern New York region. Some of the species, like Bohemian Waxwing and Snow Bunting, can be found every winter. Other species, such as Pine Grosbeak, irregularly “irrupt” into our area only in certain winters, while some species irrupt on a fairly regular schedule, such as the Common Redpoll, which tends to visit every other winter. Why the birds move to our region, and where you can find them, will be discussed. The presentation will feature nineteen species that visit northern New York in winter using photographs, audio, and video.
A social dinner at the Adirondack Hotel will follow the Saturday afternoon presentation. Participants will gather at the Adirondack Hotel after the talk and dinner will begin at 6:30 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 register by January 25th. It will be an ala carte meal, but reservations requested for head count.
Places to stay: Shamrock Motel and Cottages (http://www.shamrockmotellonglake.com/ ) and the Adirondack Hotel (http://www.adirondackhotel.com/ ). The Long Lake Diner opens for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Stewarts offers quick breakfast items. On Saturday, participants can pre-order lunch from the ADK Trading Post for pick-up along our birding route. Menus will be sent to participants. Sunday’s lunch plans will be decided as the winter progresses and our birding route is planned for that day.
The Winter Birding Weekend is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information see the Long Lake website at mylonglake.com or visit the facebook.com/mylonglake page.
ABOUT JOAN COLLINS
Joan Collins is President of the New York State Ornithological Association and Editor of New York Birders. She is also Vice-President of Northern New York Audubon, past President of High Peaks Audubon Society, and past member of the Board of Directors for the Audubon Council of New York State.
Joan, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding field trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a frequent guest speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including New York Birders, Conservationist, 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. Mountain Lake PBS, Adirondack Explorer, and Adirondack Life magazine have featured pieces on Joan, and her regular birding segments with Todd Moe can be heard on North Country Public Radio.