Winter Birding Weekend in the Central Adirondacks!
Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26 2020
Enjoy another weekend of birding events in the Central Adirondacks this winter. Participants will look for winter irruptive species – Red Crossbills have already irrupted – along with year-round boreal residents such as Ruffed Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, and Boreal Chickadee. There is an abundance of food in the Adirondacks this year (both fruit and cone seeds), so it will be interesting to see what species show up!
Field Trips: Joan Collins will lead field trips on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday morning, meet outside the Adirondack Hotel at 7 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. in the Adirondack Hotel dining room in Long Lake, Joan Collins will present “Current and Projected Effects of Climate Change on Boreal Habitats and Birds of the Adirondacks”. Boreal forests are especially sensitive and vulnerable to climate change. Using current research and personal observations, Joan Collins will offer insights on wildlife changes occurring in boreal habitats of New York’s Adirondacks primarily as a result of climate change. The focus will be on boreal species such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell’s Thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, and Blackpoll and Palm Warblers, among others, and their high and low elevation habitats. The presentation will utilize photographs, video, and audio of these iconic species of the Adirondacks (& a few mammal species too!).
Speaker: Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding 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 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 in the Adirondack Hotel dining room in Long Lake at 6 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 23rd.
Stewarts opens at 5 a.m. and offers quick breakfast items. Also, the Adirondack Hotel has offered to put out their coffee/continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m. for our group! Depending on the itineraries for Saturday and Sunday, lunch will be ordered from the ADK Trading Post in Long Lake and other menus tbd.
The Winter Birding Weekend is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and cosponsored by Northern New York Audubon.