Birds of the Adirondacks: Great Blue Heron on Heron Marsh (18 September 2013)

Birding the Adirondacks:
Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walks
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adirondack Birding: Blackburnian Warbler near the VIC building (20  May 2014)Adirondack Birding: Blackburnian Warbler near the VIC Building (20 May 2014)

List of Birds Seen at the Paul Smiths VIC

Adirondack Birding Center Director Brian McAllister is leading a series of bird walks at the Paul Smiths VIC. Participants are challenged to see and hear many of the bird species identified by a young Teddy Roosevelt in his research while visiting Paul Smiths in the 1870s (See: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. The summer birds of the Adirondacks in Franklin County, N.Y.). Birders meet at the VIC building at 9:00 AM. The cost is $20/person. Free forFriends of the VIC Warblers; $15 for Friends of the VIC.   Please preregister by 5 PM the day before by calling the Paul Smith's College VIC at (518) 327-6241.

Bird walks during May through September 2014 are scheduled for the following dates:

Designated an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, the 3,000-acre Paul Smith’s College VIC property contains every habitat type found in the Adirondack Park with the exception of alpine vegetation. Included on the property is a 60-acre marsh, five ponds, several brooks and swamps, bogs, fens, and varied forest types, most notably northern boreal forest. The 25-mile trail system traverses a variety of habitats with extensive boardwalks through wetland ecosystems. Common sightings at the Paul Smiths VIC include: Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Warblers include (Yellow) Palm Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Nashville Warbler. Other sightings may include Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Wilson’s Snipe, Broad-winged Hawk, Hooded Merganser, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Ring-necked Duck. Click here for a list of birds seen along the various trails at the Paul Smiths VIC.

Trip Reports from the 2014 Spring & Summer Bird Walks

Trip Reports from the 2013 Fall Bird Walks

Trip Reports from the 2013 Spring & Summer Bird Walks

Trip Reports from the 2012 Fall Bird Walks

Trip Reports from the 2012 Summer Bird Walks

Trip Reports from the 2011 Summer Bird Walks


Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.