###Contact: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail Foundation, 315-646-1000 Author Gerald A. Smith, cell: 315-771-7902
Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - Wildlife biologist Kimberly Corwin and Adirondack Kids® co-author and television show host Gary Allen VanRiper are inviting birders to experience the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in their time, at their pace and in their style year-round. The pair narrate the 80-minute "Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail" Audio Tour CD produced by the non-profit Seaway Trail Foundation as a companion to the recently released "Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail" book authored by ornithologist Gerald A. "Gerry" Smith. The Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway Program, the New York State Department of Transportation and the Environmental Analysis Bureau, and the John Ben Snow Foundation provided funding to the Seaway Trail Foundation for the book and CD project. All manner of migratory and resident raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl frequent the 518-mile freshwater shoreline travel route known that is one of America's Byways and a National Recreation Trail. Birds fill the forests, fields, wetlands, parks and backyards along the big waters of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. As travelers drive, bicycle, RV, boat, paddle or kayak, birders will hear Corwin and VanRiper speaking about the birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail and the only-found-here" natural areas that include such noted birding sites as the 1000 Islands, Derby Hill Bird Observatory along Lake Ontario, Braddock Bay, Niagara Gorge/Niagara Falls, and Presque Isle Bay. Bird-theme Great Lakes Seaway Trail outdoor storyteller interpretive signs located at significant points along the byway share fascinating birding facts, legends, and lore and celebrate the byway region's natural diversity. Wildlife artist Robert McNamara, illustrator/designer of the Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail field guide, designed the outdoor signs. Learn more online at www.seawaytrailstore.com. The CD retails for $9.95.