Spring Migrations Return to Adirondacks, Offering Prime Bird Watching in Natural Habitats

Adirondack Region, N.Y. - June marks the beginning of birding season in the Adirondack Region of Northern New York, as migrating boreal species return to their warm weather habitats for nesting season, and birders from across New York and New England flock to the Adirondacks for top birding events. 

Adirondack Birding Events

  • The unofficial opening of the spring birding season in the Adirondacks, the Paul
    Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC)
    will host a new event,
    "Birding Across the Adirondacks," on April 26 from 8 am- 4 pm, featuring a
    round-the-park field trip to explore the different habitats of birds in three distinct
    Adirondack landscapes. Transportation will be provided, and participants will
    travel from bog wetlands to mountain sides, lakeshores and scrub fields to
    watch for Gray Jays, Black-Backed and Pileated Woodpeckers and Ring-Billed
    Gulls, among many others. The trip is $75 per person and participants must
    pre-register with the VIC by calling (518) 327-6241.

  • In the Adirondack Lakes Region, the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
    will kick off its 12th anniversary June 6-8 at the VIC with guest lectures presented by some of the birding communities most celebrated voices, guided bird watching trips, workshops, raffles and more. Highlights include guest lecturer Noah Strycker, associate editor of Birding Magazine, whose lecture "Bird World," will explore the parallels between bird and human behavior. Registration is now open online at: www.AdirondackVIC.org, or by calling (518) 327-6241. Discounts are available for both Friends of the VIC and members of the Northern New York Audubon. 
  • 10th Annual Boreal Birding Festival is slated for June 13-15, is an event-driven
    festival in the Adirondack Wild will include three days of bird watching hikes,
    walks, driving safaris, seminars and more. With more than 60% of the Adirondack
    Wild classified as wild forest and wilderness, the forests and lakes provide
    ideal nesting grounds for water birds and boreal species. Participants will enjoy
    a dinner cruise on the W.W. Durant cruise ship (fee associated), hiking
    expeditions along the Roosevelt Truck Trail in Newcomb, and the newly opened
    Former Finch and Pruyn Lands on the Chain of Lakes Road in Indian Lake, and
    much more. On Saturday afternoon Joan Collins, a NYS licensed guide, writer and
    birding expert, will be present a talk on the "Unique Boreal Species" found inside the Adirondack Park at the Adirondack Museum. All outside events and activities are FREE of charge, but registration is necessary and open now. To register, call (800) 648-5239
    or (518) 548-3076 Monday- Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm.

Other Unique Birding Options in the Adirondacks 

The Adirondack Region is home to a six-million-acre park offering ample forests, lakes and bogs, as well as rivers and ponds for nesting birds during the spring breeding season. Along the Adirondack Coast, the Lake Champlain Birding Trail extends for 300 miles, connecting more than 80 birding
sites in Vermont and New York. The self-guided trail runs through diverse bird habitats, allowing visitors to glimpse a variety of species, including Bohemian Waxwings, Rough-legged Hawks and many more. 

For bird watchers who prefer to set their own schedule, the
Adirondack Region is home to several Audubon NY Important Bird Areas (IBAs), including sites along the following: 

  • St. Lawrence River Plain is a main flyway for migratory birds, and boasts
    favorable habitats for boreal species. Find a plethora of water birds along the
    river including Osprey, Bald Eagle, Loon and Pied-Billed Grebe. 
  • Tug Hill Plateau located in the western Adirondacks along the Black River Valley
    where more than 150,000 acres of pristine forests offer prime habitat for
    boreal bird species and rarely seen birds such as Gray-Crowned Rosy Finch,
    Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Blackpoll Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow and Ruby-Crowned

The Adirondack Region is home to more than 100 bird species. For more information on where to go bird watching in the Adirondacks, or to find a list of Adirondack birds, log on to www.visitadirondacks.com/recreation/birding.

About the Adirondacks:

The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at
Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com




Rebecca Steffan

(518) 523-9258