Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - Birders interested in finding the best birding spots year-round for all manner of migratory & resident raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl along the big waters of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in New York and Pennsylvania now have new resources to enjoy. The Seaway Trail Foundation has developed a new birding theme guidebook, audio tour CD, notecards and outdoor storytellers to help birders find their favorite flyers along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie. The Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail by ornithologist Gerald A. Smith is a soft cover, full color traveler's field guide to birding hot spots along the 518-mile shoreline byway that is one of America's Byways and a National Recreation Trail. Funding for the book was provided by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways Program, the New York State Department of Transportation's Scenic Byways Program in the Office of Environment's Landscape Architecture Bureau, and the John Ben Snow Foundation, Pulaski, NY. New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee said, "The Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway provides a magnificent trip through the landscapes of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and New York State's northern and western borders. I know Governor Paterson is proud that we support this trail and other scenic byways across the state so that travelers can enjoy the history, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities that alternative routes provide. Congratulations to the Seaway Trail Foundation for publishing their new birding guidebook, which is sure to delight generations of bird watchers and other visitors." Noted regional birders Willie D'Anna, an Eaton Birding Society Award winner in Western NY; Jerry McWilliams of the Presque Isle (PA) Audubon Society; and Bird Coalition of Rochester Executive Director David Semple wrote chapters for the book. Wildlife artist Robert McNamara of Art of the Wilderness, Cleveland, NY, designed and illustrated the guide edited by Julie Covey. The book retails for $19.95. A companion audio CD, Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Audio Tour," features the voices of wildlife biologist Kimberly Corwin and Adirondack Kids® co-author and television show host Gary Allen VanRiper. The 80-minute CD retails for $9.95. The nonprofit Seaway Trail Foundation, based in Sackets Harbor, NY, has also developed birding notecards and a series of bird-themed Great Lakes Seaway Trail outdoor storyteller interpretive panels - all designed by McNamara - to enhance birders' travel along the coastal byway. Great Lakes Seaway Trail birding maps are online at www.seawaytrail.com. This new guidebook book is the latest in the "Best of the Byways" (American Recreation Coalition) series published by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Sackets Harbor, NY, 315-646-1000. # # # Book Backgrounder Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail A Traveler's Guide to the 518-mile Freshwater Birder's Paradise Along America's Byways in New York and Pennsylvania - Great Lakes Seaway Trail ~ Seaway Trail Pennsylvania By Gerald A. Smith Published by: Seaway Trail Foundation, Sackets Harbor, NY ISBN: 978-0-943689-08-1 / ISBN 10: 0-943689-08-2 Library of Congress No: 2009925068 The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is the hot new, year-round birding destination! · 220-page full color 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch guide perfect for experienced & new birders seeking freshwater birding hotspots · 18 chapters include writing by noted regional birders: Eaton Birding Society Award winner Willie D'Anna, Jerry McWilliams of the Presque Isle (PA) Audubon Society, and Bird Coalition of Rochester Executive Director David Semple · 38 maps, 136 illustrations of notable species for each area · Illustrated by wildlife artist Robert McNamara; edited by Julie Covey · Introduction by Seaway Trail Foundation Chair Pope Vickers, Great Lakes Seaway Trail Chairman Chuck Krupke and President & CEO Teresa Mitchell · How to get to sites, when to go, best viewing opportunities by season · Detailed directions include GPS coordinates · Easy search with graphic index with color-coded edges and symbols · Suggested Retail Price $19.95, at www.seawaytrail.com and bookstores · "Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Audio Tour" CD, 80 min., narrated by wildlife biologist Kimberly Corwin and Adirondack Kids® co-author & television show host Gary Allen VanRiper, retails for $9.95. · The nonprofit Seaway Trail Foundation also publishes a series of birding notecards by wildlife artist Robert McNamara of Art of the Wilderness, Cleveland, NY. · A series of Great Lakes Seaway Trail outdoor storyteller interpretive panels enhances birding travelers' experience of the byway that is one of America's Byways and a National Recreation Trail; see examples online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/.
Contacts: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail Foundation, 315-646-1000 Author Gerald A. Smith, cell: 315-771-7902