GABC Schedule

May 31 - June 2, 2019
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2019 GABC Schedule

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Friday Field Trips (all-day)
Birding Across the Adirondacks

Birding the Saint Lawrence Valley

Saturday and Sunday Morning Field Trips

Beginner Birder (Saturday only)

Bloomingdale Bog

Madawaska Flow

Paddling for Loons (Sunday only)

Spring Pond Bog

Whiteface Mountain

Birding Across the Adirondacks (Friday all-day trip)

Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: Walking across uneven surfaces, flat terrain. Participants should be comfortable getting in and out of a 12-passenger van throughout the day.
Max People: 16
Cost:
$90
Participants leave the VIC for an all-day field trip “down the mountain” to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Champlain in search of migratory birds. This field trip will feature stops at many birding hot spots as we look at a cross-section of bird life from high elevation to low. Return to VIC between 4 and 5 pm (Preregistration required, bag lunch and transportation included).

Birding the Saint Lawrence Valley (Friday all-day trip)

Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: Walking across uneven surfaces, flat terrain. Participants should be comfortable getting in and out of a 12-passenger van throughout the day.
Max People: 16
Cost:
$90
Participants leave the VIC for an all-day field trip to the St. Lawrence Valley field trip to explore a wide variety of habitats, including fields, edge forest, deciduous forest, and lowland conifer wetlands. The trip will take us to active waterfowl gathering places near the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, stopping along the way to sample the bird life in the raptor-rich agricultural fields near Massena. We’ll search for buntings, sparrows, hawks, ducks and much more during this all-day outing.  Return to VIC between 4 and 5 pm (Preregistration required, bag lunch and transportation included).

Beginner Birder at the VIC (Saturday Morning only)

Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: Walking along rolling, maintained wooded trails.
Max People: 16
Cost:
$35
This walk will emphasize seeing and hearing the birds of the VIC. We’ll explore the Boreal Life Trail, looking at some common warblers and uncommon birds that are restricted to breeding in the Adirondacks in NYS. Lincoln’s Sparrow, Palm Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler, or some of the other ten warblers that breed at the VIC may be encountered on this field trip.  If we’re lucky we’ll find Olive-sided Flycatcher and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at the edge of the bog.

Bloomingdale Bog (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)

Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: Flat walking along an old rail road bed
Max People: 20
Cost:
$50
This is a great habitat for boreal species. The area encompasses a bog and cedar woods with sedge marsh and coniferous woods. Sightings may include: Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Palm Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cape May Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Madawaska Flow (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)

Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: 3-4 miles of walking along roads, flat walking along an old railroad bed, and walking on rolling terrain along minimally and unmaintained trails.
Max People: 20
Cost:
$50
Madawaska has been a favored boreal birding area for a half-century or more. The area encompasses conifer forest, mixed hardwood forest, a variety of wetlands, as well as Madawaska Pond. Sightings may include: (Yellow) Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Northern Parula, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Olive-sided Flycatcher. As the habitat changes to white pine forest, the Brown Creeper can be found nesting behind loose bark. Madawaska Pond may have Green-winged Teal, American Bittern and Bald Eagle.

Paddling for Loons on Little Clear Pond (Sunday Morning only)

Meeting Location: Paul Smith’s College VIC
Activity Level: A morning of moderate paddling along flat water.
Other: Tandem canoes/ life vest/ paddle are provided or participants may bring their own.
Max People: 16
Cost:
$50
Little Clear Pond is a haven for common loon with crystal clear water and healthy food sources for growing loon families. Dr. Nina Schoch is a wildlife veterinarian and Executive Director at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. Dr. Schoch’s research has focused on using Adirondack common loons as a sentinel species to better understand the impact of environmental contaminants on aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Schoch will lead us on an educational paddle in search of these beautiful symbols of Adirondack wilderness.

Spring Pond Bog (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)

Meeting Location: Tupper Lake, NY
Activity Level: Walking along gently rolling terrain, road walking, and walks along boardwalk and some brief steep terrain on wood trail.
Max People: 20
Cost:
$50
Explore one of the largest peat land complexes in New York State. Spring Pond Bog is the second largest open expanse of peat land in New York and contains a patterned peat land with ridges and wet depressions. On this field trip, participants should see/hear most of the more common lowland boreal birds (Gray Jay, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Boreal Chickadee and woodpeckers), and may see some of the less common species such as the Tennessee warbler or the spruce grouse. Trip includes bushwhacking in boggy areas and thick spruce/fir/tamarack stands.

 

Whiteface Mountain (Saturday and Sunday Mornings)

Meeting Location: Wilmington, NY
Activity Level: Flat, easy walking along road. Participants should be comfortable getting in and out of vehicles frequently throughout the morning. Option short hike to the summit.
Max People: 20
Cost:
$50 + $10 fee to cover ORDA’s toll road charge
The trip will begin with a flat, easy walk around Lake Stevens Tree Trail at the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway toll house. Participants will then carpool up the toll road, stopping at pull-offs and searching for mountain birds. Sightings may include: Bicknell’s Thrush, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Boreal Chickadees.

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