Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival 2013 Kicks Off in June

The 9th Annual Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival is scheduled at the heart of New York’s Adirondack Park on June 7, with the planned activities to include three days of guided hikes, lectures and driving safaris.

At the center of the Hamilton County festival are 17 birding walks and driving safaris dispersed throughout the county over three days. All the outings are free and are led by birding guides.

Boreal birds are birds that nest and breed in northern forests and include black-backed woodpeckers, gray jays, a variety of warblers and water fowl. Since boreal birds can’t be found in Texas and a lot of other parts of the US, the festival is expecting to attract out-of-state attendees.

The festival was developed to take advantage of the region’s wildlife and attract out-of-area visitors to the county during a shoulder season.

The festival will also feature a Saturday, June 8 program with birding expert Dr. Bruce Beehler, author of “Birdlife of the Adirondacks”. Beehler made headlines when he discovered two birds in New Guinea previously believed to be non-existent, and has worked on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International and the U.S. Department of State. Beehler will also join several of the guided birding excursions, though organizers do not know which ones he will select.

Advance registration is required for birding excursions and groups are kept small to insure that breeding species may be observed.