PAUL SMITHS - The Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths will be the base of operations for the seventh annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration June 5-7.
As it has in past years, the GABC will include birding field trips, trail walks, canoe trips, exhibits, lectures and the popular Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge.
This year, the Adirondack Park Institute, the not-for-profit friends group of the Paul Smiths and Newcomb VICs, will begin hosting this perennial spring favorite. "The Adirondack Park Institute is vital to our mission at the VICs, and we continue to work with the API Board and Director Martha Van der Voort on environmental education projects," said Paul Smiths VIC Director Mike Brennan. "Having the API organize the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration is just one way we are working closer together to offer high-quality, affordable programs that teach the public about the Park's unique natural resources."
In order to provide better services to participants, a few other changes have been made to the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration for 2009. A registration fee will be charged this year as follows: individual registration, $35; family registration, $50.
Registration entitles participants to the following: a June 5 dessert reception and Owl Prowl at White Pine Camp, morning field trips on June 6 and 7, barbecue lunch at the VIC June 6, and a one-year membership to the Adirondack Park Institute.
All indoor GABC programs on June 6 at the Paul Smiths VIC are free and open to the public, and registration is not required.
The GABC starts at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5 with a Wetland Hike at the Paul Smiths VIC with Dan Spada, supervisor of the APA's Research Analysis & Scientific Services Division. The GABC dessert reception, which will be held at the historic White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths, begins at 7 p.m. It will be followed by an Owl Prowl. All of these events require registration.
Festivities continue Saturday, June 6 with field trips from 7-11:30 a.m. Trip locations include Bloomingdale Bog, Osgood River, Whiteface Mountain, Madawaska, and Spring Pond Bog.
Vendors will set up at the VIC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several programs will be held in the afternoon, including presentation on dragonflies, "Birdscaping Your Backyard," raptors, the Teddy Roosevelt Birding Challenge, and Keynote Address by Dr. Bridget Stutchbury.
Though the VIC building is closed Sundays and Mondays, the trails remain open for birding. GABC programs continue on June 7 off-site with another session of morning field trips from 7-11:30 a.m.
The Paul Smiths VIC features prime boreal habitat, and some of the boreal species birders will seek on the field trips include the black-backed woodpecker, three-toed woodpecker, boreal chickadee, gray jay, Bicknell's thrush and many species of warblers.
For more information about the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, contact Martha Van der Voort at the Adirondack Park Institute's Paul Smiths office at 327-3376. The GABC brochure, full schedule, and registration information are available as PDF downloads on the VIC Web site: www.adkvic.org