The Adirondack Birding Festival is taking place throughout Hamilton County June 8-10, 2012.
Hamilton County is the third largest and least populated county in New York State. The county is entirely within the Adirondack State Park. Over 60% of our land area is either Wilderness or Wild Forest. There is not a single stop light in the entire county. The county’s million acres of forest, 1,500 miles of rivers and streams and over 56,000 acres of lakes and ponds provide birding and wildlife watching opportunities unequalled.
Our towns and hamlets are located at 1,200 – 1,500 feet above sea-level and our mountains approach 4,000 feet. Normally in June we enjoy warm days and cool evenings. It could be hot. It could snow. Check the forecast before you come and bring clothing for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures.
Nesting birds, rising trout, rushing water, wildflowers and newborn of many species make the woods and waters of Hamilton County a place of springtime excitement and discovery. There is, however, one member of the animal world we are not thrilled to see each year.
Friday June 8, 2012
WALK, Ferd’s Bog Walk, Inlet 7AM
Ferd’s Bog is a unique wildlife rich habitat surrounded by a 50-acre boreal forest. Short (0.3 mile) hike to see Wood Warblers and Boreal Birds, on a floating dock walkway. Good chance to possibly see Black-Backed and Three Toed Woodpeckers, Gray Jays, and Boreal Chickadees as well as Olive-sided & Yellow Bellied Fly Catchers. We will meet and carpool to Ferd’s Bog, as there is limited parking space on Uncas Road. GUIDE: Joan Collins
LIMIT: 20 participants EVENT LENGTH: 1.5 hours MEET: Raquette Lake Common School Parking Lot, northeast corner of Route 28 & County Road 2 in Raquette Lake. GPS WAYPOINT: 43.8091744 °N, 74.6544870 °W DIRECTIONS: From Inlet: drive 11 miles east towards Raquette Lake, school is on the left past County Road 2. From Blue Mountain Lake: Drive 13 miles west on Route 28 towards Raquette Lake. School is on the right (north) side of Route 28, before County Road 2.
WALK, Raquette Lake Rail Bed / Bog, Raquette Lake, 10am
This walk will be a continuation of the Ferd’s Bog walk. Or, join us here if you did not take the Ferd’s Bog trip! The abandoned rail bed will bring you to a wonderful bog, where many of the boreal species can be found. GUIDE: Joan Collins
Limit: 20 participants EVENT LENGTH: 2 Hours MEET: Trailhead for Shallow Pond at the Browns Tract Upper Pond. The start of the walk is across the road from the trailhead, south side of Uncas Road. GPS WAYPOINT: 43.799783°N, 74.705508°W DIRECTIONS: From the village of Raquette Lake, head north on County Road 2 through the village. Turn left onto Uncas Road and follow 2.9 miles to the Shallow Lake trailhead next to Upper Browns Tract Pond.