Join us to observe the boreal birds of the Adirondacks

June 9 - 11, 2017

The three-day Adirondack Birding Festival features birding hikes, walks, safaris, outings, and seminars throughout Hamilton County. All field trips are free and registration is required for each outdoor event. 

The festival reaches into the vast Adirondack wild of Hamilton County and includes the surrounding forests of our hamlets: Long Lake, Indian Lake, Speculator, Racquette, Blue Mountain Lake, Piseco, Morehouse, Lake Pleasant, and Inlet. Affordable lodging is available, so you and your birding partners can enjoy a comfortable evening retreat to refuel and refresh as the festivities advance.

Hamilton County contains more than one million acres of the Adirondacks. With more than 60 percent of those acres classified as either wilderness or wild forest, it is one of the best locations to watch boreal birds. Now in its 11th year, the Hamilton County Birding Festival brings together bird watchers from all over the United States to explore and discover the amazing birds of the Adirondacks.

Remember, this is the Adirondacks, so you should be prepared for all types of weather including heat, humidity, rain, cold, and even snow. June is typically filled with warm days and cool evenings, but you can never be sure about the weather you will find.

What to bring

For each trip be sure to bring the following:

  • sunscreen
  • bug repellent (netting or a bug shirt is recommended)
  • water
  • snacks and/or lunch
  • binoculars
  • bird books
  • comfortable waterproof footwear
  • For canoeing trips, you also need to bring a canoe/kayak, paddles, and a PFD (as required by law)

Schedule

The 2017 Adirondack Birding Festival Schdule is still underdevelopment, however to get an idea of the trips, tours and workshops offered during the festival, here is a link to view the 2016 ADIRONDACK BIRDING FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (pdf).