Joan Collins is President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC. She is President of the New York State Ornithological Association and Editor of New York Birders. Joan is Vice-President of Northern New York Audubon, past President of High Peaks Audubon Society, and past member of the Board of Directors for the Audubon Council of New York State. Joan leads birding field trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a frequent guest speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including New York Birders, Conservationist, and The Kingbird. Joan authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Mountain Lake PBS, Adirondack Explorer, and Adirondack Life magazine have featured pieces on Joan, and her regular birding segments with Todd Moe can be heard on North Country Public Radio.
Written by Joan Collins
Canoe Camping on the Essex Chain Lakes
Heading into the newly opened Essex Chain Lakes Tract on a Sunday night with a mid-September forecast for 30 degrees should be a guarantee of solitude. It almost was. With only one other camping...
15th Annual Adirondack Birding Festival!
The Adirondack Birding Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary! New this year is a bonus day. The festival has been extended to four days, from its usual three, to accommodate popular demand for...
Winter Birding in the Central Adirondacks
As many of our region’s nesting bird species head south for the winter, some species that breed to our north also head south…into the Adirondacks! Each year, it is exciting to discover which species...
Spring Birding...with Crossbills too!
Birding & Paddling Fishing Brook
A lovely new area has been opened to the public for paddling and fishing in the Town of Long Lake. County Line Flow and Fishing Brook can both be paddled, and fishing is allowed from the shoreline...
Birders Flock to the Central Adirondacks!
Birding in March: A Transitional Time
Exciting Winter Birding along Sabattis Circle Road
Climbing & Birding West Mountain
Lovely Views from the Summit of Mud Pond Mountain!
The short trail up Mud Pond Mountain in Long Lake rewards climbers with spectacular views! It is less than a half-mile in length, but quite steep with an elevation gain of 600 feet. The trail is in...
Why Birding and How Do I Start?
Being "bitten by the birding bug" can be a positive, life-changing experience. Bird watching can become such an all-consuming activity that it is often hard to recall what life was like in the pre-...
Paddling Mud Pond in the Cedarlands Conservation Easement
Mud Pond A peaceful paddling and birding destination Mud Pond, with a boreal bog mat bordering much of its western shoreline, is a scenic place to paddle. I count it as one of my favorite canoeing...
A Beautiful Weekend for the 11th Annual Adirondack Birding Festival!
It's Mud Season, and the Birding is Great!
Spring Skiing in the Round Lake Wilderness Area
Since "winter" seems to be continuing right into spring this year, I had another wonderful cross-country ski trip with terrific snow conditions! I skied on Round Pond Road in the Round Lake...
Ski Inlet to Raquette Lake
A Fun Afternoon on the Three-Brook Loop Ski Trail
Over a decade ago, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation cut a cross-country ski loop trail off the Northville-Placid Trail in Long Lake. The trip totals 5.2 miles by taking the...
One Bird to Look For This Winter
The Taming of the Shrewd Gray Jay
Chain Lakes Road South Opens to Public
The Lure of Lovely Lake Lila
Hike into Spectacular OK Slip Falls
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