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June 6, 2014

10th Annual Boreal Birding Festival to Feature Two New Trips

adirondacks, usa - The 10th Annual Boreal Birding Festival will be held June 13-15, featuring 15 outdoor events led by 10 birding experts held throughout the Adirondack Park.

The Festival is an opportunity for birding enthusiasts to observe boreal birds unique to the Adirondacks that are rarely seen anywhere else in New York State. In addition to the sought-after Bicknell's Thrush, Black-backed woodpecker, Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee, the Adirondacks are home to over 30 species of warblers, numerous hawks, owls and eagles, many of which will be heard or seen during the festival.

This year's festival will feature 2 new trips. On Saturday, June 14, John & Pat Thaxton will lead a hike on the "Roosevelt Truck Trail" in the town of Newcomb, which is one of the few places to observe the Cape May Warbler and other boreal species. On Sunday, Michael and Wanda Moccio will forge an exploratory walk into the southern Hudson-Indian River tract in Indian Lake, part of the newly acquired land formerly owned by Finch Puryn & Co. This area, was leased by the Gooley Club for many years, includes the Hudson and Cedar River and the surrounding parcels, and is now open to the public.

Joan Collins, a NYS licensed guide, writer and birding expert, will present "Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks", a multi-media show at the Adirondack Museum on Saturday afternoon at 4pm. The show will highlight the boreal species using photographs, video and audio tracts of these special birds and will include details of their nesting habits.

The Festival, along with the coinciding Black Fly Challenge Bike Race, features a special dinner cruise on Friday night on the W.W. Durant Cruise Ship on Raquette Lake. The boat will set sail at 6:30pm and last two hours. Reservations are suggested to assure a spot on the boat.

All events and activities are FREE of charge, but registration is necessary and open now. To register, call (800) 648-5239 or (518) 548-3076 Monday- Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm. For more information, visit


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