June 4, 2014

Paul Smith's VIC event for the birds

PAUL SMITHS — Some unique birds make their home year round in the boreal forest of the Adirondack Park, among them the black backed woodpecker and boreal chickadee.

And others are seasonal migrants, including the Bicknell’s thrush and many species of warblers.

The Paul Smith’s VIC will celebrate them all with the 12th-annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration set for Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8.  

Past celebrations have tallied more than 100 species, and about the same is expected this year, a press release from Paul Smith’s said.

The public is invited to register for field trips and workshops on an all-festival basis or by individual event. 

Field trips to various forest and wetland habitats are offered from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $40.

Workshops on Saturday include: “Bird Sketching with Sheri Amsel” at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., for $10 per 90-minute session. 

“Build a Bluebird Nest Box with Kathy Linker” is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday for $15 per box. 

Free events include the Birds of a Feather Invitational Art Show and Sale and a vendor display featuring Wild Birds Unlimited of Saratoga Springs on Saturday.

All are invited to take part in the Big Sit, anytime from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bird enthusiasts can sit on the VIC deck for any period of time and record as many bird species as possible.

Noah Strycker, associate editor of Birding magazine is the Joseph and Joan Cullman Conservation Foundation keynote speaker for Saturday’s lecture at 7 p.m.  

His topic is “Bird World,” an exploration of the parallels between bird and human behavior. 

“Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Strycker explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, self-image in magpies, lifelong loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks and other mysteries,” the release said, “revealing why birds do what they do and how we can relate.”

The lecture is open to the public; admission is $10.

MORE ONLINE Find the complete schedule of events go online at or call the Paul Smith's College VIC at 327.6241 for further information and to register.

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