Hamilton County will host its annual Adirondack Birding Festival this weekend, June 19-21. The festival’s Web site has a full schedule of walks, canoe trips, and other outings and events.
As part of the festival, retired forest ranger Gary Lee, co-author of Adirondack Birding,* will give a slide show on Adirondack birds at the Adirondack Museum at 7 p.m. Friday. Scientist Nina Schoch will give a presentation on loons at Camp Sagamore at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both talks are free.
Bill Osborne, the county’s director of tourism, says the county started the festival to lure visitors to the region in what had been a slow season, and it’s worked. The county just published a new edition of its “Birding Guide & Map,” which describes twenty-two birding hot spots. All the sites are shown on a color map. You can order a free copy from the festival’s Web site (see link above).
The Hamilton County festival is one of two birding festivals held in the Adirondacks in June. The state Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths hosted the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration last weekend. Although the VIC charged a registration fee for the first time, attendance was up.
Look for a story on the Hamilton County festival in a future issue of the Adirondack Explorer.
*Lost Pond Press, which I own, published this book, but it’s being distributed by the Adirondack Mountain Club.