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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
and the advancement of environmental education
Southern Adirondack Audubon Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Bog Meadow Brook Fort Edward
              Grasslands Carter's Pond
Serving over 500 members in Warren, Washington, northern Saratoga and southern Hamilton counties of New York State

Coming Up!
field trip
June 3rd
SAAS is sponsoring
programs at the
Wilton Wildlife
Preserve & Park
Annual Wildlife
See info to the right

  June 20, 7p.m.
"Changing Ecology of the Hudson River Flyway"

For Injured Wildlife call
North Country
 Wild Care


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The Spring issue of our newsletter, The Fledgling, is now online!
Follow this link

June 3 - 11am - 3pm
SAAS is sponsoring
George Steele, Environmental Educator,
at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Wildlife Festival

Steele will lead several nature walks looking for all kinds of birds, plants and animals.
The walks will answer questions such as:
"Who is who?"
"What do they do?"
"How do they grow?"
"Where do they go?"

George Steele

For more than 40 years, George Steele has been an environmental science education consultant working with a wide range of programs including children’s summer camps, museums, nature centers, outdoor education centers, state agencies, libraries, and schools throughout the northeast. Steele earned his Bachelors of Science in Forest Biology with a majors in Wildlife Biology and Entomology and a minor in Botany from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He did graduate work in environmental education at the Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH.

Directions to the park:
From the north: Take the I-87 South to Exit 16. Take a left onto Ballard Road, cross the Northway and make the first right on Edie Road. Continue for 1.1 miles and make a turn at your first left onto Scout Road. Drive down Scout Road until you reach Parking Lot #1 on the left side of the street.

From the south: Take the I-87 North to Exit 16. Take the first right off the exit ramp onto Ballard Road, and make the first right on Edie Road. Continue for 1.1 miles and make a turn at your first left onto Scout Road. Drive down Scout Road until you reach Parking Lot #1 on the left side of the street.

Take a look at our latest conservation project - a Purple Martin House for
Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville.


We are continuing our efforts to help the local Eastern Bluebird population.
Check it out here

Eastern Bluebird
                      by Gordie Ellmers


SAAS thanks all who participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count!


Click on the image above to see the results of this year's count

Results of the SAAS Christmas Bird Count

By Linda White, Christmas Bird Count Coordinator

    National Audubon celebrated its 118th Christmas Bird Count this winter. The SAAS count was held on Saturday, Dec. 16. The count circle includes most of Queensbury, Hudson Falls, South Glens Falls and Fort Edward.

    A group of our loyal and dedicated birders participated in the Hudson Falls count. They birded for a total of 36 hours and drove 353 miles. Without their effort this citizen science project would not be possible. We thank them for their time and expertise: Russ Hilliard, Joyce Miller, Eric Potter (new to the area), Jacquie Tinker, Helen Crawshaw, Beth and Brad Bidwell, Terry Hall, Ann Reames, and Linda White.

    A total of 50 species and 5,949 individual birds were counted, comparable to many of the 30 previous times this count has been done. Two highlights and first time observations were a Black Vulture and an Eastern Towhee. Once the count data is certified, usually by the end of February, all count results will be on the Audubon Christmas Bird Count web-site at this address:
    Our count circle is designated as NYHF.

Canada Goose – 120
American Black Duck – 24

Mallard – 187

Common Goldeneye – 97

Hooded Merganser – 10

Common Merganser – 25

Ruffed Grouse – 1

Wild Tur-key – 1

Black Vulture – 1

Northern Harrier – 3

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 3

Cooper's Hawk – 3

Bald Eagle -2

 Red-tailed Hawk -36

Rough-legged Hawk -3

Great black-backed Gull – 1

Rock Pigeon – 555

Mourning Dove – 282

Great Horned Owl – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 10

Downy Woodpecker – 19

Hairy Woodpecker – 4

Northern Flicker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 3

American Kestrel -3

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Blue Jay – 139

American Crow - 1,636

Common Raven – 6

Horned Lark – 187

Black-capped Chickadee – 106

Tufted Titmouse – 38

White-breasted Nuthatch – 14

Carolina Wren – 8

Golden-crowned Kinglet -5

Eastern Bluebird – 8

American Robin – 44

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling 1,613

Snow Bunting – 2

American Tree Sparrow – 72

Dark-eyed Junco – 267

White-throated Sparrow – 24

Song Sparrow – 1

Eastern Towhee – 1

Northern Cardinal – 61

Brown -headed Cowbird – 50

House Finch – 36

American Goldfinch – 21

House Sparrow - 197.