Southern Adirondack Audubon Society
Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
and the advancement of environmental education
of Our Past Conservation Projects
Transform West Brook into a Paradise for Birds
Another Toyota Together Green Project!
| More than 30
volunteers from the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society
and Lake George Association went to work along the banks
of West Brook in Lake George on Saturday replacing an
invasive honeysuckle with native plants. In the process
they transformed the neglected area into a paradise for
birds, said Lynne Rosenthal of the Lake George
Association. The group replaced about 36 invasive
honeysuckle bushes with a variety of Adirondack native
shrubs including winterberry, red chokeberry, silky
dogwood, red twig dogwood, swamp rose, buttonbush, eastern
ninebark, and northern bayberry.
“A number of our native shrubs, such as dogwoods and northern bayberry have berries with a very high fat content – so they are great for the birds, “ said Emily DeBolt, the LGA’s director of education. “While shrubby honeysuckle has lots of berries, they aren’t actually good for the birds. They are sugar water, so they don’t provide real nutrition. The birds need fat to build up their energy reserves for either their fall migration, or for staying here and making it through the long cold winter”. A TogetherGreen grant to the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society paid for the new shrubs.
-Write up from the Lake George Mirror
Students in Pat Boire’s Tech Student Association
at Bolton Central School have constructed a whopping 75
bluebird nest boxes for Southern Adirondack Audubon
Society. Six 9th and 10th
grade students cut, drilled, and assembled the rough
wood boxes, for the bargain rate of $2.00 each. The
boxes have been placed in suitable habitat within our
chapter, and will be monitored properly. Several will be
placed in the Saratoga National Historical Park.
The Eastern Bluebird is New York State’s official
bird. Once declining in
population, bluebirds are making a comeback. Numbers
declined in part from nest competition with House
Sparrows and European Starlings. Use of harmful
pesticides and loss of habitat are other factors. According to the North
American Bluebird Society, the future can still be
promising for the bluebird. The most important step we
can take to help them is to provide nesting sites by
setting out a box, or starting a bluebird trail.
SAAS is grateful to Bolton’s Central School’s Tech Student Association for their woodworking skills and community spirit.
|Bolton tech class students constructing the bluebird houses||The final product!|
Wood Duck Project at Carter's Pond
Our chapter recently partnered with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Waterfowl Improvement Association (WIA) to provide wood duck nestboxes at the state-owned Carter’s Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Greenwich. Carter’s Pond is designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon New York and a Bird Conservation Area by NYSDEC.
Boxes around the periphery of the lake have been
in a state of disrepair for some time. SAAS purchased 10
new boxes for this project. Local decoy
company, Dux’ Dekes of Greenwich, generously supplies
the lumber, the Waterfowl Improvement Association
supplies hardware, and the Greenwich tech class
constructs the boxes, which can then be “adopted” for
On Saturday, April 9, members of the three organizations met to install the boxes. In addition to SAAS member Mona Bearor, the work crew consisted of DEC field technician, Evan Wills, and WIA members Jeff Duxbury, owner of Dux’ Dekes, Jeff’s son Nate, and Dan Spigner, also of the WIA, with his son Kiernan.
Many Wood Ducks were seen and heard as the work was completed and, thanks to the late arrival of spring, the boxes were placed in time for this year’s nesting season.
Duxbury of the WIA and Evan Wills of DEC place a new Wood
Duck nestbox at Carter's Pond in Greenwich.
SAAS has also been actively involved in the following local issues: