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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society
Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
and the advancement of environmental education
Photos courtesy of Gordie Ellmers
Photos above by Mona Bearor
Eastern Bluebird Next Box Monitoring Project
For the past several years, Southern Adirondack Audubon Society has been erecting and monitoring bluebird houses. We now have several locations where Eastern Bluebirds, along with other species, nest and raise their young. For the volunteers who help with this program, it is always exciting to see which birds return to build their nests, what species use the boxes, and how many young are fledged.
We currently have bluebird boxes in Hudson Falls, Queensbury, and Saratoga Spa State Park (SSSP).
The eight bluebird boxes in Union Cemetery in Hudson Falls continue to have House Sparrow problems. Even so, several bluebirds managed to fledge young.
In Queensbury, four new boxes were erected in Pineview
Cemetery. Bluebirds visited the boxes, but none nested in them. This is not
uncommon. In the first year that boxes are put up, the birds will often check
them out but nest elsewhere. We are hoping the bluebirds will choose to nest in
some of the boxes this spring. Two new boxes were also placed in Hovey Pond
Park in Queensbury last spring. Unfortunately, they were taken down by vandals
and presumably stolen. However, after a diligent search by Reggie Beatty, they
were found where they had been thrown into the nearby woods. Those boxes were
not replaced and will be erected elsewhere this spring. Other boxes in
Queensbury include three at SUNY Adirondack, four at Hudson Pointe and three at
Hudson River Park. All continue to attract Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and
Last year was a first for SSSP. With the help of park personnel and several SAAS volunteers, seven bluebird boxes were put up. Birds nested in many of the boxes and Tree Swallows, Black-capped Chickadees and Eastern Bluebirds all fledged young. The number of bluebirds fledged by location for the 2016 season are:
- Union Cemetery, Hudson Falls - 8 boxes; 8 fledged
- Hudson Pointe, Queensbury - 4 boxes; 8 fledged
- Hudson River Park, Queensbury - 3 boxes; 5 fledged
- SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury - 3 boxes; 10 fledged (estimated) Saratoga Spa State Park - 6 boxes; 10 fledged
- South Glens Falls - 1 box; 4 fledged
Training will be given to anyone interested in monitoring a bluebird site. Please contact Pat Fitzgerald at email@example.com for more information.
Our sincere thanks go out to bluebird monitors Barbara Beatty, Chris Germain, Joyce Miller, Mary Lou Munger, Jody Schleicher, Rob Snell, Al Thompson and the park personnel at Saratoga Spa State Park for their time and dedication.
|Photo above by Gordie Ellmers|
Southern Adirondack Audubon Society provided partial funding for the Lake George Land Conservancy's breeding bird surveys in the Town of Dresden in the summer of 2015. We are grateful for additional funding provided by a
R.E.A.P. Foundation grant.
Read this interesting and important report here.
|Members of Southern Adirondack Audubon and Audubon Society of the Capital Region recently completed a pre-lim bird survey on a portion of the former Mt. McGregor prison lands, now a part of Moreau Lake State Park. The first bird we saw? A Common Loon on Lake Bonita! Other sightings included five warbler species, three flycatchers, and three thrushes. We saw many beautiful wildflowers and fungi also. Hopefully, these newly added 750 acres will be open to the public at some point later in the year or early next!|
Photo by Lindsey Duval
|SAAS members birding
at Lake Bonita
Photo by John Loz
SAAS Partners with Moreau Lake State Park
Sue Pierce, a member of SAAS as well as the Friends of Moreau LakeState Park, was intrumental in coordinating an "Audubon in the Parks" project this past Spring. Our members helped to build a bird blind at Mud Pond. Materials for the project were obtained with a grant from Audubon New York and funds from the Friends group; all work was completed by volunteers. Thank you, Sue, for your many hours of work researching and attending meetings to see this dream realized.
Sue Pierce at the finished blind on painting day!
Volunteers staining the blind
The finished blind - lookin' good!
Other Conservation Projects & Issues
Removal of Invasive Plant Species and Planting Natives on West Brook in Lake George
See photos and information here
Eastern Bluebird Nestbox Project
See photos and information here.
Installing Carters Pond Wood Duck Boxes
See photos and information here
As the global climate changes wind becomes a more important source of renewable energy. Southern Adirondack Audubon Society's Board of Directors has released its position on wind power development. This policy paper outlines the Board's concerns relating to possible harm to birds and bats, and the results of habitat alteration at any proposed wind energy facility. Please take the time to read the "Position on Wind Power Development."
Draft Guidelines for Conducting Bird and Bat Studies
at Wind Energy Projects
You can read Southern Adirondack Audubon's comment letter to DEC
|Together Green Project is a
You may recall that last summer Don Polunci photographed a loon in trouble on Lake Abanakee. Fishing line was wrapped around its beak, and it was unable to eat. Fortunately that bird was captured, the line removed, and the bird was subsequently seen doing well. Not all are that lucky and tthe incident led to a project for our chapter. Using guidelines from a nationwide program and funds from a Toyota TogetherGreen Grant, we assembled and distributed 23 monofilament fishing line receptacles to popular fishing areas. Our hope is to encourage anglers to discard unusable fishing line in these containers, for the health and safety of our birds. Because it takes over 600 years for fishing line to decompose, we are also protecting the environment by disposing of it properly.
Photo by Don Polunci © 2012
Look for the containers in Moreau Lake State Park, Lake George, Raquette Lake, and Brant Lake. In the Glens Falls area, you will find them at Hovey Pond, East Field, Crandall Park, and the Hudson River Park. Monitoring and emptying the containers will be done on a weekly basis. If you would like to “adopt” a container, please notify any board member for instructions.
Dr. Nina Schoch, from the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation was informed about the containers. Her interest in and enthusiasm for the project was exciting. Working with the Boy Scouts, and receiving donations from hardware stores in the North Country, Dr. Schoch produced 100 containers to distribute in the Adirondack Park. She plans to produce a brochure about the project, and suggests that we partner with her center and Northern Adirondack Audubon to expand the program. More information about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation can be found here.
SAAS Comment Letter to DECThe Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas, and Solution Mining Regulatory Program. This SGEIS addresses methods and procedures to be used in hydrofracking, or simply, "fracking." The letter can be found in its entirety here. Additional information about the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process can be found on the DEC website. For additional information of hydrofracking in New York State see the Riverkeeper website, the Don't Frack With NY website, and the Environmental Working Group.
Keep up with Audubon New York's Conservation efforts here.
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|Working to Protect the Fort Edward IBA and Washington County Grasslands Read about it here|