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Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

Protecting the environment through the preservation of natural habitats
 and the advancement of environmental education

Birding the Hudson River
Building Bluebird Houses
Learning about invasive plants

Whether it's birding the Hudson River, building bluebird nestboxes, or learning about native plants, our members always enjoy the fellowship and fun of our field trips and workshops.  Check the schedule below for something that interests you and join the fun!

Field Trip & Local Natural History Events Calendar
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the SAAS Field Trip Guidelines

American Wigeon
CANCELLED due to lack of waterfowl
Sunday morning, March 19, Washington County Waterfowl
Leader: Mona Bearor saasmona@gmail.com  or 518-745-8637  

Join us as we search the Hudson for migrant waterfowl such as Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks and Mergansers. In recent years, Horned Grebe, Canvasbacks and Tundra Swans have been life birds for many.  Meet at the Schuylerville Central School at Routes 29 and 4. The trip is limited to the first 12 who register. Contact the leader before 7 p.m. on March 18 to register and for meeting time. Dress warmly and bring a beverage/snack, your binoculars and a scope if you have one. We will carpool. Trip will end late morning. You will be contacted if the trip is cancelled due to weather.  This is a joint trip with the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club.
Ruby-crowned KingletSaturday, April 22 – 8 a.m. – Bog Meadow Trail, Saratoga Springs

Join Rich Speidel in search of spring birds and waterfowl on the Bog Meadow trail, which includes an extensive boardwalk system through wetland communities: open marsh, wet meadow and forested wetland.  (For more on Bog Meadow Trail, see SAAS March 2016 newsletter article).   Group size is limited, so call Rich to register: 623-2587.   Rain date is Sunday, April 23.
Rose-breasted GrosbeakMonday, May 8  - 8 am - Hudson Crossing Park, Saratoga

Join leader Rob Snell in exploring Hudson Crossing Park (at Lock 5 on Route 4 just north of Schuylerville).  We will walk through wooded areas along the river/canal looking for resident and migrant birds . For more on Hudson Crossing Park, see SAAS September 2016 newsletter article).  Meet in the park parking lot.
Baltimore OrioleSaturday, May 13 - 8 - 10:30am - Birding Spring Run Trail in Saratoga

Join us for our chapter's first exploration of this city-owned walking/biking trail.  We will walk this paved level trail in search of resident birds and Spring migrants.  The variety of vegetation and the brook - "Spring Run" - should attract a wide variety of birds.  Bring binoculars if you have them, plus insect repellant, snacks, and water as you wish.   Trip leader - Mona Bearor  saasmona@gmail.com 
Directions:  From either north or south on I-87, take exit 15, proceed west on Rt50, turn south on Marion Ave.  Cross Excelsior Ave. and proceed to the parking lot near Eddy's Beverage where we will meet .
TrilliumSaturday, May 13 - 9 am – noon. - Wildflower Walk in Skidmore Woods, Saratoga

Led by Jackie Donnelly.  Rich woods and rare plants in Saratoga County.
Green Violet (Hybanthus concolor) and other regional rare plants thrive in this limestone-underlined woodland that also burgeons with spring ephemerals like Yellow Lady's Slipper, Canada Violet, Trilliums, Trout Lily, and both species of Blue Cohosh (Caulophylum giganteum and C. thalictroides) growing side-by-side. This is an easy hike on preserve trails.
We will meet at the farthest end of North Broadway, after the paved street has become a rutted dirt road.
Space is limited.  To reserve a space, send an email with contact information (name, address, email and best phone) to jackie0542@gmail.com  or phone 518-584-6346.
Scarlet TanagerSaturday, May 20 -  8 am -  Five Combines Feeder Canal Park, Hudson Falls

Join Jim Ries, 792-4477 (jimries@roadrunner.com).  We will walk the bike trail for about 2 miles along Five Combines and Feeder Canal.  The habitat ranges from field edges to wetland areas to stands of tall hardwood trees and should provide for great birding.  Meet at the Five Combines Feeder Canal parking lot off Burgoyne Avenue. 

Directions: From Northway Exit 17 turn north on Rt. 9, travel about one mile to Rt. 197 (Reynolds Rd.), turn right and travel five miles into Ft. Edward.  Turn left onto Rt. 4, drive one-half mile, then take a right turn on Maple Avenue (Route 37) just past Ft. Edward School.  Bear left onto Burgoyne Avenue and travel about one and one-half  miles to the parking lot, just past Jones Avenue, on the right.
ColumbineSaturday, May 20  2 pm – 4pm - Wildflower Walk in Cole's Woods

Diane Collins, wildflower photographer and author of Trailside Wildflowers in Coles Woods will be leading a wildflower walk at Cole’s Woods.   The cost is $5 and includes a copy of her wildflower booklet.  Meet  in the parking lot behind the YMCA on Glen Street.  Please call Diane at 792-2811 to register.

Additional Dates for this walk:
Saturday, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19
All walks are 2-4 p.m.
Yellow WarblerSunday, May 21 – 8 am – Saratoga National Historic Park and Battlefield,  Stillwater

Join leader Rob Snell walking the Wilkinson’s Trail through wooded areas and grasslands in search of warblers, woodpeckers, and thrushes.

Meet in visitor center parking lot off SR 32.
American RedstartFriday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 - 15th  Annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), Paul Smiths. 
For schedule and registration visit http://www.paulsmiths.edu/vic/gabc
Beaver House
Beaver House Photo from
Adirondack Almanack
Saturday, June 3 – 8 am “Talk and a Walk” in Johnsburg 

Join SAAS for a special ‘Talk and a Walk’ on Saturday June 3rd to ‘Beaver House’ in Johnsburg to hear about the primary author of the federally enacted Wilderness Act of 1964, Howard Zahniser. This Adirondack cabin was owned by Mr. Zahniser where upon his death, friend and lifelong Adirondack guide, hunter and conservationist, Paul Schaefer, who founded the Friends of the Forest Preserve in 1945 assumed ownership. Paul’s former home in fact, is in Niskayuna, NY, which is now part of the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College. This event will be led by Dave Gibson, Managing Partner of Adirondack Wild - Friends of the Forest Preserve and co-owner of the house. After a talk on the impacts these two men had on the Adirondack wilderness, we will conduct a bird walk on the mile long loop trail from the house and to near the adjacent Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

After the walk we invite you to join our members in nearby North Creek to talk more about the Wilderness Act and support the local restaurants in town. We highly encourage you to carpool if at all possible!   Please meet promptly at 8:00am at the end of Edwards Hill Road, Bakers Mills, NY, where we will proceed to the Beaver House. To register call: 518-708-7825. This will be a ‘showers or shine’ event. Morning steady rain will cancel event. Having a foldup chair in your car trunk might come in handy, too!
Bird photos © Gordie Ellmers