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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 Birding 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.
Hepatica_squareSaturday, April 22 – 2 pm – 4pm - Wildflower Walk in Cole's Woods, Queensbury

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.
Columbine_aquareSaturday, May 6 – 2 pm – 4pm - Wildflower Walk in Cole's Woods, Queensbury

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.

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 .
Trillium
Saturday, 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.
Bird photos © Gordie Ellmers
Wildflowers by Mona Bearor



Field Trip Reports

Wildflower Walk in Cole's Woods

June 2, 2016

Over a dozen people, including members of Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and the Lake George Garden attended the  Wildflower Flower Walk in Cole’s Woods on Thursday, June 2nd. Diane Collins was recovering from a recent injury, but asked Audubon member Sue Pierce to lead the walk that day. Covering just about a mile, Sue led the group on a leisurely stroll exploring some of the various trails of Cole’s Woods. There is an astonishing variety of wildflowers in this gem of a park.  We identified and discussed some of the lore of at least 25 plants, serenaded all the while by the delicate songs of the Winter Wren and the Brown Creeper.  

Sue Pierce leads wildflower walk in Cole's Woods

Betar Byway May 6,2016 Field Trip Report

Sunshine and calm winds afforded a very pleasant bird walk along the Betar Byway on May 6 for six birdwatchers.    Led by Rob Snell, the group tallied a total of 36 species; however, not one warbler species was seen or heard, not even a token yellow-rumped warbler.  Some of the notable sightings included: a broad-winged hawk chased by an American crow, a flock of cedar waxwings glowing in the sunlight, an Eastern kingbird (FOY for many participants), perhaps a last of season ring-necked duck, and of course, those harbingers of spring, blue-headed vireo and house wrens.

The trip checklist can be found at    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29442089

Birders on the Betar Byway
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Saratoga National Historic Park May 21, 2016 

Field Trip Report

This joint trip with Audubon Society of the Capital Region at the Saratoga National Historical Park was led by Park Ranger Linda White, a founding member of SAAS.  Highlights were a Worm-eating Warbler, Blue-winged Warblers, Great-crested Flycatchers, Indigo Buntings, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, American Kestrel, and an awesome hooting of a Barred Owl as it flew over through the trees low over our group right at the start of the walk! It was amazing!  After the walk officially ended a couple of birders added  bobolinks and Eastern Bluebirds making a total of 40 species.

SNHP 2016