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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
Serving Warren, Washington, northern Saratoga and southern Hamilton counties of New York State

SPRING Newsletter is now online!
You can find it here to read online or download for later.

If you missed the online public program we hosted on May 6th,
 "Birds and Bogs: Climate Change and life at the edge of the Boreal,"
 follow the link below to watch the presentation on our partner's
 Saratoga Springs Public Library You Tube channel."

Boreal photos

Join Michale Glennon, Science Director for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College, to learn how climate change impacts boreal birds in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park is in the southern edge of the range for several species of boreal forest birds within eastern North America. The habitats of these boreal specialists are thought to be particularly vulnerable to climate change. Songbirds and woodpeckers have been monitored in low elevation boreal habitats in the Adirondacks for more than a decade and most focal species are exhibiting a pattern of decline. For some, like the boreal chickadee and Lincoln’s sparrow, declines are modest. For others—such as the rusty blackbird, yellow-bellied flycatcher, olive-sided flycatcher, and black-backed woodpecker—the declines are more troubling. Of the boreal birds, only the palm warbler appears to be increasing in our landscape.

Michale Glennon is an ecologist and serves as the Science Director for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.  She previously spent 15 years as the Director of Science for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society.  She is interested in the effects of land use management on wildlife populations in the Adirondacks and is engaged in research ranging from issues of residential development to recreation ecology to aquatic invasive species and climate change. Michale also leads a long-term project focused on low elevation boreal bird communities in the Adirondacks, changes to those communities over time, and vulnerability of these species and their peatland habitats in a warming climate. Michale obtained her M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF.  She grew up in Lake Placid, NY and lives in Ray Brook with her husband, Scott and their two children.

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  WANTED:  Bluebird Ambassadors!

                            Bluebird by Gordie Ellmers
SAAS maintains four bluebird boxes in the Pine View Cemetery in Queensbury. The cemetery is located near the intersection of Quaker Road and Route 9.

During the breeding season, a volunteer checks the boxes weekly to be sure they are in good repair and to make sure that invasive House Sparrows are not nesting in the boxes. Bluebird nesting season begins in late March and goes into late summer. Bluebirds often have three broods per season in our area.

SAAS is in need of a nesting box monitor for this year. To find out more about monitoring these boxes, please contact Pat Fitzgerald at fitzgeraldsaas@yahoo.com. Training will be provided. The boxes can be checked by driving to the

SAAS thanks volunteer Barbara Beatty for her diligent monitoring over the many years

she has been checking these bluebird boxes.