Birds, Brunch, Beer, and Beauty!

Annual Outing for Members: Saturday, July 29, 2017

Spend a special day with fellow Northern NY Audubon (NNYA) members to celebrate the beauty of birds! This year’s Annual Outing features a morning field trip at Spring Pond Bog Preserve, lunch and brief meeting at Raquette River Brewing, a presentation held at the Wild Center by famous photographer Jeff Nadler, “Capturing the Beauty of Adirondack Birds”, followed by a trip to Skyline Ice Cream and search for the Tupper Lake Sandhill Crane family! We hope that you can join us for all, or some, of these special events organized for NNYA members.

Spring Pond Bog Preserve Field Trip Saturday 7 a.m

One of the most popular birding destinations in the Adirondacks and a designated “Important Bird Area” (IBA), Spring Pond Bog is the second largest bog in the New York State. This scenic Adirondack Nature Conservancy property contains diverse habitats and bird species. Wetlands, bogs, boreal forest, mixed and deciduous forests, and areas growing back from logging activity, can all be found at this Tupper Lake property. Spring Pond Bog is a primary study site for Spruce Grouse researchers in the Adirondacks. Eighteen warbler species breed in this area including Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Palm, and Canada Warblers. Other boreal species include Common Loon, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse.

The hiking trail to Spring Pond Bog gradually climbs through a hardwood forest to a glacial esker. There is a boardwalk loop to the right of the esker that takes visitors into the bog for close-up views of plant and bird life. The trail is less than a mile long. We will make a couple other stops and hike along level dirt roads in boreal forest within the Spring Pond Bog complex. Bring food (lunch will be at Raquette River Brewing at noon), water, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray.

Meet at 7 a.m. in Tupper Lake at the large parking lot between McDonalds and Verizon, where we can leave some cars behind and car-pool to Spring Pond Bog. Register by contacting Joan Collins at joan.collins@frontier.com or 518-624-5528.

Lunch at Raquette River Brewing From Raquette River Brewing 12:00pm

(http://www.raquetteriverbrewing.com): “Our brewery was born from a passion for craft beer and brewing. We brew small batch specialty Ales to serve our local communities. Brewing on a small scale affords us the opportunity to experiment and innovate with a variety of ingredients, some local, some exotic. We believe that every batch of beer should be as unique as the people enjoying it.” Meet for lunch (& beer or other drinks) at noon. Raquette River Brewing’s new food pavilion will be finished by our event, so we can enjoy lunch outside! Their food truck includes a barbeque, shrimp dish, veggie burgers, and more.

Register for lunch by contacting Joan Collins at joan.collins@frontier.com or 518- 624-5528.

Jeff Nadler Presentation: 3 p.m. at the Wild Center
“Capturing the Beauty of Adirondack Birds”

Wildlife photographer Jeff Nadler presents his breathtaking images of Adirondack birds, with wildlife, wildflowers, and scenics as well, accompanied with a magical music score. In the second half of the program, he will discuss his photography techniques, equipment, settings, a few stories, and answer questions. Traveling through numerous Adirondack habitat types, see intimate portraits of warblers, owls, birds of prey, loon families, shorebirds, boreal species, and much more. To complement the birds, Adirondack moose, black bear, and Adirondack nature will be seen. Whether your goal is taking bird photos for wall prints, Instagram sharing or personal web galleries, this presentation will inspire you and help you take better photos.

Jeff is a wildlife photographer from Burnt Hills (Saratoga County), NY, who specializes in avian subjects. He is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life, Adirondack Explorer, NYS Conservationist and regional guidebooks featuring nature of the north country. His photographs of birds at risk are in use by numerous conservation organizations across the US and Canada. He is an important contributor to the Boreal Songbird Initiative, whose mission is coordinating conservation efforts of Canada’s vast boreal forests. Jeff’s passion for capturing intimate portraits of birdlife and wildlife with artistic compositions, technical excellence, and pleasing lighting are signature aspects of his work.

No need to register for the talk – just come! The Wild Center is kindly waving the museum entry fee for members to attend Jeff Nadler’s presentation.

Skyline Ice Cream for Dessert

Following Jeff Nadler’s presentation, members can head to Skyline Ice Cream for dessert!

Tupper Lake Sandhill Cranes

In 2016, Sandhill Cranes nested in the Adirondacks for the first time at a marsh in Tupper Lake successfully raising two young. The pair returned in April and we’ll look for the cranes (likely with young by then) after ice cream!

We hope you can attend all, or some, of the day’s events with fellow NNYA members!