Bloomingdale Bog TrailAn abandoned railroad right-of-way provides easy access to a scenic bog - full of birds, conifers and unique plants - with distant views of surrounding mountains. Pine forests surround the northern portion of the route. Intersections with roads... Read More
DEXTER BOGDexter Road runs between the northern end of Blue Mountain Road and Route 458 in Santa Clara and the small bog along it can be a great stop. The boreal species such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee are all possible, and the forest bordering the bog is home to species like Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Purple Finch, and Blue-headed Vireo. The bog itself hosts Palm Warblers and Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Wilson’s Snipe can sometimes be heard winnowing from wet areas. Birders can easily stop in at Dexter Bog before paddling The St. Regis River and Santa Clara Flow. Read More
DRUM STREET ROAD AND CHAPMAN ROADDrum Street Road cuts from Fort Covington through a series of private fields and hedgerows before it enters the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve. Just before it crosses into the reserve, Chapman Road heads north into the reserve as well, and these roads provide access to a series of wetlands. From a small rise along Chapman Road birders can stop and look east over a large marsh where species like American Bittern, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Green Heron can be found. Drum Street Road continues into the Reserve and passes through wooded wetlands and early successional habitats good for Willow Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Veery, and they offer the potential for Golden-winged Warbler as well. Cook Road also cuts through similar habitat on its way to Hogansburg, although finding a safe place to park along it can be difficult. Read More
EVERTON FALLS PRESERVESOwned by The Nature Conservancy and managed in cooperation with the New York State DEC, the Everton Falls Preserve east of St. Regis Falls offers deciduous and mixed deciduous forest accessed via an easy, winding trail. Common species include Black-throated Green and Blackburnian Warblers, as well as Red-eyed Vireo and Eastern Wood-Pewee.
The parking area also provides access to the East Branch of the St. Regis River and intrepid birders may want to bring their paddles for longer exploration of the river and the forests which line it. Read More
Lake Colby CausewayA fun little hike along the railroad tracks that separate Lake Colby from Little Colby Pond. Read More
LAMICA LAKELamica Lake has undeveloped areas surrounding the lake which provide a quiet, undisturbed setting for many native birds. There's wonderful river scenery downstream of the Macomb Dam, where the Salmon River flows into a deep, stony, gorge.
Birders can check out the water for ducks like Common Mergansers, but the neighboring woodlands and edge habitat is also interesting. Birders can look for Veery, Chestnut-sided and Yellow Warblers, American Redstart, and Broad-winged Hawk, among others. The road can be busy so it is best to go early in the morning.
This spot is located just north of Malone where Lower Park Street creates a dogleg with Brand Road, where it crosses the Salmon River at Lamica Lake. Watch out for traffic. Read More
MADAWASKA PONDMadawaska is part of a conservation easement in the larger Santa Clara Tract. This remote pond covers more than 220 acres in a largely east.. Read More
MALONE - DUFORT AIRPORTSitting just west of Malone along Route 11, the airport has breeding Killdeer and Savannah Sparrow during the summer. During the fall birders can find Northern Harriers hunting as they migrate south, but the airport may be at its best during the winter. It is then that Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs come south while Snowy Owls occasionally winter in the area. Birders can drive in the main access to the airport and park in the public parking zones. From there they can scan the runways and fields, being sure to avoid any area that is marked off limits. Read More
MALONE ROADS - EASTThe landscape around Malone is a bucolic collection of farm fields, wood lots, and hedgerows. For birders, several roads east of town are.. Read More
MALONE ROADS - WESTLike the eastern side of town, Malone’s western end offers good field birding, and birders will do well to drive along Fay County Road (.. Read More
MARY RILEY AND BURNS HOLDEN ROADSThese two roads sit just east of Fort Covington and they pass through fields and shrubby edge habitat. Edge habitat may offer Eastern... Read More
Saranac Lake High School PondA nature trail around this small pond at the High School is a very productive place to go birding! Spring is especially exciting with migratory shorelines making an appearance and as the season progresses, songbirds fill the trees. Read More