Did you get a chance to take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend? I admit I put it off until Monday afternoon – the last day of the count – and decided to count birds during the first part of an afternoon walk with...
Potsdam, NY, Feb 10, 2010 — Thousands of bird watchers will take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. Volunteers will count birds in their own backyards, local parks and wildlife refuges. The "citizen scientist" project helps track late-winter bird populations across North America. It also helps monitor how birds are responding to environmental change. Todd Moe spoke with birder Joan Collins, who is a member of Northern New York Audubon. She says it's been a quiet winter at the local bird feeder. Go to full article
Joan Collins and Mary Beth Warbuton scan the skies along the southwest face of Azure Mountain.
Oct 29, 2008 — Each fall, thousands of raptors -- hawks, eagles, and falcons -- leave their breeding grounds across North America and move to their southern wintering grounds. Most hawks are soaring birds and depend on updrafts to help them travel. For this reason, certain geographical locations are concentration spots for hawks moving north to south. Some parts of the North Country are excellent places to observe autumn migrating hawks. Todd Moe followed a couple of avid birders to the top of Azure Mountain in the northern Adirondacks. Go to full article
A male Common Redpoll. (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)
Feb 15, 2006 — The 9th annual "Great Backyard Bird Count" gets underway this weekend. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are encouraging everyone to count birds in their backyards, public lands, school yards and local parks. The annual bird count - which begins Friday and continues through Monday -- helps create a snapshot of winter bird numbers, species and distribution across North America. Todd Moe recently caught up with avid North Country birder Joan Collins. She lives in Potsdam and Long Lake and is vice president of the St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon chapter. Todd wanted to know more about bird watching and went along for a ski outing on a little known path along the southern edge of St. Lawrence county. The Leonard Pond trail is near routes 3 and 56 in the northern Adirondacks. Go to full article