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Bird Land

From warbler to owl, raptor to waterfowl, the Adirondacks is an avian hot spot. Our intrepid reporter goes on the trail with three local experts

by Christine Jerome

It’s easy enough to name the regulars at my feeders, but it’s harder in the wider, wilder world, where avian suspects won’t perch long enough for me to identify them. (A friend confessed that as a beginning birder she was puzzled at seeing the term “unident” on a friend’s list and thought it must mean an exotic one-toothed bird.) read more

 
Fresh Tracts

Wild hikes now open to the public

by Elizabeth Folwell

A wide swath of private territory that had been off-limits for decades is opening up in the Adirondack Park. Finch, Pruyn paper company lands (including the Essex Chain and O’Neil Flow tracts) are now available for recreational use, and new state trails take hikers to some hard-to-reach places. Here’s a sampling of destinations, from mountaintops and ridges to backcountry ponds. read more  

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2015 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Bird Land From warbler to owl, raptor to waterfowl, the Adirondacks is an avian hot spot. Our intrepid reporter goes on the trail with three local experts
2015 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Fresh Tracts Wild hikes now open to the public
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