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Bloomingdale Bog Trail

An 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
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DEBAR POND

Debar Pond is a long and narrow glacial lake with seemingly cool water all year. Sheltered by Debar and Baldface Mountains it has calm..

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DEER RIVER FLOW

The Deer River and Flow are both excellent spots for birding, paddling, fishing, and relaxing. Check out the wetlands in the spring and..

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DEXTER BOG

Dexter 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
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DRUM STREET ROAD AND CHAPMAN ROAD

Drum 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
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EVERTON FALLS PRESERVES

Owned 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.
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HOGANSBURG ROADS

Some roads to check around Hogansburg include Frogtown Road to the west of town and Townsend and Beaver Meadow Roads to the east. All roads cut through private property, but the edge habitats can be good for Chestnut-sided Warbler and American Redstart among others, and Townsend Road can be a good place to look for Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, and other raptors during the fall and winter. Birders should be careful of traffic and observe all private property. 
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Lake Colby Causeway

A fun little hike along the railroad tracks that separate Lake Colby from Little Colby Pond. Read More
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LAMICA LAKE

Lamica 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.
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MADAWASKA POND

Madawaska 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
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MALONE - DUFORT AIRPORT

Sitting 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
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MALONE ROADS - EAST

The landscape around Malone is a bucolic collection of farm fields, wood lots, and hedgerows. For birders, several roads east of town are.. Read More
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MALONE ROADS - WEST

Like 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
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MARY RILEY AND BURNS HOLDEN ROADS

These two roads sit just east of Fort Covington and they pass through fields and shrubby edge habitat. Edge habitat may offer Eastern... Read More
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MEACHAM LAKE CAMPGROUND

Camping This 1,203 acre lake offers some of the best family-friendly camping in Franklin County. The campground is located in a very...

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Saranac Lake High School Pond

A 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
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WINNEBAGO AND SKIFF PONDS FROM MEACHAM LAKE

Winnebago and Skiff Ponds are both located in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, near the popular Meacham Lake State Campground. Winnebago...

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