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Feathers and Flora of the Northern Forest

Discover a birding haven at the former wilderness estate of the Vanderbilts. On expert-led walks through protected woods learn about rare birds, their songs and tips for identification.
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 14872RJ
5 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

The Adirondack region is the largest publicly-protected area in the continental U.S., with vast sections designated as wilderness or wild forest. This birding region is one of the best places in the country to observe many springtime boreal birds and is a prime location to experience the majesty of Adirondack birds of prey. Join us at Great Camp Sagamore to learn about the featured species of the season. Spring courses focus on treks into the woods to look for migratory species like the loons, vireos and an abundance of warblers. Late-summer sessions focus on the habits and protection of Adirondack birds of prey with up-close experiences with raptors and owls. All sessions include walk and hikes into nearby wild areas to examine local flora and birding habitats.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain; some hills; activity up to two hours. There are stairs to enter all buildings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Choose a program date based on your interest in either migratory boreal birds or Adirondack raptors, owls and loons.
  • Enjoy birding treks and slide shows that demonstrate how to distinguish between native and migrating species.
  • Glean insights into local Adirondack culture with talks or performances during your stay at Great Camp Sagamore.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). This program is appropriate for both novice and veteran birders. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Mark Manske
Mark Manske is the founder or Adirondack Raptors, which monitors and studies raptor populations throughout the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. Mark is a public school educator, an adjunct professor, a wildlife rehabilitator, a master falconer, and a master raptor bander. He has published widely on issues related to birds of prey, and also writes a column for EMBARK, a periodical that is published every other month by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jamie Savage
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Gary Lee
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