14872
Raquette Lake
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.
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Program No. 14872RJ
Length
5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation / Introduction to Sagamore
Raquette Lake, NY
D
Sagamore

Activity note: Check-in: Available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-6:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In Camp Sagamore’s Dining Hall, centrally-located in the middle of camp, the dinner buffet offers a changing variety of choices including salads, a hot entrée (possibilities range from selections such as creamed chicken over biscuits to veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti and meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham); potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; plus beverage choices including milk, juice, coffee, tea, and Sagamore’s pure water. We will also be preparing a bagged lunch for tomorrow's field trip. Beer and wine are available for purchase. (Please refer to the FAQ section for further information about meals.)

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. During this session, we will introduce our first presenters - John and Pat Thaxton of Adirondack Birding Tours. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Birding field trips are planned at times with the greatest likelihood of seeing birds, which may be early morning. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. We’ll begin our educational adventure with an expert presentation on Great Camp Sagamore's history, preservation, and programs. Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation.

DAY
2
IBA Field Trip / Evening Program with John and Pat Thaxton
Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Sagamore

Activity note: Today's field trip segments will include walking approximately 2 miles total with several different short hikes to birding areas and other scenic stops. Evening program will be on Boreal Birds of the Adirondacks.

Breakfast: Early in the Dining Hall - continental breakfast to take with us on the bus.

Morning: Boarding the van by 6:00 a.m., we’ll depart on a field trip with John and Pat Thaxton to Ferd's Bog, a black spruce bog, stream and bog pond surrounded by 50 acres of boreal forest, with a representative bird community, including Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Lincoln's Sparrow. We'll also examine some of the bog's unique flora, including numerous wildflowers and carnivorous plants, such as the Sundew and Pitcher Plant.

Lunch: We'll stop at a picturesque location to have the lunches we packed.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll arrive at Cathedral Pines, a small stand of old-growth White Pine trees, some of which are several hundred years old. Then, we'll head to another excellent birding area: Brown's Tract Inlet. Here, we'll have a chance to see several of the species that inhabit Ferd's Bog, along with several others, like Wood Warblers, Song and Swamp Sparrows, along with Wood Ducks, Common and Hooded Mergansers, and Common Loons.

Dinner: In the Dining Hall.

Evening: Get comfortable for a presentation from John and Pat - "Boreal Birds in the Adirondacks".

DAY
3
Sagamore Birding/ Explore Sagamore / Warbler Lecture
Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Sagamore

Activity note: The camp is a 15-acre compound, with a wide variety of habitats. Terrain is slightly rolling, sloping gently up from the shore of Sagamore Lake. For optional early morning birding on the Camp Sagamore grounds, gather by the Dining Hall by 6:15 a.m., when coffee will also be on. Evening presentation will be on Warblers of the Adirondacks by John and Pat.

Breakfast: In the Dining Hall, the breakfast buffet offers a changing variety of choices including a hot dish (that might be blueberry pancakes, egg strata or scrambled eggs, French toast); hot and cold cereal with milk; and a variety of donuts, bagels, and pastries; plus juices, coffee, tea, and Sagamore water.

Morning: A morning hike on Sagamore grounds and trails with John and Pat to see what birds are out and about. A few of the more unusual that have been seen include the Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Three-Toed Woodpecker. John and Pat will guide you in identifying birds — like the many species of warblers common to the area — by both sign and sound. Remember your binoculars, guide, notebook, pencil.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall, the lunch buffet offers a changing variety of choices including salads (green, potato, cole slaw); sandwich meats, cheeses, breads, and condiments: a hot dish (such as soup or macaroni and cheese); cookies or granola bars; and a variety of fresh fruit; plus milk, juices or lemonade, coffee, tea, and Sagamore water.

Afternoon: We'll take an in-depth look at this “camp” of the gentry — ranging from the stately-but-rustic Main Lodge and private “boys' club” Wigwam, to the whimsical Casino/Playhouse, complete with its own bowling alley — all situated on a peninsula overlooking Sagamore Lake. The remainder of the afternoon is free to enjoy as you like. You may take part in an optional birding walk with John and Pat, wander around the complex on your own, or simply enjoy relaxing amid the beauty of nature. Later in the afternoon we will open the bowling alley for Adirondack style bowling!

Dinner: In the Dining Hall.

Evening: Learn more about birding in the Adirondack region, with a presentation from John and Pat on "Warblers in the Adirondacks". An evening beverage is also available if one desires - beer and wine are available for sale at our Office.

DAY
4
Kestrel, Hawk & Owl Presentation/Raptors with Mark Manske
Raquette Lake, NY
B,L,D
Sagamore

Activity note: The day is filled with raptors - morning presentation and afternoon hands-on with birds that Mark will have in camp. Our evening will include an Adirondack Loon Presentation by Gary Lee, followed by an Evening Campfire.

Breakfast: In the Dining Hall.

Morning: This morning, we'll be joined by Mark Manske, Director of Adirondack Raptors, a raptor rehabilitation facility in the northern Adirondacks. Mark will begin with a presentation on one of several projects he is involved with, including those the Kestral, Saw Whet Owls, and Northern Goshawk.

Lunch: In the Dining Hall.

Afternoon: Mark will then introduce several of his captive birds, the majority of which are in various states of rehabilitation. Though his charges tend to change as birds recover, species Mark might bring include the Barn Owl, Harris Hawk, Great Horned Owl, or Kestral. Here, you'll have the opportunity to see and hold raptors.

Dinner: In the Dining Hall.

Evening: To celebrate our last evening together as a group on this program, we'll enjoy a campfire at our historic Lean-to. Sing songs, roast marshmallows, and listen to loons and owls as they call in the evening quiet.

DAY
5
Wrap-up Session / Program Concludes
Raquette Lake, NY
B

Activity note: For optional early morning birding on the Camp Sagamore grounds, gather by the Dining Hall by 6:15 a.m., when coffee will also be on. Check-out is by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the Dining Hall.

Morning: We’ll wrap-up with a review session with your Group Leader, and add any additional sightings to our list of the birds seen on our program. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!