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7th Annual Birding Festival – Indian Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mts


Bird watching in the Adirondacks is marked by the Hamilton County Birding Festival, held annually the second weekend of June. This year’s Festival will be held June 10-12, and has grown to become a premiere regional attraction in celebration of Adirondack Boreal Birds. The three-day event will feature guided hikes, canoe excursions, driving safaris, walks, a cruise and evening presentations.

Registration is required for each outdoor activity.  A complete festival schedule of activities is available at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, participating  Festival businesses, the Indian Lake Town Hall, at or call 518-548-3076.

Welcome Birders… to the   7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival Featuring…   The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of ADK Specialty Birds The Boreal birds of the Adirondacks Presented By   John Thaxton, author, photographer and noted Adirondack Birder Saturday, June 11, 7:30 PM  Indian Lake Theater Admission: $5.00         Sponsors: Hamilton County Tourism, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Town of Indian Lake.

INDIAN LAKE   –   As part of this year’s 7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival, join author and noted Adirondack birder, John Thaxton , for an evening of educational entertainment highlighting the lives and habits of boreal species found in the Adirondacks.  John will present, “The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of Adirondack Specialty Birds”, Saturday June 11, 7:30 pm at the Indian Lake Theater. He will share information about bicknell’s thrush, black-backed woodpecker, palm warbler and others including: wood warblers, olive-sided and yellow bellied fly catchers, gray jays, three toed woodpeckers, boreal chickadees unique to the boreal landscape of Northern Hamilton County.

John is the author of 6 books and has written articles for “The Kingbird,” “Birder’s World” and “Adirondack Life.”  He recently has started writing a regular column, “Birdwatch,” for “Adirondack Explorer.”  John is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and a veteran leader of birding field trips.

  • In addition, during the weekend, participating Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses, Adirondack Museum, Cedar River Golf Club, Hutch N Stuff, Indian Lake Restaurant, Marty’s Chili Nights Restaurant and Pines Country Store, will offer 10% discounts to Festival Birders. Blue Mountain Rest a year round lodging facility in Blue Mt Lake is offering 20% off  their lodging rates or a Free Night go to for details.

Discount coupons will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall, at participating businesses and at  For further Festival information, please call Kristina Eldridge at the Chamber: 518-648-5112.

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Great Upcoming Events in the Adirondack State Park, NY

Memorial Day Weekend kicks it all off, not only in a series of upcoming events in the central Adirondacks but this is the true beginning of the 2011 summer vacation season.  In the following weeks there will be several major events: the Birding Festival, Black Fly Challenge, The Americade and Fathers Day Weekend throughout the Lake George, Indian Lake, Moose River Plains, Blue Mt Lake and Inlet areas.

May 26th -31st

Memorial Day Weekend-  Everything opens

Bring your boat or rent one:  canoe,  kayak, speed boat for water skiing, pontoon boat or fishing craft. Camp sites open & golf courses.  Take a seaplane ride or go horseback riding, whitewater raft or fish in dozens upon dozens of lakes all around this mountainous and majestic region.   Take a dinner cruise on the WW Durant in Raquette Lake, go to the Adirondack Museum or Cultural Center in Blue Mt Lake or the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Take a hike on the interwoven NY State trail systems throughout this region or up some of the highest peaks in the Adks in Indian Lake and Blue Mt. And Inlet offers some of the best Mt Biking in the Northeast.

June 4th – 12th

The Americade in Lake George hosts one of the biggest biker events in the country.  Tens of thousands of motorcyclists descend upon this well known tourist area each year.  Besides having access to all the outdoor adventures, Lake George has shops, clubs, restaurants and some great night life overlooking one largest and most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks. If you come to this event be ready to party!

June 9th -13th

Want a little something more subdued? Come to the 9th Annual Birding Festival in Indian Lake and Blue Mt Lake.   Peace, serenity and solitude is on the agenda as you literally get a birds eye view of indigenous wildlife.  Your binoculars will not only yield a colorful array of  bird species but my even pick up a rare siting of a cotton tail, coyote, coy dog, black bear or moose at a distance.

June 11th

Ready for a ride and something more vigorous?  Sign up for the Black Fly Challenge- a 40 mile mountain bike event that starts in Indian Lake, continues thru the Moose River Plains and ends in Inlet.  Contact the local chambers in Indian Lake and Inlet for all the event details and prizes.

June  17th – 19th

Fathers Day Weekend.  Get Dad out of the office and into nature.  Is he the outdoorsy, adventurous type?   Book a room in a rustic cabin, cottage or lakefront resort and spend some quality time with the whole family.   Blue Mt Lake is the central hub of all of this activity where you will find some wonderful lodging.  A few to mention-  some historic seasonal full service resorts like The Hedges & Hemlock Hall or more moderate, cozy accommodations like Curry’s Cabins or Blue Mountain Rest who was featured in Time Out Magazine,  NY.   All dressed in Adirondack decor and a great place to give dad a relaxing respite from the everyday.

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