Feathered Friends: Birder's Byway

May 26 — October 16, 2017

Birds and Birding in the Adirondacks


While strolling across the museum's campus, you often see a flash of color as a bird flies by or hear a delicate song called from the bushes. From black-capped chickadees to Bohemian waxwings, and even the occasional heron or osprey measuring up the fish in the pond, the museum is filled with bird-life throughout the year.

This summer, visitors can learn more about a few of the birds commonly seen and heard on the museum's property. Outdoor signs sprinkled throughout campus will introduce select species and feature notes on size, coloring, field marks, and songs as well as historical quotes from birders such as John Burroughs, Theodore Roosevelt, and Florence Merriam Bailey.

Feathered Friends, an interactive display in the Merwin Hill Pavilion, will highlight birding in the Adirondacks. From the late 1800s to today, birding has been a popular pastime in our region. Visitors of all ages can discover more about birds who live in the Adirondacks and learn some basic tips for learning to identify birds.

P.S. - Please don't worry about the fish! Our well-fed trout have been too large for any bird to take; proving that even among birds the eyes can be bigger than the stomach.

During July and August, the exhibition will host a series of bird artisans-in-residence, including Sue deLearie Adair, Donald Polunci, Robert Stump, and more.