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Lake Champlain Birding Trail

Great Blue Heron – John Cossick (USFWS)


This trail is a highway-based trail (approximately 300 miles) that unifies and connects 88 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York.

Uniform way-finding signs are installed to identify each site as part of the birding trail. Interpretive signs will also be placed at sites to help reveal to visitors various natural and cultural history themes and messages. Other enhancements being constructed at some sites include boardwalks, viewing blinds, and platforms.

Primary Access Points And Trail Heads

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Ausable Point State Park has been named by top birding publications as a top 10 spot for bird watching in New York.

Suggested Further Reading

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Wildlife Species Often Seen

Many different bird species can be found throughout the Champlain Valley. During spring and fall migrations look for migrating waterfowl, such as Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Snow and Canada Geese and Northern Pintail. Some birds that summer in the far north call the Champlain Valley their winter home. Look for Bohemian Waxwings, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Snowy Owls, and Rough-legged Hawks.