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Spring Migration Bird Hike at Lake James

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Lake James State Park - Paddy's Creek Access

Bird life is abundant along the lakeshore as species make their annual trek from the wintering grounds in the south to the nesting territories in the north.

Some birds will end their journeys here to find a mate, build a nest and raise their young. It's an incredibly exciting time of year to be a birdwatcher, and this hike is timed to meet the greatest diversity of warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and buntings.

Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Meet Ranger Cameron at the East Picnic Shelter at Paddy's Creek Access at 8 a.m.

Photo by R. Buff: Western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) perched on a tree root at Lake James State Park

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