Birds of the Adirondacks: Lincoln's Sparrow on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (5 July 2014)

EPA Citizen Scientist Wetland Monitoring Project:
Wetland Detectives Training Workshop II – Outdoor Observation
Saturday, 30 May 2015
9:00 AM - Noon

Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk (18 July 2013)Adirondack Wetlands: Barnum Bog from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk at the Paul Smiths VIC.

Join the Wetland Detective Monitoring Corps! This second workshop in the Wetland Detective public training series builds on the information on wetland plants, birds, and amphibians learned in the first Wetland Detectives Training Workshop. However, if you were unable to attend either of the earlier workshops, that’s OK! You are still welcome to join the wetland monitoring corps.

To sign up, please RSVP to Kristin Pasquino and mention which workshop you will attend (phone: 518-582-2000 x12; email: No prior citizen science experience is necessary. Bring a friend! These workshops are open to the public and designed for participants over the age of 15. Please check out the EPA Citizen Scientist Wetland Monitoring Project website for more information and updates.

This training session is free. You can download a copy of the Citizen Scientist Handbook, by clicking here. For more information and to sign up for the training workshop, contact:

Kristin Pasquino
Adirondack Interpretive Center 
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
6312 Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-2000  Email:

Wetland Monitoring Project Target Species

The project focuses on the following peatland plant species:

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) Bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia)
Black spruce (Picea mariana) Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)
Few-seeded sedge (Carex oligosperma) Labrador tea (Rhododendron groelandicum)
Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata) Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) Sheep-laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
Small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Tamarack/Larch (Larix laricina)

Project participants will track the following bird species:

Black-capped Chickadee (BCCH) Blue Jay (BLJA)
Common Yellowthroat (COYE) Hermit Thrush (HETH)
Least Flycatcher (LEFL) Lincoln’s Sparrow (LISP)
Nashville Warbler (NAWA) Olive-sided Flycatcher (OSFL)
Purple Finch (PUFI) Swamp Sparrow (SWSP)
White-throated Sparrow (WTSP) Winter Wren (WIWR)

Project participants will monitor the following amphibians:

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
Mink Frog (Lithobates septentrionalis) Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)
Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris) Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.