Best of the Boreal Birds

  • Cannon Mountain Unnamed Road Franconia, NH, 03580 United States

The Gray Jay—the Black-backed Woodpecker—the Boreal Chickadee: why hike into remote Quebec to see these birds when we can find them right here in New Hampshire at Franconia Notch State Park? To reach them, we’ll take a tram, which will whisk us up the 4,000-foot mountain in ten minutes flat. We’ll listen for the flute-like notes of the Bicknell’s Thrush—of the state’s breeding birds, this is one of the most difficult to find. The Bicknell’s is a vulnerable species whose limited summer and winter ranges are both under threat. And we’ll cross our fingers for black bears, which can often be seen this time of year as well. Please note: a round-trip tram ticket costs $15/person, not covered by YBC membership. Meet at the tramway parking lot (exit 34B off I-93), at 8:00 a.m.