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Kristel Guimara Hello everyone and welcome! My name is Kristel Guimara and I currently live in the beautiful northern Adirondacks. I have my Bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Paul Smith's College located in Paul Smith's NY. Currently, I am in my second year of graduate school pursuing my Master's Degree in Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College in Poultney VT. I am currently researching the effects of black carbon concentration in the Adirondack snowpack which will be compared to samples taken in the Arctic Regions. This I hope will continue beyond my thesis requirement.

I have been blessed to have wonderful opportunities at such places as; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Wildlife Conservation Society and much more. Yet, my love of the outdoors goes beyond literature, research and endless days spent on top of a mountain; it's a sense of place. I am not here to stand on top of my soapbox and sway you on your own personal opinions and views in topics that I post. I am here merely to open some topics up that will get a conversation going about the on-goings happening in the Adirondacks. So kindly pull up a chair, get your coffee ready and join me in a lively conversation.

A visit from a distant traveler

There are roughly 800 known bird species from Canada and the United States. Out of those species, a special feathery friend migrated to our next of the woods and made history. The Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) has been sighted here in the Adirondacks within the past couple of weeks. This will be its second sighting in the State of New York.

This species is usually found wintering in Washington State and breeds in remote areas such as Alaska and Canadian Rockies.  This Finch is medium to large in size, long wings and tail, gray head with a black forecrown and a dark brown body with a rose colored wash. Its pale colored flight feathers appear below and this "frosted" appearance of the underwings helps identify the Rosy-Finch as it flies about mountain cliffs.

Observing any bird species in and/or out of the Park is an art form within itself. Timely observation, early mornings and patience provides many rewards. There are some 118 known bird species that breed in the Park. Therefore, to see a distant traveler migrate to our next of woods, for reasons that are beyond my present knowledge, gives this bird nerd an added alertness to her early birding.

So as winter gives way to spring, dust off your binoculars and bird guides to join the many in the absorbing hobby of bird watching.


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