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Massawepie Mire Hike with Joan Collins

Long Lake
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Join Joan Collins for a hike into scenic, remote Massawepie Mire, the largest bog in New York State. Massawepie is also a designated “Important Bird Area” (IBA). The trail through the mire is an old railroad bed, now a perfectly level dirt road. There are several different habitats encountered along the trail including mixed forest, boreal forest, bog, and marsh. The South Branch of the Grass River is crossed at about 1.5 miles down the trail and Silver Brook at 3 miles. Participants will watch for many bird species including, Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Palm Warbler, Canada Warbler (18 warbler species nest in the area), Lincoln’s Sparrow, and if we are extremely fortunate, the elusive Spruce Grouse! Bog plants such as the insectivorous Sundew and Pitcher Plant are also found along the trail. Moose tracks are often observed at the mire. Plan to hike 5 to 6 miles round trip on level terrain. We will do a bit of car-birding on the long drive to the trailhead to observe Common Loons, Mourning Warblers, and more! Bring food (lunch), water, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 6 a.m. for transportation to the mire on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! (If you are traveling from the north, the bus can meet you at a more convenient location.) There is an outhouse along Massawepie Road and a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.