|Silver Lake Bog Trail|
The bog is a mid-successional bog, meaning that shrubs and trees have grown into the thick
sphagnum moss, creating a forest of low trees and a dense understory. That understory is great for warblers including Canada warbler, magnolia warbler, nashville warbler, and northern waterthrush. I've been visiting the bog for the last 15 years, and have seen some changes in the bird diversity over time, which is exactly the type of thing Wildlife Conservation Society has been trying to document. The Bog used to be a reliable spot for olive-sided flycatcher and black-backed woodpecker, two highly sought-after boreal species in the Adirondacks. I haven't seen either of these species in the past six years or so, and the only boreal species I recorded there this weekend was a handful of yellow-bellied flycatchers. It's difficult to know whether the changes in bird diversity are due to a changing climate, increased development (a number of new camps have popped up nearby over the years), or simply just the natural succession of the bog itself. Hopefully the studies I've been assisting with will continue long enough into the future to find out.
|Pink Ladies' Slipper Orchids|