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Adirondacks: Coon Mountain Preserve

Coon Mountain is famous for its mysterious and craggy interior with rocky outcrops and dark hemlock forests.

The red trillium plant is also known as the wake-robin. The flowers are a deep red color reminiscent of the robin, whose red breast heralds spring.

The yellow-rumped warbler can be found in the forests of Coon Mountain. It is the only warbler able to digest the waxes found in bayberries and wax myrtles, allowing it to winter farther north than other warblers.

Sue Morse takes people for walks in the woods and teaches them wildlife tracking throughout the year. Here, Sue is mimicking how a bear would dig its sharp, powerful claws into a tree.

Dutchman's Breeches is a delicate spring plant which derives its name from its flowers that look like white pants. Sharp-lobed Hepatica is a wildflower of the upland forests of the northern United States.

A small, inconspicuous bird of the forest floor, the ovenbird is one of the most characteristic birds of the eastern forests. Its loud song, 'teacher, teacher, teacher,' rings through the summer forest, but the bird itself is hard to see.

Spring beauty is one of the first flowers of the season. They are pollinated by over 100 species of insects. Flowers open only when the sun is shining and may open and close several times in one day.

Visit Coon Mountain Preserve! A steep hike of one mile to the summit offers great views of Lake Champlain, the patchwork of farmland in the Champlain Valley, the Adirondack High Peaks and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Since the Adirondack Land Trust acquired 72 additional acres to the preserve in 2003, a less-steep hiking trail has been added that also leads hikers to the summit of Coon Mountain.


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