Crown Point Ruins - Birding and Banding
Bridge Road, Crown Point
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A scenic and storied site on the banks of Lake Champlain. No matter the season, this historic fort is bound to provide a fun experience with extraordinary views of the Champlain Valley.

Birding

Like Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point State Historic Site offers birding along Lake Champlain against a historic backdrop that is worth the visit itself. The site allows for access to Lake Champlain near the Lake Champlain Bridge, which is a great place to look for ducks and other waterfowl during the winter.

The historic site itself, however, provides habitat for a variety of breeding birds, such as a variety of warblers, red-bellied woodpecker, and field birds in the bobolink field. This list of historic breeders also includes rarities such as prairie warbler and clay-colored sparrow. The site is best during spring migration, however, as the peninsula funnels migrants north.

Crown Point State Historic Site is part of the NYS Birding Trail. This trail is not a physical trail, but a "connection" between outstanding birding locations in regions across the state. 

Bird banding

A bird banding station has been run there for two weeks each May since 1976 and banders have banded about 100 species of birds including over 25 species of warblers.

  • It's always great birding at Crown Point State Historic Site.
  • Children are welcome at the birding events.
  • Knowledgeable birding guides talk about birds.
  • Kids learn about spring migration.
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Kids learn about spring migration. Knowledgeable birding guides talk about birds. Children are welcome at the birding events. It's always great birding at Crown Point State Historic Site.