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There are books on Adirondack trails and books on Adirondack bird species, but there was never a comprehensive book on places to go when birding here.

Now, there is one.

“Adirondack Birding, 60 Great Places to Find Birds” was released this winter by Saranac Lake-based Lost Pond Press. The guidebook was written by two accomplished Adirondack birders, John M.C. Peterson and Gary Lee.

It contains 60 places where those who spend time looking for birds are likely to succeed. Each of the location descriptions include directions, maps and a list of species to look for in the areas.

The book contains 46 color photographs of wild birds taken by respected bird photographer Jeff Nadler. They include the Park’s boreal species, such as the Bicknell’s thrush, gray jay, rusty blackbird and spruce grouse, and other birds of interest such as the bald eagle and common loon.

The book also has more than 90 black-and-white photos of birds and landscapes. Many of the landscape shots were taken by famed scenic photographer Carl Heilman II.

Lost Pond Press is owned by Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown, of Saranac Lake.

Lee lives in Inlet and is a retired forest ranger. He worked for 35 years in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and West Canada Lakes Wilderness. He has experience as both a birder and writer. He has a weekly column in the Adirondack Weekly and had a column for decades in the Adirondack Express, two newspapers in Old Forge. He also co-authored “Birds of Hamilton County,” published in 2004, with Peterson. He has also banded and monitored loons for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Coopera-tive Loon program.

Both Lee and Peterson were instrumental in providing Adirondack birding information to “The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York,” first published in 1988 with a second edition printed this year.

Since 1982, Peterson has been the Adirondack-Champlain editor of The Kingbird, the journal of the New York State Ornithological Association. He wrote “Birds of Franklin County” and edited “Birds of Essex County.” From 1982 to 2003, he served has the wildlife manager of the Four Brothers, a bird sanctuary on Lake Champlain. He lives in Elizabethtown.

The book was written so that it may be used by both novice and expert birders. And it’s more about location than actual birds. Those people wanting to learn more about specific bird species have plenty of other guidebooks to choose from.

“It shows you a lot of places to go that people don’t even know about in the Park,” Lee said.

Most of the 60-plus sites described in the book are in the Champlain Valley (such as Crown Point and Noblewood Park), the Tri-Lakes region (including the High Peaks) and the boreal lowlands in the northwestern Adirondacks (such as Massawepie Mire), since these are the places that attract the species of most interest to birders. But there are some sites in the southern Adirondacks as well.

Other features in the book include a history of Adirondack birding, tips on finding boreal birds, an index of birds and hand-drawn maps by Matthew Paul, a Saranac Lake artist. The site chapters not only list resident birds, but they also include records of rare sightings (such as the yellow-nosed albatross that flew over Crown Point in 1994)

The Adirondack Mountain Club, which publishes a popular series of guidebooks on hiking, paddling, skiing and snowshoeing, is helping distribute the book.

“Adirondack Birding” may be purchased in stores or on the Lost Pond and Adirondack Mountain Club Web sites. The softcover book is 240 pages long and costs $20.95.