Alan Belford

Alan Belford has spent much of his life outdoors exploring and learning about wildlife - particularly birds. An avid outdoor recreationist and athlete, Alan is often out hiking, paddling, running, or cross country skiing - with his Labrador retriever Wren at this side. His hobbies and athletic pursuits soon became a profession when he began his career, earning two graduate degrees in wildlife along the way. A certified teacher and former cross country, baseball, and ultimate frisbee coach, he loves teaching others and has taught multiple natural history (specializing in ornithology) courses for both college students and the general public. His wildlife research has focused on vertebrates - particularly mammals and birds - most recently with the Wildlife Conservation Society researching the impact of human development on wildlife communities in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. He is a licensed guide in New York State, he has traveled widely both domestically and internationally, and he is also a published travel writer and photographer - focusing on outdoor and nature writing. He can be contacted at alan.belford1@gmail.com.

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Blogs by Alan Belford

15
Oct
2019
Continuing migration Some folks mistakenly think since many of our songbirds have left town for the season that fall...
15
Aug
2019
So many places to go! I love the collection of birding locations south of Tupper Lake in the southeast corner of St...
20
Jul
2019
A Beautiful Morning The morning sun was beginning to climb in the blue sky when I arrived at The Wild Center for a...
1
Jul
2019
An opportunity to explore My teaching and field work responsibilities often take me to the northwest and north central...
28
Jun
2019
An Amazing Time of Year to go Birding! With nesting season in full swing, it is a good time to think about local summer...
15
Mar
2019
Spring is coming While snow currently dominates our landscape — much to the glee of me and my cross-country skis — ...
19
Dec
2018
Early season snow With the snow flying in November like it did, Wren, my dog, and I were happy to begin our ski...
6
Sep
2018
Setting up Camp While Wren nosed her way around our chosen campsite, I pitched the tent and prepared for a night...
23
Jul
2018
From the marsh to the bog It is difficult to resist the temptation to stop when driving through Tupper Lake Marsh in...
19
Jun
2018
A beautiful lake Although some folks drive right past Massawepie Lake on their way to Massawepie Mire without giving...
11
Jun
2018
A great place to explore Any chance to check out Massawepie Mire is worth the trip – particularly during early...
20
Mar
2018
From frustration to elation A few weeks ago, the ground outside my window was brown, muddy, and rather ugly; my skis...
6
Nov
2017
Warm Late-Fall Weather Wren and I took advantage of another warm, late-fall day by paddling the other evening. We ...
3
Nov
2017
Another Warm Fall Day I try to take advantage of every nice day we have during the fall, and this year we’ve had...
10
Oct
2017
A Warm September Despite the unseasonably warm September — my dog, Wren, and I went swimming every day — fall is...
19
Sep
2017
Adding to a Trip I had an errand to run in Tupper Lake the other day, and so I took Wren along with me so we could...
5
Sep
2017
A Celestial Event An event of celestial consequence — I am, of course, talking about the solar eclipse, and even...
25
Aug
2017
Starting at The Wild Center My day surveying boreal birds began at the oxbow at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake where my short...
22
Feb
2017
The Golf Course trails are in great shape this season! More and more snow Lost in the excitement of the...
31
Jan
2017
A Rare Find Thanks to their ability to fly, birds can cover ground quickly. Even with that advantage, I’m not sure...
7
Dec
2016
Editor's note: As the seasons change, so do our winged friends. Have you ever tried to identify the sounds of the seasons — the...
20
Oct
2016
Enjoying Warm Fall Days With rainy weather – and colder weather – bearing down on us, Wren and I tried to grab as...
10
Aug
2016
A Tucked Away Gem Rock Pond in the Spring Pond Bog Complex is a splendid paddling and birding spot. And so I was...
21
Jun
2016
An early start I hate getting up early — it is far too tiring — but I like being up early. That’s when I see and...

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