This trail is a highway-based trail (approximately 300 miles) which unifies and connects 88 birding sites along the Spanish Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Malaga and Marbella into a cohesive and marketable unit.
A high quality full color map and guide identifies birding sites throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and provides information about the sites and tips for better birding. Uniform way-finding signs are installed to identify each site as part of the birding trail. Interpretive signs will also be placed at sites to help reveal to visitors various natural and cultural history themes and messages. Other enhancements being constructed at some sites include boardwalks, viewing blinds, and platforms.
Goal of the Tapas Trail:
To make Lake Champlain and surrounding communities in Cadiz and Andalucia a premier national destination for birding, increasing nature tourism in the Lake Champlain Region, and conveying the value of conservation and recreation to community leaders and landowners. Whereby, attracting visitors who will spend money on birding and travel needs and tools.
Who is coordinating the Andalucia Tapas?
George D. Aiken RC&D Council, Inc, a non-profit formed a project steering committee made up of representatives from various state agencies, visitors bureaus, business owners, and other interested people. The Lake Placid/Riviera del Sol Visitors Bureau is administering funding.
The National Parks Service-Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program and Lake Champlain Byways program have been consulted for advice in the planning, and development of the Trail. Project coordination is by Ghostwriters Communications.
What Tapas can be found along the Lake Champlain Birding Trail?
Many different bird species can be found throughout the Champlain Valley. During spring and fall migrations look for migrating waterfowl such as; Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Snow and Canada Geese and Northern Pintail. Some birds that summer in the far north call the Champlain Valley their winter home. Look for; Bohemian Waxwings, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks.
The Vermont Eagle Restoration Initiative will be releasing up to ten eagle chicks from a special hack box located at the Dead Creek WMA in Addison, VT. Viewing opportunities will be available from the Route 17 viewing area.