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Field Trips
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Mecklenburg Audubon field trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please remember to contact the Field Trip Leader to let him/her know you are coming. This will insure that you are notified of any changes in meeting locations/times and/or cancellations. Plus it is less likely they will leave without you. Please read our Bird Walk guidelines.
All dates are subject to change so please make sure you contact the person listed for the trip to verify date, time and meeting place.
KEY TO PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
Easy - Trails are level to slight grades usually paved - .5-3 miles of walking
Moderate - Trails can be uneven with some hills. 2-4 miles of walking.
Strenuous - Trails vary greatly. 4+ miles of walking.
* - Trails are handicapped accessible.
Field Trip Etiquette
To ensure everyone on the field trip has a productive and enjoyable outing here are a few things to keep in mind.
Contact the leader. Turn cell phones off or to vibrate.
Be on time. Stay with the group.
Carpool whenever possible. Stay behind the leader.
Offer to chip-in for gas. Don't monopolize someone else's scope.
Wear muted colors. Avoid blocking other people's view.
Silence is golden. Help the leader make sure everyone gets to see a bird.
So, the next time you are out birding with a group, whether it’s an MAS field trip or not, keep these things in mind. They will help you see more birds and be more relaxed which is exactly what we want.
AUGUST 2016
Sunday, August 28th - Orangeburg Sod Farms
Full Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] MAP
This is our annual trek to the coastal plain in search of hard to find, migrating shorebirds like Upland and Buff-bellied Sandpipers. Since it can be hot pretty quickly in these open fields with no shade we try to get down there as early as possible. We will meet at 5:45 AM in an attempt to leave the 6 AM in the Food Lion parking lot on Hwy. 21. Take a left at the Carowinds exit from I-77. The Food Lion will be on your left in one mile. Bring plenty of water, a hat, bug spray and sun screen. Snacks and lunch are recommended.
SEPTEMBER 2016
Thursday, September 8th - RibbonWalk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This area is mostly wooded, and includes three ponds and a large eld. We’ll cover about 1 1/2 miles. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd.
Saturday, Sep. 10th: Latta Plantation Prairie, Beginners walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
This will be a two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. Fall migration could produce a variety of migrants. We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve.
Sunday, Sep. 11th: Six-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Matt Janson [m.janson.geolover@gmail.com] • MAP
This greenway may be short (1 mile in length), but it has produced some interesting birds over the years. It has some interesting habitat that attracts migrating birds. We will also take a look at the large wetland across Marvin Rd. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, September 17th - Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This Hendersonville city park is the fall equivalent of Latta Park in the spring, with a 20-warbler day possible. This is an all-day trip, so bring a lunch. We'll meet at 7:30 AM at the McDonald's on Hwy 64 (Exit 49-B on Interstate 26 ) in Hendersonville. It's on the right after you cross the interstate.
Wednesday, Sep. 21st: Campbell Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Located on the east side of town, this 2 1/2 mile walk is on flat asphalt. It is mostly wooded with a creek. The parking lot is on Margaret Wallace Road.Meet at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, Sep. 24th: Toby Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
In the fall this greenway has always managed to provide a few surprising migrants. We’ll meet in the parking lot of Town Center Shopping area on University City Blvd. at the interchange with Harris Blvd. in the corner by the light at 8:30 AM.
Tuesday, Sep. 27th: Latta Park (Dilworth)
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Although not as active in the fall migration this park close to the city center always produces interesting birds. Meet in the parking area near the gazebo at 8:30 AM.
OCTOBER 2016
Saturday, October 1st - Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This area is mostly wooded, and includes three ponds and a large field. We'll cover about 1 1/2 miles. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd.
Saturday, Oct. 8th: Six-mile Creek Greenway (Beginner’s walk)
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Bill & Laura Blakesley [lclemons@mindspring.com] • MAP
Designed for beginner birdwatchers (but everyone is welcome), we will concentrate on the basics during this leisurely walk along this relatively short greenway (1 mile) on the NC/SC border. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Marvin Road.
Sunday, October 9th - Big Sit (Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge)
All Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This is a fun-filled day of birding with minimal walking. It takes place in the viewing stand at Cowan's Ford Refuge. It will start before daybreak and end around 5-6, whenever the last folks leave. You can come for an hour or all day. Bring a chair, snacks and your binoculars. This is a great way to meet folks, and one of the few outings where talking is okay. We will have grill for some hot dogs around noon. Sign-up isn't necessary, just come and enjoy.
Saturday, October 15-16th - Huntington Beach State Park
Weekend Trip • Strenuous • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This is our fall sojourn to a South Carolina birding hot spot. Fall migrants – hawks and warblers – will still be moving through, wintering shorebirds will have settled in and a few ducks may also have begun arriving. This is probably the best time of the year to see Peregrine Falcons and Merlins, and I am sure we will be delighted with spectacular views of thousands of tree swallows.

We will meet in the parking lot on the eastside of the causeway at 7:30 AM. It can get pretty hot so remember a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. We will eat lunch in the park so you will also need to bring food.

Since many participants stay for the weekend, we usually go out to dinner on Saturday night. At dinner we will plan where we will go on Sunday.
Saturday, Oct. 15th: McDowell Prairie
Cancelled.
Thursday, Oct. 20th: Four Mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This greenway has a variety of habitats that always provide good birds regardless of season. Meet at the Johnson Rd. parking lot at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, Oct 22nd: West Branch Greenway/Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We will be looking for arriving winter migrants in this under birded nature preserve. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot at the corner of Shearer Rd. & June Washam Rd.
NOVEMBER 2016
Saturday, Nov. 5th: McDowell Prairie/Copperhead Island
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
We will be looking for early winter migrants including waterfowl at Copperhead Island. Brief directions: Turn right on Shopton Road off Hwy 49. In 0.7 miles, turn left on Four Horse Road. Follow it about 3/4 mile to the green gate on the right. We will meet at 8:30 AM.
Wednesday, Nov. 9th: Toby Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
A late fall stroll the UNCC campus should provide some early winter migrants as well as a variety of local residents. We’ll meet in the parking lot of Town Center on University City Blvd. in the corner by the light at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, Nov. 12th: Latta Plantation Preserve (Beginner Bird Walk)
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
This will be a two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. Fall migration could produce a variety of migrants. We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve.
Saturday Nov. 19th: Clark’s Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This heavily wooded greenway provides a surprising variety of birds. All five woodpeckers are possible as well as winter wrens. Meet in the greenway parking lot adjacent to Mallard Creek Elementary School on Mallard Creek Rd. at 8:30 AM.
Sunday, Nov. 20th: Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Matt Janson [m.janson.geolover@gmail.com] • MAP
Winter migrants should be arriving at this gem of a refuge hidden in the NC piedmont. Maximum 15 participants as we will be entering the sensitive waterfowl habitat. Also, please carpool to bring as few intrusive vehicles as possible. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Meet at the kiosk/ bathroom area at the main entrance off Rt. 52 at 8 AM.
DECEMBER 2016
Saturday, Dec. 3rd • 9:00 AM • Wintering Waterfowl
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
By now wintering waterfowl should have arrived at Coddle Creek Reservoir and the surrounding area. We will meet at Panera Bread across from Concord Mills Mall at 9 AM to first check out the wetland behind HH Greg and then car pool up to the reservoir. Depending on time we may even swing by Moss Creek Greenway to see what’s there.
Saturday, Dec. 10th • 8:30 AM • Mallard Creek Greenway/Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We will meet at the Kirk Farms entrance to Mallard Creek Greenway, just north of the UNCC campus (near the corner of N. Tryon (Rt. 29) and Mallard Creek Church Rd.). First we will check out the wetlands area for wintering sparrows and possible bittern. Then we’ll check out the recently reopened greenway. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of Kirk Farms soccer fields
Saturday, Dec. 17th • Gaston CBC
Contact: Steve Tracy [stevepath1@aol.com]
For many animals the Catabaw River can act as a barrier. Only the hardiest mammal will attempt to swim across the river. Birds, however, are not as easily intimidated. And birders shouldn’t be phased by the river either. That’s why we team up with the birders from the Gastonia area to conduct the Gaston County Christmas Count. This is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors and explore new birding hots. All the details haven’t been worked out yet but plan to spend at least a morning if not the entire day getting to know Gaston County.
Sunday, Dec 18th • Lake Norman CBC
Contact: Taylor Piephoff[PiephoffT@aol.com]
This is by far the best count circle in the Piedmont. Because of the wide variety of habitat open fields, large lake, small ponds and wetlands, mixed hardwood forest, old farms the potential for unusual birds is great. In some ways this count is like a tour through Peterson’s guide with a smattering of species from loons all the way through to the sparrows with representatives of almost everything in between. Groups will start before dawn to catch the owls and woodcocks. Others will meet at 7:00 AM. There are fast food places in the count circle but you may want to bring food to munch on for energy and warmth. Although you might spend a fair amount of me in the car, warm clothes and sturdy shoes are a must. A tally up dinner will be held at 5:30 PM. Contact Taylor Piephoff for specific assignments.
Monday, Dec 26th • Charlotte CBC
Contact: Ken Kneidel [kenkneidel@gmail.com]
The granddaddy of the counts, this circle still encompasses a surprising variety of habitat considering suburban sprawl which has taken over much of the area. There are still patches of woods, ponds, lakes, streams and open fields which turn up a interesting variety of resident and wintering species. In the last 5 years we have averaged around 90 species. A remarkable number considering the wholesale lost of habitat over the past 20 years which just proves the tenacity of the birds. Although this is an all day event if you can only participate in the morning or afternoon you are more than welcome. Since fast food establishments (and warmth) will be just around the corner packing a lunch is optional although a thermos of coffee never hurt. There will be a tally up dinner at Wing Haven [248 Ridgewood Ave.] at 5:30 PM. Just bring your appetites and good birding stories. To assure even and complete coverage of the area those who wish to participate should contact Ken Kneidel.
Saturday, Dec. 31 • Pee Dee NWR CBC
Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
There is nothing quite like knowing you are the only one wandering the paths of a wildlife refuge. That’s what it is like at the Pee Dee Count. We have the refuge to ourselves and it's a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of birds and hopefully other animals in a truly wild environment. Habitats include open fields, mixed woodlands and small lakes and ponds. Red-headed woodpeckers and ducks abound and if we are lucky a few Tundra Swans might grace the landscape. For those who would like to car pool, we will meet at 5:45 AM at the McDonald’s at the Windsor Square Shopping Center on Independence. We will be out in the field all day so remember to dress warmly as things can get pretty cold out in the fields. Waterproof shoes would also be helpful but not necessary. There will be a hot lunch to warm our inners and energize us for an afternoon of more birding. If you plan to attend contact Judy Walker.
JANUARY 2017
Saturday, Jan. 7th: McDowell Prairie/Copperhead Island
Contact: 1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net]
Now that winter has settled in we will be looking for LBJs (Little Brown Jobs a.k.a. sparrows, wrens, etc.)and waterfowl at Copperhead Island. We will meet at 8:30 AM on Four Horse Rd. Brief directions: Turn right on Shopton Road off Hwy 49. In 0.7 miles, turn left on Four Horse Road. Follow it about 3/4 mile to the green gate on the right.
Sat./Sun., Jan. 14-15th: Huntington Beach State Park, SC
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Our winter excursion to Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina is an annual favorite offering some different bird species than our fall trip. Waterfowl - both fresh-water and saltwater - have arrived in good numbers including loons, grebes, and ducks. Gannets are numerous offshore along with shorebirds along the quiet beaches.

We will meet at 8 AM in the causeway parking lot. Be sure to dress warmly as the winds off the ocean can be chilling and bring a lunch for a midday break. For those staying the weekend, Saturday evening we gather at a local restaurant for dinner to decide on where we will bird Sunday morning for half a day before heading home.
Tuesday, Jan. 17th: Four-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This greenway has a variety of habitats that always provide good birds regardless of season. Meet at the Johnson Rd. parking lot at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, Jan. 21st: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This area is mostly wooded, and includes three ponds and a large field. We'll cover about 1 1/2 miles. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd.
Saturday, Jan 28th: Latta Plantation Prairie, Beginners walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
This will be a two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. We will be looking for winter migrants as well as resident birds. We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve.
FEBRUARY 2017
Saturday, Feb. 4th: Torrence Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We'll walk this little birded greenway in the northern part of the county to see what it might have in store for us. During the Lake Norman Christmas Count a group found a Baltimore Oriole feeding in some Bradford Pears. We will meet at 8:30 AM at the greenway entrance on Bradford Hills Lane. [From I-77 take exit 23, Gilead Rd.; turn left; go 1.7 miles to Bradford Hill Lane; turn left on Bradford Hills.]
Saturday, Feb. 11th: McDowell Prairie/Copperhead Island
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net]
We will try again looking for wintering LBJs (Little Brown Jobs a.k.a. sparrows, wrens, etc.)and waterfowl at Copperhead Island. We will meet at 8:30 AM on Four Horse Rd. Brief directions: Turn right on Shopton Road off Hwy 49. In 0.7 miles, turn left on Four Horse Road. Follow it about 3/4 mile to the green gate on the right.
Sunday, Feb. 12th: Woodcock Walk
Evening Walk • Easy • Contact: Matt Janson [m.janson.geolover@gmail.com]
Our annual trek to see dancing Woodcocks will be the second half of a double header bird walk day. We will meet at 5:15 PM in the parking lot of Sherman Branch on Rock River Church Rd. From I-485 take exit 41. Go east (left) on Albemarle Rd. First left will be Rocky River Church Rd. Parking lot will be on the left shortly after Camp Stewart Rd. Make sure you bring a flashlight.
Saturday, Feb. 18th: Burkes Garden, VA
Full Day • Contact: Matt Janson [m.janson.geolover@gmail.com]
We will be meeting at the Hampton Inn in Wytheville on Saturday at 7:30 AM, driving to Burkes Garden from there. Waterfowl, Golden Eagle, Rough legged Hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker are all possibilities. Gorgeous Appalachian scenery. Limited amenities. Lunch can be had at the Mennonite Grocery in Burke's Garden. Usually only one thing on the menu but it's hearty Pennsylvania Dutch style fare. Expect snowy, cold conditions, so come with an adventurous spirit and 4-wheel drive if possible!

Sunday we may explore surrounding areas/Blue Ridge Parkway in search of Golden Eagle and Ruffed Grouse as well, depending on conditions.
Sunday, Feb. 19th: McAlpine Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
We haven't birded this park in while due to construction. But things have settled down over there so we will take a look at the beaver pond and walk the back wooded area as well as check out the open fields for sparrows. Meet at the Monroe Rd. parking lot at 8:30 AM.
Tuesday, Feb. 21st: Four-mile Creek Greenway • MAP
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net]
This greenway is productive just about anytime of the year. We will meet in the Johnston Rd. parking area at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, Feb. 25th: Latta Plantation Prairie & Waterfowl
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
We'll walk up to the prairie to see what wintering birds are there and then check out the lake for waterfowl. Meet in the parking just inside the Latta Plantation Preserve gate (Sample Rd.) at 8:30 PM.
MARCH 2017
Saturday, March 4th: Owl Prowl
Evening • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] MAP
This is a unique opportunity to visit a Catawba Land Conservancy property that straddles the Gaston & Lincohn county line near the Catawba River. Obviously we will be looking/listening for owls, all three are a possibility. But we will also have the opportunity to see other species as they settle in for the night. The property is on KillianRd. just west of the river off of Rt. 73. There will be a bit of walking over uneven terrain and a flashlight is a must. We will meet at 5:30 PM on the Killian property (1617 Killian Farm Rd.).
Saturday, March 4th: Latta Plantation Prairie, Beginners walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
This will be a two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. We will be looking for winter migrants as well as resident birds. We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve.
Saturday, March 11th: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
We will be looking for early migrants. This area is mostly wooded, and includes three ponds and a large field. We'll cover about 1 1/2 miles. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd.
Thursday, March 16th: Toby Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
They have opened a new section of this greenway which hasn't really been explored yet. There is a small wet area and lots of trees. Come see what we might unearth. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of the Town Center Shopping Center in the corner closest to the traffic light.
Saturday, March 18th: West Branch Greenway/Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We haven't birded this greenway in the spring so it will be interesting to see what migrants will be arriving and who is still hanging around. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot at the corner of Shearer Rd. & June Washam Rd.
Tuesday, March 21st: McAlpine Creek Greenway (Monroe Rd.)
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
We haven't birded this park/greenway in a while due to the construction at the park. Early migrants should be arriving and the beaver pond can produce some surprises. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Monroe Rd.
Saturday, March 25th: Six-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This is the best place in the county and time of the season to see migrating Northern Waterthrushs plus other early migrants. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 AM.
 
APRIL 2017
Saturday, April 1: Congree National Park (South Carolina)
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • Map
Who knew we had such a greate National Park only 100 miles to our south? If you didn't, then you are in for a treat. Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States and is located just outside of Columbia, SC. We will be primarily looking for warblers such as the Hooded and Prothonotary who breed in the park. But there should be a good number of others migrating through.
We will meet at 6:30 AM in the Food Lion parking in Ft. Mill, SC (1046 Regent Pkway, Fort Mill, SC 29715. Bring snacks, water, and lunch. It can get buggy so bring spray as well.
Saturday, April 8: Bird Ramble at Freedom Park
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This bird walk will be in celebration of the first recorded bird walk (then called a ramble) in Mecklenburg County 100 years ago (April 6, 1917). The original 'ramble' was at Independence Park at the corner of 7th Ave. & Hawthorn which has changed drastically over the century and not very birdy now. So we have decided to do the ramble in Freedom Park which was established shortly after WWII and figures predominently in the birding history of the county. And it is still quite birdy during spring migration.
We will meet in the Nature Museum Parking lot (1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209) at 7:30 AM. Note earlier time, to get out there before the park gets crowded.
Saturday, April 15: Torrence Creek Greenway (Huntersville)
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This greenway was birdie in February so it will be interesting to see what it might attrack during migration. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the greenway entrance on Bradford Hills Lane. [From I-77 take exit 23, Gilead Rd.; turn left; go 1.7 miles to Bradford Hill Lane; turn left on Bradford Hills.]
Thursday, April 20: Latta Park [Dillworth]
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
It's time to wonder the paths of Latta Park in Dillworth to see what migrants are coming through. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the gazebo parking area.
Saturday, April 22: Beginner Bird Walk (Latta Plantation)
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marsha Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
This will be a two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. We will be looking for spring migrants as well as resident birds. We’ll start at 8:00 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve.
Sunday, April 23: Spring Count & Birdathon
Full Day • Contact: Jeff Lemons [birdsalot@gmail.com]
This year the spring count is also a birdathon to raise money for Catawba Land Conservancy for protecting bird habitat. Some groups will be out before dawn looking for owls but most will start around 7 AM. There will be a tally-up dinner at the Elizabeth Lawrence House (just down the street from Wing Haven). Contact Jeff so he can make sure all the areas are evenly covered. If you can't participate physically, please suppor the Birdathon with a donation.
Thursday, April 27: Latta Park [Dillworth]
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Take another stroll through the park with Ron to see what migrants are passing through. Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area near the gazebo.
Saturday, April 28: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This nature preserve always produces something interesting. Migration will be in full swing so who knows what we will find. Meet in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd. at 8:00 AM.
MAY 2017
Sunday, May 7: Latta Prairie (Latta Plantation Nature Preserve)
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Breeding neotropic migrants like the Chat, Indigo Bunting and the Tanagers should be settled in for the season. It's always great to see these brightly colored gems in the spring. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot of the preserve's nature center just inside the gate on Sample Rd.
Saturday, May 13: New Girl Scout Camp (Carolina Thread Trail)
3/4 Day • Moderate • Contact: Jill Palmer [jpalmer53@earthlink.net]
Come explore ths new trail reported to be a birding hotspot by the Catawba Lands Conservancy and based on last years trip the birding is good. This 2.2 mile oneway (4.4 round trip) trail is to the north in Iredell County and was completed in 2013. The trail runs through the Girl Scout's Hornets' Next Council's Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership CAmpus at Oak Springs located on Highway 21 in Iredell Count. Three hundred and fity eith acres of the camp were put into permanent land protection with the Catawba Lands Conservancy.
Bring a lunch to enjoy after out hike or plan to stop on the way back. It is about an hour drive from Charlotte. We will meet at the North Lake Mall (I-77 & Harris Blvd.) parking lot across from the Drury Inn & Suites (far front of Macy's) at 7:30 AM and carpool from there. We should arrive at the camp around 8:30 and hike for 2-3 hours on a dirt trail (easy walking). The trip is limited to 20 participants so if you plan on going please let Jill know so she can reserve a spot for you.
Saturday, May 20: Blue Ridge Parkway Birding
 All Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
We will head west to Brevard/Shinning Rock area of the Blue Ridge to see what we can find. Black-capped Chickees breed at the high elevation along with a lot of other 'boreal' birds such as Winter Wren, Junco, and Crossbills. Of course there will be warblers. Full details of this trip will be in the May newsletter.
We will meet in Walmart (177 Forest Gate Dr. Pisgah Forest, NC 28768) parking lot outside of Bevard at 7:30 AM. That is about a 2.5 hr drive from Charlotte. If you want to go up the night before, there are a few hotels in Bevard and a good number in Hendersonville & Flat Rock about 1/2 hr from our meeting spot.
 
June 2017
 
 
Monthly Walks for Folks
New to Birdwatching
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Beginner bird walks are designed for those just getting started in this wonderful pastime. We’ll take our time and study some of our locally common bird species (learning field marks, calls or songs, and habitat preferences) as well as how to navigate field guides and actually find the bird in the tree!

Date: Saturday, Mar. 4th
Place: Latta Plantation Prairie
Time: 8:30 AM

Contact: Marsha Howden

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