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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

Updates for birders

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Spring bird spotting has begin

Spring bird walks have begun for the Franklin Bird Club, with excursions held along the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Franklin each Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m.

Birders of all experience levels — including none — are welcome to accompany the more seasoned avian spotters on their weekly walks. 

Meeting locations vary. 828.524.5234. 


See the birds

A hike in search of Western North Carolina’s migrant songbirds will traverse the Ivestor Gap Trail on Saturday, June 4, searching for the species who spend summer in the high elevations. 

The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. to begin the 3-mile hike, concluding around 12:30 p.m. John Parris, fish and wildlife management technology instructor at Haywood Community College, will lead the hike alongside leaders of Haywood Waterways Association. 

Free for HWA members and $5 for nonmembers. The event is part of HWA’s “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities designed to raise awareness of Haywood’s natural beauty. 

Space is limited. RSVP by June 1 to Christine O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 828.476.4667. The Ivestor Gap Trail is accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway, on the Haywood-Transylvania county line.


Bird the plateau 

A chance to go birding with an expert will be offered at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Highlands Biological Station. 

Barbara Ballentine, an ornithologist at Western Carolina University, will lead the outing. She’s also involved with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society’s nest box project to monitor how area birds respond to bird boxes of various hole sizes. 

Free, with loaner binoculars available. Meet at Founders Park in Highlands. Organized by the HPAS. or 828.526.1939.

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