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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Cradle of Forestry to hold songbird celebration

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A Songbird Celebration will be held at the Cradle of Forestry in America Saturday, May 7, to honor the annual migratory bird influx.

At 8 a.m., the cradle will offer a guided walk to learn and practice identifying birds by sight and sound. At 10:30 a.m. another guided walk — Birding for Beginners — is open to all interested in learning about birds and birding. Both programs are wheelchair accessible. Group size will be limited and registration is requested. Ages 10 and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Family oriented activities for the cradle’s Songbird Celebration will be from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and include on-going games and crafts that show the wonder of birds and teach how we can do our part for their conservation.

A variety of migratory birds rest and feed at the Cradle of Forestry while on their way farther North. Others stay to nest and raise young around the trails. Birders often hear and see black throated blue warblers, hooded warblers, black and white warblers and blue headed vireos. An occasional bright blackburnian warbler and scarlet tanager can be spotted as well.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. The Cradle of Forestry is located on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. 828.877.3130.

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