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Wednesday, 20 April 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. 


Welcome back the migratory birds

Celebrate the return of migratory birds with a day of birding and educational programs at the Cradle of Forestry in America on Saturday, April 30.

The International Migratory Bird Day Celebration will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a chance to bird with naturalist Vicky Burkey. Beginning and intermediate birders will learn about the species present and get a handle on bird characteristics and habitat preferences. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., a hands-on survival game called “Migration: Risky Business” will showcase the trials birds go to on their journey, and a live bird program with Carlton Burkey of Carolina Mountain Naturalists will wrap things up at 3 p.m. 

With its summer season of events now underway, the Cradle of Forestry’s full lineup of events is online at

$5 for ages 16 and up; free for youth, with full access to exhibits and trails included along with event admission. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports accepted. 


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