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See the birds

Go birdwatching 

A new program offering a two birdwatching trips per month in Haywood County will kick off Saturday, April 17, with a tour of Lake Junaluska. 

Led by local guides Kevin Burke and Howard Browers, participants in this Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department program will learn about the county’s native and migratory bird populations, including how to identify calls and view them in their habitat. The outings will include varying distances of walking, sometimes up to 4 or 5 miles. 

Additional tours are planned for April 28 on the Waynesville greenway; May 12 at Purchase Knob and May 15 at Sam’s Knob. 

Cost is $10, paid at registration. Consult with county staff to ensure the selected tour is appropriate for your fitness level. Register with Haywood County Recreation and Parks at 828.452.6789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Go birding

Learn the basics of birding with an outdoor adventure 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, near Franklin. 

Situated amid the Western North Carolina migratory bird flyway and the Little Tennessee River, participants will bird one of the best places in Appalachia to see and hear avian arrivals firsthand. 

Offered by Alarka Expeditions. Tour includes moderate walking. Cost is $55; learn more at


Weigh in on migratory bird seasons

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting input on proposed migratory bird hunting seasons for 2021-2022 through its online comment portal at 

These regulations will apply to waterfowl, webless and extended falconry. Commissioners will review the comments and set season dates April 22. 

Learn more at

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