A partnership outing with Ventures Birding and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 6:30 AM
Departure: Meet and carpool from Ingles near Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, 915 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville
Price: $100 – Includes a delicious picnic lunch & membership to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
A special day trip spent at a state natural area near Roan Mountain learning about the conservation of the Golden-winged Warbler and the natural history of the Roan Highlands from SAHC Board President and author of ‘Stand Up That Mountain”, Jay Leutze. This is a high-elevation site so weather can change quickly here – be sure to bring rain-gear and a coat/light jacket.
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s (SAHC) Grassy Ridge Preserve is surrounded by one of North Carolina’s newest natural areas – Yellow Mountain State Natural Area (YMSA), an area that SAHC and their state partners have worked for years to protect. Golden-winged Warblers breed here and we will have the opportunity to see them up close and learn about what is being done to protect this rapidly-declining species. Though the Golden-winged Warblers will be the focus of our day, we will of course be on the lookout for other spring migrants as well! An added treat will be hearing SAHC Board President and author of “Stand Up That Mountain”, Jay Leutze, speak about the natural history of the Roan Highlands while we enjoy our picnic lunch.
Some of the species we hope to see on this high-elevation ridge: Ruffed Grouse, Cooper’s & Sharp-shinned Hawks, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Woodcock, Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Veery, Brewster’s Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Field Sparrow and many more.
Please contact the Ventures office to register.
You can pay by check, use PayPal on the Ventures website, or call the office
at 828-253-4247. This Venture is limited to 15 participants.