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  • May 21, 2021

Birding up the Blue Ridge Parkway – in search of Birds Not Yet Seen!

Guided by Bill Sanderson


Spring Birding with Bill Sanderson

COVID compliance:

Guests drive a personal vehicle to the meeting location and to the hiking trails, safely following the guide’s vehicle and practicing social distancing throughout the tour. Guests bring their own waters and snacks.

Tour time:

Meet your guide at 8:00 am, guests bring waters and snacks, event ends around 12:00 or 1:00.

Rain date:

Tuesday, May 25th, 8 am

Meeting location:

Folk Art Center at 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28805


Easy forest walks with driving between destinations. Expect trails with some moderate inclines and uneven terrain.

Required footwear:

Sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots, rubber outsoles (recommended)

Recommended clothing:

Definitely wear multiple layers, including a jacket, to prepare for temperatures to drop at higher elevations; Bring rainwear, or ponchos provided

Recommended personal items:

Binoculars (3 pairs available to borrow), water, food, Ziploc bag or dry bag (to protect items, such as small electronics, from rain), Ziploc bag (to dispose of any potential litter items, such as food wrappers), cloth face covering (for restrooms stops)

About binoculars:

8X40 binoculars recommended, but 10X40 (more powerful) binoculars suitable for more experienced birders. There will be 3 pairs of sanitized binoculars to borrow.

What’s provided:

Hiking poles, poncho in case of light rain, and a great time!


Enjoy a leisurely spring birding excursion with zoologist and birding expert Bill Sanderson. At this time in the spring migration, we will have the chance to view an array of warblers, and higher elevation spring migrants, as well as bald eagles, sharp-shinned and coopers hawks. We will perhaps get the chance to catch a soaring falcon or red crossbill, and view the crossbill crack the small Fraser Fir cones in search seeds. Rain date is Tuesday, May 25th.

Bill has been teaching Western North Carolina zoology for over 30 years. His stories and experiences from the field are wildly entertaining and educational!


After meeting at the Folk Art Center, we will visit varying sites all the way from Asheville to Mt. Mitchell. Rain policy: Our early morning departure helps us avoid the afternoon rains. Nonetheless, in case of heavy rain or inclement weather, full refunds are provided.


Gratuity is not included and always appreciated!

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