Birding up the Blue Ridge Parkway – Spring Migration to Higher Elevations
Guided by Bill Sanderson
Spring Birding with Bill Sanderson
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.
Meet your guide at 8:00 am, guests bring waters and snacks, event ends around 12:00 or 1:00.
Friday, May 14th, 8 am
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.
Sturdy tennis shoes or hiking boots, rubber outsoles (recommended)
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)
8X40 binoculars recommended, but 10X40 (more powerful) binoculars suitable for more experienced birders. There will be 3 pairs of sanitized binoculars to borrow.
Hiking poles, poncho in case of light rain, and a great time!
Enjoy mid-spring birding with bird expert and zoologist Bill Sanderson. We will seek common species but also an array of migrants and passerbys in higher elevation ecosystems, such as heath balds and spruce-fir forests. Rain date is Friday, May 14th.
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!