Uwharrie Naturalist Weekend, Focus on Breeding Birds

Uwharrie Naturalist Weekend, Focus on Breeding Birds


When: May 4th and 5th, 2013
Where: LandTrust’s Low Water Bridge Preserve (near Troy NC)
What: Hikes, Bird observation, Nature study, Canoe trip, Option to camp

Please join The LandTrust and staff from the NC Museum of Sciences for a weekend of nature exploration in the Uwharries, with a focus on breeding birds. This naturalist weekend is the first of its kind in our area and features our  beautiful 1300-acre Low Water Bridge Preserve on the Uwharrie River.

John Gerwin, ornithologist at the NC Museum of Sciences in Raleigh, and field staff will be helping host our first Uwharrie Naturalist Weekend on May 4th and 5th. John and LandTrust staff member, Crystal Cockman, will be leading hikes in the morning and afternoon on various trails on our Low Water Bridge Preserve, pointing out unique bird species by sight and sound along the way. This is the prime of birding season for neotropical migrants, so we will be sure to hear and see birds like red-eyed vireos, Louisiana waterthrush, ovenbirds, summer tanagers, prothonotary warblers, and more.

John will also be mist-netting some birds for folks to see and hold. Hikes will also feature discussions on native plants and any herps or other species we find along the way. There will be a morning and an afternoon hike both days, starting at 9am and 1pm.

Crystal will also be leading a canoe trip with very limited spots available on Saturday afternoon, but open to anyone who brings their own canoe or kayak.

There will be an option to camp on Saturday night, and we will do a late evening hike as well, listening for owls and nightjars. Feel free to come to one or both hikes either or both days, as we will hike different trails and are sure to see different wildlife every trip.

The event is free but you must sign up, to RSVP please call or email Crystal at 336-633-0143 or crystal@landtrustcnc.org.


Photo credits: Autumn Michael, Dr. Joe Poston, Crystal Cockman.