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Welcome to Charlotte Area Birding
 
You can interact with this map in several ways. If you click on an icon it will give you information about the spot including a brief description and links to more information (if available), bird list from eBird, and a trail map (if available). The additional directions link will take you to another Google map that will allow you to get directions by mousing over the box with the coordinates. The directions are to the parking areas for the site.
If you would like to look at only one type of site such as Nature Preserves, click on the menu icon google maps menu icon in the upper left corner of the map to show the different types of sites. Then check or uncheck the ones you want to see.
If you want to see the map in full screen click on the expand icon google expand the screen icon in the upper right corner of the map.
 
There is more information about birding in the Charlotte region below the map.
 
 
 
Greenways/Nature Preserves
Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Park and Rec Department maintains an extension greenway system. All of the greenways have good habitat for birds primarily because they have been built in and along creek flood plains. Not all of the greenways have been included in the map above, only those most frequently used for MAS bird walks are included.
For a complete list of greenways and their location click here.
The Department also manages 14 nature preserves, most of which have no facilities and/or formal trails at this time.
For a complete list of the preserves and locations click here.
Carolina Thread Trail [www.carolinathreadtrail.org]
The Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that encompasses 15 counties and 2 states. There are 217 miles of trails open to the public, many of which provide suitable bird habitat and condusive to birding.
Birding Around the Carolinas
Sites from the book "Birding North Carolina"
Triangle Birder's Guide (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area)
Finding Birds in Guilford County (Greensboro area)
North Carolina Birding Trail
South Carolina Birding Spots
Birding the Low Country (Charleston, SC)
Charleston (SC) Birding
 
 
Cowan's ford wildlife refuge
Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge
McAlpine Creek Park trail near beaver pond
McAlpine Creek Park & Greenway
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Nature center
Reedy Creek Nature Center
 
 
 
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