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KEY TO
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
Easy - Trails are level to slight grades usually paved - .5-3 miles of walking
Moderate - Trails can be uneven with some hills. 2-4 miles of walking.
Strenuous - Trails vary greatly. 4+ miles of walking.
* - Trails are handicapped accessible.
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Field Trip Etiquette
To ensure everyone on the field trip has a productive and enjoyable outing here are a few things to keep in mind.
Contact the leader.
Be on time.
Carpool whenever possible.
Offer to chip-in for gas.
Wear muted colors.
Silence is golden.
Turn cell phones off or to vibrate.
Stay with the group.
Stay behind the leader.
Don't monopolize someone else's scope.
Avoid blocking other people's view.
Help the leader make sure everyone gets to see a bird.
So, the next time you are out birding with a group, whether it’s an MAS field trip or not, keep these things in mind. They will help you see more birds and be more relaxed which is exactly what we want.

Bird Walks and Field Trips
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Mecklenburg Audubon field trips are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please remember to contact the Field Trip Leader to let him/her know you are coming. This will ensure that you are notified of any changes in meeting locations/times and/or cancellations. Plus it is less likely they will leave without you. Please read our Bird Walk guidelines.
All dates are subject to change so please make sure you contact the person listed for the trip to verify date, time and meeting place.

January 2020

Sat./Sun., January 25th-26: Huntington Beach State Park, SC
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Our winter excursion to Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina is an annual favorite offering some different bird species than our fall trip. Waterfowl - both fresh-water and saltwater - have arrived in good numbers including loons, grebes, and ducks. Gannets are numerous offshore along with shorebirds along the quiet beaches.

We will meet at 8 AM in the causeway parking lot. Be sure to dress warmly as the winds off the ocean can be chilling and bring a lunch for a midday break. For those staying the weekend, Saturday evening we gather at a local restaurant for dinner to decide on where we will bird Sunday morning for half a day before heading home.
Tuesday January 28th: Four-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Winter migrants should be settled into this productive greenway, which has a variety of habitats that always provide good birds regardless of season. We'll walk 2.5 - 3 miles on paved, flat walkway. There is a bathroom at the parking lot. Meet at the Johnson Rd. parking lot at 8:00 AM.
February 2020
Saturday, Feb. 1st: Moss Creek Greenway (Cabarus County)
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
It's been a number of years since we have birded this greenway in the Highland Creek area not far from Concord Mills. It has a variety of habitats including several ponds. In the past we have had white-crowned sparrows along with other wintering species. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the parking area adjacent to W. R. Odell Primary School (1 Dragon Pride Dr, Concord, NC 28027). The paved trail is 1.5 miles long and primary flat. There are no public facilities.
Thursday, Feb. 6th: Toby Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy* • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We'll explore the newer section of this greenway adjacent to UNC Charlotte. The mile long trail goes through a mix of habitats that are good for sparrows and other wintering species. The flat, paved trail includes a raised boardwalk. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the Lowe's parking lot (1100 Chancellor Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28213) where they have the outdoor sheds on display (across from the entrance to Boston Market). There are no facilities associated with the greenway, but Boston Market and Lowe's both have bathrooms.
Saturday, February 8th: McAlpine Creek Park/Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Wayne Covington [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This park/greenway doesn't get birded as much as it use to. The Cottonwood Trail has a wetland created by beavers that can produce some interesting birds. Fields and edges are great for sparrows. We'll walk 2-3 miles on mostly flat, wide, dirt/gravel trails. There are no facilities. Meet at 8:00 AM in the main parking lot off of Monroe Rd.
Sunday, February 9th: Woodcock Walk
Evening Walk • Easy • Contact: Taylor Piephoff [piephofft@aol.com] •MAP
We are moving our annual trek to see dancing Woodcocks to Clark Creek Nature Preserve. The birds have been consistently report in the preserve for much of the winter. It's also an easier location to get. Hopefully, we won't be disappointed. We will meet at 5:30 PM in the parking area on Huck's Rd. Bring a flashlight as we will be out after dark. There is a port-a-john in the parking area.
Thursday, Feb. 13th: Caldwell Station Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Anne Olsen [olsena187@gmail.com] • MAP
This fairly new and seldom birded greenway has good habitat for both sparrows and woodland birds.  We should see continuing winter birds and the possibility of early migrants.  The greenway is paved, mostly flat and 2 miles long (one way). There are some wet patches and puddles.  Meet in the back of parking lot behind the medical buildings on Northcross Center Court in the area near the high tension tower.  Use the address 9713 Northcross Center Court in your GPS.  Meet at 8:00 AM.  There are no facilities.
Saturday, Feb. 15th: McDowell Prairie/Copperhead Island
½ Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] MAP
We will be looking for winter migrants including waterfowl at Copperhead Island. We will be walk 2-3 miles on trails that can be uneven at times. There are no facilities. Brief directions: Turn right on Shopton Road off Hwy 49. In 0.7 miles, turn left on Four Horse Road. Follow it about 3/4 mile to the green gate on the right. We will meet at 8:30 AM.
Thursday, February 20th: Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Usually we turn left from the parking area on Johnston Rd. Today we will take a right and explore the 'other' greenway which is not birded as faithfully as its cousin. This shorter greenway also has a variety of habitat including a wetland and small field. We will meet in the parking area on Johnston Rd. at 8:00 AM. The path is paved and level. There are bathrooms at the parking area.
Saturday, February 22nd: Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve
8:30 AM • Moderate • Contact: Steve Coggins [scoggin@catawba.edu] • MAP
This 187-acre preserve lies just 6.5 miles northeast of uptown Charlotte. An American beech (Fagus grandifolia) grove in the northern portion of the preserve has been designated a Mecklenburg County Treasure Tree site because of the number of large, old trees and its overall natural integrity. We will walk 2-3 miles on dirt trails that can be steep in places and muddy after a rain. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd., which is off Nevin Rd. There are no facilities.
Thursday, February 27th: James Boyce Park
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We haven't birded this park (other than during our winter and spring counts) for a good number years. The park itself is small but has a nice nature trail and connects with the McAlpine Creek Greenway. We'll walk a 2.5 mile loop which will include a portion of the greenway on natural paths which will be mostly flat. Meet in the parking lot the park which is off Sardis Rd. at 8:30 AM. There are facilies at the parking lot.
Saturday, February 29th - Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
Take advantage of this extra day to bird this year. Latta Plantation is a great place to begin learning about birds and birding. Although folks of all levels are welcome, we will concentrate on helping folk new to birding learn ther basics of using binoculars, spotting a bird, and identification. This will be a two-mile walk on dirt/gravel roads including several moderately steep hills. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. Winter migrants will have settled in so be ready to see a lot of LBJs (little brown jobs). We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Nature Preserve. There are bathrooms at the Nature Center.
March 2020
Tuesday, Mar. 3rd - Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
Mid-morning • Easy • Contact: Patty Masten [pmasten31@gmail.com] • MAP
Do you love nature and birds? Whether you are a novice or bird expert, you are sure to find delight in this special bird walk experience led by Mecklenburg Audubon Society volunteers. MAS has partnered with Wing Haven to offer these special, guided bird walks for Mecklenburg Audubon members. Wing Haven has many benches to sit and observe the birds, brick pathways to stroll and seek, as well as wooded areas to explore. A number of the pathways are ADA compliant and conducive to walkers and wheelchairs. The entire property is about 3 acres. The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 704.331.0664 or register online. Remember to bring your binoculars!
Thursday, March 5th: Four-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP

This greenway with its variety of habitats always provides good birds regardless of season. We'll walk 2.5 - 3 miles on paved, flat walkway. There is a bathroom at the parking lot. Meet at the Johnson Rd. parking lot at 8:00 AM.
Saturday, March 4th: McDowell Prairie/Copperhead Island
½ Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] MAP
We will be looking for early spring migrants as well as lingering winter birds including waterfowl at Copperhead Island. We will be walk 2-3 miles on trails that can be uneven at times. There are no facilities. Brief directions: Turn right on Shopton Road off Hwy 49. In 0.7 miles, turn left on Four Horse Road. Follow it about 3/4 mile to the green gate on the right. We will meet at 8:30 AM.
Saturday, March 28th: Six-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This greenway may be short (1 mile in length), but it has produced some interesting birds over the years. It has some interesting habitat that attracts migrating birds. We will also take a look at the large wetland across Marvin Rd. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 AM. The trail is paved and flat. There are no facilities.
 
 
April 2020
Saturday, April 4th: Congaree National Park (Columbia, SC)
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • Map
Did you know we have a great National Park only 100 miles to our south? If you didn't, then you are in for a treat. Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States and is located just outside of Columbia, SC. We will be primarily looking for warblers such as the Hooded and Prothonotary who breed in the park. But there should be a good number of others migrating through.

We will meet at 6:30 AM in the Food Lion parking in Ft. Mill, SC (1046 Regent Pkwy., Fort Mill, SC 29715). Bring snacks, water, and lunch. It can get buggy so bring spray as well. The trail is an elevated boardwalk through the swamp. We will be walking about 3 miles. There are bathrooms at the visitor center.

Tuesday, Apr. 7th - Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
Mid-morning • Easy • Contact: Patty Masten [pmasten31@gmail.com] • MAP
Do you love nature and birds? Whether you are a novice or bird expert, you are sure to find delight in this special bird walk experience led by Mecklenburg Audubon Society volunteers. MAS has partnered with Wing Haven to offer these special, guided bird walks for Mecklenburg Audubon members. Wing Haven has many benches to sit and observe the birds, brick pathways to stroll and seek, as well as wooded areas to explore. A number of the pathways are ADA compliant and conducive to walkers and wheelchairs. The entire property is about 3 acres. The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 704.331.0664 or register online. Remember to bring your binoculars!

Tuesday, April 14th: Six-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This greenway may be short (1 mile in length), but it has produced some interesting birds over the years. It has some interesting habitat that attracts migrating birds. We will also take a look at the large wetland across Marvin Rd. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. The trail is paved and flat. There are no facilities.

 

May 2020
Tuesday, May 5th - Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
Mid-morning • Easy • Contact: Patty Masten [pmasten31@gmail.com] • MAP
Do you love nature and birds? Whether you are a novice or bird expert, you are sure to find delight in this special bird walk experience led by Mecklenburg Audubon Society volunteers. MAS has partnered with Wing Haven to offer these special, guided bird walks for Mecklenburg Audubon members. Wing Haven has many benches to sit and observe the birds, brick pathways to stroll and seek, as well as wooded areas to explore. A number of the pathways are ADA compliant and conducive to walkers and wheelchairs. The entire property is about 3 acres. The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 704.331.0664 or register online. Remember to bring your binoculars!
 
 
June 2020
Tuesday, Jun. 2nd - Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
Mid-morning • Easy • Contact: Patty Masten [pmasten31@gmail.com] • MAP
Do you love nature and birds? Whether you are a novice or bird expert, you are sure to find delight in this special bird walk experience led by Mecklenburg Audubon Society volunteers. MAS has partnered with Wing Haven to offer these special, guided bird walks for Mecklenburg Audubon members. Wing Haven has many benches to sit and observe the birds, brick pathways to stroll and seek, as well as wooded areas to explore. A number of the pathways are ADA compliant and conducive to walkers and wheelchairs. The entire property is about 3 acres. The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 704.331.0664 or register online. Remember to bring your binoculars!
 
 
 
 
 
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