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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.
 
 

												
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 insure 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.
 
MAY 2018
Tuesday, May 1st: Latta Plantation Prairie
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
For those who couldn't make the Saturday walk, Ron will do a repeat performance. The prairie is a great place to see Prairie Warblers, Chats, Blue Grosbeaks,Indigo Buntings and much more. Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot on the right just inside the gate for the preserve next to the nature center.
Tuesday, May 1st: WingHaven (Senior MAS members Only)
Mid-morning • Easy • Contact: Registration Link • 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. Bring your binoculars! The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 703.331.0664 or register online.
Thursday, May 3rd: Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We haven’t birded this preserve in the spring. The mix of open fields and wooded wet areas should produce a nice mix of breeding birds including Indigo Bunting, Chat, Field Sparrow and more. Meet in the parking lot on Hucks Rd. at 7:30 AM. (Note the earlier time so we can catch the birds as they are getting started on their morning excursions.)
Saturday, May 5th: Charlotte Spring Count
All Day • Contact: Jeff Lemons [birdsalot@gmail.com]
Our annual spring count will coincided with The Cornell Lab of Orinthology’s Global Big Day. We spend the day searching for as many species and individual birds as we can find within the same area (circle) as we use for our Christmas count. Jeff Lemons coodinates this effort, so contact him if you are interested in joining a group.
Sunday, May 6th: RibbonWalk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] MAP
This nature preserve always produces something interesting. Migration will be in full swing so who knows what we will find. Trails are uneven dirt paths over some moderate hills. We’ll walk about 2.5 miles. Meet in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd. at 8:00 AM.
Tuesday, May 8th: Latta Park (Dillworth)MAP
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
We’ll do one last official pass through this migrant trap to see what is still passing through. Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area near the picnic shelter.

Sunday, May 13th: McDowell Prairie
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Jeff Lemons [birdsalot@gmail.com]
Join Jeff at the prairie to look for late migrants, especially Alder Flycatchers. Breeding prairie species should be abundant - Indigos, Blue Grosbeaks, Chats, and who knows what else since we haven't birded this area much in late spring. 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 7:30 AM.

Thursday, May 17th: Mallard Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
UNCC is between sessions and the lightrail construction is over. So let’s take a leisurely walk to see what’s been happening at the Kirk Farms wetland and along the Mallard & Toby Creek Greenways. Meet in the parking lot for the Kirk Farms playing fields on East Mallard Creek Church Rd. just east of N. Tryon at 8:00 AM.
Sunday, May 20th: Blue Ridge Parkway (Boone area)
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
We will explore a variety of habitats along the BRP as well as take a stroll around the Valle Cruses municipal park. We will be looking for nesting warblers, a variety of flycatchers and other birds unique to this environment. We will meet at 7:30 AM at the Bojangles in Boone (1141 Blowing Rock Rd.). You will need to pack a lunch. There are a number of local hotels if you want to come up on Friday night. Otherwise it is about a 2 hr. drive from Charlotte. Warning - temperatures can vary greatly as we go up an down in elevation so bring a jacket just in case.
JUNE 2018

Friday-Sunday, June 1st-3rd: Charleston, SC area
Weekend Trip • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net]
After a two year break, the Charleston area trip is back. For those who can get there on Friday, we’ll meet at 1:00 at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve ( 1066 Botany Bay Rd. Edisto Beach, SC ). We’ll do the driving loop and walk some trails, one to the beach. On Saturday, we’ll visit Bear Island and Donnelley Wildlife Management Areas. We’ll start on Sunday with the Edisto Nature Trail, and then finish at Caw Caw County Park around lunch time. In 2015, we totaled 91 species for this trip. Some of the ones we’ll be looking for are Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Painted Bunting, Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites, Swainson’s, Kentucky and Prothonotary Warblers, Least Bittern, Bachman’s Sparrow and King Rail. We had a Black Rail pop out for a few seconds on one trip, but I’m not expecting that minor miracle again. Bring lunch for Saturday. Bug spray is a good idea. At a couple of spots, the mosquitos are banging at your window before you leave your car.

The trip is limited to 20 people. Contact Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net]. There are several hotels at Exit 53 on I-95 in Walterboro, SC. I’ll be at one of them. As we get closer, I’ll let you know our starting time and place for the two mornings, close to that area. Drive home on Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, June 5th: WingHaven (Senior MAS members Only)
1.5 Hrs. • 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. Bring your binoculars and meet/pay at 10:00 am at the main Garden Gate! The cost is $5/person - seniors only! To register, call 703.331.0664 or go to https://goo.gl/1sKHBU
 
 
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