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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
AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC | JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN
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.
 
August 2018
Sunday, August 19th - Orangeburg Sod Farms
Full Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This is our annual trek to the coastal plain in search of hard to find, migrating shorebirds like Upland and Buff-bellied Sandpipers. Birding will be done primarily along flat, dirt roads with very little walking (1 mile max). Since it can be hot pretty quickly in these open fields with no shade we try to get down there as early as possible. Bring plenty of water, a hat, bug spray and sun screen. Snacks and lunch are recommended. There are no facilities at the Sod Farms. There are some about a mile away at a gas station. We will meet at 5:45 AM in an attempt to leave the 6 AM in the Food Lion parking lot on Hwy. 21. Take a left at the Carowinds exit from I-77. The Food Lion will be on your left in one mile.
September 2018
Saturday, September 1st: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Fall migration has begun and is a good spot to look for early migrants. 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.
Saturday, September 8th - Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
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. Fall migration could produce a variety of migrants. 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.
Wednesday, September: 12th: Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
The 109-acres of this preserve is primarily grassy/brushy fields (old agriculture fields), edges and forest. We will be walking about 1.5 miles on mostly flat, smooth, dirt trails. Meet in the parking lot on Hucks Rd. at 8:00 AM. There is a port-a-john.
Saturday, September 15th: Six-mile Creek Grnwy.
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Localed in the southern part of the county on the South Carolina border near the Union County line, this short greenway (a mile oneway) always provides interesting birds. The trail is flat, paved, and handicapped accessible. No facilities. Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot.
Tuesday, September 18th: McAlpine Creek Park/Greenway
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] MAP
McAlpine Creek Park and Greenway have an amazing variety of habitat: fishing pond, open grassy areas, edges, woods, creeks and even a beaver pond. Over the years it has produced some pretty amazing birds, including this past May two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. The walk will be on wide dirt/gravel paths. Depending on what trails we take it will be predominately on flat terrain. The hill trail near the beaver pond is steep. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot off of Monroe Rd.
Sunday, September 23rd: Hawk Watch (BRP MP 235)
All Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]MAP
We going to head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to a well-established hawk watch, Mahogany Rock Overlook at milepost 235. We will plan on arriving around 8:30 AM at the overlook. Since the hawks probably won't start moving until around 10 AM, we will walk an adjacent trail looking for migrating warblers. Then we will gather on the lawn at the overlook around 10 AM and start scanning the sky for hawks. Bring something to sit on (lawn chair, blanket, etc.), lunch, snacks, and water. There are no facilities at the overlook except bushes. Doughton Park, which does have facilites, is at milepost 240.

If you would like to car pool, meet at 6:15 AM at the Bojangles on Sam Furr Rd. in Huntersville (9145 Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078). Please let Judy know if you are planning on carpooling. Otherwise, plan on being at the overlook by 8:30 AM for the warbler walk or 10 AM for Hawk Watching, but still let Judy know you will be joining the group.
Wednesday, September 26th: Little Sugar Creek Grnwy.
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
It has been a long time since we have had an official walk on Huntingtowne Farms section of the Little Sugar Creek Grnwy. which has been productive during migration in the past. The county has been working on restoring the creek bed and developing more of the greenway itself. So let's take a look at what they have been doing and seeing how the habitat has changed. The bulk of this 2-mile, flat walk will be paved but a portion may be on dirt. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot at the end of Huntingtowne Farms Lane (adjacent to the South Park Swim & Tennis Club). There are no facilities.
Saturday, September 29th: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Fall migration has begun and is a good spot to look for early migrants. 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 8:00 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd. Port-a-john located at the parking lot.
October 2018
Tuesday, Oct. 2nd: Wing Haven (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 register online.

Saturday, October 6th: Global Big Day (Fall edition)
All Day • Moderate
Last spring, we participated in Cornell's Global Big Day by conducting our Spring Count on that day. The project was so successful for Cornell they have decided to do it again for the fall migration. And we have come up with a unique way to participate with very own Big Day. Not familar with what a Big Day is? Well imagine trying to see as many different bird species in one 24-hr. period as you could. That's a Big Day. We're not going to make you do 24-hours, but we are going to help you to see how many species can be seen in the county in one 8-hour day. To do this we won't spend a lot of time at any one birding spot but try to hit as many different habitats as possible. Since the county is pretty large and we will betrying to do this on in the midst of Saturday traffic, we are going to split into two groups. One group will cover spots in the northern part of the county, the other will visit spots in the southern portion.

Ron Clark (waxwing@bellsouth.net) will head up the southern group. Meet in the Six-mile Creek Greenway at 7:30 AM. After walking the greenway and checking out the wetlands, you'll head over to McDowell Nature Preserve, Prairies and Copperhead Island.

Judy Walker (birdwalker@me.com)
will lead the northern group. Meet at 7:30 AM in the parking lot of Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve. After that you'll head to Clark's Creek Nature Preserve, Latta Plantation, a look at Norman and if there's time Torrence Creek Greenway.

Please contact the leader to let them know you are going to join the group. There will be a lunch break but you probably want to bring snacks and drinks.

Wednesday, October 10th: Lower McAlpine Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This greenway connects the Four-mile Creek and McMullen Creek Greenways and is often over shadowed by the Four-mile Creek wetlands. We'll walk 2-3 miles on wide, flat, mostly paved trail checking out several smaller wet areas looking for late and/or early migrants. If there is time, we may also check out the wetland behind Pike Nursery. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the same Johnson Rd. parking lot that we use for Four-mile Creek. There is a bathroom at the parking lot.
Saturday, October 13th: Six-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: The Blakesley [lclemons@mindspring.com] • MAP
Located in the southern part of the county on the South Carolina border near the Union County line, this short greenway (1-mile oneway) always provides interesting birds. The trail is flat, paved handicapped accessible. No facilities.
Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot.
Sunday, October 14th - The Big Sit (Cowan's Ford Refuge)
All Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
This is a fun-filled day of birding with minimal walking. It takes place in the viewing stand at Cowan's Ford Refuge. It will start before daybreak and end around 5-6, whenever the last folks leave. You can come for an hour or all day. Bring a chair, snacks and your binoculars. This is a great way to meet folks, and one of the few outings where talking is okay. We will have grill for some hot dogs around noon. Sign-up isn't necessary, just come and enjoy.
Wednesday, October 17th: Torrence Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We'll walk this little birded greenway in the northern part of the county to see what it might have in store for us. Late neotropic migrants may still be trickling through, while early winter migrants may be arriving. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the greenway entrance on Bradford Hills Lane. There are no facilities on the greenway. [From I-77 take exit 23, Gilead Rd.; turn left; go 1.7 miles to Bradford Hill Lane; turn left on Bradford Hills.]
Saturday, October 20th: McDowell Prairie
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Jim Guyton [guytonj@att.net] • MAP
This carefully managed piedmont prairie has produced some interesting birds in the fall. Target birds will be early winter migrants. We will walk 2-2.5 miles on dirt trails with moderate hills. There are no facilities. We will meet at 8:30 AM. 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.
Saturday, October 20-21 - Huntington Beach State Park
Weekend Trip • Strenuous • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
This is our fall sojourn to a South Carolina birding hot spot. Fall migrants – hawks and warblers – will still be moving through, wintering shorebirds will have settled in and a few ducks may also have begun arriving. This is probably the best time of the year to see Peregrine Falcons and Merlins, and I am sure we will be delighted with spectacular views of thousands of tree swallows and clapper rails up close and personal.

We will meet in the parking lot on the eastside of the causeway at 7:30 AM. It can get pretty hot so remember a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. We will eat lunch in the park, so you will also need to bring food.

Since many participants stay for the weekend, we usually go out to dinner on Saturday night. At dinner we will plan where we will go on Sunday.
Saturday, October 27th - Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
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 the 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 and some uneven terrain. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field. Winter migrants should be arriving. We’ll start at 8:30 AM in the parking lot to the right just inside the gate of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. There are bathrooms at the Nature Center.
November 2018
Thursday, Nov 1st: Four-mile Creek Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Hopefully we will find some winter migrant treats and not left over tricks on this 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.
Saturday, Nov 3rd: Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
Fall migration is petering out and is a good spot to look for early winter migrants. 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 narrow, dirt trails that can be steep in places and muddy after a rain. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot on Hoyt Hinson Rd. Port-a-john located at the parking lot.
Wedneday, November 7th: Mallard Creek/Toby Creek Grnwys
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
First we will check out the wetland ajacent to the Kirk Farm Soccer fields and then walk either the Toby Creek or Mallard Creek Greenway. This wet area is good for sparrows which should be starting to come in for the winter. The trail is wide, flat and paved with a boardwalk over the wetland. We will meet at 8:00 AM in the parking lot at the Kirk Farms Soccer Fields. There are no facilities.
Tuesday, Nov 13th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • Easy • Contact: Patty Masten [pmasten31@gmail.comMAP
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 register online. 

Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Colonel Francis Beatty Park
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
Wintering sparrows should be arriving and the area behind the ball fields at this park looks like good habitat for them. We'll also check out the lake for early waterfowl and the adjacent woods for other winter visitors. The trails are natural and basically flat, but the area behind the ball fields although flat can be a bit uneven. Meet at 8:30 AM in the baseball fields parking lot. There are bathroom available at the park.

Saturday, November 17th: Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
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. Fall migration could produce a variety of migrants. 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.
Saturday, November 17th: Photography Bird Walk [Full]
1/2 Day • Contact: Jim Guyton [guytonj@att.net]
Jay Williams will join us offering tips and answering questions you have about how to make your camera work as we walk & practice taking pictures of birds. Jay has 15 years of experience with wildlife photography. He has traveled extensively and had a chance to learn from and shoot with some of the best photographers in the world, including several National Geographic photographers. His travels have taken him from the Arctic to the Antarctic, but he has a special passion for African safaris. He looks forward to meeting you & sharing his enthusiasm for photography.

The event location is yet to be confirmed but will most likely be either Cowan’s Ford or Clarks Creek Nature Preserve, we’ll see which one is providing more activity as we get closer to the date. Both preserves have shelters we can gather in for closer discussions before and after. If you are using a Canon SLR, Jim will try to bring a couple additional long lenses for you to try out.

Due to the nature of this walk we are limiting the number of participants to 10 on a first come first serve basis.

Tuesday, November 20th: Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
We are lucky to have this wonderful wildlife refuge so close to the Charlotte area. It provides a wide variety of habitat for both wintering waterfowl and songbirds – especially sparrows. This is last week the entire refuge is open to the public. Maximum 15 participants as we will be entering the sensitive waterfowl habitat. Also, once at the refuge we will carpool to bring as few intrusive vehicles as possible. Bring lunch, water and snacks. The day will include several short walks on sometimes uneven trails, plus birding from the road as we drive through the refuge. There are bathrooms at the main entrance and visitor center. Meet at the kiosk/bathroom area at the main entrance off Rt. 52 at 8:00 AM.
Sat., Nov. 24th: Ocean Isle, NC Area
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Taylor Piephoff [piephofft@aol.com]
Areas to cover will be east end of Ocean Isle Beach, mudflats of Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Wastewater Treatment Plant, Twin Lakes, and any rarities that might be staked out. This is an all day birding experience but we will never be far from food and facilities. Habitats covered will be salt marsh, ocean, salt ponds, fresh water ponds and lakes, inlets, and coastal scrub.

Meet at the east end of Ocean Isle at the public parking at Ferry Landing Park at 8:00 AM. If you are interested, please let Taylor know by Nov. 16th.

Wednesday, Nov. 28th: Clark's Creek Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
The fields of this preserve provide great habitat for wintering sparrows as well as meadowlarks. Other winter visitors should also be around. We will be walking about 1.5 miles on mostly flat, smooth, dirt trails. Meet in the parking lot on Hucks Rd. at 8:30 AM. There is a port-a-john.

December 2018
Saturday, December 1st: 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 8:00 AM.
Tuesday, Dec 4th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online. 
Wednesday, December 5th: McAlpine Creek Park/Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [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 not facilities. Meet at 8:00 AM in the main parking lot off of Monroe Rd.
Saturday, December 8th: Wintering Waterfowl
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
By now wintering waterfowl should have arrived at Coddle Creek Reservoir and the surrounding area. We will meet at Panera Bread across from Concord Mills Mall at 8:45 AM to first check out the wetland behind HH Greg and then car pool up to the reservoir. Depending on time we may even swing by Moss Creek Greenway to see what’s there. There is very little walking but a fair amount of driving.
Wednesday, December 12th: 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, Dec. 15th • Gaston CBC
Contact: Steve Tracy [stevepath1@aol.com]
For many animals the Catabaw River can act as a barrier. Only the hardiest mammal will attempt to swim across the river. Birds, however, are not as easily intimidated. And birders shouldn’t be phased by the river either. That’s why we team up with the birders from the Gastonia area to conduct the Gaston County Christmas Count. This is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors and explore new birding hots. All the details haven’t been worked out yet but plan to spend at least a morning if not the entire day getting to know Gaston County. Contact Steve for more information.
Sunday, Dec 16th • Lake Norman CBC
Contact: Taylor Piephoff [PiephoffT@aol.com]
This is by far the best count circle in the Piedmont. Because of the wide variety of habitat open fields, large lake, small ponds and wetlands, mixed hardwood forest, old farms the potential for unusual birds is great. In some ways this count is like a tour through Peterson’s guide with a smattering of species from loons all the way through to the sparrows with representatives of almost everything in between. Groups will start before dawn to catch the owls and woodcocks. Others will meet at 7:00 AM. There are fast food places in the count circle but you may want to bring food to munch on for energy and warmth. Although you might spend a fair amount of me in the car, warm clothes and sturdy shoes are a must. A tally up dinner will be held at 5:30 PM. Contact Taylor Piephoff for specific assignments.
Saturday, December 22nd • Charlotte CBC
Contact: Ken Kneidel [kenkneidel@gmail.com]
The granddaddy of the counts, this circle still encompasses a surprising variety of habitat considering suburban sprawl which has taken over much of the area. There are still patches of woods, ponds, lakes, streams and open fields which turn up a interesting variety of resident and wintering species. In the last 5 years we have averaged around 90 species. A remarkable number considering the wholesale lost of habitat over the past 20 years which just proves the tenacity of the birds. Although this is an all day event if you can only participate in the morning or afternoon you are more than welcome. Since fast food establishments (and warmth) will be just around the corner packing a lunch is optional although a thermos of coffee never hurt. There will be a tally up dinner at Wing Haven [248 Ridgewood Ave.] at 5:30 PM. Just bring your appetites and good birding stories. To assure even and complete coverage of the area those who wish to participate should contact Ken Kneidel.
January 2019
Wednesday, January 2nd • Colonel Francis Beatty Park
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
What better way to celebrate the new year than a morning of birding. It will help you get over your holiday food hangover. We’ll be looking for sparrows and ducks as well as our regulars. Meet in the parking lot by the baseball diamonds at 8:30 PM. Most of the trails are dirt and there may be a little bit of uneven ground. There are facilities at the park.

Saturday, January 5th • Pee Dee NWR CBC
Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
There is nothing quite like knowing you are the only one wandering the paths of a wildlife refuge. That’s what it is like at the Pee Dee Count. We have the refuge to ourselves and it's a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of birds and hopefully other animals in a truly wild environment. Habitats include open fields, mixed woodlands and small lakes and ponds. Red-headed woodpeckers and ducks abound and if we are lucky a few Tundra Swans might grace the landscape.

For those who would like to car pool, we will meet at 5:45 AM at the McDonald’s at the Windsor Square Shopping Center on Independence. Let Judy know if you want to car pool. Otherwise plan to be at the maintenance building at 7:15 AM. You get to the building by taking the left immediately after the bathrooms at the main entrance off of Rt. 52.

We will be out in the field all day so remember to dress warmly as things can get pretty cold out in the fields. Waterproof shoes would also be helpful but not necessary. There will be a hot lunch to warm our inners and energize us for an afternoon of more birding. If you plan to attend contact Judy Walker.

Tuesday, Jan. 8th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online. 
Wednesday, Jan. 16th: 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.
Saturday/Sunday, Jan. 19/20th: Huntington Beach State Park
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd: West Branch Grnwy./Nature Preserve
½ Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com]
We will be looking for arriving winter migrants in this under birded nature preserve. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot at the corner of Shearer Rd. & June Washam Rd. In the nature preserve we will walk about two miles on a trail that is narrow, uneven dirt path and hilly. There are not facilities.

Saturday, Jan. 26th: 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.

 
February 2019
Saturday, Feb. 2nd: Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Ron Clark [waxwing@bellsouth.net] • MAP
We'll first walk out to the prairie to see what winter sparrows might be lurking out there. Then we will check out the lake for waterfowl. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of the Nature Center, just inside the main gate. The 2 mile prairie walk is on a gravel road which can be steep and uneven at times. There are bathrooms available at the nature center and lake parking lot.
Wednesday, Feb. 13th: 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.
Saturday, Feb. 16th: 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.
 
March 2019
Tuesday, March 5th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online.
 
 
April 2019
Tuesday, April 2nd: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online. 
 
 
May 2019
Tuesday, May 7th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online.  
 
 
June 2019
Tuesday, June 4th: Wing Haven (Senior MAS members Only)
10-11:15 AM • 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 register online.
 
 
 
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