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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.

November 2019

Saturday, Nov. 2nd - Latta Plantation Prairie
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Steve Coggin [scoggin@catawba.edu]MAP
We'll first walk out to the prairie to see what winter sparrows might be have arrived. Then we will check out the lake for early waterfowl. 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. Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of the Nature Center, just inside the main gate.
Tuesday, Nov. 5th - McAlpine Creek Park/Greenway
1/2 Day • Easy • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
McAlpine Creek Park and Greenway have a 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 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. There are facilities in the parking lot area. We will meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot off of Monroe Rd.
Saturday, Nov. 9th - Clark's Creek Nature Preserve
½ Day • Easy • Contact: Steve Coggin [scoggin@catawba.edu] • MAP
The 109-acres of this preserve in northeastern part of the county is primarily grassy/brushy fields (old agriculture fields), edges and forest, which provide great habitat for a variety of birds including meadowlarks and winter sparrows should be arriving. We will be walking about 1.5 miles on mostly flat, smooth, dirt trails. It can be a bit muddy after a rain. Meet in the parking lot on Hucks Rd. at 8:30 AM. There is a port-a-john at the parking area.
CANCELLED Tuesday, Nov. 12th - 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!
Wednesday, November 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 Johnston Rd. parking lot at 8:00 AM.
Saturday, Nov. 16th - Beginner Bird Walk
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Marcia Howden [howden32@aol.com] • MAP
The Latta Plantation Prairie 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 hilly, two-mile walk on dirt and gravel roads. We’ll have power line right-of-way, woods and prairie/field to find birds in. 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.
Wedneday, 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.
Saturday, Nov. 23th • Little Sugar Creek Greenway
(a.k.a. Huntingtowne Farms Greenway)
1/2 Day • Moderate • Contact: Judy Walker [birdwalker@me.com] • MAP
The county has extended the Huntingtowne Farms section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway into an area that hasn't been birded at all. So, let's take a look at this new section and see 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 8:30 AM in the parking lot at the end of Huntingtowne Farms Lane (adjacent to the South Park Swim & Tennis Club). There are no facilities.
Tuesday, Nov. 26th - Torrance 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. Winter migrants should be arriving. We will meet at 8:30 AM at the greenway entrance on Bradford Hills Lane. [From I-77 take exit 23, Gilead Rd.; turn left; go 1.7 miles to Bradford Hill Lane; turn left on Bradford Hills.] There are no facilities.
Saturday, November 30th - Ocean Isle, NC Area
Full Day • Moderate • Contact: Taylor Piephoff [piephofft@aol.com] • MAP
Areas to be covered 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, freshwater 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 November 25th.

December 2019

Saturday, December 7th - 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 Total Wine and then carpool 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.
Tuesday, Dec. 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!
Saturday, December 14th - Gaston CBC
Contact: Steve Tracy [stevepath1@aol.com]
For many animals the Catawba 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, December 15th - 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 28th - 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 loss 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 insure even and complete coverage of the area those who wish to participate should contact Ken Kneidel.
 

January 2020

Saturday, January 4th - 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 carpool, 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 refuge's new office at 7:00 AM, which is on the wildlife drive adjacent to Sullivan's Pond. From the main entrance off of Rt. 52 drive straight past the bathrooms onto wildlife drive. It's about 1/4 mile down the road.

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. 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!
 
 
 
 
February 2020
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
April 2020
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!
 
 
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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