Weekend Trips - Come Join the Fun! 

Forsyth Audubon offers a wide variety of opportunities to watch birds with fellow Auduboners. Close to home there are Second Saturday Bird Walks each month. Day trips explore a little further afield, checking out great birdings spots within a couple of hours of Winston-Salem. The chapter also plans winter and spring field trips with overnight stays at coastal and mountain locations, like the Outer Banks, the ACE Basin in South Carolina and Monterey, Virginia.

bitternWeekend  Field Trips.  We hold at least two weekend field trips each year. Beginners are always welcome. Our winter trip usually takes advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday in January and spends three nights at a coastal location. Recent winter destinations have included Chincoteague/Assateague on the Eastern Shore, Carteret County in North Carolina, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Huntington Beach in South Carolina. Read about some of these trips by clicking on the links below.

Spring trips are timed to take advantage of migration, with some going south in April to such places as South Carolin's ACE Basin and others heading to the mountains in late May or early June as migrating species reach their summer breeding areas. Monterey in northwest Virginia always is a popular trip, but so are the North Carolina mountains. In 2012, our spring trip visited the Cataloochee section of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, searched for high-elevation birds along the Heintooga Ridge Road and stopped at numerous Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks. In 2013 and 2014, we visited coastal North Carolina. Our Field Trip Coordinator is Cynthia Donaldson.

Under a new Forsyth Audubon policy for weekend field trips, there is a fee of $25 per person for members of Forsyth Audubon and $35 for nonmembers who plan to go. Participation is limited to 25 people.

2017 Fall Trip to Western NC: Registration Opens July 4th!

2017 Fall Migration Trip to western NC on September 22-24 with optional day on the 25th.

Here is the itinerary:

We will be heading to Hendersonville, NC to bird Jackson Park for the afternoon on Friday, September 22.  After a wonderful afternoon of birding, we will plan to leave the park at 4:30 to go out to eat at West First in downtown Hendersonville for some delicious wood-fired oven pizza!  We will then go to the Cedar Wood Inn just a few minutes away.  This old, 1950-style inn will cost about $135 per room.

After spending the night in Hendersonville, we will go back to Jackson Park early on Saturday morning to see if we can add any other interesting migrating songbirds, especially warblers, to our list.  Please pack a lunch.  In the afternoon, we will drive to Comfort Inn in Mars Hill to be closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some birding in that area on Sunday and Monday.  The cost for a two night stay in this locale would be around $122 per night.

We will get up before the birds on Sunday morning and drive north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Ridge Junction.  It will take us around an hour to get there, so if we want to be there at sunrise, we will leave the hotel around 6:30 am.  Ridge Junction is a great hot spot to observe migrants as they cross the mountains on their way south.  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are usually abundant!! For the afternoon, we will go up to Mt. Mitchell and see if we can find the Red Crossbills.   You will need to pack a lunch on this day.  We will get dinner at an area restaurant on this evening.

For those who are able, we will plan to stay one more night! 

On Monday, we will plan to visit the Southern Appalachian Raptor Research Station on Big Bald Mountain.  This involves another early morning and drive!  We will have a short hike to the top of the bald where the banding station is located.  While here, we will observe the banding process and learn about their research. 

How to register:

Send an email to forsythaudubon@gmail.com.  In that email, let us know that you plan attend the Fall trip to the NC mountains on September 22-25!!  Sarah Gatto will then give you instructions on how to pay using a debit card or check. Remember it is $25 per person for Forsyth Audubon Members; $35 for non-member.

Registration opens July 4 at 8:00 AM.  Our trips are limited to 25 people.

Click on links below to see recaps for other recent weekend trips.

Virginia Beach/Eastern Shore, January 2017

Magee Marsh, Ohio, May 2016

Outer Banks, North Carolina, January 2015

Wilmington - Southport, North Carolina, May 2014

Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel - Mackay Island NWR, January 2014

Outer Banks, April 2013

Huntington Beach, January 2013 - see a video created by David Shuford

Great Smoky Mountains, June 2012 - see a video created by David Shuford

Outer Banks, January 2012


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