The rescheduled White Street Landfill field trip is “ON” for this Saturday, Jan. 20th. Although we had a lot of snow, we should expect sunny skies the rest of the week, continuing through Saturday with mild temperatures of about 50 degrees F forecasted. This is a joint activity with Piedmont Bird Club and T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society.
Description: The trip leader makes special arrangements for our birding group to enter this Greensboro facility where in past winters we have noted several species of sparrows, raptors, ducks, and other interesting birds.
Call the leader for details.
Location: White Street Landfill. Meet in the parking lot of the Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 W. Radiance Drive, Greensboro 27403 to carpool. This is important so that our birding group’s cars will not interfere with trucks that are regularly at the landfill.
Time: 8:30 AM carpool; 9:00 AM commencement at landfill
Duration: Till about noon.
Habitat: Grass-covered landfill areas, ponds, creeks, mature mixed forest
Difficulty rating: 1; Mostly cruising in cars with short walks where necessary.
Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks
Special considerations: City may cancel this trip under certain circumstances; if so, an alternative trip focused on winter birds will be offered.
Cancellation: Cancels with inclement weather. Contact the leader.
Join us on Saturday, Jan. 27, for a fun winter trip to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge to look for waterfowl and other birds. This is a joint field trip with Piedmont Bird Club.
Located only about an hour and a half drive south of us, Pee Dee NWR is the unit in the national refuge system closest to the Triad. The refuge comprises more than 8,000 acres along the Pee Dee River in Anson and Richmond counties.
It was established as a waterfowl sanctuary, and in winter it can host up to 16 species of waterfowl. Pee Dee also has extensive uplands of hardwood forests and meadows that attract many land birds. For detailed information and many beautiful photographs of birds on the refuge, click this link: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pee_dee/.
Normally the waterfowl impoundments are closed to the public from Nov. 25 through March 14, but we have been given special permission for this field trip to be at the edge of the impoundments for a short time to observe the waterfowl.
No stores or restaurants are nearby. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and plenty to drink. Binoculars and field guides will be useful. Scopes will be handy to see distant waterfowl.
Meet at 7:15 a.m. for carpooling at the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center, 3202 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, under the sign nearest to Friendly Avenue. (Not in front of Sears.) We expect to depart at 7:30 a.m. and be back by around 6:00 p.m. Participants who drive separately may leave when they wish, of course.
If going directly to the refuge, meet just inside the entrance near the restrooms at about 9:15 a.m. The refuge main entrance is located at 5770 U.S. Hwy 52 North, Wadesboro, NC 28170.
Cancellation: Check the weather forecast for Wadesboro before leaving the Triad. The trip will be canceled if the forecast is for rain all day or hazardous conditions such as an ice storm. It will not be canceled for damp or cold weather. The contact person for this field trip is Dennis Burnette, 336-299-4342, (cell phone 336-337-8692 during the trip only), firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. Speaker: Liz Schmidt of Wild Birds Unlimited in High Point.
Leader: Dennis Burnette. Joint trip with the Piedmont Bird Club. We will meet at the Friendly Center parking area under the Sears Plaza sign facing Friendly Ave. near Whole Foods.
Leader: Emily Tyler. Joint trip with Piedmont Bird Club. Exact time TBA.
Speaker: Dr. Ann Walter-Fromson, Environmental Educator. At Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library.
Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson. We will meet at the Friendly Center parking area under the Sears Plaza sign facing Friendly Ave. near Whole Foods.
Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.