Winter Waterfowl and Land Birds Field Trip to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge

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, go to the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge website at this link.

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), deburnette@triad.rr.com.