Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips

 

(For any additional information please contact Linda Cory at 540-580-5214 or
RVBC2015@outlook.com)

FEBRUARY 14th, WEDNESDAY at 9am - 2nd WED. BIRD WALK at GREENFIELD
Join co-leaders: Barry Whitt (309-4353) and Kent Davis (355-6388) for a Valentine’s
Day bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around
Greenfield Lake in search for waterfowl and songbirds. The walk will be mostly flat
walk of about 2 miles. We will also cover the grassy area overlooking the lake or
the trail down to the lower pond. Bring your spotting scopes! For those that want to
stay afterwards, we can lunch at Ballast Point Brewery overlooking the lake. This
trip will be repeated on March 14th. Directions: Exit at 150B on I-81 and follow
signs to 220 North. Go about one mile and take a left on Commons PKY (formerly
Wesley Rd) and then a right on Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping
center and park at Bojangles.

FEBRUARY 25th, SUNDAY at 8am – SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND SURROUNDS
Meet leader Kent Davis (355-6388) and Linda Cory (580-5214) at the Greenway
parking lot on Bennington St next to the bridge over the Roanoke River. After a
short scan of the Roanoke River, we will carpool over to the Sewage Treatment
Plant (STP). Entrance to the STP is by special permit and only on Sundays, and trip
participants must all enter at the same time and stay together as a group. This site
is one of the best spots for viewing shorebirds in the Roanoke Valley. The property
includes impoundments, sludge ponds, mudflats, riparian habitat and woodlands.
Besides shorebirds, we can expect to see resident hawks and possibly ravens and
fish crows. The walking is mostly flat with a short steep trail. Sturdy waterproof
boots are recommended as it could be muddy. If time permits, we will also look for
birds at Mayflower Park and/or the end of Rutrough Road. Directions: Thirteenth
Street SE changes names to Bennington St at the bridge over the Roanoke River
which is in front of the STP. Look for the Greenway parking lot next to
Brownlee St SE.

MARCH 10th, SATURDAY at 8am – LOCHER TRACT
Join Bill Hunley (467-3477) at 8AM at Botetourt Commons for a special field trip to
Locher Tract, located in the Jefferson National Forest. This is a managed wildlife
habitat that contains woods, open fields, a beaver pond and good views of the
James River. We can expect an excellent variety of birds with our target birds to
include early migrant warblers, Wood Duck, Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow and
Hairy Woodpecker. Locher Tract is near Natural Bridge Station in Rockbridge
County. There will be 2 miles of level walking, but wear sturdy, waterproof shoes. If
time permits, we will then visit the Arcadia area and nearby Solitude
Swamp. Directions: Exit at 150B on I-81 and follow signs to 220 North. Go about
one mile and take a left on Commons PKY (formerly Wesley Rd) and then a right on
Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping center and park at Bojangles.

Field Trips Field Trips Chair, Linda Cory (540) 580- 5214



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