Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips

 

If inclement weather necessitates a cancellation, an email notification will be sent out. You can also call or text the leader David Frye at 248-459-6783. Please do not call any of the trip leaders after 8 pm the night before the field trip in consideration of having to get up early the next day to lead the field trip.

February 2, VSO Outer Banks Trip, Weekend visit to Outer Banks. Nags Head, North Carolina with VSO leaders: Meredith Bell, Lee Adams, Jerry Via and Bill
Akers. See the Virginia Society of Ornithology website for more information.

February 10, Annual Raptor Count - Drive around the area within 100 miles of Woodpecker Ridge on Saturday (inclement weather date Sunday, Feb. 11).
Earn points for each hawk you see. The tally sheet lists the various points awarded for the various hawks (included in this newsletter).
Try something different - grab your birding buddies and go out looking for raptors! No skill required because this isn’t a contest!
Contact Anne Tucker (540-204-5693) if you have any questions. The completed tally sheet can be emailed to billt3256@gmail.com or mailed to
3256 Lakewood Forest Road, Moneta, VA 24121-2477.

February 10, Greenfield Saturday Morning Walk – Greenfield Lake at Botetourt Center, 9:00 am. Leader: Barry Whitt (540-309-4353).
Join us for a Saturday morning bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. This is one of the most diverse habitats anywhere in the Roanoke area—birdy at all times of the year. We will walk around Greenfield Lake and possibly to the pond beyond. The walk will be mostly flat walking for about 1 mile each way. Bring your spotting scope, if you have one. Directions: Take Exit 150B on I-81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go about 4 miles and turn left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center, across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation. Park in the second lot on the right.

February 14, Second Wednesday Midweek Walk – Greenfield Lake at Botetourt Center at Greenfield, 9:00 am. Leader: Dave Frye (248-459-6783).
Join us for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake and possibly to the pond beyond. The walk will be mostly flat walking for about 1 mile each way. Bring your spotting scope, if you have one.
Directions: Take Exit 150B on 1-81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go about 4 miles and turn left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center, across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation. Park in the second lot on right.

February 17, Evergreen Bird Hike - Evergreen Burial Park, Wasena, Sat. 9:00 am. Leaders: Kent Davis (540-355-6388) and Linda Cory (540-580-5214).
Pre-registration is required through their website: evergreenmemorialtrust.com or call them (540-342-2593). This is a community outreach walk,
co-sponsored by Evergreen Burial Park. We will be walking the perimeter of the cemetery looking for winter resident birds. Wear sturdy weatherproof shoes, and be prepared for uneven surface walking. Directions: 1307 Summit Ave. SW, Roanoke, 24015. Summit Avenue is off of Main St. in Roanoke. Park along the road in front of the main office.

March 2024

March 2, Smith Mountain Lake State Park - 8:00 am. Leader: David Frye (248-459-6783)
We will visit several areas of interest within the park looking for winter residents.
Directions: Meet at the Fallon Park parking area (off of Dale Avenue) at 8:00 am. We will carpool from there approximately 55 minutes to the park (entrance fee will be split by members of each vehicle). Bring your scope if you have one. We will probably return to Fallon Park around 12:45 pm.

March 13, Second Wednesday Midweek Walk - Greenfield Lake at Botetourt Center, 9:00 am. Leader: David Frye (248-459-6783)
Join us for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake and possibly to the pond beyond. The walk will be mostly flat walking for about 1 mile each way. Bring your spotting scope if you have one.
Directions: Take Exit 150B on 1-81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go about 4 miles and take a left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center, across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation. Park in the second lot on right.

March 23, Bent Mountain Woodcock Walk - 6:30 pm. Leader: Robin Austin (540-676-0951)
Meet Robin Austin at the Bent Mountain Community Center for an evening walk of birding and Woodcock watching. We will visit the boardwalk at the community center (formerly Bent Mountain Elementary school) and then walk the surrounding area. The group will then carpool to a nearby area to observe the Woodcocks that start their courtship flight at sunset. Walking is level, but wear waterproof shoes as we will be walking on the
grassy roadside. Directions: The Community Center is at 10148 Tinsley Lane, Bent Mountain VA 24059.


(For any additional information please contact our Field Trip Coordinator Kirk Gardner @ RVBC BIRDWALK@ gmail.com





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