Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips

 

ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT - FEB. 8
Plan to spend a few hours driving away the birding blues on Saturday, February 8,
2020. The annual Raptor Count is a great excuse to get out of the house and do
some winter birding!! No skill required, just a little time and effort. We count all the
hawks that we can find. Just an excuse to get together with your birding buddies
and enjoy a winter outing!! The form and more details will be in the February newsletter.

FEBRUARY 12TH , 9AM, 2ND WEDNESDAY WALK AT GREENFIELD Join Barry
Whitt (309-4353) and Annie Downing (520-6027) for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom
Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake in search for waterfowl
and songbirds. Wear water-proof shoes for this 1.5 mile walk and bring your
spotting scopes! Directions: Take Exit 150B on I81 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 the right.

FEBRUARY 23RD, SUNDAY, 8 AM – SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Meet co-leaders 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 walk 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 often muddy.
Directions: From downtown Roanoke at the intersection of Williamson Road and
Elm St, go east on Elm (it changes names 3 times) about a mile and take a right on
13th St SE. As soon as you go over the bridge over the Roanoke River, the STP
will be on your left. At that point, the street name changes to Bennington and the
Greenway parking lot will be on your left. The street has a divider, so you will have
to go a little further and do a U-turn to enter the lot. (If you are coming from Riverland
Road, take the round-about and exit onto Bennington. The parking lot will be
on the right in about a mile.)

(For any additional information please contact Mary Harshfield at 540-309-8277 or
RVBC2015@outlook.com)





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