OAK Event: Birding in Seven Islands State Birding Park

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Thursday September 26

8:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Grab your binoculars and enjoy a ramble through a rich mosaic of habitats looking and listening for a wide variety of avian species with expert birder Keith Watson.


During this relaxed, yet active, experience through the native grasslands of Seven Islands State Birding Park, we hope to spot such species as Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Northern Bobwhiteand more. Along the riverbank, we expect to find a wide variety of waterbirds, swallows, Orchard Oriole, Prothonotary Warblers, and Wood Duck. It is possible to observe and/or hear 80 species in one day at this outstanding park! Fall birding here is excellent with over 130 species observed in September; through autumn, 18 species of warblers and 13 species of sparrows have been noted.


After the event, we will enjoy lunch courtesy of Aubrey's Restaurant and Burleson Brands, a collection of locally-owned restaurants.


Meeting location: Seven Islands State Birding Park - 2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, Tennessee 37764


Mileage for this Event: 5 miles maximum.


Event rating: Easy Active to moderate. Great for participants who want to participate in a low-impact outdoor program. Distances: 2 - 5 miles maximum. Settings: Walks that ramble along uneven trails and waterways with exposed roots and rocks. Potential for slight elevation gain and loss. Participants could encounter hazards such as exposed roots and rocks, insects and snakes. See our Activity Rating Scale HERE. Please note that this walk will be along a paved road with some elevation gain and loss.

What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes, your favorite field guide, binoculars and notebook. We also recommend a camera, all-weather gear, sunscreen, a hat and a backpack to make getting around more comfortable. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

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