Duck Day - Sevierville, Tennessee

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Sunday February 10

8:30 AM  –  2:00 PM

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Guide: Keith Watson

Location: Douglas Dam Headwaters Campground - BOAT RAMP

Join Keith Watson to check out area's waterfowl! We'll scope the headwaters of the main body of Douglas Lake in Sevier County, then visit some fringe areas of the lake and a couple of prime spots in Jefferson County to search for wintering waterfowl like ducks, loons, geese, gulls and grebes.

In past years, we have seen such northern species such as Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, White-winged Scoter, Ross's Goose, Red-throated Loon and Greater White-fronted Goose. We'll carpool to the extent possible as we search for these winter birds. But we'll also be on the lookout for other wintering avian species.

Mileage: 2 miles maximum

Activity Rating: Easy to moderate - This will be a leisurely walk with stops along the way. Much of our observations will be done close to our vehicles.  

What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort, comfortable walking shoes and your favorite field guide, we recommend that you bring binoculars, something to take notes with, and dress in layers with hats and gloves, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

About our guide: Keith Watson, a native to Sevier County, has over 35 years of national (coast to coast) birding experience, including East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. He began birding as a conservationist in the mid-1970’s in Knoxville, TN as a student at the University of Tennessee. While working in several national park units such as Shenandoah National Park, Virgin Islands National Park and more. During that time, Keith had the support of National Park Service management to promote and coordinate bird conservation and partnerships and developed an Avian Conservation Implementation Plan for each national park unit in the southeastern region of the NPS (57). Currently, Keith is leading bird tours for local organizations including, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Smoky Mountain Outdoors, Buckhorn Inn, the City of Gatlinburg and Wilderness Wildlife Week. Together with fellow birders, he has documented birds never before reported for Sevier County, TN.

Questions about joining this event? Call 436.7318 extension 349 or email Dana Murphy.

Program proceeds are used to support GSMA's mission to support the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the National Park System by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research. Thank YOU!