Birding Cove Hardwood Trail with Stephany McNew

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Saturday May 18

8:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Guide: Stephany McNew
Meeting location: Chimneys picnic area and the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail which is located on the right side as you enter the area.
 
Join us for a walk along the spectacular Cove Hardwood Nature Trail enjoying the abundant chorus of songbirds and the blossoming flowers of the Cove Hardwood Forest.
 
Vireos and warblers will be plentiful and we should see and hear Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Canada, Blackburnian, Black-and-White and Worm-eating Warblers and more.
 
After birding the cove hardwood forest, we'll carpool & convoy to Newfound Gap, with stops along the way in hopes of adding more species to our daily observations, particularly other migrating warblers and thrushes, and many of the parks permanent resident high elevation specialties such as Winter Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Common Raven and with some good fortune, Red Crossbill. At this time of year, there could be lots of surprises at this migrant passage through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Mileage: 3 miles maximum
 

Activity Rating: Easy active. Great for participants who want a low-to-medium impact outdoor experience. We will ramble along uneven surfaces with hazards like exposed roots and rocks, insects, snakes or other wildlife.

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, a camera and bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and trekking poles may be helpful as well.

About our guide: An avid birder and naturalist, Chris Meyers, our guide for this adventure, grew up in the Cumberland Mountain community of Tracy City, Tennessee. It's here from the surrounding cliffs and wooded coves that he developed an affinity for the natural world. From an early age, he was fond of drawing. Sketching animals, in particular, was interesting to him. Chris contributed many of the illustrations for the Atlas Of Breeding Birds of Tennessee by University of Tennessee Press. Since 2015 Chris has taught a sketching class for the spring wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Chris is also a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Chris lives in Sevier County, Tennessee.

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!

 
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