Blue Ridge Birding Basics

  Beginner Bird Walks in Asheville

 

Where:  Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, North Asheville

When:  Saturday-January 28, Saturday-February 25, Sunday-March 26, Saturday-June 24, Sunday-July 30, Sunday-August 27, Saturday-October 28 2017.
Cost: $25 for adults; $15 for children aged 10 and over
Max attendance: 15 people
Time: Each walk will last 2 hours: 8 - 10 AM during the summer months (June-August); 9 - 11 AM in winter months (October, January-March).
Leaders: Each walk will be led by one of our Ventures tour leaders

Pace:  Slow and easy

 

 

General rundown:
Bird watching, or ‘birding,’ has become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years in the United States, with over 50 million people currently reporting that they watch birds! When you consider the sheer diversity of birds (there are almost 10,000 species worldwide!) with all the different shapes, sizes and color forms it is no surprise that birding is so popular. The beauty of birding is that you can do it almost anywhere – city, state and national parks, or even your own backyard!
This introductory walk has been designed to open people’s eyes to the birds around us here in Western North Carolina.               

We will spend a few minutes talking about binocular basics – how to use them, where you can buy them and what you should look for when buying. We’ll also talk about which field guides are best for learning. We will walk around the sanctuary and look for and listen to our local birds for about 1.5 hours.
If you’ve ever been interested in learning about birds and how to identify them but never have known where to start, then this educational, introductory bird walk is just for you!

 

Equipment
The leader will have with him the following:                       
Field Guides and regional folding guides
Binoculars/optics

 

Handouts/materials
‘Getting started in Birding’ – Binocular basics, list of good field guides
Top 10 birding spots in the Asheville area
Information on Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Ventures Birding Tours and Wild Birds Unlimited