Chapel Hill Bird Club Field Trips

Morgan Creek mudflats trip, 8/3/2002

Saturday morning trips leave the Glen Lennox parking lot (on the north side of 54 just east of the intersection with 15-501 in Chapel Hill) [map] at 7:30 a.m. sharp and return by noon. Changes from this schedule will be posted to CarolinaBirds and the Chapel Hill Bird Club Facebook page. If you don’t subscribe to CarolinaBirds, postings are also available at ABA North and South Carolina Bird News. Reservations are not necessary for local trips: just show up! Beginners and visitors are welcome! Bring binoculars, footwear appropriate for the weather, a scope if you've got one, and be prepared for a hike. Trips are cancelled in the event of inclement weather, such as heavy rain. Contact Bob Rybczynski (919-460-9383, if you need more details. (Due to a high frequency of "spam" phone calls, incoming calls are screened, so please stay on the line and start speaking after the tone.)

2017 Field Trip Schedule

Spring Bird Count season begins [more info]

May-August - Summer Break - no scheduled field trips

Falls/Jordan Lake shorebird field trips

If there is a drought this summer, local lake levels will drop to a level where a few shorebirds, etc. are stopping by on their southern migration. If this happens, field trips for the Chapel Hill Bird Club will resume starting in early August with a destination of Falls Lake or Jordan Lake to search the mudflats. The trips may leave at 7:00 instead of 7:30 to beat the heat and may entail walking several miles over railroad beds, stone embankments, fields of wet sedge and marsh grass and possibly soft mud and water. Please dress appropriately with attention paid to spending several hours in the sun and the possibility of tick and insect attacks. These field trips will be of longer duration than is typical - return to cars may be noon or later. As is usual for these field trips, binoculars are a must have and spotting scopes are highly desirable. Photographic equipment is optional. Also, please plan to pack water and snacks for yourself. It will almost surely be hot and humid as the morning progresses with little shade relief on the lake banks and mudflats.

Regular local field trips resume

Christmas Bird Count season begins [more info]

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