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CHBC August field trips
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- Subject: CHBC August field trips
- From: "Will Cook" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 15:53:39 -0400
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> Couple wks. back I heard D.Shadwick might schedule some
> earlier-than-usual Chapel Hill Bird Club field trips given the
> drought-induced prospect for local shorebirds.
Thanks for the reminder, Rob. Here's a message from CHBC trip leader Doug
Shadwick -- I'll post this to the web site
(http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/chbc/ ) soon.
The lack of rainfall in the Triangle area has created environments in the
local lakes that are very attractive to migrating raptors, rails,
shorebirds etc. To take advantage of this, the Chapel Hill Bird Club
field trips will resume on Saturday August 3, 2002. The field trips
will be offered on every Saturday in August. The destinations for these
field trips will be areas on or near Jordan and Falls Lakes. The field
trips will originate at the Glen Lennox Parking lot on rte. 54 West in
Chapel Hill at 7:30 AM each Saturday. Participants can carpool from the
parking lot to the field trip destination.
The field trips will be of longer duration (lasting until noon or later)
and more walking is required than on the usual CHBC field trips. Some of
the best mudflat areas on the lakes require hiking a mile or more one way
over uneven terrain. Participants should note that the temperature
usually will be very warm with rather long periods of exposure to the
direct sun (there is no shade on the mudflats, generally). Also, deer
flies and ticks can be more than an occasional annoyance during August.
Thus, dress appropriately (closed-toed shoes and protective clothing) and
bring drinking water. A spotting scope is almost a necessity for
obtaining good views of distant or skittish birds on the exposed
As long as this ephemeral environment persists, the CHBC will offer
the field trips. If the lakes refill before or during August and the
mudflat environment disappears, we will resume local field trips after
Labor Day. If in doubt, please give us a call.
tel: (919) 942-0479
e-mail: dougshadwick@ aol.com
Charles W. "Will" Cook w 919-660-7423
Biology Dept., Duke Univ., Box 90340, Durham, NC 27708