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CHBC's upcoming trail cutting (11/13) and speaker (11/22); all are invited
- To: Carolinabirds@duke.edu
- Subject: CHBC's upcoming trail cutting (11/13) and speaker (11/22); all are invited
- From: "Travis, Ginger" <Ginger@athena.dev.unc.edu>
- Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 16:28:41 -0500
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For Carolinabirders who want to help build trails on a new nature preserve
or who want to hear a good speaker, here are two upcoming events sponsored
by the Chapel Hill Bird Club:
1) On Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. we need volunteers to help cut a trail in
the new Johnston Mill Nature Preserve on New Hope Creek in Orange County.
The Triangle Land Conservancy acquired close to 290 acres of forested land
along almost a mile of this beautiful creek. The tract is highly significant
because it protects the creek in a prime area for development, and it fills
a gap in a long stretch of protected land between Duke Forest on the east
and the Oosting Natural Area on the west, also owned by Duke University.
Johnston Mill's large tract of mature hardwoods (with some Hurricane
Fran-created clearings) should be a great place for spring birding -- could
hold hooded warblers and maybe even Kentuckys. It is beautiful land in all
seasons, a place to seek tranquility. And, Josh Rose, its seeps harbor
Thorey's grayback dragonfly and four-toed salamander.
Anyone interested in helping, please bring with you a pair of loppers or
hand clippers and/or a pruning saw. A mattock would also be a welcome tool.
If you don't have these tools, don't worry. We'll have some to share.
Meet on the shoulder of Turkey Farm Road just south of the New Hope Creek
bridge. From Chapel Hill, go north up Airport Rd./Hwy. 86 past Weaver Dairy
Rd. and Timberlyne Shopping Center. Cross I-40 and turn right on Whitfield
Rd. just past the I-40 ramps. Go a fairly short distance (probably not more
than a mile) and watch for Turkey Farm Rd. on your left. (Besides the road
sign there will be a big sign for the entrance to Stoneridge subdivision.)
Turn left on Turkey Farm Rd. and go straight till you get to New Hope Creek.
From Durham, you can take I-85 to the first Hillsborough exit (Hwy. 86). Go
south toward Chapel Hill. Just before you hit I-40, turn left on Whitfield
Rd., then left on Turkey Farm Rd.
In the event of pouring rain on Saturday the 13th, we'll meet on Sunday the
14th instead. Call me or Magnus Persmark if you're in doubt about the
weather. Ginger 942-7746 Magnus 933-2255
2) We'll have a great speaker at the next meeting of the Chapel Hill Bird
Club on Monday, Nov. 22: Phillip Manning of Chapel Hill will talk about his
new book, Islands of Hope. He traveled the country visiting ten notable
wildlife refuges and exploring how they are managed for wildlife -- and
people. He spotlights one in North Carolina that is awe-inspiring to birders
-- Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County. Thousands and thousands of tundra
swans, snow geese and ducks spend the winter there, plus bald eagles and a
few warblers (orange-crowneds tend to be found on the causeway). Phillip's
talk should be a nice lead-in to Swan Days, the festival on Dec. 4-5 that
celebrates the waterfowl of Lake Mattamuskeet.
Everyone is welcome at CHBC meetings. You don't have to be a member to
When: 7:30 p.m. (or a little earlier for refreshments), Monday, Nov. 22
Where: Binkley Baptist Church at the corner of Willow Drive and the Hwy.
15-501 Bypass in Chapel Hill (behind University Mall)
Contact person: me, at 942-7746
Chapel Hill, NC