Springtime in the North Carolina Mountains
April 26–29, 2018
Marilyn Westphal and Karyl Gabriel
Soon the waves of migrating songbirds will be pouring back into the Western North Carolina Mountains. The birds will be singing, looking for mates, and searching for nest sites. It's a fabulous time to be here and we hope you come to witness the arrival of many of these colorful birds and wonderful songsters. There are several trips along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway as well as in the Pisgah National Forest, along the always fascinating Blue Ridge Escarpment, and at area parks. This is the best time of year to find all those warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers and other migrants we love as they will all be singing heartily and establishing territories.
The meeting will take place at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center, located at 42 McMurray Road in Flat Rock, NC with check in beginning at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 26th and the meeting ending Sunday, April 29th with check-out time at 11:00am. Call for reservations at 828-693-9910. At press time all one bedroom king studio suites have been booked already, but there are still studio suites with two full beds or one king bed and full kitchen available. Rooms are $109.00 plus tax per room per night and include a complimentary hot breakfast in the Fireplace Lounge. Breakfast will begin for CBC participants at 5:30am. Rooms are going fast, so please make your reservation soon.
Our speaker Friday evening will be NC Conservationist of the Year, Derb Carter, who will discuss birding in Cuba. The Friday night meeting will take place at the Hendersonville City Operations Center at 305 Williams Street in Hendersonville. Directions will be provided in your information packet to be picked up in the meeting registration room. Please go to the meeting registration room after you check into the hotel. Trip directions and a list of nearby restaurants will also be included in the meeting information packet. For those of you signing up for all-day trips, please remember that you must bring your own lunch.
The Saturday meeting will feature artist, writer, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose whose books include Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. The Saturday speaker will follow a buffet dinner in the Grand Lodge Ballroom at the hotel. The dinner is $30.00 per person.
All trips will leave from the hotel. If you are not staying at the hotel, be sure to at least come and sign in for the meeting and get your meeting information packet at the hotel conference meeting room on Thursday evening or whenever you arrive. See you there!