Wilderness Road State Park will host a special birding hike along the Wilderness Road Trail on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 5 p.m.
The purpose of the program is to encourage participants to discover the exciting and educational experience of witnessing birds in their natural environment. The program will use a tablet PC to help participants identify their favorite feathered friends. The program is free of charge, although regular parking fees do apply.
Eastern Screech Owl
Photo taken during Wilderness Road's 2011 Raptor Program
Utilizing pocket guides and an interactive Android app on a tablet, rangers will lead guests on a hike down the Wilderness Trail searching out native bird species through sight and sound. Guests are asked to bring binoculars and other viewing devices to get a closer look at our feathered friends.
The program will be presented by bird enthusiasts, not scientists. “We are not Ornithologists, we are simply bird lovers that wish to share our knowledge of something we feel very deeply about,” park concession manager Mike Brindle says. “We want to cover everything from how to identify birds by sight and sound to how to attract particular birds to your yard and how we can help to conserve one of nature’s most treasured gifts.”
For more information, or to register, please call the park office at 276-445-3065 or email: WildernessRoad@dcr.virginia.gov.
The park is located at the intersection of Routes 58 (Wilderness Road) and 923 (Martin's Station Trail), five miles west of Ewing, Va., and 10 miles east of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Middlesboro, Ky.