AE21 Birding in the Balsams

Tuesday May 25

7:30 AM  –  2:00 PM


Birding in the Balsams

FIELD*  Tuesday, May 25; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Instructor: Kevin Burke

$65 Member | $75 Non-member

BRN Elective (3 hours)

Limited to 10 participants


Explore the higher elevations of the Southern Appalachians and look for some of the area’s most exciting birds. Expert guide Kevin Burke will help you look for the many species of warblers, vireos, and hard-to-identify Empidomax Flycatchers in higher elevations in spring. Other higher elevation breeding birds include Common Raven, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. The field experience will cover locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including as far as Heintooga, the most reliable spot in the last few years for Red Crossbills. Bring your binoculars and birding guides; You'll likely add on to your birding life list on this enjoyable trip.  


*Participants must adhere to all safety guidelines in the reminder email sent prior to class. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. Masks should be worn out of consideration for all class participants, regardless of vaccination status. We ask that participants try to keep a distance of at least 6' between others as much as possible.


Kevin Burke was introduced to birding while taking an ornithology class and has been birding every day since. He has a degree in resource recreation and tourism from the University of Idaho and honed his birding skills teaching environmental education. Kevin has led birding trips across the country to Washington's San Juan Islands and Idaho's back country and abroad with trips to Portugal and Colombia. His lifelong journey has developed into a desire to share his knowledge and help others grow their skills.  


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