SP20 Duck Day: A Field Trip

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Friday January 31

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Duck Day: A Field Trip

Instructor: Simon Thompson

Friday, January 31; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$44 Member | $54 Non-member

Limit: 20 students

BRN Elective - 2 Hours


All ducks do not look the same! This class will visit several of the area’s better lakes for identifying ducks and other waterfowl. Winter is by far the best time of the year for viewing waterfowl in the mountains, and many of the birds should be in full color in anticipation of the upcoming breeding season. Males are the easiest to identify, but the class will spend time deciphering the cryptic plumages of those look-alike females as well.

The class will meet off-site at Lake Julian. Students should wear weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoors.

Simon Thompson is an international birding expert originally from Suffolk, England, who now calls Western North Carolina home. He spent six months in China studying crane and birds of prey migration as a member of the British China Crane Watch expedition. Thompson is the director of the Ventures Nature Travel program in Tryon, N.C. birdventures.com


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