City Nature Challenge

Good morning and happy spring birding! The City Nature Challenge ( will be starting this Friday (4/30)! Join any of the following walks for a fun time outdoors and to contribute to the project:

Friday April 30

Jacob’s Nature Park

Beginning Birding and more! Both beginners and experienced birders will enjoy Jacob’s Park eBird hotspot. So far, 140 species of birds have been identified at the park. Hosted by David Kirschke. 1920 Ocala St (Classroom entrance) at 8:00 am

Also David has set up a zoom meeting for those interested in learning more birding tips. Especially helpful for beginners.

Time: Apr 29, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)…; Meeting ID: 821 7740 5490 Passcode: bVr9Bp

Friday April 30

Rocky Fork State Park

Intro walk to Rocky Fork’s incredible biodiversity and unique to our events, you’ll learn some of Rocky Fork’s role in American history!

501 Rocky Fork Road, Flag Pond, TN 376579 to 11 am

Host John Beaudet of the East Tennessee Trail Association

Friday April 30

Buffalo Mountain Park, 570 High Ridge Rd from10 to 11 am

Host- Connie Deegan, JCPR…/a.42609198…/4050280705031346/

Friday April 30

Phipps Bend Trail, Schmiede Rd, Surgoinsville, TN 37873 from1:00 to 3:00

Host- Cade Campbell

Saturday May 1

Roan Mountain State Park Twin Springs Picnic Area from 9 to noon

Hosted by Larry McDaniel, TriCities Young Naturalists

Saturday May 1

Watauga River Bluffs State Natural Area from 9 to noon

Hosted by Ranger Marty Silver…/event_details/warriors-path/… This is not a CNC event but a wonderful local event which will give people the opportunity to make iNaturalist observations that will count in our CNC totals.

Saturday May 1

Intro walk, Rocky Fork’s incredible biodiversity.

501 Rocky Fork Road, Flag Pond, TN 37657 from 9 to 11 am

Host volunteer Van Hovey

Saturday May 1

Jacob’s Nature Park, King Springs Rd, Johnson City from 3 to 5pm

Hosted by Mel Kelley/Friends of Jacob’s Nature Park

Sunday May 2

ETSU Arboretum Walk/ Wildlife in the Trees from 1 to 3 pm

Monday May 3

Winged Deer Park, Disc Golf Parking Lot from 10 to 11am

Hosted by Connie Deegan, JCPR…/a.42609198…/4050280705031346/

Monday May 3

Laurel Run Park Wildflower and Birding from 11 to whenever

Host- Mel Kelley/ Tri-Cities Sierra Club Committee

NO CELL SERVICE, cameras best at this site

Monday May 3

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park from 5pm to 6pm

Hosted by Heather Hendrix