This Saturday, April 16th, surround yourself with the sounds of the High Country’s native warblers, sparrows, and chickadees. The 3rd Annual Boone Birding Festival is a free, family-oriented festival celebrating the unique birding opportunities in the Appalachian Mountains.
The festival will be taking place at the Valle Crucis Community Park, a popular birding site due to the wide variety of habitats that surround it. The Watauga River rushes close by in the deep woods, where you might get lucky to spot the shyer treetop dwellers, or you can visit the small pond and cattail marsh for those birds that prefer stiller water. The expanse of Valle Crucis’s agricultural areas and suburban yard landscapes make this park the perfect location to pull out your binoculars and listen to the birdsong.
During the Boone Birding festival, visitors to the park will have a chance to:
- Meet the birds of prey being rehabilitated by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute and students at Lees-McRae College
- Join one of the hourly bird walks through Valle Crucis Park with the birders of the High Country Audubon Chapter and biology graduate students of ASU
- Browse the High Country Crafts offered by vendors at the festival
- Learn about amphibians and the ways they interact with bird populations
- Get involved in bluebird box installations taking place at the park during the festival
- Get your face painted!
Even if you aren’t in town this year for the Birding Festival, every Wednesday morning from March to October you can walk through the Valle Crucis park for a bird walk with other enthusiasts. The park lies directly behind the famous Mast General Store Annex and Candy Barrel.
And you can book your stay with us just down the road in Boone at the Lovill House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our beautiful Victorian farmhouse is located five minutes from downtown King Street and 20 minutes from Blowing Rock.