Field Trip to New Kent Forestry Center, March 17, 2012


Bluebird by Inge Curtis, taken 2011 at New Kent Forestry Center

Our WBC March field trip will be to the New Kent Forestry Center Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 a.m.  We will offer two simultaneous walks on separate trails, both beginning at seven. One trail covers mixed pine and hardwood forest plus fields, the second features mixed forest and swamp trail - so you can take your pick between two exceptional habitats.

NKFC is not normally open to the public, so this is a rare chance to spend as much time as you wish birding some unspoiled nature, from the banks of Chickahominee Lake, to wetlands, grasslands and forest. This property was formerly a State Game Farm and still features a healthy population of wild turkeys and bobwhites. There is also a large population of foxes, which chase the gamebirds and some coyotes which pursue the foxes. All that in addition to a bustling population of our regional bird species.

NKFC gates will be open, and bird walks will start from a location which is a five minute drive from the main gate along a marked road.   It is about a forty minute drive from Williamsburg, and is about 11 miles east of the left turn on route 60 at Anderson's Corner.  The address to set into your GPS is 11301 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge.  For those wishing to carpool, we will depart at 6:00 a.m. from the IHOP parking lot at 747 East Rochambeau Drive (near Walmart).

Our birdwalks will be a part of the NKFC "Walk in the Forest" celebration.  There will be other activities throughout the day offered and free native tree saplings given away.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:36

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