The destination for the May field trip has changed! Your May newsletter features the correct destination — Bassett Trace Nature Trail here in Williamsburg -- a local treasure.
This is one of the “Great City Walks” in Williamsburg as described by the City’s brochure of the same name. Bird Club member and Master Naturalist Nancy Barnhart will be our leader.
Most of this trail is on property owned by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It is a stunning walk through a mature hardwood forest with tall canopy trees and surprising understory. The dirt trail, often accommodating only single file, goes up and down two ravines and is described as a “moderately difficult trail meandering through the wooded areas between two golf courses. The path is rough at times and there are stairs in two locations.”
The bird life is diverse, but there are MANY leaves so patience and listening are valuable skills in May on this trail. Several spots on the trail open up to view numerous dead snags where woodpeckers and raccoons are often spotted in cavities.
Meet by 7:30 am in the parking lot just off Francis Street. From Francis Street, turn into the parking lot marked by the sign for “Shield’s and King’s Arms Tavern Parking.” Meet the group in the parking lot.
Bring water and a snack and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. We’ll proceed at a leisurely, birding pace for about a mile before returning the way we came. For those who want to continue to the Green Course Clubhouse for lunch, you’ll almost be there. We will aim to be back at the cars by noon. Of course, participants can always return by the same route if they want. This trip is free and open to the public. No need to register in advance.