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Harpers Ferry bird walk set for April 22

By Staff | Apr 20, 2015

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the North Schoolhouse Ridge section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22.

The walk will begin at 7 a.m. and last about three hours.

It will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. To register, go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

Participants will meet at the North Schoolhouse Ridge parking area. From Route 340 just west of Harpers Ferry, turn north on Bakerton Road (Route 27) and go about three-quarters of a mile to the parking area on the left. The trip will involve about 2.5 miles of walking through fields and unpaved roads, along mostly level terrain.

Birds expected to be seen include returning warblers, vireos, meadowlarks, and sparrows, as well as raptors and migrating birds. Many butterfly varieties also frequent this area.

Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

The trip will canceled in the event of bad weather.

For more information go to the PVAS website or contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-2346.