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Discovering Nature: Bird ID Hike at Oak Hill Community Park and Forest

Written by Brittany Watkins

On May 17th, 2024, nature enthusiasts gathered for a unique bird identification hike at Oak Hill Community Park and Forest in Morganton, NC. This event, hosted by Forest Her and led by Grant Buckner from the Catawba Riverkeeper, attracted over 20 participants eager to explore the rich avian diversity of this 652-acre park.

Oak Hill Community Park and Forest, owned and operated by the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, is a testament to successful conservation efforts. In 2020, the land was at risk of being sold and subdivided, but thanks to the dedicated efforts of Foothills Conservancy and support from the surrounding community, it is now a protected area. The park’s varied history of logging and agriculture has created a mosaic of forest and grassland habitats, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching.

During the hike, participants identified over 40 bird species either by sight or by their distinctive calls. This incredible diversity highlights the importance of preserving such habitats for wildlife.

photo by Jonathon Gruenke, NCWRC

This ForestHer event highlighted local environmental organizations, Catawba Riverkeeper and Foothills Conservancy, which regularly host outings like this one. If you’re interested in joining future events or learning more about their conservation efforts, be sure to follow them on social media or sign up for their e-newsletters. These outings offer a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature, learn from experts, and contribute to the preservation of our natural heritage.

Join us next time and become a part of this vibrant community dedicated to exploring and

protecting our environment!


You can find more information about the organizations mentioned in this blog post below!

photo by Jonathon Gruenke, NCWRC


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