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Something for Everyone: Birding at Any Level in the Appalachians of Virginia

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Program #2043RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The Mountain Lake Conservancy is located at 3800 feet in the Appalachian Mountains.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for walks around the property. The weather can be unpredictable, so a raincoat is also recommended. Nights can be cooler than the surrounding valleys.

Itinerary for May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Unique Features of the Mountain Lake Hotel: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in 4:00 to 5:00pm Mixer (wine & cheese) 5:00 to 6:00

Dinner: Dinner 6:15 to 7:30

Evening: Orientation session 7:30 to 8:30

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Unique Features of the Mountain Lake Hotel: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Morning Bird Walk/What is a Bird: Parts, Parts a...
Morning Bird Walk/What is a Bird: Parts, Parts and More Parts/"Those Extraordinary Birds"

Breakfast: Breakfast available from 7:30 - 9:00

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk (optional) 9:00 - 11:30 Morning session on Optics and Bird Identification. Coffee break midway.

Lunch: Lunch session from 12:00 - 1:00

Afternoon: Colors and Birds The Wonderful World of Warblers Coffee break midway.

Dinner: Dinner session from 6:15 - 7:30

Evening: 7:30 pm Movie: "Those Extraordinary Birds"

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Unique Features of the Mountain Lake Hotel: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Bird Walk/Gone With the Wind: Bird Migration/Win...
Bird Walk/Gone With the Wind: Bird Migration/Winged Migration: How they did it!

Breakfast: Breakfast available from 7:30 - 9:00

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 11:30 Learning Bird Songs and Bird Watchers Wisdom Buffet

Lunch: Lunch session from 12:00 - 1:00

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30 Bird Migration Coffee break midway. Afternoon Bird walk.

Dinner: Dinner session from 6:15- 7:30

Evening: 7:30 pm Presentation: "Winged Migration - How they did it!"

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Unique Features of the Mountain Lake Hotel: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Bird Walk/Eastern Shore Experience
Breakfast: Breakfast available from 7:30 - 9:00

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 11:30 Field trip to the Mountain Lake Biological Station.

Lunch: Lunch session from 12:00 - 1:00

Afternoon: Afternoon "off" from classes. Participants may choose from a variety of activites available locally.

Dinner: Dinner session from 6:00 - 7:00

Evening: 7:30 pm Presentation: "The Eastern Shore Experience"

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Unique Features of the Mountain Lake Hotel: A grand old stone hotel (site of the filming of "Dirty Dancing") overlooking the highest natural lake East of the Mississippi River and sitting on  2600 acres of unspoiled wilderness at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Please visit our website at www.mountainlakehotel.com

Contact info:
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136 USA
phone: 540-626-7121
web: www.MountainLakeHotel.com

Room amenities: Private bathroom, coffee, coffee machine. The rooms are not equipped with hairdryers but you can obtain one from the Front Desk. Our buildings are not air conditioned as this is not necessary with the elevation and cooler temperatures. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and additional window fan units.

Facility amenities: New Harvest Restaurant; Lounge area & public computers with access to internet; Mary's Barn (billiards, ping pong, foosball, arcade games); Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) & snack bar; Tennis court; lawn games (volleyball, badminton, tether ball, croquet, oversize lawn chess/checkers); 22 miles of multi-use trails; canoing & kayaking, fishing, water-dependent; artisan and gift shop, retail and outfitter shop, and Mountain Lake Conservancy Visitor Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Begin at $99
Price may vary with season and holidays.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Hummingbirds & Birds of Mountain Lake/Secrets of ...
Hummingbirds & Birds of Mountain Lake/Secrets of Tropical Birds/"Songs of the Night"

Breakfast: Breakfast available from 7:30 - 9:00

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 11:30 Hummingbirds & Birds of Mountain Lake Coffee break midway

Lunch: Lunch session from 12:00 - 1:00

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30 Lessons from the Birds and Secrets of Tropical Birds Coffee break midway Afternoon bird walk.

Dinner: Dinner session from 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Evening: 7:30 pm Presentation: Experience "Songs of the Night"

Lodging: Mountain Lake Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 17 - 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 10:3...
7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 10:30 Gifts to our Grandchildren and Graduation

Breakfast: Breakfast available from 7:30 - 9:00

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 10:30 Gifts to our grandchildren.

Lunch: Lunch session from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon: Program ends at noon after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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