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PEMBROKE, VIRGINIA

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.
Bob from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 05/18/14 - 05/23/14
If you are a birder you will like this program

Cindy from Bloomington, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
This week was a fun week of bird watching, relaxation, socializing with other Road Scholars and I even got in a little hiking. This was both my first experience at bird watching with experts, and also my first Road Scholar program. Both were a huge success and I hope to participate in more of both. There were people with a wide variety of birding experience so this program fits all levels. Everyone was so nice and shared their knowledge of birding with me and did not grow frustrated with all my questions. And the guides Bill and Jerry had so much knowledge and entertaining stories of their many, many years of birding. As they all told me at the beginning of the week, once you get started birding you get hooked. I saw and heard so many birds I didn’t even know existed, and now I can’t get enough of researching more them. I hope to be able to return next year. If you like hiking and waterfalls, be sure to go to nearby Cascade Falls either Sunday or Friday. It is beautiful and so worth the 4 mile round trip hike.

George from Brooklin, ME Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
A most enjoyable program led by two great instructors. More than just an opportunity to look at birds (although there was plenty of time for that too), this was a good basic introduction to ornithology and avian ecology. Lots of helpful handouts, evening films and discussions, and field trips to a research station and riparian area. The lodge and setting were scenic and comfortable and we hope the new lodge management will make efforts to improve their dining menu.

Judith from Marysville, PA Number of programs attended: 48
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
Situated at 4000 feet, Mountain Lake is the ideal place for spring birding. The trees are not yet leafed out, making it easier to spot migrating warblers. Instructor Jerry Via and Bill Akers and very well organized, enthusiastic presenters. They bring many years of experience and knowledge and never seem to tire of sharing with the participants. This was my fifth program with them. The days are active, beginning with bird walks at 7 a.m. and ending after excellent evening programs. Jerry's presentations were supplemented by a variety of handouts for future reference. He also had several dozen books and manuals available for our use throughout the week. We had about ten bird walks, led by Bill, in the locale of the lodge and also to Glen Alton which is in the Jefferson National Forest. Bill's goal is to find the particular birds which participants want to see and identify. This program is appropriate for beginning birders and for more experienced folks. I am attaching two photos from the week.

Jennifer from Gibsonville, NC Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
A great program, very relaxed & enjoyable. The instructors, Jerry & Bill, were very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed sharing their knowledge & love of birds. We saw many new species we never would have found without their help, and learned a lot in the very interesting classroom presentations, as well. Mountain Lake Lodge is a charming place to stay, and the extensive trails are available for exploration by active participants during free time, affording some wonderful hiking. The only negative was the food, which was not up to the usual standards of either Road Scholar or Mountain Lake; however, the Lodge is recently under new management, and the kitchen is bound to improve its performance in response to feedback.

Alice from Baltimore, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
The birds were wonderful, of course, but so were the people who attended ; they all knew so much and shared with one another and it was fun getting to hear of so many travel experiences. I'll remember the great sense of humor of our guide Bill, and the expert knowledge ( and the many handouts!) of our guide, Jerry. It was a pleasure to be with them. --highlights for me were to fall asleep hearing the tree frogs and waking up ( early!) to the bubbling and buzzing of the barn swallows who sat on our windowsill. All around - a lovely experience. Alice Rohart

Tommy from Charlottesville, VA Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
We saw 64 different birds at this beautiful Mountain Lodge. Recent renovations have improved the Lodge. The birdwalks were early, but mostly successful. Seeing the Scarlet Tanager was a thrill that I will always remember. Tommy Clark, Charlottesville, VA


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