2043
Pembroke
Something for Everyone: Birding at Any Level in the Appalachians of Virginia
Develop your birding skills at one of the best birding areas in Virginia, Mount Lake, where you’ll enjoy presentations, practice identification and, of course, add to your birding list.
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Program No. 2043RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Social, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Pembroke, VA
D
Mountain Lake Lodge

Afternoon: 4:00-5:00 pm - Program registration in the lodge lobby. 5:00-6:00 pm - Enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet with fellow participants in Stony Creek Tavern.

Dinner: 6:00 pm - Buffet dinner in the Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Orientation session in the meeting room.

DAY
2
Start the day with an early morning bird walk around the lodge grounds. The day's topics of discussion include bird identification, physiology, warblers and more. Enjoy an evening showing of the film "Those Extraordinary Birds".
Pembroke, VA
B,L,D
Mountain Lake Lodge

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk around the property grounds. 9:00 - 11:30 am - Start the week with a session on identifying birds and optics.

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:15 pm - Afternoon lecture topics include: Bird parts and colors, and the Wonderful World of Warblers.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

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

DAY
3
Begin the day with an early morning bird walk around the lodge grounds. Classroom lectures will cover learning bird songs, birdwatching basics and migration. Enjoy an evening presentation "Winged Migration - How they did it!"
Pembroke, VA
B,L,D
Mountain Lake Lodge

Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk around the property grounds. 9:00 - 11:30 am - Morning classroom discussion includes learning bird songs and "Bird Watchers Wisdom Buffet".

Lunch: 12:00 pm - Lunch in Harvest Restaurant.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:15 pm - "Gone with the Wind" discussion on bird migration, followed by an afternoon bird walk around the grounds.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

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

DAY
4
Start your day with the early morning bird walk at the lodge. Birding field trips for the day include the nearby Mountain Lake Biological Station and also historic Glen Alton site down the mountain. The evening session is a presentation by your instructors, "The Eastern Shore Experience".
Pembroke, VA
B,L,D
Mountain Lake Lodge

Activity note: Glen Alton is lower in elevation and thus higher in temperature than Mountain Lake Lodge. We will travel approximately one hour to the site, and walk up to two miles on wide gravel road and paths observing species in this new habitat.

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Buffet breakfast available in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk around the property grounds. 9:00 - 10:30 am - Take a short drive next door to the Mountain Lake Biological Station, operated by the University of VA. Meet the junco research team and enjoy birding around the pond habitat.

Lunch: 11:15 am - We'll depart for Glen Alton located off the mountain for a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll bird at Glen Alton, a restored US Forest Service property including a pond, old orchard and bog-like habitat. Walking path is relatively flat, gravel and approximately 2 miles in length.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

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

DAY
5
Continue to add to your birding list during the morning bird walk. Classroom topics include hummingbirds, birds of Mountain Lake, secrets of tropical birds and more. An evening presentation "Songs of the Night" covers nocturnal creatures of Appalachia.
Pembroke, VA
B,L,D
Mountain Lake Lodge

Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 Early morning bird walk around the property grounds. 9:00 - 11:30 am - Morning lecture topics explore hummingbirds & the birds of Mountain Lake.

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

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:15 pm - Secrets of Tropical Birds, Lessons from the Birds, and "What Kind of Bird are YOU?", followed by an afternoon bird walk on the property.

Dinner: 5:30 pm - Dinner in Harvest Restaurant.

Evening: 7:30 pm - Enjoy a Mountain Lake favorite! Presentation: Experience "Songs of the Night".

DAY
6
Wrap up the week's program with an early morning bird walk and special classroom session "Gifts to our Grandchildren". Check out from the Lodge is 11:00 am.
Pembroke, VA
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Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:00 am - Buffet breakfast in Harvest Restaurant.

Morning: 7:00 - 8:00 am - Early morning bird walk. 9:00 - 10:30 am - Closing gatherings and "gifts to our grandchildren".