This Wake Audubon Society birding trip meets at Historic Yates Mill County Park (4620 Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh) on Saturday, May 5 at 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. My (Erla) cell phone is [masked] if you are delayed. This trip includes a short walk on an elevated boardwalk over two wetland areas. AFTER Yates Mill, we have an optional drive along Inwood Road and Mid Pines Road to look for birds in the meadows (good for meadowlarks, kestrel falcons, and shrikes).
(Note: This birding trip is in the south part of Raleigh. There is also a birdwalk in the west part of Raleigh on the first Saturday most months: "Birding With Vernon", 8:30 a.m., Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, meet in the first parking lot for "Open Play" near the "WaterWise Garden". Hurray for Vernon!)
Historic Yates Mill County Park, a 174-acre park in southern Raleigh, is a wildlife refuge and historic site. Park habitats include pond, creek, wetlands, and several forest types, through which are located several miles of hiking trails. Park grounds feature native landscaping, wildlife habitat features & best management practice demonstration areas. [b]No dogs are allowed in Yates Mill (even on leashes), except for service dogs.[/b] After birding, be sure to visit historic Yates Mill, originally built in 1756, which is the only gristmill still standing in Wake County. (The interpretive center is air-conditioned.) Directions: Historic Yates Mill County Park is located off Lake Wheeler Road in southern Wake County, south of the NC Farmers Market. From I-40 south of Raleigh, exit on Lake Wheeler Road (SR 1009), proceed south three miles past the NC State University research farms, and look for the entrance to the park on the right. [b] The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset; the parking lot is barred with a gate until 8.[/b] For more information, see: [url=http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/birdingnc/y... at Yates Mill[/url] [url=http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/defa... Mill Park[/url] If you arrive late, look for us on the elevated boardwalks (above the lake and above the marsh). Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Hope to see you there! Erla
Note: Inwood Road: Take a Left out of Yates Mill, and turn RIGHT at the unmarked road that is across the street from a Baptist Church. The road is marked "Dead End". . Mid-Pines is a gravel road on the same side of Lake Wheeler Road as Yates Mill; left out of Yates Mill, right on the gravel road. Watch for farm machinery.