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2018 SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Friday, June 1 | Saturday, June 2 | Sunday, June 3

Comfort Inn - Brownsville

Planning to spend the weekend with us?
Ask for the "Delta Heritage Rate" at the Comfort Inn in Brownsville.

Please call the hotel directly to get the special rate, 731-734-2676.

All activities, unless otherwise noted, will take place or originate at the
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

(I-40 @ Exit 56, behind McDonald's)
121 Sunny Hill Cove
Brownsville


View West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in a larger map 

 

Friday, June 1

9 a.m.
&
11 a.m.

Explore the Outdoors - Canoe Oneal Lake

NOTE: To register for this canoe trip, you must use the separate registration link below at the end of the description or call the Delta Heritage Center directly at 731-779-9000.

LOCATION: Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
6772 Highway 76 South, Stanton, TN 38069

Leader: Tara Dowdy, Refuge Ranger

2 Trips: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Please choose the time most convenient for you. There is no charge for the Oneal Lake canoe trips.

Meet at the Hatchie Refuge Office on Oneal Lake for a quick Canoeing 101 before taking to the water. No age limitations.  During the canoe trip participants will learn about our National Wildlife Refuge System, what we do at West TN Refuges and why, identify local birds, etc.

Pre-register ONLINE or by calling the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

6 p.m.

Opening Reception

LOCATION:
Temple Adas Israel, 135 North Washington, Brownsville TN 38012

Entertainment by

The Dirt Pilgrims

Quirky, off-beat, folk band...

7 p.m.

Opening Presentation:
Wildlife Watching in Tennessee

Presenter: Randy Hedgepath (bio), State Naturalist

Join Randy Hedgepath, the Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks, for a photo tour of good places to see birds and other wildlife in West Tennessee and across the state, with emphasis on state parks and natural areas. You can learn new places to go and what you might see there in this light hearted program of stories, facts, and trivia.

 

Presentation followed by a Question and Answer session.

   

Saturday, June 2

Morning Hikes and Bird Watching
on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

LOCATION:
All activities Saturday and Sunday originated from the
Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville

Experienced and beginner birders are invited to join leading bird experts on hikes in the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and other areas in Haywood County, Tenn. Please choose the hike that is best for you; taking into account the time the hikes will spend in the field.

NOTE: Please come prepared. This includes binoculars, bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.

There are no costs for the guided hikes, but space is limited. Please pre-register to guarantee your spot on the hike of your choice.

7 a.m.

Please choose the 7 a.m. hike that is best for you; taking into account the length of time spent in the field.

Hike Option #1:

7 - 10 a.m. (3 hours)
(Pre-Register Here...)

Hike Option #2:

7 - 11 a.m. (4 hours)
(Pre-Register Here...)

NOTE: Please come prepared to spend the morning in the field. This includes binoculars, bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.

8:30 -
10 a.m.

Hike #3
(Pre-Register Here...)

This hike will last approx. 1.5 hours and is a good choice for beginning birders and introducing children to the birding experience.

NOTE: Please come prepared to spend the morning in the field. This includes binoculars, bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.

9 a.m.

Vendors & Exhibitor Set-up

Exhibitors and vendors will be on hand educating and showcasing their bird related items.

10:30 a.m.

West Tennessee Beauty Spots

Join Randy Hedgepath, the Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks, for a photo tour of the state parks of West Tennessee, where the wildlife observation opportunities are the main attraction but the scenery is wonderful as well.


Presenter:
Randy Hedgepath (bio), State Naturalist

11:30 a.m.

Meet-up for Lunch

Hikers will meet back at the Center for lunch and an opportunity to discuss your discoveries with the experts

You are welcome to visit nearby restaurants, explore Historic Downtown Brownsville and visit with onsite exhibitors.

12 p.m.

Birds of Prey

Live bird demonstrations that utilizes injured birds of prey including the Bald Eagle.

Presenter: David Haggard (bio)
Ranger Naturalist,
Tennessee State Parks

1 p.m.

Recreational Opportunities on the Hatchie


Presenter:
Brian Roberts,
Manager, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

2 p.m.

Butterflies and Other Tennessee Insects

Presenter: John Froeshauer (Middle Tennessee Regional Naturalist)

3 p.m.

Butterfly and Wildflower Hike

Hike will last aprox. 1.5 - 2 hours

Hike Leader: John Froeshauer
Middle Tennessee Regional Naturalist

Explore and learn more about area butterflies, wildflowers and what nature provides us to see.

(Pre-Register Here...)

4-6 p.m.

Stories and Songs

Host:
Bryan Hayes

Join singer/songwriter (and Brownsville native) Bryan Hayes as he hosts Stories and Songs. An "in the row" session with songwriters who share their original music and the stories behind them. Enjoy the live music and snacks from concessionaires while waiting for the hayride and sunset at Oneal Lake.

6 p.m.

Hayride into the Big Woods of Hatchie

Leader: Brian Roberts
Manager, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

Meet at Swan Lake on the Hatchie Refuge for a tractor-led hayride into the heart of the Hatchie. You will be out of the woods in time to experience the sunset at Oneal Lake.

Be sure and bring mosquito repellent.

This is limited to the first 15 people to register. To register for the hayride you must call 731-779-9000.

8 p.m.

Sunset at Oneal Lake
Nocturnal Walk - Creatures of the Night

Meet at Oneal Lake to watch the sunset and night critters come out. Experience the lake after dark. The gates will be open until 10 p.m. for self-guided tours around the lake. Be on the lookout for bats and otters among others. Be sure and bring mosquito repellent.

   

Sunday, June 3

7 a.m.

Informal Birding Hike and Excursion

Leader: Bob Ford (bio)

Wildlife Biologist
National Corrdinator, Partners in Flight

Excursion will leave from the Delta Heritage Center. Participants will car pool. Length of hike up to 4 hours.

(Pre-Register Here...)

9 a.m.

Hatchie River Float Trip

Cost:
$20 per park canoe or kayak

$10 if you bring your own.

Leaders: Chickasaw State Park Ranger Shawn Settle

You must call the Chickasaw SP office (731) 989-5141 to sign up.

Life jackets and paddles will be provided but people should bring water, food, and sun protection.

Participants should meet at the Hatchie River Park on Hwy 18 in Bolivar at 9 AM. There is a limited supply of park boats so everyone who wants to use them should sign up as early as possible.

NOTE: YOU MUST CALL THE CHICKASAW OFFICE TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP, 731-989-5141, and for complete rules and regulations.

1:30 p.m.

Plants for Pollinators

Presenter:
Sarah & David Levy, Willow Oaks Flower Farm

Learn which plants are best for pollinators.

2:30 p.m.

Photography Workshop

Joe GuinnTip and techniques for getting the best photos while birding and more.

Presenter: Joe Guinn (bio)
with Watt Wallace

 

4:00 p.m.

TBA

 

Sponsored by

https://tnwf.org/___Delta Heritage Center _Partners in Flight_ _Nationwide Insurance
American Bird Conservancy _BirdWatchersDigest_Butlers Professional Landscaping

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