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Friday, June 2 | Saturday, June 3 | Sunday, June 4

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

View West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in a larger map 


Friday, June 2

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

Temple Adas Israel, 135 North Washington, Brownsville TN 38012

Entertainment by

The Dirt Pilgrims

Quirky, off-beat, folk band...

7 p.m.

Opening Presentation:
"An Abundant Natural Heritage:
Keeping Common Birds Common"

Presenter: Bob Ford (bio)
National Coordinator, Partners in Flight

What’s the value of abundance? What’s the value of abundance when it comes to the natural world around us? 

Each spring and fall millions of birds pass through west Tennessee, often unnoticed because they migrate at night or may not stay long in our backyards or on our parks, refuges and farms. And yet, even though those birds still number in the millions, we see far fewer birds than our grandparents saw 60 years ago. 

The presentation tonight will explore the mysteries and awesomeness of migration, the abundance of bird life we enjoy and conservation efforts to maintain that abundance through a bird conservation initiative called “Partners in Flight.”

Presentation followed by a Question and Answer session.


Saturday, June 3

Morning Hikes and Bird Watching
on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Caring for Creation

Making connections between faith, scripture, and Creation care -- with a special look at birds in scripture -- and practical steps you can take to "tend the Earth."

Presenter: Martha Lyle Ford (bio)
and Larry Chitwood

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.

Wildlife Watching in Tennessee

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.

Randy Hedgepath (bio), State Naturalist

2 p.m.

Birding Techniques

Joe GuinnBirding doesn't have to be difficult. Learn easy techniques to using binoculars, finding habitat and more during this talk. You'll also hear bird calls and identification tips that will make birding more enjoyable, whether you're in the backyard or in the field.

Presenter: Joe Guinn (bio)
with Watt Wallace

3 p.m.

Butterfly and Wildflower Hike

Hike will last aprox. 1.5 - 2 hours

Hike Leader: Randy Hedgepath (bio)
State Naturalist

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

(Pre-Register Here...)

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, call 731-779-9000.

8 p.m.

Sunset at Oneal Lake

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 4

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...)

1:00 p.m.

Hatchie River Float Trip

Cost: $20 per boat

Leaders: Chickasaw State Park Ranger Shawn Settle and State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath

We will have 8 boats and folks can call the Chickasaw office (731)989-5141 to sign up. There will be a fee of $20 per boat with 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids allowed per boat. Life jackets and paddles will be provided but people should bring water, food, and sun protection.
A shuttle will be available from the Delta Heritage Center to the put in location.

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.

Different Types of Bird Nests

Presenter: Kenny Webster

Kenny will present a program based on his unique collection of bird nests. He'll share stories and talk about bird habitat, the best places to look for nests by species and more.

2:30 p.m.

Plants for Pollinators

Sarah & David Levy, Willow Oaks Flower Farm

Learn which plants are best for pollinators.



Sponsored by

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


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