Please join us Sunday, May 19, for an afternoon walk to explore the Guilford County Farm. We will walk around the old prison area including the greenhouses and pond looking for birds and butterflies.
Restroom facilities are not available, and check before attending if the weather forecast is for rain. For additional questions or possible cancellation information, you may contact Marie Poteat at Marie.Poteat@gmail.com
This area is a hotspot for a rich diversity of birds including many species of waterfowl (Ross’ Goose, Northern Pintail), gamebirds (Northern Bobwhite and Wild Turkey), eight species of shorebirds (Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper), 12 birds of prey (Northern Harrier, Merlin), passerines such as Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Warbling Vireo, and Sedge Wren, along with 15 species of sparrows (Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow), 25 species of warblers (Golden-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler) and Dickcissel.
Hiking trails are available along with a portion of the Mountains to the Sea trail is on the property. A new loop off the MST trail has recently opened into a wetland (above photo shows the bridge on loop trail).
The trip leader is Marie Poteat, who is a member of the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission. We will meet in the parking lot in front of Whole Foods facing Friendly Avenue to carpool at 1:45 for a prompt departure at 2 p.m. We plan to start our tour at 2:30 at the parking lot in front of the prison buildings.
For those going directly to the farm, the address is 7315 Howerton Road Elon, NC 27244. This is a great opportunity to discover a special piece of property. This is a moderate walk, so please dress appropriately and bring any water or snacks that you need.