The Wilder side of Piedmont Park! Birdwatching Hike with Audubon Society experts
|Event Location:||1071 Piedmont Ave, by Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Ctr in Midtown Atlanta|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Mar 5 2016 7:45 am >> Sat, Mar 5 2016 11:15 am|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Mar 2 2016 10:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Mar 4 2016 10:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
IN A NUTSHELL: Hope you can join us for this birdwatching and wildlife walk hosted by our friends in the Atlanta Audubon Society and sponsored by the Piedmont Park Conservancy.. The weather is expected to be beautiful, with mostly clear skies and in the 40s and 50s during the event - rising to a high in the low 60s later in the day Free streetside parking is usually available Saturday mornings along 11th Street, just west of Piedmont Ave - see detailed directions and parking tips below. Please be on time - parked and ready to walk with us no later than 8:00 AM - otherwise you may miss the event entirely. Bring binoculars if you have a pair - if not, the Audubon birders may have a pair or two available for you to share.
EVENT PURPOSE, PLAN & PACE: This birding walk will sharpen our ability to spot and observe birds and identify them from their body & wing markings, flight patterns, perching & feeding habits, and calls. If you're chiefly an "exercise hiker," be advised that this will be an experiential and learning hike, with frequent stops for naked-eye and binocular birdwatching and for intent listening to birds that may or may not be in view. Part of the route will a rugged unpaved portion of the Atlanta Beltline on the Park's eastern periphery. The walk is expected to be about 2.5 miles in total distance, with no more than about 200 feet of total elevation gain or fall along the way.
PIEDMONT PARK CONSERVANCY BIRDING WEBPAGE: http://www.piedmontpark.org/programs/bird_walks.htm Click for their invitation to the general public to attend these free Piedmont Park birding walks, guided year round on the 1st Saturday morning of each month by Audubon experts.
ATLANTA AUDUBON WEBSITE: http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/ Click on "Field Trips" on this home page for details about this and other free upcoming birding walks. Anyone with an interest in birds is welcome to attend these events even if you're not an Audubon Society member.
ONLINE FREE BIRDING GUIDE: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ is the link to Cornell University's excellent birding website. Use it to brush up on your birding knowledge and skills in the comfort of your own home or on your Smart Phone, etc. Among other things, for each native species it provides song recordings, color photos, range maps, etc.
MORE about PIEDMONT PARK: Now about 125 years old it first became world famous in 1895 as the site of Atlanta's Cotton States & International Exposition. Volunteer members of the Piedmont Park Conservancy deserve much credit for the Park's dramatic improvements and excellent maintenance in recent years. The thriving Atlanta Botanical Garden in the NW corner of the 200-acre Park has also benefited the Park's popularity and reputation. For more Info click http://piedmontpark.org/ and to access an online Color Map first click this link: http://piedmontpark.org/visit/park_map.html
|How to Get There:|
OUR "MEETUP SPOT" for this event is the paved patio beside the Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center at 1071 Piedmont Avenue, just inside the "12th Street" entrance gate into the Park. This is on the north side of the same building as "Willy's Mexicana Grill."
The following numbered directions assume that you're initially driving southward toward midtown from the north side of Atlanta via I-75 or I-85 South. Note also my suggestions below for free streetside parking just west of the Park - or paid parking in the nearby Atlanta Botanical Garden parking deck.
Can't find a free parking spot? The multi-level parking deck at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is just a 5-minute walk from our meetup spot and costs only about $5 for 3 hours. To reach it by car from the corner of Piedmont Ave. and 12th Street: Drive north on Piedmont 0.2 mile to the traffic light at "The Prado" and turn Right into the main Botanical Garden entrance. The parking deck is easy to find - at the top of the hill after you drive through the Garden entrance gate. The shortest walking route from the deck to our meetup spot is NOT via the same entrance road. First walk southwestward down the paved pedestrian roadway that parallels the parking deck - then bear rightward and southward along the walkways inside Piedmont Park to the Piedmont/ 12th Street corner.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Free Event with free park entrance and free parking, provided that streetside spaces along 11th Street, etc. are available.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.