Ventures runs many day trips throughout the Carolinas every year, especially in the western portion of the region. From warblers and woodpeckers in the highest peaks and spruce fir forests around Mt. Mitchell to tanagers and cuckoos in the rich lowland woodlands of the South Carolina Piedmont, we find new and exciting birding destinations throughout our area. Some places are "must visit" spots from year to year but others are new to the birding world. Join us as we explore our own backyard in the Carolinas.




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"Fall Birding" Sandy Mush Gamelands

Buncombe County, NC

October 28, 2018

Leader: Aaron Steed


   The Sandy Mush Gamelands in the northern part of Buncombe County have only recently begun to be thoroughly explored for birds and butterflies. The habitats here vary from open, managed cut-over areas to cove and riverine forests down along the Sandy Mush River. Though it’ll be early fall, we will expect to find a nice mix of resident birds and newly arrived winter species.

“Open Country Birding”

Townville, SC

November 3, 2018

Leader: Clifton Avery


   Townville is located in Anderson County, in the northwestern South Carolina Piedmont.  This region provides excellent opportunities for open country birding, and we can expect to see species usually found in the Piedmont’s agricultural areas.  Of special interest, however, are some of the wintering birds for which the Townville area is known for. Sparrows are the top draw and we hope to see a good selection, including Lincoln's, Vesper, Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-throated, & White-crowned. American Pipits and Horned Larks are also regular here and we have seen both Great Horned and Barn Owls on past trips as well.

"Duck Day"

Exploring the Lakes and Reservoirs of Henderson,
Haywood & Buncombe Counties, NC

December 16, 2018

Leader: TBA


   Should the weather be very cold and the lakes begin to freeze over, many of the ducks and geese will move to areas of permanently open water, such as Lake Julian in south Asheville. Some very impressive concentrations of our regularly wintering waterfowl have occurred under these conditions. Our exact itinerary will depend on weather conditions, but we will spend most of our efforts at hotspots in Henderson, Buncombe and Haywood Counties. Species seen varies with each trip, but we hope to see all or a selection of the following: Wood Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Canada Goose, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, and Ruddy Duck. Local rarities have included: Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, and Snow, Ross’s and Greater White-fronted Geese.