Ventures Local Day Trips


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 & Eastern Tennessee.



Swamp Sparrow; by Alan Lenk

Kituwah Farm & Lake Junaluska, NC
February 24, 2019

Leader: Kevin Burke


An adult White-crowned Sparrow; by Alan Lenk

“Open Country Birding”
Cleveland County, NC
March 10, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

American Kestrel Photo by A. Lenk

‘Early Spring Birding’
Sandy Mush Gamelands
Buncombe County, NC
March 29, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

A singing White-eyed Vireo; photo by Alan Lenk

Tryon & Polk County Explorer, NC
April 10, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

Male Prairie Warbler; photo by Simon Thompson

Birding The Green River Gamelands 1
April 20, 2019

Leader: Clifton Avery

American Redstart; by L. Pellegrini

‘Warblers & Wildflowers’
Stecoah Gap Graham County, NC
April 25, 2019

Leader: Clifton Avery

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler; by Alan Lenk

‘Blue Ridge Birding’
Asheville, NC
April 26, 2019

Leader: Kevin Burke

Male Prairie Warbler; Photo by Simon Thompson

Birding The Green River Gamelands 2
April 28, 2019

Leader: Kevin Burke

Golden-winged Warble by Alan Lenk

Spring Warbler Workshop
Max Patch, Haywood Co., NC
May 1, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

Head-on view of a male Golden-winged Warbler; photo by Simon Thompson

Hampton Creek Cove & Roan Mountain, TN
May 4, 2019

Leader: Clifton Avery

Bobolink by Keith Watson

Sevier County Marathon
May 4, 2019

Leader: Keith Watson

Yellow-breasted Chat; Photo by Alan Lenk

Seven Islands State Birding Park
Knox County, TN
May 5, 2019

Leader: Keith Watson

Ruffed Grouse; photo by A. LenkThompson

Grandfather Mountain
May 11, 2019

Leader: Clifton Avery

Yellow-breasted Chat

Sandy Mush Game Lands, Buncombe Co., NC
May 14, 2019

Leader: Aaron Steed

Blue Grosbeak by Alan Lenk

Cades Cove
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
May 24, 2019

Leader: Keith Watson

A pair of Red Crossbills eating grit on the roadside; photo by W. Forsythe

'Birding the Balsams’
Asheville, NC
June 12, 2019

Leader: Michael Plauché