Pond Mountain Game Land

Golden Eagle by Ventures Birding

Ashe County, NC
November 28, 2020

White-throated Sparrow by Simon Thompson

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 12 participants

Meet and carpool from Ingles near Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary - 915 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC, 28804. Also an option to meet and carpool in Boone, NC or Mountain City, TN. Time: Leave Asheville at 7:00 AM or meet in Boone at 9:00 AM Price: $55 Unfortunately, our picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips (until further notice)


Join us for a rare winter venture in the northwestern corner of North Carolina as we plan to look for some of the more uncommon spring and summer visitors that visit our mountains. Weather up on Pond Mountain this time of year can still be cold and can change abruptly so bring warm, layered clothing and rain gear. Be prepared to walk on a gravel road for 2-3 miles in total. If you are planning to drive yourself it is recommended to drive a 4WD or AWD vehicle, as there are steep gravel roads we will be navigating.

Our day will begin exploring the lower elevation of Pond Mountain for any wintering species among northern hardwoods and early successional habitat. We will then make our way up the ridge eventually topping out at nearly 5,000 feet, surrounded by a spectacular vista in open field and early successional habitat. If the weather remains nice around noon we will have our picnic lunches on top of the ridge. If the weather is poor we will seek shelter at a lower elevation for lunch.

Pond Mountain Game Land is located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina and makes the state line border with Virginia and Tennessee. As well as the regular wintering birds, such as Ruffed Grouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, and Pine Siskin, we will be looking for wintering raptors, such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl and maybe, Golden Eagle.