An outing along the Bartram Trail near Jones Gap and the nearby Fishhawk Mountains is set for Saturday, May 19.
The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is sponsoring the event. The outing will include additional stops along Turtle Pond Road to investigate contrasting ecologies.
The two-mile hike is of moderate difficulty, with the primary emphasis being bird watching and identification as well as general natural history. Participants will carpool from a Highlands location at 7:30 a.m. and should return by early afternoon. A picnic lunch will be provided.
Russ Regnery, president of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, will co-lead the trip with Cheryl and Panos Kanes from Georgia.
Cost is $10 for HCLT members and $35 for nonmembers, which includes a membership to the Land Trust.