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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

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Birding at Kituwah

Don Hendershot, a naturalist and columnist for The Smoky Mountain News, will lead a bird walk through Kituwah — a conserved tract revered as the spiritual, cultural and geopolitical center of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians — on Monday, April 27. 

A plethora of bird species are expected to show, including yellow-breasted chat, white-eyed vireo, indigo bunting, blue grosbeak, orchard oriole and maybe some bobolinks. 

The 300-acre property is located along the Tuckasegee River in Swain County between Cherokee and Bryson City. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians regained ownership of it in 1996. Nine thousand years of continuous habitation have been documented at the mound at Kituwah.

Carpools will leave from Franklin at 8 a.m. and Dillsboro at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to 828.524.5234.

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