Birds, Bugs, and Blooms Nature Walk

Bill Dunson will lead the third Saturday “Birds, Bugs and Blooms” nature
walk on September 19, 2020 at 8:30-10:45 am. We will walk a 2.5 mile
long loop on the Boone Greenway and Kennedy Trails. Meet at the parking
lot off Hunting Hills Lane (turn at new community pool/fire station on
State Farm Rd and turn left just before the river bridge into lot). All
must wear covid masks and practice social distancing. No dogs or
smoking please. Rain or shine. No reservations. Contact for additional information.

The purpose of the walk is to identify plants and animals seen and to
discuss community ecological interactions and how they are influenced by
humans both past and present. Despite the fact that the Greenway is
near the heart of Boone it contains a wide variety of natural, disturbed
and created habitats. The wide trail passes along the headwaters of the
S Fork of the New River, through a mature white pine forest, across
recreational fields, along created/restored wetlands in the alluvial
river floodplain, up a hill into sub-climax hardwood forests, and
through a former farmed area with degraded vegetation. We will be
especially looking for bioindicators of previous land uses (such as
shade intolerant black locust and white pine), the proliferation of
exotic species (such as bittersweet and barberry), and evidence of
widespread damage due to deer herbivory (understory sapling species tend
to be toxic and do not match trees present overhead).

Bill Dunson is a retired biology professor from Penn State University.
You can access his nature blog at:


Sep 19 2020


8:30 am - 10:45 am
Blue Ridge Chapter - Daniel Boone Native Gardens


Blue Ridge Chapter - Daniel Boone Native Gardens
651 Horn in the W Dr #5801, Boone, NC 28607


Blue Ridge Chapter