Carolina Sandhills

      Southern Pines, NC, USA

      VB
      82 reviews
      Jun 3 - 5, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 8
      Carolina Sandhills
      Southern Pines, NC, USA

      82 reviews

      $NaN
      Jun 3 - 5, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 8

      About this trip

      Join us for a quick weekend getaway to the Sandhills Game Land and the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature preserve outside of Southern Pines, NC.  We’ll explore the diverse 58,000 acre Sandhills Preserve and fire-managed 930 acre Weymouth Woods, focusing on pine savannah specialist birds such as Northern Bobwhite, Bachman’s Sparrow, and the federally-endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, to name a few.  Spring migration will be underway and we will be on the lookout for any northbound migrants as well, anything and everything from warblers, tanagers, buntings and more.

       

      Longleaf pine forest once stretched from the Carolinas to eastern Texas but today only three percent remains. The focus of this trip is one of the best examples of this now rare habitat.  Managed with carefully prescribed burns and the thinning of trees, the Sandhills Gamelands area boasts some of the world’s most diverse plant communities (up to 40 species per square meter!) and some of North America’s rarest birds. The oldest longleaf pine tree in the world is found in Weymouth Woods. We’ll attend nature programs with the Weymouth Woods’ rangers, visit a banding station, and explore the forest with a focus on pine savannah specialists. 


      What’s included

      • Food
      • Accommodation
      • Ground transportation
      • Guide services
      • Airfare
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry
      • Gratuities
      • Items of personal nature

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until May 3, 20236 left

      Room-sharing

      $795
      Deposit: $300
      Single Traveler
      Available until May 3, 20236 left

      For those wanting their own room

      $970
      Deposit: $300


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      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
      82 reviews
      Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

      Reviews

      Terrific birding trip. We had a beautiful chilly morning at Kituwah Farm for birding and even elk viewing. The afternoon at Lake Junaluska was really nice with many water fowl and bald eagles! Loved it. Our guide, Vicky, was very knowledgeable, thoughtful, and fun.
      By Holly J for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 30 Jan, 2023
      Vickie was great! Patient, knowledgeable and passionate- great day trip
      By Peter K for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 30 Jan, 2023
      Great Trip.! Vicky was amazing at finding us birds. She is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, making sure that everyone in the group saw the bird. Kituwah Farm is an interesting place with the Native American history and the elk! Lake Junaluska is a charming community nestled in a valley surrounded by the mountains. There were many ducks there, and Vicky made sure we got to see them all! I would do this trip again.
      By Liz H for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 24 Jan, 2023
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      We did have a great time! The weather was great, a little cool to start with but it warmed up nicely. We saw a variety of birds during the day, including a vesper sparrow, and TWO BALD EAGLES at their nest!!!!! All with the help of our guide, Vickie. I have nothing but good things to say. I recommend birding day trips to beginners, as well as more experienced birders. Thank you
      By sharon w for Kituwah Farm and Lake Junaluska on 23 Jan, 2023
      I loved this trip! Mostly have traveled the Gulf Coast of Florida, so this was a pleasant surprise. We got all our trip birds. I got 7 lifers! This was a beautiful, marshy area, with plenty of birds. Aaron was our guide. He knows his birds! He is professional and accommodating, and he took us to amazing places. He always found us great food to eat! I would do this trip again! Liz H.
      By Liz H for Florida's Space Coast: Scrub-Jays, Snail Kites, & More on 01 Jan, 2023
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