The Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) will sponsor a Nature Festival in conjunction with their Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the former Abersham property, recently acquired by Mecklenburg County, which will become a 243-acre Davidson park. The general public is invited a “sneak peek” of the new property and to join in festivities focusing on bird education and local nature, to attend DLC’s annual meeting, and to witness the unveiling of the new park entrance sign.
“Our annual meeting is the culmination of a year’s worth of work done to preserve lands like Abersham, and the festival highlights our goal of having people experience and appreciate the natural world in Davidson,” explained Pam Dykstra, DLC President.
Visitors are welcome to attend any or all of the following:
- Nature Festival held from 2:00 pm. to 3:30 p.m.
- Nature Hike and Bird Walk, sign up at 2:00 at the Welcome Tent. The hikes are limited to 25 people, first-come, first-served. Both walks are off-trail, moderate in difficulty, and cannot accommodate strollers. The walks begin at 2:15 p.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. The nature hike is led by Dr. Pat Peroni of Davidson College, while the bird hike is led by Dr. Mike Stanback of Davidson College.
- Annual Meeting held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Unveiling of the new park entrance and announcement of official name begins at 4:00 p.m.
Activities for all ages include a nature hike, bird walk, and hands-on educational booths:
- Make pine cone bird feeders and decorate birdhouses with non-toxic materials. Birdhouses cost $10.00 and supplies may be limited (first-come, first-served, one per family).
- Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Led by Rob Van Epps and Taylor Piephoff
- View samples of foods favored by local birds and learn about backyard feeding.
- Speak with experienced nature photographers, and learn from their work on display.
- Experience the ancient sport of falconry as Jackie Barry, a Davidson College student and falconer, displays a live hawk.
To reach the former Abersham property from Main Street in Davidson, proceed east 0.6 miles on Concord Road. Turn left onto Grey Road for 2.8 miles and continue past the first entrance to Abersham(Grey Rd becomes Greystone Road at the Iredell county line). Take a slight right at Shearer Road for 0.1 miles. Turn right at the main entrance to Abersham on Pleasant Garden Drive.