Sign up for one or more nature explorations. Group sizes are limited to 10 and masks must be worn where we cannot spread out.
Where: Confluence Natural Area, 4214 Highland Farm Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
From Hillsborough take Hwy 86 North away from town 1.6 miles from US70. Turn left on Coleman Loop 1.1 miles. Turn left on Highland Farm Rd 2.4 miles. The Confluence is on the left. There is a large sign and a gravel driveway.
Cost Per Person: $5 adults; $3 Eno River Association Members and children under age 18 (plus a processing fee)
Register: Nature Fun Day
Questions: email@example.com or (919)620-9099 ext. 1204
Rain or Shine!
8:00 AM – Birding the Eno: Join us on a morning discovery of the birds of the Eno. We will use sight and sound to identify who is flying through the fields, trees, and sky. Good for both new and experienced birders. Bring your own binoculars but we will have a few to share. This will be about a mile and half walk over 90 minutes. No dogs please. Suggested ages 10 and up.
9:00 AM – Wildflowers of the Confluence: Find out what is blooming in the fields, forest, and flood plain this fall. We will get into some of the life history and benefits uses of the plants. This will be on easy to moderate trails for about two miles in a leisurely 2 hour walk with lots of stops. Suggested ages 12 and up.
10:30 AM – Reptile and Amphibian Safari: The Eno River Association maintains cover boards and tree frog tubes at the Confluence and we will be setting out turtle traps in advance. Come along with us as we check them for turtles, snakes, toads, frogs, lizards, and salamanders. This will be on easy to moderate trails with short excursions into the woods for about two miles in a leisurely 2 hour walk with lots of stops. Suggested ages 8 and up.
2:00 PM – Insect Expedition: Discover the fascinating life of bugs buzzing around us. We will explore our six-legged neighbors in the fields and forest. Collection nets, containers, and magnifying glasses provided. Cameras encouraged. 90-minute program. Suggested ages 8 and up.
4:00 PM – Seining the Creeks: We may get wet! Lots of cool fish call the creeks of the confluence home. Some familiar, others not well known. We will run nets and check fish traps, identify the fish we find and learn thing about their sub-surface lives. Must be able to wade in shallow water (up to your waist) on uneven or muddy creek bottom. Wear footwear that can get wet and suitable to protect your feet from rocks and sticks. This is a two-hour program. Suggested ages 11 and up.
7:00PM – Bat Survey: Using computerized equipment we will capture and identify the echo-location calls of bats native to the Eno. We have enough tablets for everyone to work in pairs. Discover the variety of bats flying around us when it is too dark to even see they are there. Learn about how theses bats live and why they are important to us. This is a 90-minute program. Suggested ages 10 and up.