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Flight of the Timberdoodle

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 5:00pm

Some folks call it a bog sucker. Others refer to it as a timberdoodle. Birdwatchers know it as the American woodcock. It’s a sandpiper that lives in the woods! These charismatic birds have one of the strangest courtships of any North American species and it’s happening now … at Lake James State Park!

Walking The Wetlands

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 1:45pm

Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be meeting a group of adventurous hikers to the Old Catawba River to search for aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. The wetland habitat in this area is rich in biodiversity and rarely visited by humans. Meet Ranger Weaver at the Canal Bridge Boat Access on NC 126 at 1:45 p.m. for a 2 p.m. carpool caravan to the site.

Winter Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:45pm

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas.

Winter Waterfowl Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 02/22/2019 - 9:45am

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants.

Winter Bird Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 9:00am

Looking for a unique way to spend quality time with your Valentine? Hermit thrushes, cedar waxwings, American goldfinches and brown creepers are among the many species of birds that spend the winter at Lake James. Ranger Jamie Cameron will be on hand to lead the hike, spot and identify birds along the way. The hike will take place on the 2.25-mile Fox Den Loop Trail.

Winter Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/09/2019 - 1:45pm

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas.

Astronomy For Everyone

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 02/08/2019 - 6:00pm

Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey will be co-hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing. Learn some basic star gazing tips and take home your own star chart. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to bring your own if you have them.

Amazing Eagles

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:00am

Easily the nation’s most iconic and easily identified birds (at least the adults), the bald eagle is the cherished symbol of our great country, but what do you know about its life cycle and habits? Lake James hosts a healthy population of eagles throughout the year – including a nest site that has been active for more than a decade.

Flight of the Timberdoodle

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 5:00pm

Some folks call it a bog sucker. Others refer to it as a timberdoodle. Birdwatchers know it as the American woodcock. It’s a sandpiper that lives in the woods! These charismatic birds have one of the strangest courtships of any North American species and it’s happening now … at Lake James State Park!

Winter Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 01/26/2019 - 9:45am

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly if you are one of the eight lucky participants.