Birding

From the spruce-fir forests at the highest elevations down to the valley bottoms, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides nesting habitat for northern and southern birds alike. Dozens of other species pass through the Parkway on their spring and fall migrations. In all, more than 250 bird species have been observed along the Parkway.

About 20 percent of the Parkway’s breeding birds, including Veery, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-throated Green Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Canada Warbler, are more typically found in more northern climates. Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks can occasionally be found singing on fence posts in the meadows and pastures.

One of the greatest wildlife success stories is the return of the Wild Turkey, often seen in the spring with a brood of young scurrying into the woods? edge. Great Blue Herons and Wood Ducks are benefiting from the return of beavers and are often found in beaver ponds, as well as in streams and man-made lakes. Peregrine Falcons, reintroduced to the Southern Appalachians, have recently begun to nest again on the Parkway.