CLC Members: Catawba Wildflower Glen Clean-Up

Friday, March 3 | 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Catawba Wildflower Glen
12001 Riverhaven Drive
Charlotte, NC 28214
Volunteer Workday  | Exotic Plant Removal | Ages 12+ | No Dogs Please

Come clean-up the Catawba Wildflower Glen!  Members of CLC and the NC Native Plant Society are invited to help remove exotic and invasive plants from the glen in order to promote the growth of beautiful native wildflowers.  After a brief introduction, we will enjoy a short, but lovely nature walk through the Catawba Wildflower Glen to our work sites.  We may see some early spring wildflowers like bloodroot and hepatica along the way. We will be cleaning the trail of debris, clearing the bridges of leaves, and pulling invasive Japanese honeysuckle that is encroaching into the glen. We need your help to keep it from spreading! Some people will work with tools and herbicide, but others will be doing old fashioned pulling of invasive plants.  Come help to keep Charlotte beautiful! 

This clean-up is done in partnership with the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  To learn more about native plants please consider joining them for future outings

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. To register contact Mary Ann Harrison (maryann@catawbalands.org).
  • Each member is allowed one guest.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about exotic and native plants, preserved land, and the best way to remove nuisance species.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tissue and Hand Sanitizer (There are no bathroom facilities on site).

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Clothes appropriate for work outdoors
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • Snack

 

CLC Members: Mecklenburg Audubon Society Owl Prowl

Saturday, March 4 | 5:30 pm
Killian Farm: Privatly owned land protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy
1617 Killian Farm Road
Stanley, NC 28164
Low Light | Moderate Bird Watch | All Ages | No Dogs Please

This is a unique opportunity to visit a Catawba Land Conservancy property that straddles the Gaston and Lincoln county line near the Catawba River.  We will be looking and listening for Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owls, and Great Horned Owls.  We will also have the opportunity to see other species as they settle in for the night.  The program will take place on private land in conservation easement with Catawba Lands Conservancy.  Permission to access this land for the Owl Prowl was granted specifically for this event by the Killian Family.  Only CLC members and/or Mecklenburg Audubom Society members are invited to attend this private program.

This hike is in partnership with Mecklenburg Audubon Society.  Consider attending future MAS events to learn more about local birds. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. To register contact Judy Walker (birdwalker@me.com).

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the land and native birds.

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

A few notes from Mecklenburg Audubon Society

Please remember to contact the Field Trip Leader to let him/her know you are coming. This will insure that you are notified of any changes in meeting locations/times and/or cancellations. Plus it is less likely they will leave without you. Please read our Bird Walk guidelines.
All dates are subject to change so please make sure you contact the person listed for the trip to verify date, time and meeting place.
KEY TO PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
Easy – Trails are level to slight grades usually paved – .5-3 miles of walking
Moderate – Trails can be uneven with some hills. 2-4 miles of walking.
Strenuous – Trails vary greatly. 4+ miles of walking.
* – Trails are handicapped accessible.
Field Trip Etiquette
To ensure everyone on the field trip has a productive and enjoyable outing here are a few things to keep in mind.
Contact the leader. Turn cell phones off or to vibrate.
Be on time. Stay with the group.
Carpool whenever possible. Stay behind the leader.
Offer to chip-in for gas. Don’t monopolize someone else’s scope.
Wear muted colors. Avoid blocking other people’s view.
Silence is golden. Help the leader make sure everyone gets to see a bird.
So, the next time you are out birding with a group, whether it’s an MAS field trip or not, keep these things in mind. They will help you see more birds and be more relaxed which is exactly what we want.

Western Counties Trail Round Table

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Carolina Thread Trail is pleased to bring together practitioners from the counties of Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln who work to advance Thread Trail projects in their community for a morning discussion of project successes, challenges, management practices and more on a localized level. We will conclude with an optional hike along the adjacent South Fork Rail Trail following the meeting

Thursday, March 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.IMG_3685
Laboratory Mill
848 Southfork Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Schedule
8am – Light breakfast and welcome
8:30am to 11am – Discussion topics
11am – Wrap up and closing
11:30am – Meeting adjourns
11:30am – Optional lunch. Please bring bag lunch to eat before the hike.
12pm – Optional hike on South Fork Rail Trail

Topics
Being developed. Please send ideas to Bret Baronak at bret@carolinathreadtrail.org.

REGISTER HERE

August 19 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper: Tailrace Marina

Saturday, August 19 | 9 am–12 pm
Tailrace MarinaCRF logo
1000 Marina Village Drive
Mt Holly, NC 28120
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Join us for a moderate, flat-water paddle on this interesting stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will paddle as a group and explore the shoreline within the 16-acre Long Creek Bluff Preserve conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

This paddle is appropriate for paddlers of all levels, especially beginners.

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This program is meant to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate: FREE kayak rental, paddle and life jacket

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray

 

August 19 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Tailrace Marina

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July 15 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper: Tailrace Marina

Saturday, July 15 | 9 am–12 pm
Tailrace MarinaCRF logo
1000 Marina Village Drive
Mt Holly, NC 28120
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Join us for a moderate, flat-water paddle on this interesting stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will paddle as a group and explore the shoreline within the 16-acre Long Creek Bluff Preserve conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

This paddle is appropriate for paddlers of all levels, especially beginners.

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This program is meant to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate: FREE kayak rental, paddle and life jacket

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray

July 15 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Tailrace Marina

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June 24 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Landsford Canal State Park

Saturday, June 24 | 9 am–12 pm
Landsford Canal State ParkCRF logo
2051 Park Drive
Catawba, SC 29704
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Join us for a moderate, flat-water paddle on this interesting stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will paddle as a group and explore the shoreline within the Catawba River. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

This paddle is appropriate for paddlers of all levels, especially beginners.

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This program is meant to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate: FREE kayak rental, paddle and life jacket

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray

 

June 24 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Landsford Canal State Park

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Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Tailrace Marina

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Saturday, May 13 | 9 am – 12 pmCRF logo
Tailrace Marina

1000 Marina Village Drive
Mt Holly, NC 28120
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Join us for a moderate, flat-water paddle on this interesting stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will paddle as a group and explore the shoreline within the 16-acre Long Creek Bluff Preserve conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

FREE kayak rental, paddle, and life jacket, included with per-registration.  Register below to preserve your spot on this FREE and FUN paddle!

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This program is meant to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

May 13 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Tailrace Marina

Register to join us for this paddle!

Kayak Clean-Up for Kids Camp!

Sunday, April 23 | 1 – 4 pmCRF logo

Catawba Trail Clean-Up : Seven Oaks Nature Preserve

Saturday, March 25 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Seven Oaks Preserve TrailCRF logo
6500 South New Hope Road
Charlotte, NC 28012
Trail Clean-up day for Youth!

Volunteer to clean-up the trail adjacent to Lake Wylie with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, while enjoying a hike along a beautiful segment of Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, part of the larger Carolina Thread Trial Network.  This trail runs through a 78-acre preserve, an area conserved by the Catawba Land Conservnacy.  This wonderful service opportunity is especially for youth and their chaperones.

This hike is in partnership with Queen City Joyrides and Charlotte B-cycle. This program is meant to introduce everyone from beginners to experienced bikers to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Find out more details about other Queen City Joyrides at qcjoyrides.com

Catawba Lands Conservancy Members: Native Wildflower Walk May 6

Saturday, May 6 | 9:30 am-11:30 am
Catawba Wildflower Glen
Charlotte, NC
Address and directions will be emailed in advance of the event
1 mile | Easy Nature Walk | Ages 10+

Join us for a guided walking tour of one of this area’s most outstanding natural areas. The Catawba Wildflower Glen is a classic climax or old-growth forest with dramatic topography and a remarkably rich diversity of herbaceous and woody plant species. Mary Stauble, a Catawba Lands Conservancy volunteer and botanist, will lead a 1.5-hour walk through the constructed trails of this area’s richest woodland wildflower habitat. We will notice early blooming flowers and native plants. The 20-acre preserve, owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, is located near Mountain Island Lake in northwestern Mecklenburg County. The site is open only by permission of CLC.  We are proud to invite members of NC Native Plant Society to also attend this fun event.

Location: The week of the program you will see an email with detailed directions to the Wildflower Glen.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.
  • Must be a member of CLC: Catawba Corps, Catawba Corps Friend, Catawba Corps Sustainer, Catawba Corps Society and/or the North Carolina Native Plant Society.
  • Members are welcome to bring one guest.
  • Not a member? Join now.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Snacks

May 6, CLC Members Native Wildflower Walk

Register to join us for the wildflower walk!