Nightjar & Owl Hunt / Butterfly Garden Tour – Saturday, 19 June 2021

Trebek: Butterflies, bull bats and barred owls

Zipperer: What winged wildlife will be seen or heard by the members and guests of the Lebanon Birding Club on Saturday, 19 June 2021?


First up, a tour of the Native Plant & Butterfly Garden at Cedars of Lebanon State Park led by Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Linda Robertson. Linda established and maintains the garden and will go deep catalog sharing her knowledge of the plants and animals that call this magnificent garden home. Everyone is invited. To participate meet at the Dixon L. Merritt Nature Center by 6:15 p.m. The butterfly garden is in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous so don’t miss this opportunity!

Next, we venture off into the glade of southern Wilson County in search of nightjars and owls. To join us on the birding expedition, be at the Nature Center by 7:00 p.m.  We will make our way into the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest a few miles west of the park with Stephen Zipperer leading the way.

Expect to hear Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Chuck-will’s Widow, Eastern Whippoorwill, and Common Nighthawk. If we’re lucky, we might catch sight of one or two of these birds.

Bring a comfortable lawn chair, water and a snack if you wish. Mosquito repellent might also come in handy. We will be out until 10:00 PM or so.

It’s going to be fun! We hope to see you on Saturday, 19 June 2021.


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Field Trip to Edgar Evins State Park – Saturday, 15 May 2021

The John W Sellars Chapter of TOS is heading to Edgar Evins State Park in Dekalb County on Saturday, 15 May 2021 in search of the elusive Cerulean Warbler and other spring migrants. The best birding is in early morning, so we will gather at the Edgar Evins SP Visitors Center / Office between 7:30 and 8:00 AM.

For a glimpse of what we might see and hear at Edgar Evins, download the park’s birding flyer here: Birds of Edgar Evins State Park


There are numerous hiking trails throughout the park ranging in difficulty from easy to moderately strenuous.  Likewise, 5 miles of tree-lined paved roads twist and turn through the wooded park offering many excellent birding opportunities. Of course the weather during May I can likewise range from “easy to moderately strenuous” so dress accordingly. As always, bring  a mask, water and snacks.

The park office is located at: 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Rd, Silver Point, TN 38582.

Directions to Edgar Evins State Park

It takes about 35 minutes to reach Edgar Evins State Park from Lebanon. From the I-40 eastbound on-ramp at mile marker 238 (Hwy 231 S. ) travel east 30 miles and get off at exit 268. Turn right onto TN-96 S. and travel 3.6 miles. Continue straight onto Edgar Evins State Park Road for another 1.7 miles and the park office will be on your right.

Pap from Lebanon to Edgar Evais State ParkClick the image above or the link below for the live Google Map

Google map to Edgar Evins State Park from Lebanon

Thanks and we will see you on Saturday, 15 May 2021.


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