Nightjar & Owl Hunt / Butterfly Garden Tour – Saturday, 20 June 2020

Trebek: Bull bats, butterflies and barred owls

Zipperer: What winged wildlife will be seen or heard by the members and guests of the Lebanon Birding Club on Saturday, 20 June 2020?


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 6:00 p.m. The butterfly garden is in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous so don’t miss this opportunity! Please bring a mask to participate in the garden tour, and remember to practice safe physical distancing.

Next, we venture off into the forests and glades in search of nightjars and owls. To join us on the birding expedition, be at the Dixon Merritt Nature Center no later than 7:00 p.m.  It is important that you arrive on time and be a part of the group entering the natural area where we will be birding. After the group enters, the gate will be closed and remain closed until we leave just before 10 PM.

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

Bring a mask (for the garden tour), 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.

It’s going to be fun! We hope to see you on Saturday, 20 June 2020.


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CANCELED – Birding Field Trip & Meeting – Saturday, 18 April 2020


The Lebanon Birding Club, a.k.a. John W Sellars Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, was scheduled to meet at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 18 April 2020 at Cabin 13 in Cedars of Lebanon State Park after a birding field trip scheduled for 7:00 a.m. earlier that morning. However, due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC along with Stay At Home orders issued by Gov. Bill Lee, these activities have been canceled.

No decision has been made for our birding activities scheduled  beyond April 30.



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