UNCA Presents 30th Annual Spring Wildflower and Bird
Pilgrimage May 3-5
UNC Asheville’s Biology Department will hold its 30th
annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage May 3-5. Fifteen
special events will focus on local flora and fauna. All events are free
and open to the public.
** The annual event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, with a talk on
wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians by Scott Dean. Dean, a freelance
naturalist with a bachelor’s degree in biology from UNCA, has
specialized in the history, folklore and traditional uses of the
wildflowers in the region. He is a long-standing walk leader for the
pilgrimage and is currently developing natural history programs for the
** Saturday, May 4, features ten guided half-day tours and activities.
These field trips include a birding trip, a nature walk to the Ray mine
and other adventures. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the Botanical Gardens will host
"Day in the Gardens," featuring plant and craft vendors,
lectures, music, a photography exhibit, workshops and birding and
wildflower identification tours.
The day comes to an end with a slide show at 7:30 p.m. in UNCA’s
Robinson Hall Auditorium. Nature photographer George Raming presents his
work depicting local mountains, waterfalls and wildflowers.
** Events on Sunday, May 5, will include a birding trip along the Blue
Ridge Parkway starting at 7 a.m. and a wildflower walk in Shinn Gardens
starting at 2 p.m.
Registration for all events begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the lobby of
UNCA’s Robinson Hall. The fee is $3 for adults, $1 for students, and
includes all tours and talks.
For more information, call UNCA Assistant Biology Professor David
Clarke at 828/232-5151.
- Dr. David Clarke, UNCA Assistant Professor of Biology, 828/232-5151
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526