The Great Big Sit
The perfect Birdathon experience for beginning birders! Corrinne and Bryan Crawford welcome you to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. More than 2,500 plant species, including rare and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, companion plants and unusual trees, line the pathways of the garden. Stroll by three waterfalls via two picturesque bridges and wander down shaded paths to Crystal Springs Lake. Give your legs a rest and spend a leisurely morning in your lawn chair; sit back with your thermos amidst great company and relax as the birds come to you. 35–50 species frequent this idyllic setting! A Minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date(s): Saturday, April 28, 2018
Meeting Time: as early as 8 a.m. Estimated Return Time: as late as 3 p.m.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Relaxed: We stop to enjoy the habitat and take time to enjoy good looks at common, as well as rare birds with the objective of everyone getting a chance to see the bird.
Walking Distance: 1/4 mile; Trip Duration: As long as you want to stay; Greatest Elevation Gain: no elevation gain; Sun Exposure: 50%; Walking and Trail Conditions: Wheelchair accessible: short distances, frequent stops, meets ADA guidelines. smooth paved trail.
About your Team Leaders, Corrinne and Bryan Crawford: Corrinne and Bryan Crawford have enjoyed their birding hobby together for the past 30 years. They dragged their children on birding expeditions from coast to coast, and now that their children have escaped, they are always finding other ways to share their enthusiasm for birds. Volunteering at many Audubon events has been great fun, and they also enjoy taking Audubon classes to improve their birding skills. Their favorite local birding spot is Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and they have appreciated the opportunity to explore some great refuges around the country, particularly Bosque del Apache (New Mexico), Prime Hook (Delaware), and Great Dismal Swamp (Virginia).