Bird Enthusiasts Flock to Lunch and Learn at Grand Ecore

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Attendees embark on a bird walk led by Terri Jacobson at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center.

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA), hosted a brown bag lunch and learn lecture entitled, “Backyard Birding: A Discussion on Migratory Birds in the Red River National Wildlife Refuge” Jan. 27 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grand Ecore Visitor Center.

Fifty local and regional bird enthusiasts attended to hear guest lecturer, Terri Jacobson from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Red River National Wildlife Refuge (RRNWR) discuss the migratory birds traveling through the RRNWR. Jacobson demonstrated birdwatching techniques that could be used at home or in the field and then accompanied the group on a bird walk around the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. “Situated on a bluff 80 feet above the Red River, the center provides a unique vantage point for visitors to catch a glimpse of the birds traveling through the region,” remarked Steven Fullen, CRNHA Director of Interpretation. “We invite visitors who are interested in birdwatching, but who were unable to attend the lecture to opt outside with us and check out a pair of our binoculars and hike the scenic trail,” he continued.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Grand Ecore Visitor Center is open Wednesday – Friday 10AM-4PM. For more information, contact 318.356.5555.

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Terri Jacobson, RRNWR Refuge Ranger (far left) points out an American Goldfinch on the bird walk.