[Bristol-Birds] Nature Schedule Cranberry Festival (Sat.)

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 11:25:56 -0400

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival 2003
Bog Tours and Field Trips

Bog Watch with the Bristol Bird Club

Quarry Bog Preserve

(Left off Hwy 133 approx. 1 mile from crossroads)

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Spotting scopes will be set up. 

Join local birding enthusiasts for a close look at resident and migrant bird 

Self-guiding Cranberry Bog Tour

12 Noon - 3:00 PM

Drive yourself and set your own pace. 

This 3-stop tour will take you to the Jesse Jenkins Cranberry Bog, Orchard Bog 
Preserve wetlands restoration, and the Shady Valley Ruritan Club Cranberry 
Nursery. Well-informed staff will provide interpretation at each location. 
(Round Trip: approx. 5 miles)

Pick up detailed instructions at the Information Tent on Saturday.

Natural History and Scenic Bicycle Tour 

(You must bring your own bike)

1:30 PM

This free tour begins at 1:30 PM behind the Ruritan picnic shelter. It is 
located at the far end of the school grounds past the pavilion. Allow at least 
2 hours. 

This tour will include a stop at School Yard Springs, a peddle through old 
growth forest, and visits to the Ruritan Club cranberry nursery, Jesse Jenkins 
Cranberry Bog, and Orchard Bog Wetlands Restoration. 

The tour will be led by local naturalist Jamey Donaldson 

School Yard Springs Nature Walk

2:00 PM

Walk with Chris O'Bryan, a Shady Valley resident and outstanding teenage 

as he leads a nature walk into The Nature Conservancy's Schoolyard Spring 

located behind the school and festival grounds. This walk of less than an hour 
and 100 yards will include a look at unusual plant and tree life, the artesian 
springs, and a wonderful up-close interpretation as you walk over a new, sturdy 
boardwalk and along a great wetlands.

This event is sponsored by: Bristol Bird Club and Shady Valley Ruritan Club.

Driving Tour to John R. Dickey Birch Branch Sanctuary

The John R. Dickey Birch Branch Sanctuary (known locally as White Oak Flats) 
will be open for touring by car and on foot. Ask for directions from Nature 
Conservancy staff serving in the Bog Room of the Shady Valley Elementary School 

Cranberry Bog Tour

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival 

October 11, 2003

From 12 Noon-3:00 PM beginning at the 

Orchard Bog Preserve

You will need to drive yourself

Welcome to Shady Valley, Home of the Cranberry Festival. If you are visiting 
Shady for the first time, you may have expected to see cranberries floating by 
the roadsides in flooded bogs like you would in Massachusetts or Wisconsin. We 
don't want to disappoint you, but cranberries are not cultivated as a crop in 
the valley. Their presence here is more subtle and has continued for thousands 
of years. So, we want to share with you the story of cranberries in the 
Southern Appalachians, how they got here, why they are still here, and what is 
being done to perpetuate them. 

The answers to these questions can be found by visiting several sites in the 
valley where we have stationed natural history interpreters. They will share 
information with you about cranberries and other unusual plants, wetland 
ecology, and on-going efforts in local conservation.


The route is marked with cranberry signs with arrows to assist you. Beginning 
at the "crossroads" go north on US 421 toward Bristol and turn left at the 
first arrow onto Orchard Road. Continue for a couple of miles until you see a 
sign pointing you left into a graveled parking area with a little rock 
building. Park here. Staff of The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, will share 
with you some of the story of bog and wetlands restoration at the Conservancy's 
65 acre Orchard Bog Preserve. They will also direct you to the Jenkins Bog. 
Here ecologist Rick Foster will explain the significance of this tiny but 
intact native cranberry bog.

When leaving Orchard Bog turn left onto Orchard Road once again. Continue about 
1 mile until you see another left turn arrow. Follow this graveled road until 
you see a small parking sign. You will park on the right and continue on foot 
straight through the gate of the yard. Watch your step as the ground is uneven 
on the way to the Shady Valley Ruritan Club's cranberry nursery. Todd Eastin of 
the Ruritan Club will greet you and explain how these nursery beds with 
fruiting cranberries play a role in the valley's cranberry bog restoration. 

To return to the School from the cranberry nursery, turn left at Orchard Road 
(paved) and left again at the "T" at Hwy 91. Continue to the crossroads and 
back to the school and parking.

We hope you have found this interpretive tour informative and invite you to 
return in the future for updates on wetlands restoration in Shady Valley. For 
more information on the work of The Nature Conservancy visit the exhibit room 
in the Shady Valley School.

Let's go birding....

Wallace Coffey

Bristol, TN


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