Summit 2018

Summit 2018: Program

Are you ready for the BEST weekend of the year?

Audubon NC's Summit 2018: "Migration in the Mountains" is for all Audubon members and anyone interested in birds and their habitats.


The full weekend program is below. Please don't forget to:

  • Review the options for bird walks
  • Register for your preferred bird walks when you purchase your ticket for the weekend (coming June 7)
  • Explore Asheville!


3PM: Check-in time at the Crowne Plaza Resort

5:30 – 7PM: Friday Evening Reception

"Birds, Brews, and Bluegrass in the River Arts District"
Join our hosts, Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, for a reception in Asheville’s River Arts District at The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, locally crafted beers and wine at a cash bar, and bluegrass music by a local band. Then head out with friends for dinner on your own at one of the many popular Asheville restaurants, many within walking distance.

7PM: Dinner on your own


7:30AM - 4PM: Full-day birding trips #1 and #2 (details here)

7:30AM - 4PM: Half-day morning (#3, #4, #6, #7, #8, #9) and afternoon (#5) birding trips (details here)

2 - 4PM: Conservation workshops at the Crowne Plaza

6 - 7PM: Audubon North Carolina Reception

Poolside at the Crowne Plaza Resort 
Come relax and share the sightings of the day with your fellow birders around the pool at this reception hosted by Audubon North Carolina. Cash bar.

7 - 9:30PM: Banquet Awards Dinner

Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Resort
Join us for a buffet dinner and keynote speech by David Ringer, Chief Network Officer of the National Audubon Society. David Ringer will share insights on bird protection and how to engage people with practical conservation solutions in his keynote address, “Protecting Birds and the Places they Need: Today and Tomorrow.”

The evening will end with our awards presentations in the categories of Honorary Warden, BirdLore Conservation Award, and Volunteer of the Year.


7:30AM - 11:45AM: Half-day morning (#10, #11, #12) birding trips (details here)

2 - 4PM: Conservation workshops at the Crowne Plaza


Field trips are first-come, first-served. Some will fill up, so register early to get your first choices (starting June 7)! When planning your Saturday trips there are two ways to go:

1. Pick one of the two full-day birding trip options, OR

2. Pick from the morning and afternoon options

See our Saturday and Sunday planner here to help you plan the perfect birding weekend!

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