Poverty Point hosts bird hike

Visitors to Poverty Point State Historic Site will be given a brief introduction to bird watching Sept. 6 by Rosalie Overby of Oak Grove.

The bird hike will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a pair of binoculars (the park staff will provide binoculars upon request, for those without a pair), comfortable walking shoes and water. They should also be prepared for a two-mile walk to look for birds. Visitors are welcome to bring a snack or lunch to be eaten afterward at the designated picnic areas. Beginners and experienced bird watchers will learn to appreciate Poverty Point State Historic Site for the many kinds of birds to be found on the site.

The vast grassy area attracts kildeer, meadow larks, robins, dickcissels, starlings; while the wooded area, with many vines that produce food, attracts different birds. Seasonally migrating hawks and other birds stop for food, shelter and rest at the site.

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