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Nationally recognized ornithologist Simon Thompson joins us during the spring migration to help us locate and identify the birds that surround the Lodge. Simon has led trips throughout the world for birders and naturalists, and is very active in conservation and birding organizations in Western North Carolina.
Simon Thompson owns and operates his own bird watching and natural history tour company, Ventures, Inc., based in Asheville, NC. The company leads small groups of naturalists and birders both within North America and to many locations throughout the world.
In western North Carolina, he is also the ornithologist at Chimney Rock Park and is active with both the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and the Henderson County Bird Club. Since moving permanently to the US in 1987, Simon has been the ornithologist and nature director at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) in Tryon, NC. He has been active in various conservations activities, is a member of the American Birding Association and the Carolina Bird Club, and plans many bird watching talks and programs throughout western NC.
Simon and his partner, Chris, own the Asheville, NC Wild Birds Unlimited Store. As well as selling a great line of top quality bird seed and feeders, they also stock an excellent selection of bird houses, books, binoculars and a unique line of North Carolina nature gifts. #SMLOutdoors... See MoreSee Less
The Zachrys continue to entertain and enlighten Snowbird’s guests on informative and enjoyable hikes in our area. Having completed the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005, Joel and Kathy return eager to share their experiences by leading investigative walks and narrative hikes through local mountain scenery. Joel is a retired college biology professor and Kathy is a retired medical company executive who brings to Snowbird more than 50 years of collective outdoor experience.
Joel and Kathy are program managers and the longest-serving naturalist couple for the award-winning Smoky Mountain Field School. They also lead backcountry trips to Alaska through their Great Outdoors! Adventure Travel company. The Zachrys are also the authors of Bears We’ve Met, short stories of close encounters, available at the Lodge gift shop.
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Wine Dinner with John McCune
2019 Thanksgiving Celebration at Snowbird Lodge