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Friday, April 26 | Saturday, April 27 | Sunday, April 28

You can now pre-register and pay for all events online.
Please look over the schedule completely before registering.

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NOTE: Friday's Oneal Float Trip requires a separate registration.
The link to that registration is below the information on it..

Comfort Inn - Brownsville

Planning to spend the weekend with us?
Ask for the "Delta Heritage Rate" at the Comfort Inn in Brownsville.

Please call the hotel directly to get the special rate, 731-734-2676.

All activities, unless otherwise noted, will take place or originate at the
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

(I-40 @ Exit 56, behind McDonald's)
121 Sunny Hill Cove

View West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in a larger map 


Friday, April 26

9 a.m.
11 a.m.

Explore the Outdoors - Canoe Oneal Lake

NOTE: To register for this canoe trip, you must use the separate registration link below at the end of the description or call the Delta Heritage Center directly at 731-779-9000.

LOCATION: Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
6772 Highway 76 South, Stanton, TN 38069

Leader: Tara Dowdy, Refuge Ranger

2 Trips: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Each float is limited to 14 people.
Please choose the time most convenient for you. There is no charge for the Oneal Lake canoe trips.

Meet at the Hatchie Refuge Office on Oneal Lake for a quick Canoeing 101 before taking to the water. No age limitations.  During the canoe trip participants will learn about our National Wildlife Refuge System, what we do at West TN Refuges and why, identify local birds, etc.

REGISTER FOR THIS FLOAT TRIP HERE - ONLINE or by calling the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

1-3 p.m.

Clean Up

Here's your opportunity to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and help the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR) in the process.

Volunteers will meet at Oneal Lake on the HNWR to help pick up plastics, fishing lines and other trash that harms our natural spaces and wildlife.

The accumulation of plastic and plastic pollution have become a worldwide epidemic and a primary threat to birds across the globe. An estimated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since its introduction in the 1950s. 91% of plastic is not recycled, but rather discarded as waste, accumulating in landfills and the natural environment. That is why the 2019 conservation theme for World Migratory Bird Day is, “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

6 p.m.

Opening Reception

Temple Adas Israel,
135 North Washington, Brownsville TN 38012

Entertainment by
Dirt Pilgrims
The Dirt Pilgrims

Quirky, off-beat, folk band...
out of Jackson TN

7 p.m.

Opening Presentation:
Farm Bill Support For Wildlife

More than 90% of the land in Tennessee is privately owned.  To successfully manage the state’s wildlife resources, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) works cooperatively with private landowners to create property that is welcoming to wildlife. 

Learn more about the Federal Farm Bill support for wildlife, cost share opportunities and habitat objectives for quail and pollinators.

Presenter: Gordon Counts (bio)
Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist / NRCS Partnering Biologist

Presentation followed by a Question and Answer session.


Saturday, April 27

Morning Walks and Bird Watching
on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

All activities Saturday and Sunday originated from the
Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville

Experienced and beginner birders are invited to join leading bird experts on walks in the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and other areas in Haywood County, Tenn. Please choose the walk that is best for you; taking into account the time the walks will spend in the field.

NOTE: Please come prepared. This includes binoculars, bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.

There are no costs for the guided walks, but space is limited. Please pre-register to guarantee your spot on the walk of your choice.

7 a.m.

Bird and Nature Walk:

This walk is limited to the first 24 registrants.

7 - 11 a.m. (4 hours)

NOTE: Please come prepared to spend the morning in the field. This includes binoculars, bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.


8:00 -
10 a.m.

Bird and Nature Walk with Basic Photography

Bring your camera, tripod and camera manual for this bird watching walk. Learn basic nature photography skills while enjoying the outdoors. This walk is limited to the first 24 registrants.

Leader: Watt Wallace

NOTE: Please come prepared to spend 2 hours in the field. This includes bug spray and staying hydrated. While some water will be provided, extra is always good to have.

8:30 a.m.

Basic Birding: A Beginners Introduction to Bird Watching

Birds of TennesseeCOST: $10 per person


You may register up to 4 people. Payment required with registration.

Delve into the world of birds in this class designed for beginning birders. In this introductory class we will cover the basics of equipment and how to identify species. We will begin with a PowerPoint that will explore binoculars, field guides, identification, and other topics. Finally we will conclude with a short walk to put that knowledge into practical application. Pricing is $10 per person and includes the "Birds of Tennessee Field Guide" by Stan Tekiela. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please bring water and binoculars if possible.

Presenter: Park Ranger Dustin Crowell (bio)
Natchez Trace State Park

10:30 a.m.

Randy Hedgepath - Tennessee State NaturalistThe Joy of
Wildlife Watching

West Tennessee is the best part of the state for watching wildlife, in all its many forms. Birds, of course, top the list, but don’t forget mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and insects such as butterflies. Join State Naturalist for an illustrated talk about enjoying nature in its many forms and learn some great places to do so with an emphasis on West Tennessee beauty spots.

Presenter: Randy Hedgepath (bio), State Naturalist

11:30 a.m.

Meet-up for Lunch

Hikers will meet back at the Center for lunch and an opportunity to discuss your discoveries with the experts

You are welcome to visit nearby restaurants, explore Historic Downtown Brownsville and visit with onsite exhibitors.

12 p.m.

Birds of Prey - EagleBirds of Prey

Live bird demonstrations that utilizes injured birds of prey including the Bald Eagle.

Presenter: David Haggard (bio)
Ranger Naturalist,
Tennessee State Parks

1 p.m.

How to Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly

Tony LanceIdeas for improving the wildlife habitat in your own backyard so that you can join the thousands of people across the country who are planning and planting for birds and pollinators.

Presenter: Tony Lance (bio)
Tennessee Wildlife Federation

2 p.m.

Creation Care

Making connections between faith, scripture, and Creation care -- with a special look at birds in scripture -- and practical steps you can take to "tend the Earth."

Presenter: Martha Lyle Ford (bio)

3 p.m.

Butterfly and Wildflower Walk

Walk will last aprox. 1 - 1.5 hours

Hike Leaders: John Froeshauer
Middle Tennessee Regional Naturalist, Retired

Explore and learn more about area butterflies, wildflowers and what nature provides us to see.

5 - 7 p.m.

It's a BirdFest

Cost: $10 per person

Join us for burgers and conversations. Get to know your fellow birdwatchers at a special cook-out just for BirdFest attendees. Your $10 fee includes burger, chips, dessert and drink.

Location, and map, will be a part of your registration information and available at check in on the day of the festival.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Delta Heritage Center

7 p.m.

Sunset at Oneal Lake
Nocturnal Walk - Creatures of the Night

Brian RobertsMeet at Oneal Lake to watch the sunset and a guided walk around the lake focusing on the night critters. Experience the lake after dark.

The gates will be open until 10 p.m. for self-guided tours around the lake, as well. Be on the lookout for bats and otters among others. Be sure and bring mosquito repellent.

Leader: Brian Roberts
Manager, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge


Sunday, April 28

7 a.m.

Informal Birding Hike and Excursion

Leader: Bob Ford (bio)

Wildlife Biologist
National Corrdinator, Partners in Flight

Excursion will leave from the Delta Heritage Center. Participants will car pool. Length of hike up to 4 hours.

Afternoon Seminars will be at
Willow Oaks Farm
2351 Hwy. 54 N., Brownsville, TN 38012
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1:00 p.m.

Sarah and David LevyA Tour of Pollinator Plants for All Seasons

Come see, touch, and smell the blooms that attract pollinators! Willow Oaks Flower Farm has been growing plants for West Tennessee for over 70 years.  

Sarah & David Levy, Willow Oaks Flower Farm


3:00 p.m.

Backyard Birding

"What I love most about birding is that it can be done almost anywhere at almost any time. We know we have a playful Creator when we see the beauty, diversity, and magic in the many birds that share our world."

Presenter: Larry Chitwood (bio)

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