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Warriors Path to host Winter Garden Seminar

Staff Report • Jan 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — While spring might seem far away, it’s not too early to start planning for your yard and garden.

To help you get started, Warriors Path State Park will hold its 31st annual Winter Garden Seminar later this month. This year’s seminar, called “Gardening for the Birds,” will be taught by world-class ornithologist Fred J. Alsop III, a faculty member at East Tennessee State University.

About the speaker

Alsop has been a faculty member at ETSU for 46 years and has served as the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, a professor and member of the graduate faculty, and president of the Faculty Senate. He was the first elected faculty member of ETSU’s governing board of trustees.

Alsop has authored 18 books on birds, including eight published by the Smithsonian Institution. Moreover, he has conducted bird identification workshops in eight states for industrial, state and federal agencies. An avid birder, he has led international birding trips and has recorded more than 4,700 species on his life list.

He has been recognized in Tennessee with several conservation and environmental awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University in fine arts and biology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in zoology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

About the seminar

The event will be held Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, and participants should meet at the recreation building. Alsop will explain how to make your yard more attractive, while also making it more attractive to native birds.

The discussion will focus on both landscaping and gardening tips, along with other habitat improvements that will encourage our “feathered friends” to visit your garden and stay a while. Plan to spend a brisk winter morning learning how to lure these helpful, beautiful creatures to your neighborhood.

After Alsop’s talk, there will be a short, optional winter bird walk. Bring binoculars if you can, and come dressed for the weather.

Registration

The seminar is $5 per person, and preregistration can be completed at reserve.tnstateparks.com/register/31st-annual-winter-garden-seminar-WPSP-2020.

For more information, call (423) 239-6786.