In accordance with Western Carolina University’s policies in response to COVID-19, the Highlands Biological Station is currently closed to the public, but is open to researchers and faculty on a limited basis. Researchers and faculty interested in reserving research and residential space should contact the HBS office (828-526-2602) for information on availability, rates, and reservations. Field courses, workshops, and HBS Nature Center programming are cancelled for the 2020 season. The HBS Botanical Gardens remain open, except for trails that are closed due to construction.

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CANCELED: Bird Course Ends (1st-12th)

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Biology & Conservation of Birds: June 1 – June 12

Dr. Rob Bierregaard, Drexel University & Academy of Natural Science

Bird diversity is extremely high in the southern Appalachian mountain and Blue Ridge Escarpment region, an area that includes a wide range of plant community types over a nearly 4000-foot range in elevation. This basic course in ornithology covers morphology, systematics, ecology, conservation, and behavior of birds. Numerous field trips in the local area will acquaint students with the rich bird fauna of the region.

Scholarships Available from the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society.
Prerequisites: Introductory biology, ecology, or permission of instructor.

Click here to apply.


June 12
8:00 am - 5:00 pm