Presbyterian Church Hosting Session on Spring Migration of Songbirds - TribPapers

Presbyterian Church Hosting Session on Spring Migration of Songbirds

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Mills River – Mills River Presbyterian Church is set to host a “Church Chat” on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 7pm focusing on the “Spring Migration of Songbirds Through the Southeast.” Led by Pam Torlina, the Community Engagement Director for Conserving Carolina, the session will be open to the public free of charge.

Torlina’s presentation will delve into the fascinating annual cycle of spring migration of songbirds through the southeast region, shedding light on the remarkable feats these creatures undertake to ensure the survival of their species across generations. Attendees can look forward to learning about the diverse songbird species that have already arrived in the area, as well as those expected to follow suit, bringing with them vibrant colors and cheerful melodies of spring.

Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to view bird specimens discussed during Torlina’s talk up close. “Conserving Carolina has a special permit from the federal government to collect and possess bird specimens for educational purposes,” says Torlina.

With nearly 18 years of experience as a biologist at the Conservancy, Torlina boasts over 30 years of expertise as a field biologist, naturalist, and outdoor educator. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with various organizations, including the South Carolina State Park Service, the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation – Youth Bureau, and Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve in Canada.

Conserving Carolina, established in 2017, is dedicated to “protect, restore and inspire appreciation of the natural world.” The organization’s efforts include creating new parks, trails, greenways, and restoring woods, meadows, and wetlands, totaling over 47,000 acres of protected land thus far.

Those interested in attending the event can visit Mills River Presbyterian Church at 10 Presbyterian Church Road in Mills River, accessible from Haywood Road or Highway 280. For more information, individuals can reach out to 828-891-7101 or visit