Mountain Wildlife Days


Mountain Wildlife Days is an event, held each year in mid-July, featuring unique opportunities for both children and adults to get up close and learn more about “wildlife and wild places”.

Scroll down on this page for schedule information, updates on  hiking, and a list of all the world class presenters! 

The 2021 Mountain Wildlife Days will continue to put emphasis on a variety of “live” animal presentations along with providing unique opportunities to experience nature in a positive and meaningful way.

Held July 16 - 17, 2021 at

Sapphire Valley.

Below is the full 7 minute promo with great interviews and wildlife from the
8th annual Mountain Wildlife Days!

MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE DAYS

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

The Balsam Mountain Trust will feature some of their “flying” raptors along with a variety of other birds of prey, including an American Eagle. On Friday afternoon, one of our very popular wildlife educators, Carlton Burke, will do a special free admission, “Owls-Masters of the Night” presentation for the Sapphire Valley campers, Boys and Girls Club and other area youth groups. (Image: Mountain Wildlife Days)

mountain wildlife days

GUIDED HIKES

A popular outdoor aspect on Friday morning involves hikes to scenic area locations, led by expert hike leaders. In addition, the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, hopefully will provide another informative “Bird Walk” to learn more about our area birds. These activities are free, however, advance sign-up at the Sapphire Valley Community Center is required.

mountain wildlife days

SILENT AUCTION AND SPECIAL GUEST

Friday night includes the opening of MWD’s Silent Auction. A very special guest, comedian Geraldine Regan and her puppet, “Ricky” will entertain the audience on Friday night. Geraldine is a highly regarded performer and brings Ricky to life for the audience! Bill Lea, who has been a part of all 13 past MWD events, will be sharing some of his outstanding photographs and Caring for Creation comments during the second portion of Friday night’s program. (Image: Bill Lea)

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!

Several of the programs offer up close and personal visits with wildlife!

SPECIAL PROGRAMS… 

…INCLUDE RAPTORS, AN AMERICAN EAGLE, OWLS, REPTILES AND SNAKES, WOLVES AND MUCH MORE!

STAFF FOR 2021 MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE DAYS 

CARLTON BURKE—A naturalist and educator, he operates an educational service called “Carolina Mountain Naturalist” which specializes in presenting “live” animal and nature programs along with displays for a variety of organizations in Western North Carolina. 

MICHAEL SKINNER—An experience naturalist, he provides leadership for the Balsam Mountain Nature Preserve. His “live” raptors program includes an American eagle, hawks, owls, and others which provide an up close experience 

BILL LEA—A noted black bear expert, Lea is a world class nature photographer and wildlife advocate. He has been an important part of all 14 Mountain Wildlife Days. 

GERALDINE REGAN—Along with her puppet, “Ricky”, Geraldine is a wildlife advocate and has noted humorist for organizations throughout the county. 

ROB GUDGER—He is a wolf expert who provides a unique up close experience with his “live” wolves. He is a major favorite for both adults and children for many years at MWD. 

ZOO TO YOU—Their “Wildlife Wonders” program provide a variety of “live” animals for the audience. They have been featured on Animal Planet, local television and are nationally recognized as outstanding wildlife educators. 

THESE OUTSTANDING PRESENTERS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY MWD SPONSORS AND THE SAPPHIRE VALLEY RESORT MANAGEMENT.


For more information, contact the Sapphire Valley Community Centerz; 828-743-7663 or 
email: blackbears66@gmail.com

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