Page 20

r NATURE

cherokee county is a

are bird. let's start BIRDING!

by Angela Chambers, Canton Resident

If birds at your backyard feeder make your heart flutter, watching birds in the wild will electrify you. Many Cherokee residents have discovered the joys of bird spotting in a state where a wide variety of fowl reside and many more pass through.

Price Webb

is one of the county’s more serious birdwatching enthusiasts. He reports that his third-grade teacher noticed how much he enjoyed nature when he visited her one time outside the city. She suggested to his parents that a pair of binoculars would be a well-received Christmas present. They complied, and his involvement with birding began. His growing interest in ornithology eventually led him to win high school science fair awards and then took him to the Solomon Islands, followed by

20 [www.EnjoyCherokee.com]

trips around the world with friends he met in the birding community. A well-known figure to many in Cherokee County, Price taught science at Sequoyah and Creekview high schools for most of his career. During his time in the Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands, though, he and his wife, Susan, spotted two extremely rare species of birds—Woodford’s Rail, Nesoclopeus woodfordi; and Imitator Hawk, Accipiter imitator. These species had not been seen in eighty-five years, and many biogeographers and ornithologists thought they were extinct. Spotting those and several other birds in the Solomon Islands led

Profile for Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, July/August 2019