This site includes an 8.4 km (5.2 mile)
section of the Blue Ridge Parkway from about Lane Pinnacle Overlook (milepost 372.1) to Craven Gap (milepost 377.3).
The elevation varies from about 945 m (3,100 feet) along the parkway to about 1,160 m (3,806 feet) on the upper slopes of Swan Mountain and Bull Mountain. Public access to the area is available along the parkway and one can stop at any of several overlooks. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular National Parks in the United States with more than 3 million visitors annually.

Ornithological Summary

This site supports one of North Carolina?s most significant populations Cerulean Warblers. The species has been documented between Craven Gap and Lane Pinnacle Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway for at least 20 years. The first record of Ceruleans at this site was published in The Chat, in 1983 (Vol. 48, page 101). The population appears to be stable or increasing. Numerous other neotropical species breed here as well.

Conservation Issues

Logging, residential and commercial development on private lands.

Loss of important habitats to logging and residential or commercial development is a primary threat and key issue. Permanent protection of tracts not currently protected should be a priority. Surveys for Cerulean Warblers should be continued and expanded away from the Blue Ridge Parkway to better determine the extent of habitat occupied by this population.

Ownership

The section of this site along the Blue Ridge Parkway is protected by the National Park Service. Private lands are also included in this Important Bird Area.

Habitat

Mixed hardwoods dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), oak (Quercus spp.), hickory (Carya
spp.), and locust (Robinia pseudo-acacia).

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