on Apr 07, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 3921

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Hope Audubon Society to open a wildlife observation platform – where viewers can spot eagles, ducks and other wildlife – at Jordan Lake.

The Commission and its partners will celebrate the opening with a ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the site, off Martha’s Chapel Road in Chatham County. After that, it will be open to the public for wildlife viewing.

The event will feature a nature hike to the platform, which overlooks the lake. A wetland area – prime habitat for salamanders and frogs – is nearby.

Spotting scopes will be set up to view eagles and other birds, and participants can see songbirds, salamanders and native plants during the brief hike from the parking lot to the viewing platform. Representatives from the Commission, New Hope Audubon Society and Army Corps of Engineers will be on hand to make comments.

Directions to the wildlife observation platform:

From Raleigh: Take US 64 west and just after crossing the Chatham County line turn right (north) onto 751.  Go 3.7 miles and turn left (west) onto Martha's Chapel Road.  Go ~2.2 miles and the entrance will be on the right, marked by a “Watchable Wildlife” binoculars sign.

From Pittsboro: Take US 64 east and after crossing Jordan Lake turn left (north) onto Farrington Road.  Go 4 miles and turn right (east) onto Martha's Chapel Road.  Go 0.6 miles and the entrance will be on the left.

From Chapel Hill/Durham/I-40: From I-40 exit 274 take 751 south ~8.4 miles and turn right (west) onto Martha's Chapel Road.  Go ~2.2 miles and the entrance will be on the right.

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