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Site MAH11: Evans Tract on Cowpasture River
Elevation: 1137 ft. Evan's Tract provides access to Cowpasture River and its adjoining fields and woodland. The numerous hay fields in this area support a variety of open country species such as northern bobwhite, indigo bunting, and song sparrow. The neighboring woodland edges hold expected species such as red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers, blue jay, American crow, Carolina wren, northern cardinal, American robin and American goldfinch. The banks of the river should be checked for great blue and green herons as well as the occasional wood duck or belted kingfisher. Damselflies also frequent the river and both powdered dancer and American rubyspot are plentiful. The hay fields along the river attract a variety of butterflies including eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails, eastern tailed-blue and a confusing array of duskywings and skipper.
From Callie Furnace, return to Rt. 622 and turn right; travel south 0.5 miles to Rt. 633. Turn left and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.4 miles to US 220. Cross US 220 and continue east on Rt. 633 for 2.5 miles. Evans Tract is on the left just after crossing the Cowpasture River.