New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee

Birds and Butterflies
at Sandy Creek Park

A Durham Creek Week Activity since 2011

This year, Durham's Creek Week will be March 21-28, 2015. There will be a kick-off at Durham Central Park on March 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Stay tuned for news of oOur 5th annual Bird and Butterfly Festival at Sandy Creek.

In the past, tThis event has featured an “early bird” bird watching, instruction all morning in bird and butterfly identification, environmental education activities for kids and adults, planting of a butterfly garden, and a stream cleanup. Visit the Friends of Sandy Creek Park Facebook page for more details.


Past Festivals

2012 Festival

Schedule of events:

March 17, 9 - 12 a.m.—Stream Cleanup

Stream and park cleanup.

March 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.—Bird and Butterfly Festival

“Early bird” observation walk 8 am
Guided bird and butterfly walks; hikes
Environmental activities for children under 12
Stream water quality testing
Geology and native American exhibit
Tree planting (time TBA)
Free home radon test kits

For information on Creek Week activities elsewhere in Durham, click here for Creek Week flyer (pdf).

2011 Festival

Schedule of events

Saturday, March 19, 2011
8 am-1 pm

Our bird and butterfly festival was great fun. Here are some photos showing highlights of the day.

Helen Youngblood, Rosetta Radtke and Bob Healy planning the event.


Alex Johnson, Durham Urban Forester, and his father marking location for trees.


The Suzuki players provide the entertainment.


Mayor Bill Bell reads the Arbor Day Proclamation.


Mayor Bell plants a tree with help from Alex Johnson.


One of many families who volunteered.


Murray planted at least 5 trees, with a little help.


Our youngest tree-planter.


Rosetta instructs a family on planting the butterfly garden.


Additional families planting the butterfly garden.


Stephanie and other Duke students running the education table.


Schedule of Events for the March 19, 2011 Sandy Creek Bird & Butterfly Festival

8 am Bird walk for “early birders”

9-10:30 Bird walks for adults—every half hour as demand indicates; all levels of expertise welcome

9-10:30 Butterfly walks for adults—every half hour as demand indicates; all levels of expertise welcome

9-11 Creek and park cleanup

10 am-1 pm Educational activities for kids (Duke Nicholas School Env. Ed. Students; using materials from Parks and Rec.) Under 6 group; 6-10 group Age 11-17 and adults: water testing, stream ecology

10 -11 am Planting of butterfly garden—get your hands dirty

11 am Setting of butterfly box (mailbox with species guides) in garden and opening ceremony. Emphasis on accessibility for mobility-impaired users.

11-11:30 Violin Entertainment. Suzuki Talent Education at Durham group

Noon Durham Arbor Day Tree Planting. Remarks by Alex Johnson, Durham urban forester, on native trees in the park and the city. Remarks by public officials. Tree seedlings available to plant in your yard.

12:30-1 Bird walk for adults—all levels of expertise welcome

12:30-1 Butterfly walk for adults—all levels of expertise welcome

1 pm End of formal activities; park open until sunset