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TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find

  • 07/31/2021
  • 7:00 AM
  • TVA Wetland Viewing Area and Trails


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SANP Field Event

TVA Wetlands and Whatever You May Find

Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 7:00 am


Leader: Dale Potter    Phone:  (865)-773-8114      E-mail:

Meeting place: TVA Wetland Viewing Area and Trails

Registration available:  Beginning today 

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You will have a chance to learn more about Dragonflies and Damselflies from one of our own members that is very knowledgeable about the area and the Dragonflies. Clay Thurston will be sharing his knowledge of the area and information about the various dragonflies and damselflies he has photographed in this area along with other animals and birds in the area.

Description: The TVA Wetland Viewing Area and Trails has dragonflies. Lots of them.  All sizes and various patterns.  It also has birds from cardinals, gold finches, ducks, great blue herons, turtles, and lots of other things including Bugs Bunny.  It is an easy walk on the paved trail. As you enter parts of the wetland area you may think you are back on a farm.  We will start out early.  What we don't see on the way in, we will on the way out.  Bring your long lens as you may find it will work the best for some of the subjects you wish to photograph.  Macro will work on some things but for most things you will want a little longer reach. Patience will be needed as the dragonflies and birds are all skittish.  I decided this location offered a more unique experience than some other locations I checked out.  If you want to photograph cattails, you will find plenty.  If you would like to know more about this area you can google it and read some of the comments about the area.

Learning opportunities: 

This is a good location to work on your technique using macro, zoom, or the lens you prefer. Long lens will be handy.  Crop Sensor cameras may work best for some of you.  You will have several options to explore and play with your camera. Tripod or monopod suggested.

What to wear:  It is July. Dress comfortable. Sunscreen, hat maybe helpful.

What to bring:  Camera, Tripod, water, snacks and whatever you need to be comfortable photographing around the trail and water.  

Walking required: The amount of walking you do will be entirely up to you and how much exploring you want to do. It is about one and half miles round trip on a easy paved trail that we will spend most of the time on. There are some other trails that we may want to check out.

How to find me:  Red Jeep Wrangler

Driving directions:  Google TVA Wetland Viewing Area and Trails. It will take you to the parking area using exit 350 off I-40.  This is about a 45 minute drive from Knoxville.

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37920

 TVA Wetland Viewing Area and Trails

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

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