Photos by John Mackay

In spring 2019, with just about a week to go before the start of construction of the highly anticipated extension of McAlpine Creek Greenway (Sardis Road to Providence Road), Mecklenburg County staff and a contractor gathered on site for what should have been a final pre-construction walkthrough.  

With all the boxes on their to-do list nearly checked off, there was nothing that could have delayed the start of construction – except for some amazing birds.  

How could birds lead to the delay of greenway construction?  

Well, to fully understand why, we need to go back even further, to the winter of 2018. 

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