June-August Newsletter Is Now Online!
Yes, Forsyth Audubon does have events during the summer. In the June-August Newsletter, read about the opening of the Yadkin River Nature Trail at Tanglewood Park and our search for Wood Thrushes with GPS tags we attached last year. Check our calendar for other summer activities, including bird walks, birds and beer and more.
New Officers Are Elected for 2015-16!
At our May meeting, we elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2015-16. Congratulations to Rob Rogers, President; Ana Clara Melo, Vice President; Howard Coston, Treasurer; and Craig McCleary, Secretary. Much thanks to outgoing Carol Gearhart for her outstanding leadership during the past year, as we continued our Wood Thrush project, developed the Yadkin River Nature Trail, worked with Habitat for Humanity to build Bird-friendly Communities, and saw a lot of birds.
July 11 Bird Walk Is at Muddy Creek Greenway!
Our Second Saturday Bird Walk for July is along the Muddy Creek Greenway in Winston-Salem. Meet at 8 a.m. on July 11 at the parking area off of Meadowlark Dr. next to Meadowlark Middle School. Indigo Buntings, Common Yellowthroats and Field Sparrows should be singing. For more information, send email to walk leader Carol Cunningham.
Fara Marin Earns 2015 Jeff Turner Scholarship!
The 2015 Jeff Turner Forsyth Audubon Scholarship has been awarded to Fara I. Marin of Reagan High School. Fara, the daughter of Suzanne Marin of Lewisville and Paul Marin of Tracy, California, will attend N.C. State University, where she plans to major in Zoology with a minor in Theater. Annual recipients of this $1000 scholarship are selected from qualified applicants by a panel of Forsyth Audubon members. This year's panel consisted of Phil Dickinson, Bill Gifford and Jeremy Reiskind. Read more about Fara on our Education page.
Wood Thrush Travels Here from Belize!
When several Forsyth Audubon members traveled to Belize in January 2014, they dreamed to seeing on of the wintering Wood Thrush in Belize making the journey to our local area. The dream has come true! On May 25th, Tim Guida of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center captured a bird with one of our GPS tags at the Yadkin River section of Pilot Mountain State Park. It turns out the bird spent last winter near the Carrocol Mayan ruins in Belize. Trapping of birds continues through June 7. Volunteer to hep by emailing Kim Brand. We are looking forward to see where our other tagged birds went. Read about our Wood Thrush project.
Read Report on Bethabara Breeding Bird Survey!
Remember our 2009-2010 breeding bird survey work at Historic Bethabara Park? It led to our Wood Thrush project. Kim Brand and Katherine Thorington have authored a published report of the survey results, and the pubulisher, Eagle Hill, has consented to our reproduction of the paper on our website. Go to our Bethabara Park page to find a link to the report.
Audubon Issues Report on Birds and Climate Change!
North America's birds are and will continue to be affected by the impact of climate change on their existing and future habitats. Many species that breed, nest, migrate or winter in North Carolina are among those at risk. According to a landmark study released by The National Audubon Society, the Brown-headed Nuthatch, Wood Thrush, Golden-winged Warbler, and hundreds of other species will be threatened or endangered in our children's lifetime. The study says that as many as half of North American Birds are at risk of extinction over the coming decades. Audubon North Carolina has identified 30 species of specific concern in The Tarheel State. Read the entire report at climate.audubon.org.
State of the Birds 2014: Conservation Works!
"The State of the Birds 2014" also was issued on September 9. Authored by the U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the report echoes the warning of "Birds and Climate Change" that many of our birds species are in distress. Since 1968, arid land birds have declined by 46 percent and grassland birds by nearly 40 percent. However, the decline in grassland birds has leveled off since 1990 because of investments in grassland conservation. Coastal bird numbers actually are increasing because of the creation of national wildlife refuges and other sanctuaries. In particular, the report cites the effectiveness of public-private partnerships to create and preserve large areas of bird habitat. Read more . . .
Order "Birding Guide to Forsyth County"!
The fifth edition of "Birding Guide to Forsyth County," by David Disher, is now available. David's book, in a handy 6 x 9 paperback format, compiles documented observations for 280 bird species in Forsyth County. Learn what birds can be seen here and during which weeks of the year you are most likely to see them. Photos of uncommon sightings are included. Information on local birding spots also is included. For $15, this is a great gift for your favorite birder. All profits go to our chapter. Copies are available at Wright's Backyard Birding Center, 3906 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, and at Wild Birds Unlimited, 1589 Skeet Club Rd, High Point, or send email to Howard Coston. Copies also are available for sale at our monthly chapter meetings. If you have a smart phone or tablet, download the electronic version available for $4.99 from www.lulu.com.
We now have a photo page. Current albums include our Bethania work days, recent field trips, noteworthy sightings, and more.
Click here to access the Gallery
Photos: Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Prothonotary Warbler. © David Disher.