January-February Newsletter is Online!
January-February Newsletter is Online!
Now that the holidays are over, we are getting back to normal routine! January and February are full of bird walks, the Forsyth Audubon Winter trip to Huntington Beach, chapter meetings, Birds and Beer and more! January's chapter meeting is on eBird and how you can use it to become a better birder.
Chapter Meeting February 23
Topic:Birds of Alaska
Guest speaker: Shelley Rutkin
Shelley will be telling us about her birding trip to Alaska and sharing her photos of the beautiful birds she saw there! Meet at Historic Bethabara Park Visitor Center.
Social half-hour starts 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting/Program at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Turner Scholarship
Do you know anyone who may qualify for the Jeff Turner Scholarship?
The Deadline to apply for the Jeff Turner Forsyth Audubon Scholarship is fast approaching! If you, or someone you know qualifies, apply TODAY! Deadline: April 1, 2016
To qualify you must be:
A graduating high school senior
Attend a Forsyth County high school and reside in The Winston-Salem Foundation’s service area
Demonstrate interest in wildlife or environmental issues as shown through active participation in the Forsyth Audubon Society or through involvement in wildlife or other environmental activities at school or in the community.
Demonstrate character and leadership
Demonstrate solid academic skills by achieving a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 through first semester of the 12th grade
Attend an accredited post-secondary four year educational institution
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
For more information visit The Winston-Salem Foundation at www.wsfoundation.org
Habitat for Humanity Planning Project Day
April 16 will be planting day for another phase of the Forsyth Audubon and Habitat for Humanity collaboration project. This will be the second project at the new Education Campus on 14th street in Winston Salem. This project will be construction of a Rain Garden and Bioretention Basin featuring Bird Friendly Native Plants adapted to both wet and dry conditions. Besides providing beauty and food for birds, it is designed to retain, filter and treat storm water runoff. As with other sites on the campus, it will be used in the Community Education Program providing instruction regarding birds, native plants, and conservation. Circle the date on your calendar and plan to spend an enjoyable day in the garden learning about new plants and rain gardens.
Forsyth Audubon Spring Trip 2016
Time to mark you calendars! The 2016 Spring Forsyth Audubon trip is taking us far afield this year! Our destination is the southern shore of Lake Erie, Ohio to the world famous birding hot spot of the world.* We will plan to bird Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottowa National Wildlife Refuge, and maybe a few other local hot spots yet to be revealed.
This is an open trip: there is no cap on the number! If you want to come, put May 18 through May 22, 2016 on your calendar, pack your binos, and join in the fun.
Snavely Award Recognizes Royce Hough!
Royce Hough has received the 2015 Ramona Snavely Award for his continuing service to Forsyth Audubon. Royce was honored at the October 27th chapter meeting and presented with a David Disher photo of a Snowy Owl framed on canvas. Along with Ramona, Royce was a charter member of the chapter when it grew out of the Forsyth Bird Club in the early 1970s.
Developing an interest in birds as a child, Royce has encouraged many new birders to follow his passion. He has been a board member, organized field trips to some of our favorite destinations, and always been a strong supporter of Audubon conservation efforts.
Become an Audubon Ambassador on Climate Change!
Audubon North Carolina is looking for Ambassadors on Climate Change. Can you volunteer five hours a month for the benefit of our birds, other wildlife and people? There are a host of things you can do, and you probably already do some of them: take part in Christmas Bird Counts, add bird-friendly native to your garden, talk to your neighbors about birds and climate change, write legislators about it. Look for a future Audubon Ambassador workshop soon to learn more about the issue and how you can help.
To read a summary of the National Audubon Society's report on "Birds and Climate Change," visit climate.audubon.org.
Chapter Wins Grant for Film on Wood Thrush!
Audubon Society of Forsyth County has been awarded a $5,000 Climate Grant from the National Audubon Society. Using these funds and a supplementary $500 Toyota Together Green Grant from Audubon North Carolina, the chapter will collaborate with The Climate Listening Project of Asheville, N.C. to produce a video that tells the story of one of our favorite birds – the Wood Thrush.
The chapter has a special connection to this woodland bird with an ethereal flute-like song. Over the past two years, Forsyth Audubon partnered with Audubon’s International Alliances Program and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center tag Wood Thrushes with GPS locators to track their annual movements. Members and friends of the chapter raised $15,000 and volunteered more than 900 hours in support of this effort. And, it was a happy coincidence to discover that one local bird traveled to Belize, where the chapter already had sent a team to support Belize Audubon Society’s fledgling bird conservation program.
The video will seek to weave together stories about the impacts of climate change on birds and people through the eyes of the Wood Thrush as it travels between North Carolina and Belize. With this video, Forsyth Audubon seeks to inspire community conversations about how climate change affects life on our planet.
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.