Our Mission: "To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife and their natural habitats for the benefit of humanity and North Carolina's biological diversity."
Here Comes Fall Migration!
It's still August, but some birds already are moving south. Shorebirds are showing up at Archie Elledge, Purple Martins are flocking to local evening roosts, and even some warblers are starting to move from their breeding territories. Keep your eyes open for building populations of Chimney Swifts and Red-winged Blackbirds, too, as we move closer to September. And our annual watch for Broad-winged Hawks is only a few weeks away. Fall is a great time for bird-watching, so get out there.
Congratulations to Our New Officers!
At our May chapter meeting, new Forsyth Audubon officers were elected for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. Congratulations to Carol Gearhart, President; Rob Rogers, Vice President, Craig McCleary, Secretary; and Howard Coston, Treasurer. Much thanks to our outgoing officers: Jeremy Reiskind, Kim Brand, Tara Bohley and Nita Colvin. Thanks also to Shelley Rutkin and Bill Gifford, who are stepping down from the Board after many years of service in several capacities. Nancy Russo has joined our board as the new Membership Chair, and Jeremy and Kim remain on the board as Past President and an At-large Member, respectively. Also, Cynthia Donaldson has accepted the role of weekend field trip coordinator, replacing Rob.
May-June Newsletter Is On Line!
Forsyth Audubon's May-June 2014 Newsletter is now available on this website. Read about our upcoming Wood Thrush Party, and how you can help with that project or our efforts with Habitat for Humanity to create Bird-friendly Communities. There also is a Calendar of Events for all our May and June activities.
Kim Brand Heads Up Bird-Friendly Communities!
Creating Bird-Friendly Communities is one of five major strategies in National Audubon Society's new strategic plan and will be implemented across the country. Audubon North Carolina has received a $40,000 Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant to expand the Bird-Friendly Communities Program across the state. The goals are to educate North Carolina residents about how they can make an impact in their own backyards and neighborhoods and to give them the tools to do so. Forsyth Audubon's own Kim Brand is Bird-Friendly Communities Coordinator for the statewide effort, and she has been awarded a $10,000 TogetherGreen fellowship to lead a local partnership between our chapter and Habitat for Humanity to revitalize one of our own urban neighborhoods for birds and people. Read more at Bird-Friendly Communities.
Order "Birding Guide to Forsyth County"!
Looking for that ideal holiday gift for a local birder? The second 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. For $15, this is a great holiday 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 Nita Colvin. 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.