Hawk Watch Is Coming - September 11!
The raptors are coming! The raptors are coming! Our annual Pilot Mountain Hawk Watch begins September 11th and runs through September 30th. We will be watching thousands of Broad-winged Hawks migrating to Central and South America, plus Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons and other birds of prey. Check the schedule and other information at our Hawk Watch page and sign up for shifts now. All levels of expertise are welcome. Sign up by sending email to Jean Chamberlain.
Volunteer for Bird-friendly Native Plant Program!
Forsyth Audubon will conduct a one-day Nursery Blitz to encourage local nurseries and garden centers to sell more bird-friendly native plants on a September date to be determined. The program is an initiative of Audubon North Carolina, and businesses in other areas already are signing up to participate. In the morning, there will be a one-hour introduction by Kim Brand over coffee. Then two-member teams will go out to sign up participants. Teams will have responses to frequently-asked questions and pass out bird-friendly plant tags. If you would like to take part, contact Carol Gearhart and help pick a date in our Doodle survey.
Volunteers Also Needed for Fall Festivals!
Forsyth Audubon will have educational displays at Historic Bethabara's AppleFest on September 19th and at Bethania's Black Walnut Festival on September 26th. We need volunteers to staff two-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Can you help? Send email to Tom McKay if you would like to talk with people about birds.
Paul Bogard to Speak on "The End of Night!"
On September 17, Wake Forest University presents Paul Bogard and “The End of Night” at 7 p.m. at the Byron Welcome Center auditorium. The talk is based on Mr. Bogard’s acclaimed book about the importance of darkness and the adverse effects of light pollution, including bird collisions with illuminated buildings. Read more about Paul Bogard.
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.
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.
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Photos: Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Prothonotary Warbler. © David Disher.