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."
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.
Susan and Warren Jones Receive Snavely Award!
Susan and Warren Jones are the recipients of our 2014 Ramona Snavely Award! Several years ago as chapter president, it was Susan who came up with the idea of the award to recognize significant long-term contributions to Forsyth Audubon and area birding. It was only fitting that Susan and Warren finally receive this honor.
As a board officer, Susan always sought to go beyond "preaching to the choir" and involve new people in the chapter and our love of birds, whether it was buying binoculars for young birders, promoting birds at area festivals, the Big Sit, et al. Warren has served for years as our audiovisual techie and contributed to our chapter in many ways behind the scenes. And, the Joneses also showed us that a bunch of birders could raise money for worthwhile projects, including our current efforts on behalf of the Wood Thrush. Thank you Susan and Warren.
September-October Newsletter Is On-line!
Fall is a busy time at Forsyth Audubon, so check our September-October Newsletter to see what's happening. There is lots to choose from: Hawk Watch, volunteering for Audubon at local festivals, planting gardens for Bird-friendly Communities, two day trips and our new season of chapter meetings.
Chapter Meeting Features Habitat Creation for Water Birds!
On October 28th, Brad Carey will speak about "Creation of Waterfowl Impoundments and Riparian Habitats" at our chapter meeting. Mr Carey works for the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro. Join us at the Historic Bethabara Visitors Center for socializing at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30. Read more . . .
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 . . .
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. Check our Calendar for upcoming work days. 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 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.