Remembering Susan Jones!
We lost our dear friend, former president and faithful supporter of Forsyth Audubon on Sunday night. Susan Jones died peacefully at home with Warren and her daughter by her side. We will remember Susan for her unbridled enthusiasm, storytelling, tell-it-like-it-is opinions and constant joy of introducing others to the wonders of birds. Check our Forsyth Audubon Facebook page for a beautiful tribute to Susan from Jeff Gordon, Executive Director of the American Birding Association. For more about Susan's life go to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Great Backyard Bird Count Is a Success!
Thanks to all who took part in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Our local participation was amazing, given the cold conditions we faced. Preliminary results show 90 species for the county, not counting the Bald Eagles seen by David Hastings at Tanglewood. This total placed us fourth in the state with only four coastal counties ahead of us. If you still have observations to report for February 13-16, you can continue to submit them at the GBBC website.
February-March Newsletter Is Now Online!
Forsyth Audubon's Whistler Newsletter for February-March 2015 is now on line. As usual, we have a full schedule of events for these two months, including a day trip, the Great Backyard Bird Count and two great chapter programs Also, some of our favorite birds are being adversely affected by climate change, according to a report released by the National Audubon Society last fall. We offer a few tips on how you might help these birds.
Outer Banks Winter Trip Was Big Hit!
Twenty-six people agree: our winter trip to the Outer Banks was a fantastic experience. Whether it was watching Short-eared Owls at Alligator NWR, seeing thousands of Redheads at Bodie Light, or braving the Atlantic swells to see a pair of Great Skuas, everyone had a wonderful time. The food was good, too. Much thanks to Cynthia Donaldson for putting everything together. Check out Cynthia's Blog about the trip.
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.