March-April Newsletter Is On Line!
Forsyth Audubon's March-April 2014 Newsletter is now available on this website. Read about Brown-headed Nuthatches, Wood Thrushes, Habitat for Humanity work days and our upcoming chapter meetings, plus a calendar of events for the next two months. Also, the Spring Trip will be May 9-11 to the Wilmington-Southport, NC area.
Travel to Belize at April Chapter Meeting!
At our April 22 chapter meeting, our Forsyth Audubon travelers to Belize will share their journey in photos. There will be lots of pretty tropical birds, plus we will introduce you to some of our partners from the Belize Audubon Society. Meanwhile, if you have not already, check out our Blog coverage of the trip. Socializing begins at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30 at the Historic Bethabara Visitor's Center.
Spring Trip Heads to Wilmington - Southport, NC!
Do you want to see some coastal birds? Then sign up for our spring trip to the coast of southeastern North Carolina scheduled for May 9-11. Rob Rogers has set up a great birding itinerary that will include Twin Lakes, Holly Shelter Gamelands, Fort Fisher and more. Send email to email@example.com.
Sign up for Spring Bird Count on May 3!
Our annual Spring Bird Count will be held on Saturday May 3. Sign up to take part with Ron Morris, 725-1254. Ron is ready to assign you to a team taking your location preferences and experience level into consideration. For new participants, this is a great chance to hone up on your identification skills for warblers and other songbirds. Don't forget to join us at our count dinner that evening.
And, we also have another count for you on Wednesday May 7 at Hanging Rock State Park. We will start at 8 a.m. at the Visitor's Center, then tally the results over a bag lunch. Send email or phone Phil Dickinson, 659-2464.
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.
Native Grasses Create Tanglewood Bird Habitat!
Forsyth Audubon and Tanglewood County Park have been working together to plant native warm season grasses and wildflowers in the meadow in the area between the wetlands and the Yadkin River. In the Winston-Salem Journal of October 4, David Bare has written a wonderful article about the project, which already is providing rich habitat for grassland birds and butterflies. Thanks to Sven Halling for providing several of the photos. Read more . . .
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.