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.
. . . Report Is Topic at September Chapter Meeting!
On September 23, Audubon North Carolina Executive Director Heather Stark Hahn presents "Save the Songs: Birds and Climate Change." Her program will review important aspects of the study and offer suggestions as to what all of us can do to reduce risks for the birds. Join us at at the Historic Bethabara Park Visitors Center for socializing at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30. Free and open to the public.
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.
Here Comes Fall Migration!
September is just starting, but some birds already are moving south. Shorebirds are showing up at Archie Elledge, and several warbler species are foraging along the Historic Bethabara greenway. Keep your eyes open for building populations of Chimney Swifts and Red-winged Blackbirds, too. One large swift roost already has been reported in downtown Winston-Salem at 4th and Spruce. And our annual watch for Broad-winged Hawks begins on the 11th. Fall is a great time for bird-watching, so get out there.
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 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.