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.
Saturday Bird Walk Explores Bethabara Wetland!
On March 8th, our Second Saturday Bird Walk explores the area of the Bethabara wetland. Red-winged Blackbirds have arrived, and maybe there will be some Wood Ducks and swallows, plus lots more. Meet at 9 a.m. at the daycare center on the corner of Reynolda and Bethabara Park Rds. Wear footwear appropriate for possible muddy spots. For more information, send email to Carol Cunningham or Phil Dickinson.
Forsyth Audubon Blog Features Belize Trip!
Have you checked out our recent blogposts about the Forsyth Audubon trip to Belize? Five of our members have brought back great stories and beautiful photos. The five-part series is on our Blog.
Winter Trip Features Rare "Green Dot" Birds!
Thirty-six birders returned from a cold winter trip to southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina with a tally of 123 species. Read Rob Rogers' review of the trip on our Blog. What is a "green dot" bird? Read the blog and find out.
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 . . .
Kids Are Enjoying New Binoculars!
The Chapter recently purchased several sets of kid-sized binoculars for our walks and for local educational activities. Ron Morris researched available models, and we picked some models for elementary school children and others for young teens. The binoculars already are being put to good use. On separate occasions, Kim Brand and Cynthia Donaldson helped young nature lovers find birds and other wildlife at Lake Katharine.
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.
January-February Newsletter Is On Line!
Forsyth Audubon's January-February Newsletter is now on line. Check out our activities for the next two months, including the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count. Also read about our Brown-headed Nuthatch box project, Bird-friendly Communities workdays and our upcoming chapter meeting programs.
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.