November-December Newsletter Is On Line!
Forsyth Audubon's November-December 2013 Newsletteris now on line. Check out our activities for the next two months, including area Christmas Bird Counts. Also read about our November chapter meeting and our Bird-friendly Communities efforts, plus a book review from "Hop" Hopkins. And, keep February 22nd free so you can attend our fundraising party for the Wood Thrush project.
"Hop" Hopkins Earns Ramona Snavely Award!
Each year Forsyth Audubon recognizes long-term volunteer service to the chapter with the Ramona Snavely Award. At the November meeting, we presented this year's award to Marbry Hopkins. "Hop" has been an active member since the 1970s and served as chapter president in 1981. He has been a count compiler, leads bird walks, has helped with Lights Out and nest box projects, and his photography skills have allowed us to travel with him on numerous birding trips here and abroad during numerous chapter meetings. Most importantly, Hop always is ready and able to share his knowledge with the rest of us. Congratulation, Hop!
Kim Brand Heads Up Bird-Friendly Communities!
Habitat for Humanity/Forsyth Audubon Planting Day, Dec. 10 - See Calendar for Details
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.
Muddy Creek Greenway Is Site of December Walk!
Our Second Saturday Bird Walk for December will be along the Muddy Creek Greenway on December 14th. We will look for a variety of Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds, Killdeer and more. Maybe we will even find a Horned Lark or a Wilson's Snipe. Meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot off of Meadowlark Dr. near the schools. For more information, contact walk leader Nathan Gatto.
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.
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.