Welcome to the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society
The T. Gilbert Pearson chapter of the National Audubon Society serves Guilford County and surrounding areas in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Our chapter is named for T. Gilbert Pearson, one of the great conservationists of the early 20th century. A Greensboro resident and biology professor, Pearson founded the Audubon Society of North Carolina on the campus of the State Normal School—now UNC-Greensboro—in 1902, and went on to help create the National Audubon Society in 1905. Our chapter strives to build on Pearson’s conservation legacy.
We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., from September to May, at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library at 1420 Price Park Road in Greensboro, North Carolina. Please check our Monthly Calendar to find out about our upcoming programs and field trips, educational programs, citizen science projects, and conservation activities.
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Recent Chapter Happenings
TGPAS Assists With UNCG Class
Co-chairs Jack Jezorek and Dennis Burnette have been assisting with an experimental course at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, “Wildlife in North America,” HSS 204. According to the professor, Ann Somers, Senior Lecturer in Biology, the course is focused on outdoor experiences and service with the intent of “rewilding nature and ourselves.”
The co-chairs met with Professor Somers last summer to suggest some field trips and other course activities as she was developing the fall semester course syllabus. By the time classes began, 17 students had enrolled.
The Audubon co-chairs have led two nature field trips thus far, one in Peabody Park on the university campus and the second in the Greensboro Arboretum. The students were given an introduction to wildlife watching as they recorded in their journals the names of the birds, insects, flowering plants, and trees they encountered. They also received a “mini-lesson” on stream dynamics.
The students have been involved in many other interesting learning activities. Several more are coming up toward the end of the semester for which TGPAS has offered assistance, including creating a new pollinator garden at UNCG in a plot in a parking lot beside the baseball field, enhancing the no-mow zone at Peabody Park with 110 pollinator plants, and working with the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library in Price Park with habitat enhancement.
All of the course students were added to the distribution list for the TGPAS newsletter, Nature Notes, and have been encouraged to participate in chapter activities this year.
TGPAS Helps With Meadow at Haw River State Park
Several members of the chapter recently met with Kelley King, Superintendent of the park, to lend advice about the establishment of a wildlife meadow at the park. The septic field that serves the park is now just grass but can be converted into a meadow for pollinators, grassland birds and other wildlife and chapter members with experience are glad to help with our adopted state park.
Greenway May be Extended Through the Natural Area
Chapter co-chairs Dennis Burnette and Jack Jezorek have met with Greensboro officials and a representative of Revolution Mills to begin discussions about extending the Lake Daniel/Latham Park Greenway through the Audubon Natural Area and on to the mill.