Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds

Photo by Dennis Burnette

Our May program will be held on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library in Price Park.

Heather Hahn, Audubon North Carolina’s Executive Director, will present the latest information collected by the National Audubon Society regarding the effects of climate change on birds over the next sixty-five years. Audubon scientists have determined that 314 species of the 588 North American birds are at risk of losing 50% of their habitat by 2080. Even worse, the seven-year study predicts that 126 of our birds will lose 50% of their habitat by 2060. These predicted losses are only from climate change and do not take into account effects from other causes. This is a greater level of detail than we have ever had about which birds are threatened and where.

Cracked Earth
Photo by Dennis Burnette

Heather will discuss with us what we can do today and tomorrow to shield our birds from these climate change effects. She says that “This new information about the threat climate changes poses to birds will add clarity and urgency to our work in a way that few things have before.”

Heather is a wonderful speaker and delightful person and we are indeed lucky to have her at the Audubon helm in North Carolina.

Please join us for refreshments at 6:45 followed by Heather’s program at 7:00. As always, this program is free and open to the public.

Bird-Friendly Native Plants for the Piedmont

Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia
Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia

These native plants are recommended for attracting birds to your yard:

Eastern Blue Phlox — Phlox divaricata

Threadleaf Coreopsis — Coreopsis verticilatta

Eastern Aromatic Aster — Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Purple Coneflower — Echinacea purpurea

Switchgrass — Panicum virgatum

Virginia Sweetspire — Itea virginica

Winterberry — Ilex verticillata

Spicebush — Lindera benzoin

Downy Serviceberry — Amelanchier arborea

Eastern Red Cedar — Juniperus virginiana

Cross-vine — Bignonia capreolata

Overcup Oak — Quercus lyrata

Red Oak — Quercus rubra


Salamander Hunt This Sunday! You Don’t Want to Miss This!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

After an inspiring presentation on salamanders at our monthly program on Thursday night, we will have a rare opportunity to accompany the experts, Courtney Anderson and Ashley LaVere, as they search for salamanders in Guilford College Woods on Sunday afternoon.  Join us as we see what more we can learn about these appealing little creatures!

See our event posting for more information.