About a dozen folks took advantage of the fall-like evening of August 14 to stroll the lanes of Green Hill Cemetery for the last of the summer Second Thursday Walks. Before we began our ambling, we visited the grave of T. Gilbert Pearson and talked about his early conservation work in our state and across the nation. We noted that Pearson started the NC Audubon Society in 1903 on the campus of what is now UNCG and was instrumental in the birth of the National Audubon Society shortly thereafter.
While walking through the cemetery we commented on some of the unusual plantings that were done by Bill Craft, a long-time chapter member who passed away a couple years ago. Birds were rather active that evening, too: bluebirds, house finches, robins, swifts, a cowbird, and yes, one bat were having late snacks before settling down for the night. This was an unusual outing for our chapter, but a very enjoyable one. Green Hill Cemetery is a quiet and pleasant place to enjoy an evening or a morning walk. To enhance the experience the City of Greensboro has provided a number of benches and a picnic area for visitors to use while there. Several folks suggested having a morning birding walk there in the future. We may give it a try. — Jack Jezorek
The TGPAS Thursday evening nature walk on August 14th will explore a Greensboro treasure: Green Hill, our 51-acre city cemetery. A “nature” walk in a cemetery? Yes, indeed. This gem on the north side of downtown has an extensive mix of both native and exotic trees and shrubs planted by the late Bill Craft. It is a delight to stroll the shady lanes to watch for birds and butterflies on a late summer evening. As we amble around Green Hill enjoying the living things that populate this leafy area we will visit the grave of our chapter’s namesake, T. Gilbert Pearson, and his wife, Elsie. We may also happen upon the family plots of some other notable Greensboro families, for example that of W. Herman Weaver, who built the Kirkwood neighborhood and the Governmental Center downtown. Or the modest grave of Harper J. Elam who started the Greensboro Daily Record, later to merge with the Daily News to become the Greensboro News & Record we know today. He also coined Greensboro’s nickname, The Gate City.
So please plan to join us for this “Birds, Butterflies and Burials” walk. We will leave from our usual site in the Whole Foods parking lot in Friendly Center between the Chick-fil-A and the BB&T building at 7:00 pm on August 14th. Please be there a bit before 7:00. If you’d prefer to meet us at the cemetery, you may join us at 7:15 pm at Green Hill at the southern entrance on Wharton St. about a block from Fisher/Battleground. The address for Green Hill is 901 Wharton St. in case you want to Google the location. We guarantee that you will enjoy this walk whether or not we see any birds, although we may be visited by some bats in the early evening. And it’s a sure bet that we will encounter some of those folks who are there permanently.
Chapter Day is the annual gathering of Audubon members from all ten chapters in the state. Due to our snowy February it had to be rescheduled to SUNDAY, JULY 20. Staff and board members from the Audubon state office will also be present and will tell us about projects and issues that are state-wide, such as the Bird Friendly Communities project, and plans for the Audubon Pine Island Sanctuary in Duck. Leaders from the ten chapters across the state will share some of their successes and problems. For example, TGPAS folks will give an update on our various signage projects at the Audubon Overlook at Southwest Park, the Audubon Natural Area and the Caswell Game Lands, our adopted IBA.
This is a great opportunity for TGPAS board members, other chapter leaders, as well as those new to Audubon to get better acquainted with Audubon North Carolina staff and Audubon members from across the state. And we’ll be able to walk some of the wonderful trails in the park before and after the meeting. So mark your calendars for Sunday, July 20. For information contact Jack Jezorek at: . We will also send more detailed registration information in a future e-mail.
During the three summer months the chapter takes a break from monthly evening programs and instead will offer nature walks at local places which afford a pleasant evening stroll. Our June walk will be at a familiar place, the Greensboro Bog Garden. Resident birds should be singing their good-night songs. And hopefully the Bog Garden Barred Owls will let us have a look at them before they go off to hunt for supper. Please plan to join chapter members for a pleasant evening amble.