Time to Hit the Bluebird (and Nuthatch!) Trail

The weather has finally turned warm, and the Bluebirds are pairing up in Lake Daniel Park intent on raising a family. Each year the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society and the Westerwood Neighborhood Association team up to help these lovely birds do just that. We provide twelve Bluebird nesting boxes, concentrated near the park playground, and generally keep an eye on the boxes, birds and babies from the start of nesting season, right about now, until late July. And this year we have added two nest boxes for Brown-headed Nuthatches, another bird that is need of a nice home.

brownheaded nuthatchTo do this, though, we need volunteers to check these boxes once a week for two consecutive weeks. This is great fun, especially for families. It gets you out into the park on a spring or summer afternoon where you can observe the many aspects of nature along the creek. Please consider being a nest box monitor for a couple of weeks this season. We’ll provide instructions, training and a report sheet for you. The birds provide the fun. So pick a couple weeks and call or e-mail Barbara Hughes to sign up (272-1048, bthomashughes@bellsouth.net). Happy Bluebirding!!

Great American Cleanup & Trail Work Day at the Audubon Natural Area

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Attention all you litter pickers and trail workers out there. It’s time for Greensboro’s annual spring stream and street cleanup, The Great American Cleanup.

For TGPAS folks that means cleaning up trash from the Natural Area. We’ll “sweep” along Tankersley Drive, and the parts of North Elm and Church Streets that border the Natural Area. And if “the creek don’t rise” we’ll also walk along the banks of North Buffalo Creek to “delitter” that part of the Natural Area.

We’ll provide gloves and trash bags from Greensboro Beautiful which sponsors the yearly cleanup. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and if you are one of those intrepid litter pickers who want to wade in the creek, wear old tennis shoes or ones that can get wet and provide protection.

In addition to collecting litter we’ll also do some light trail maintenance, using fallen limbs to line the trails and maybe cut back some invasive vines.After we are through we’ll go over to the trash drop-off site for pizza and drinks. Please e-mail or call Jim Eldrett or Jack Jezorek for information. It’s a little bit of work and a lot of fun.

The spring migration should be going full force, so we’ll likely see some good birds while tidying up the Natural Area. And there should be some nice wildflowers popping up there, too. So please help to keep our Natural Area a pleasant place to visit. Thanks.

Jim Eldrett           mooose55@msn.com             336-609-0070

Join Us for a Series of Wednesday Wildflower Walks

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

Would you like to celebrate Spring by searching for early spring wildflowers? Join TGPAS member and naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson for Wednesday wildflower walks. We will visit several watershed trails and area parks and preserves to observe nature’s springtime show of beautiful and ephemeral spring wildflowers. We will have a target list of about 30 wildflowers we hope to see in March and April.

You’re welcome to join in for one or all of these walks. Bring your binoculars (we might see some migrating birds as well!), wildflower field guides, water, and a snack; wear sturdy walking shoes. Each trail walk will be out-and-back for a total of 2 to 3 miles. No pets, please.

Our first walk will begin on a (surprise) FRIDAY, not a Wednesday. We will meet on the first day of Spring, March 20, at 9:30 AM at the Bog Garden, then we’ll walk the Beech Bluff Trail off of Fleming Road. Welcome the season by noting the beauty of our Piedmont native flowers! Join us.

March Program: The Fascinating World of Ferns

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Courtesy of Martin W. Kane

Ferns and their allies are among the oldest plants on our planet, and are certainly some of the most beautiful.

Here in North Carolina we are blessed with a wonderful diversity of ferns, but learning how to identify them can be a challenge.

Join us for our monthly program on March 12th, when we’ll have the good fortune to welcome author and biologist Lisa L. Gould as our guest speaker. Lisa will talk about the life cycle and natural history of ferns, how to begin to differentiate among them, and discuss some of the ferns that do well in North Carolina gardens. Come learn about the fascinating world of ferns!

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Courtesy of Martin W. Kane

As always, our monthly program in March will be held in the community room at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library on Price Park Road in Greensboro, North Carolina. The program gets underway at 7:00 PM, but please come at 6:45 to enjoy some conversation and light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Jack Jezorek for further information about the event, or visit our event announcement page by clicking here.