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.

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, Happy Bluebirding!!

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


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              336-609-0070