Birds, Butterflies and Burials — Oh, My!

Newport_CemeteryThe 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.

Audubon NC Chapter Day at Haw River State Park

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.

Second Thursday Evening Nature Walk: 7 PM, June 12th, The Bog Garden

Immature Red-Tailed Hawk in the Bog Garden
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.

Second Sunday Nature Walk: June 8th at SW Park & Audubon Nature Overlook

Our June nature walk will be at this wonderful, relatively new park in the southwest part of the county. Our plan is to stroll along one of the several trails through the woods on the shores of Randleman Reservoir, perhaps walk down to check out the marina area, and end up at the Audubon Wildlife Overlook. There we will enjoy the terrific wildlife interpretation signs the chapter has placed at the overlook. Of course, we’ll also check the trees, meadows, and skies for late afternoon birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.

We’ll meet at 1:45 PM in the usual spot at the Whole Foods parking lot near BB&T at Friendly Center and carpool to Southwest Park. If you’d like to meet us there, please park in the lot immediately to your left as you enter the gate, and go all the way to the rear of the lot. Look for the Audubon Overlook sign which directs you down the slope to the overlook. The Friendly Center group should arrive about 2:30. Remember your binoculars and some water. The overlook roof provides shade, and there is a picnic table if you’d like to have lunch or a snack while there. Plan to come and bring a friend. We welcome children accompanied by an adult.