Now in its 11th year, Wild & Scenic focuses on films that speak to environmental concerns on a local level and celebrate the planet as a whole. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”

The festival includes a series of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect their place. The evening will feature Swine Country, a documentary about the human health effect of industrial hog farms in the Cape Fear River Basin. Guilford College student filmmakers Tom Clement and Sol Weiner will be on hand to answer questions.

The Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program at Guilford College is an initiative of the Center for Principled Problem Solving at Guilford College. This program includes a multi-year sequence of courses requiring engagement in the communities and environments of the Cape Fear River Basin.  The Haw River Assembly is a non-profit citizens’ group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community that shares this vision.

Tickets for the festival are available at the Carolina Theatre box office, or online.

 

Why does a baby robin look so different from a baby duck? What determines whether the eggs of a species are white or colored, plain or patterned, round or pointed? Why are there so many different kinds of bird nests? These and other questions about the many variations in nests, eggs, and chicks of birds will be answered in this presentation. In addition, examples of bird nests and eggs collected by T. Gilbert Pearson in the 1880′s will be on hand for the audience to view. These are from the collection housed at the Guilford College Biology Department.

But who will answer these questions for us? Who better than Dr. Lynn Moseley, Dana Professor of Biology at Guilford College? Lynn has done many wonderful programs for Pearson Audubon over the years, and this one promises to be one of the most interesting and informative. Note that again we’ll have some simple snacks before the program, starting at about 6:45. So please join us for some refreshments and a guaranteed wonderful program in the community room of the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library in Price Park in Greensboro.

 

As you probably know by now, Audubon North Carolina has the goal of putting up 10,000 Brown-headed Nuthatch nest boxes by the end of the year, and our work has gotten us a quarter of the way there with more than 2,500 nest boxes installed so far. Right here in Guilford County, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society has distributed almost 100 nest boxes already! Now, this project and this squeaky little bird is getting a leg up with a new video. Click here to watch it!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Curtis Smalling (he’s the guy in the blue shirt), Director of Land Bird Conservation at csmalling@audubon.org or Kim Brand, Bird-Friendly Communities Coordinator at kbrand@audubon.org. Thank you for all of your help creating bird-friendly communities and a home for nuthatches across North Carolina!

 

 

 

The TGPAS field trip on Saturday, March 22nd, will be along part of the Laurel Bluff Trail, which is in the City of Greensboro Watershed Trail System. We will meet at Friendly Shopping Center at the usual TGPAS rendezvous point (see below) at 9:00 am to carpool to the trailhead with the intention of beginning the walk at around 9:30. We expect to be finished around noon. Be sure to bring a bottle of water and wear clothes that are appropriate for early changeable spring weather.

Since Laurel Bluff is a linear trail, we will walk east for about an hour, then turn around and take our time walking back to the parking area. This isn’t a “hike” in the classic sense in that the emphasis will be on wildlife watching, not on fitness walking. We will be stopping frequently to look at and study plants. We’ll also pay attention to birds, of course, and there may even be a few butterflies out by that time. It will be a good walk for beginners (including older kids), as well as experienced folks, and photographers will easily be accommodated. We’re hoping for a warm sunny spring day, but as with all our outings, unless it’s actually raining, we’ll go even if it’s cloudy. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that can tolerate a little mud if the trail is damp.

The rendezvous point will be in Greensboro in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center. We’ll meet folks at the edge of the parking lot closest to Friendly Avenue between Chik-fil-A and BB&T. For those who want to meet us at the trailhead, it is a gravel parking area on the east side of Lake Brandt Road across the street and just north of Lake Brandt Marina next to a City pump station near the dam.