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Landfill Field Trip is “ON” for this Saturday

The rescheduled White Street Landfill field trip is “ON” for this Saturday, Jan. 20th. Although we had a lot of snow, we should expect sunny skies the rest of the week, continuing through Saturday with mild temperatures of about 50 degrees F forecasted. This is a joint activity with Piedmont Bird Club and T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society.

If you plan on attending, please contact:
Carolyn Allen
336-288-3045, Texallennc@aol.com
-or-
Lynn Moseley
336-226-4353; cell: 336-260-1659; lmoseley@guilford.edu

Description: The trip leader makes special arrangements for our birding group to enter this Greensboro facility where in past winters we have noted several species of sparrows, raptors, ducks, and other interesting birds.
Call the leader for details.

Location: White Street Landfill. Meet in the parking lot of the Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 W. Radiance Drive, Greensboro 27403 to carpool. This is important so that our birding group’s cars will not interfere with trucks that are regularly at the landfill.

Time: 8:30 AM carpool; 9:00 AM commencement at landfill

Duration: Till about noon.

Habitat: Grass-covered landfill areas, ponds, creeks, mature mixed forest

Difficulty rating: 1; Mostly cruising in cars with short walks where necessary.

Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks

Special considerations: City may cancel this trip under certain circumstances; if so, an alternative trip focused on winter birds will be offered.

Cancellation: Cancels with inclement weather. Contact the leader.

Winter Waterfowl and Land Birds Field Trip to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 27, for a fun winter trip to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge to look for waterfowl and other birds. This is a joint field trip with Piedmont Bird Club.

Located only about an hour and a half drive south of us, Pee Dee NWR is the unit in the national refuge system closest to the Triad. The refuge comprises more than 8,000 acres along the Pee Dee River in Anson and Richmond counties.

It was established as a waterfowl sanctuary, and in winter it can host up to 16 species of waterfowl. Pee Dee also has extensive uplands of hardwood forests and meadows that attract many land birds. For detailed information and many beautiful photographs of birds on the refuge, go to the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge website at this link.

Normally the waterfowl impoundments are closed to the public from Nov. 25 through March 14, but we have been given special permission for this field trip to be at the edge of the impoundments for a short time to observe the waterfowl.

No stores or restaurants are nearby. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and plenty to drink. Binoculars and field guides will be useful. Scopes will be handy to see distant waterfowl.

Meet at 7:15 a.m. for carpooling at the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center, 3202 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, under the sign nearest to Friendly Avenue. (Not in front of Sears.) We expect to depart at 7:30 a.m. and be back by around 6:00 p.m. Participants who drive separately may leave when they wish, of course.

If going directly to the refuge, meet just inside the entrance near the restrooms at about 9:15 a.m. The refuge main entrance is located at 5770 U.S. Hwy 52 North, Wadesboro, NC 28170.

Cancellation: Check the weather forecast for Wadesboro before leaving the Triad. The trip will be canceled if the forecast is for rain all day or hazardous conditions such as an ice storm. It will not be canceled for damp or cold weather. The contact person for this field trip is Dennis Burnette, 336-299-4342, (cell phone 336-337-8692 during the trip only), deburnette@triad.rr.com.

How to Help

Are you hearing news stories that motivate you to advocate for wildlife? Are you wondering how to help? A great starting point is this on-line guide from Audubon. You can make an enormous difference by taking steps to protect the habitats where birds live and breed. Use your voice to save them while there is still a chance to do that.

Spread the word. It’s the least you can do.

A Merry Holiday Event Featuring Your Photos

Seed snowman and Carolina Wren photo by Dennis Burnette

What: Holiday Meeting and Members Photo Show
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Where: Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Drive Greensboro
Who: Our Own Photographers
 
Join us on Thursday, Dec. 14, for delicious holiday desserts and beverages to start this festive season with fellowship and fun. All food and drink will be provided by our TGPAS Social Committee.
 
The evening’s program features nature pictures shot by Audubon members during the year who are willing to share them with the rest of us – our chapter’s long-standing tradition for our holiday meeting. We hope you’ll join in the fun by bringing some of your photos. This program always is a great hit for the December meeting.
 
For this to happen, though:
 
WE NEED PHOTOS FROM MEMBERS! Here’s all you have to do: Select up to 20 of your nature photos from 2017 and share with us what you’ve seen. Not many of our members are professional photographers, so don’t worry if Audubon magazine hasn’t been knocking on your door for your photos. Amateurs are welcome. We hope that you’ll share what natural wonders you’ve seen this year.
 
Topics can be just about anything in nature such as birds, butterflies and other insects, native wildflowers, beautiful scenery, rock formations, weather events, and so on. We also will welcome photos of our chapter members enjoying Audubon activities like field trips, Second Sunday Nature Walks, Audubon Natural Area maintenance days, and Audubon social events. Please don’t bring general travel and family photos, but you don’t have to limit yourself to local nature photos. You can show us what nature you saw on your trips out of the Triad.
 
You can bring as few as you like up to about 20 photos. Be sure to bring them on a flash drive (thumb drive or “memory stick”). We cannot accommodate on-line photos, CDs and DVDs, nor can we switch between our computer and your computer.
 
RSVP: Please let our photo show coordinator, Craig Lawrence craig.carolina@gmail.com, know by Tuesday evening, Dec. 12, the number of photos you plan to bring so that we can plan how to organize our great evening of photos.