We Did It! 10,000 Nestboxes for Nuthatches

Nest_boxes_for_nuthatches_logoHere’s a note from Curtis Smalling, Director of Land Bird Conservation for Audubon North Carolina.

Curtis sends us the happy news that Audubon NC has achieved the goal of 10,000 Nestboxes for Nuthatches! Here’s his report:

In 2013, we asked for your help to provide a good home for Brown-headed Nuthatches near you. Today, thanks to YOU, North Carolina has 10,000 more nest boxes to support this priority species.

This was a tremendous goal, and we met it in just two years! When Audubon North Carolina’s network comes together, we are able to make significant strides in bird conservation.

With amazing collaboration from individuals, Audubon Chapters, the Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group and bird stores across our state, we’ve been able to help this squeaky, southern bird find more places to call home and raise the next generation of nuthatches.

BHNU_infographic_v1We met this amazing goal, but our work doesn’t stop at 10,000. As bird lovers, we need to create even more places for this squeaky little bird to call home as our state faces the growing impact of climate change.

During our campaign to put up more homes, we learned from Audubon’s Birds & Climate Change Report that 95% of the Brown-headed Nuthatch’s current summer range could be highly stressed by climate change by 2080. From 2 to 200 to 2,000 – every nest box installed helps build more bird-friendly communities across our state and helps this tiny southern bird find a home as our climate changes and their ranges shift.

Thank you again for welcoming the Brown-headed Nuthatch to your yard. Our southern hospitality is evident for this charming little bird.

DON’T REST NOW! We’ve still got more to do!

Now we need to monitor how all those nest boxes are being used. The next important step is to share your data! If you haven’t entered your nest box location online already, visit www.nestwatch.org. As breeding season gets going, enter data for any birds that nest in your box — House Wrens and Carolina Chickadees as well as Brown-headed Nuthatches. Even if you have only one or two observations to report, please share them so we can get a better idea of how our birds are doing. If you have trouble getting your data in, contact Kim Brand at kbrand@audubon.org.

Fantastic Field Trip Coming Up Saturday

We’re teaming up with our “next door neighbor” Audubon chapter, Forsyth Audubon Society, for a bird walk this coming Saturday morning, Nov. 21, starting in Greensboro at 9:00 am. We will meet the Forsyth Audubon folks in the parking lot of the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library in Price Park, 1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410, where we have our monthly meetings.

We will begin the morning with a leisurely amble along that trail to look and listen for birds and enjoy the autumn leaves. The trail is in typical piedmont terrain with some rocks and roots and some ups and downs, so wear sturdy walking shoes. If we have time, we will walk down to see the Bird & Butterfly Meadow near the library drive entrance. We’re likely to spend about an hour and a half in Price Park.

We will reconvene in the library parking lot and carpool/caravan from there to show our visitors our Audubon Natural Area. This 11-acre “oasis” on the north side of Cone Hospital along North Buffalo Creek is used by our Audubon members, hospital employees, and neighbors to get away from suburban life and enjoy nature. We expect to be here for about 45 minutes.

After the bird walks, we plan to adjourn to a nearby restaurant for lunch and fellowship. We intend to try a relatively new restaurant, Spice Cantina, a Tex-Mex style restaurant and bar located in The Railyard in downtown Greensboro, 120 Barnhardt Street, Greensboro, NC 27406. The restaurant opens at noon, so we expect to get there shortly after it opens.

We would like to keep the number of cars on this field trip to a minimum. We encourage everyone to carpool if they can. For those who leave their cars at Price Park, we will provide rides back to their cars.

Inclement weather: The forecast looks good for Saturday with a predicted high of 57 and a sunny sky. On the off chance that changes and we have bad weather, we’ll postpone the field trip. However, if there is just a chance of precipitation but the weather radar early on Saturday morning doesn’t show any precipitation in Greensboro, we’ll proceed with the field trip as planned.

Join us! Do you have questions? Contact Dennis Burnette, 299-4342, deburnette@triad.rr.com.

Gardening with Bird-Friendly Plants? Try These Nurseries

Here’s where you can buy bird-friendly native plants in the Triad area. These nurseries are participants in Audubon NC’s Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year Program.

Edgefield Plant and Stone Center,  3307 Edgefield Road, Oak Ridge 27409  (336) 662-0081

Farmstead Nursery, 1818 N. Peacehaven Road, Winston-Salem 27104  (336) 760-5966

Fifth Season Gardening, 1616 Battleground Avenue D-3, Greensboro 27408  (336) 271-3373

Frank’s Perennial Border,  1744 W. Clemmonsville Road, Winston-Salem 27127  (336) 650-1111

Gethsemane Garden and Landscape, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market and Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Garden visits by appointment only. (336) 656-3096

Guilford Garden Center, 701 Milner Drive, Greensboro 27410  (336) 299-1535

House of Plants, 507 Harvey Street, Winston-Salem 27103  (336) 765-5301

LA Reynolds Garden Showcase,  4400 Styers Ferry Road, Winston-Salem 27104  (336) 945-3776

Mitchell’s Nursery and Greenhouse, 1088 W. Dalton Road, King 27021  336-983-4107

New Garden Landscaping and Nursery – New Garden Gazebo, 3811 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro 27455  (336) 288-8893

New Garden Landscaping and Nursery – New Garden Village,  5572 Garden Village Way, Greensboro 27410  (336) 665-0291

Reynolda Nursery & Landscaping Supplies,  5353 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem 27106 (336) 923-2880

Shouse Nursery,  3621 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem 27106  (336) 922-2337

Soviero’s Tri-County Garden Center & Feed, 3818 N. Main Street, High Point 27265  (336) 885-3800

Stratford Landscape Supply,  2366 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem 27103  (336) 817-8163

T. Bagge Garden Shop, Old Salem Museum & Gardens,  626 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem 27101 (336) 721-7357

To find more participating nurseries in other parts of the state, visit:


Battling Climate Change in Your Own Back Yard

At this month’s program on November 12th at 7:00 PM we welcome Curtis Smalling, Audubon NC’s Director of Land Bird Conservation. Curtis is a diligent researcher and a tireless advocate for the birds of our region, and he comes to us this month with an urgent message for all of us about the actions we can take to help our feathered friends in the face of climate change.

Last May Heather Hahn, Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, gave a program for Pearson Audubon outlining some of the science of climate change and, in general, what sort of threats it will cause for North America’s birds. Curtis’ presentation will bring us more specifics on what we can expect in the Piedmont region as climate change ramps up. He will talk about what birds and plants we may still be able to see in this region in 30 to 60 years, and also which ones we may never again see here as a warming climate forces them to seek different habitat.

Curtis Smalling of Audubon NC
Curtis Smalling of Audubon NC

Curtis has been a regular speaker on the TGPAS program schedule, and we are so pleased that he is returning this year. All who have heard him give a presentation know that his talks are informative, entertaining and fun. Curtis Smalling is one of our favorites, and we are lucky to have him working for Audubon NC and for our birds.

This program is the third of three this fall which the chapter chose to fit the nature and science theme of Greensboro’s One City One Book three-month event. Please mark your calendar for this program, and plan to come fifteen or twenty minutes early to chat with Curtis and fellow nature lovers. As always, this event is FREE and open to the public.