Go Wild on the OBX

OBXThis spring, we’re opening our gates for a special workshop May 5-7. Artists and amateur naturalists are invited to enjoy The Art and Ecology of Native Plants: Drawing the Natural Connections, an immersive experience inside the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary. The workshop is perfect for artists seeking a retreat to deepen their understanding of native plants and enhance their artistic skills through sketching botanicals and natural landscape design. Naturalists will discover new ways to engage the great outdoors. Attendees will also gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of North Carolina’s coastal native plants.

  • When: Friday – Sunday, May 5-7, 2017
  • Where: Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 300 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC
  • Cost: $240 + materials and housing fees
  • Click here to register

Spring Bird Count on April 29th

Eastern Meadowlark by Dennis Burnette
Eastern Meadowlark by Dennis Burnette

Birders look forward to the annual Spring Bird Count to see the beautiful tropical bird species that move through the Triad on the way to their breeding grounds further north. This year the count, sponsored by the Piedmont Bird Club, is Saturday, April 29.

This bird count is similar to Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in which teams count species and individual numbers of birds in assigned areas within a designated 15-mile count circle. Some teams need additional counters for all or part of the day. New birders are welcome to join the fun; there’s always at least one experienced birder on each team to help with identification.

Birding with some teams is mostly riding through their areas, but some teams do a lot of walking along trails and in parks, so opportunities abound for people of all physical and skill levels.

Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them and something to drink. Dress for the weather and the type of birding your team will do.

For more information and to sign up, contact the coordinator, Elizabeth Link, 336-272-4672, elizlink04@gmail.com.

Final Beginning Birder Workshop of the Season

The final Beginning Birder Workshop of the season, titled “Attracting Birds to Gardens and Feeders”, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23rd. The workshop will be at the KCEF Branch Library, Price Park, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro.

This series of Beginning Birder workshops is co-sponsored by the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society and the Piedmont Bird Club. In addition to members of those two groups, the general public may attend the workshops. The level is suitable for adults and supervised older kids, so participants are welcome to bring family and friends.

The topic of each of these workshops is different. Participants who have attended the first two have received different material each time. Each workshop involves a classroom presentation and discussion followed by about 45 minutes of practicing birding skills.

Grasslands 101: Conservation for Birds and Beyond

Marie Poteat's Piedmont Prairie/Dennis Burnette
Marie Poteat’s Piedmont Prairie/Dennis Burnette

Have you heard that birds and other wildlife of grassland ecosystems are declining at a rapid rate?  Would you like to hear from an expert why this is happening, and why prairies, meadows, and fields are important for so many species?

A great opportunity to do just that is coming up at 7 p.m. April 13 at our monthly meeting.  Jessie Birckhead (at right), a biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will speak on “Grasslands 101: Conservation for Birds and Beyond.”

She will cover basic grassland ecology and the conservation practices currently underway to protect these systems in North Carolina and in other parts of the country.

Jessie serves the NCWRC as the Statewide Extension Biologist focused on Human-Wildlife Interactions. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she previously worked in the Raleigh/Durham area as Conservation Coordinator/Philanthropy and Communications Associate with The Nature Conservacy.

Please join us for this important presentation.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday April 13, 2017
Where: Kathleen Clay Edwards Family (KCEF) Branch Library, in Price Park, 1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, 27410