Meet-and-Greet Event at Scuppernong Books

Image of Scuppernong grapes courtesy of Wikimedia
Image of Scuppernong grapes courtesy of Wikimedia

When: Sunday, August 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Scuppernong Books

What: Meeting and greeting, and general socializing

 

 

Don’t miss this fun event! Pearson Audubon folks have limited chances during chapter activities to interact and  to get to know one another better. To counter this dearth of “face time” the board wants to hold more purely social events, perhaps several times each program year. The first of these for the 2017-2018 chapter year will be held in place of the August Second Sunday Walk. Instead of walking we’ll do some talking—with new members, not-so-active members and with“old hands”. We’ll share bird sightings, chat about good places to walk and get in some R&R on a Sunday afternoon.

Our Meet-and-Greet will take place at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. On weekends, parking is free in all City of Greensboro lots and decks so you’ll have no problems finding a space. Parking is also available on Elm St. right in front of Scuppernong Books.

The chapter will provide light snacks and iced tea, but adult and other beverages will also be available for purchase. If you are new to Audubon or have not been able to attend many chapter functions, come on down to Scuppernong and meet each other and some of us long-time members. New in town? This is a great way to get to know Greensboro and the local environs. We “old timers” can fill you in on what we do and answer questions you have about the chapter and its activities. So come on down to spend a pleasant afternoon with fellow Auduboners,  or just stop in to say “Howdy”. We’ll be pleased to see you.

A Pleasant Afternoon in Peabody Park

Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia
Coreopsis Verticillata Photo by L. Chrump courtesy of Wikimedia

Sunday, June 11 was a bit warm and humid. It is summer after all. But fifteen eager Auduboners took to the fields and woods in UNCG’s Peabody Park to see what nature had to offer. We were not disappointed. The newly-constructed wetland in the Park Fields had attracted a variety of dragonflies and damselflies. Black-eyed Susans and Coreopsis in the native plant prairie attracted several butterfly species—sulfurs and cabbage whites. At least a dozen bird species were seen or heard between the fields and woods, including Titmice, Catbirds, Towhees, Bluebirds, Song Sparrows, Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, and Fish Crows.

Photo by Glenda Simmons courtesy of National Audubon Society
Eastern Bluebird; Photo by Glenda Simmons courtesy of National Audubon Society

The Park Woods offered welcome shade and a host of both native and  exotic plant species, most of which were expertly identified by Ann Walter-Fromson. Walkers also marveled at some of the Shortleaf  Pines that the University had sampled with a boring tool to determine their age. The oldest we saw that day was estimated to have germinated in 1837. We clambered over a couple of fallen trees to get a close look at the wetland in the woods. Around the edge of the small pool we discovered a number of freshly-dug tunnels that we guessed were the work of crayfish which may have migrated from the creek just a few yards away. The stream provided a good look at several small fish species; this is good news, because while crayfish were found there in the past, fin fish had been sadly absent. Nature is resilient.

All in all, a pleasant day on campus enjoying a variety of nature’s treasures just a mile from downtown Greensboro.

A Great Year Ahead for Pearson Audubon

Detail of Brown-headed Nuthatch plate from John James Audubon's Birds of America
Detail of Brown-headed Nuthatch plate from John James Audubon’s Birds of America

The 2017 annual planning meeting and elections have come and gone, and we have some great programs and nature walks on tap. We will be hearing about Monarch butterflies, urban wildlife, spring ephemeral wildflowers, woodpeckers of the Piedmont, and many more interesting monthly programs.

We’ll have second Sunday nature walks on the Laurel Bluff Trail and at the Guilford County Farm (aka Prison Farm). We’ll explore the geology of Guilford County and partake of a Wine-and-Warblers outing at Grove Winery. How’s that for a new twist?

Contributing to a great year ahead is a very talented group of board members and officers: Dennis Burnette, Lynn Burnette, Sue Cole, Sarah Gilley, Lynne Gray, Judy Hoag, Jack Jezorek, Lynn Moseley, Marie Poteat, Stella Wear, and Tom Wear. The TGPAS officers are: Lynn Moseley, chair; Sarah Gilley, co-chair; Sue Cole, treasurer; and Judy Hoag, secretary. Many thanks to all who are giving of their time and talent to make Pearson Audubon such a wonderful chapter. — Jack Jezorek, outgoing co-chair

Give a Tweet – Help a Bird!

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On behalf of all the birds and people who benefit from Audubon NC programs, Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, is asking for our help.

Audubon North Carolina has been selected to compete to win a share of $100,000, and all you have to do is tweet! You don’t need to know how to use Twitter – or any social media – to help out.

Now through June 19, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation is counting all the tweets and Instagram posts that have the hashtag #VoteAudubonNC + @bcbsnc in them and awarding a donation to Audubon NC for every single one. This is all part of their Hike NC – gohikenc.com – program to get more North Carolinians outside to explore parks, preserves, and outdoor spaces.
We need all the help we can get! Here’s how you can help, starting immediately and running through June 19:

  • If you use Twitter and/or Instagram, use these posts yourself as often as you can.
  • Ask your kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, friends, coworkers, ANYONE who uses Twitter and/or Instagram to participate!

Every Tweet Counts!
To Send a Tweet:

  1. Log-in to your Twitter account or create a Twitter account.
  2. Cut/paste this as your tweet: I get outside for birds so I #voteaudubonnc with @bcbsnc! #hikenc

Repeat your tweets as many times a day as you want! The competition will be fierce, so please tweet early and often!

Share These Posts:
Get your Twitter followers in on the fun of this contest. Here are some prewritten posts. Copy/paste and post to get your people to tweet for Audubon NC!

Here’s a Northern Cardinal/Audubon NC image created just for this competition – use if you like – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5sip42f5lsi2mk7/AABCTYA442YdfS3YeVcHPUyHa?dl=0

Twitter Posts:
Copy/paste & post:
Tweet for the birds! Each tweet with #VoteAudubonNC + @bcbsnc means $$$ for #NorthCarolina birds à https://ctt.ec/03eC6
Give a tweet and help a bird! Each tweet with #VoteAudubonNC + @bcbsnc means a donation for #NorthCarolina birds à https://ctt.ec/03eC6

(Note: the little rectangles below will turn into a Great Horned Owl or Bald Eagle emoji if you copy/paste into Twitter!)

🦉 says: Tweet for me! Each tweet with #VoteAudubonNC + @bcbsnc means a donation for #NorthCarolina birds à https://ctt.ec/03eC6

🦅 says: Tweet for me! Each tweet with #VoteAudubonNC + @bcbsnc means a donation for #NorthCarolina birds à https://ctt.ec

/03eC6Our friends @AudubonNC are vying to win a share of $100K with @bcbsnc, but they need YOUR help. HTTP://NC.AUDUBON.ORG/HIKENC #VoteAudubonNC

Facebook Posts – copy/paste & post:
Audubon North Carolina is vying to win a share of $100,000 with Hike NC, and they need YOUR help. HTTP://NC.AUDUBON.ORG/HIKENC

Audubon North Carolina has been selected to compete to win a share of $100,000, and they need YOUR help. All you have to do is TWEET! They Need Your Help! Every Tweet Counts!
HTTP://NC.AUDUBON.ORG/HIKENC