Gardens & New Spaces at the Greensboro Science Center

science center logoWhat: Monthly Meeting
When: 7 p.m,. Thursday, April 14
Where: KCE Family Branch Library, Price Park
Who: Horticulturist Chandra Metheny

You may have noticed recent building additions to the Greensboro Science Center, but have you noticed the additions to the green space at the Science Center?

The Center is all-abuzz with two honeybee hives, butterfly gardens, herb gardens (used by the zoo animals), and more.

Our featured speaker for the April Pearson Audubon meeting will be Chandra Metheny, the first full-time horticulturist at the Science Center. Chandra will discuss how she is changing the landscape at the Center through sustainable practices that the public can duplicate in their own yards. Pollinator gardens, living rooftops and rain barrels are just a few of the exciting changes she will discuss.

A graduate of UNCG with a bachelor’s of science in environmental biology, Metheny is certified in permaculture landscaping design.

Come to the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library at 6:45 PM on Thursday, April 14th, and we’ll have light refreshments for a few minutes before the meeting begins. As always, this event is free of charge and open to the public. See you there!

Beginner Birder Workshop

3df04090-30d4-45da-84e2-4bcd19c758e1Join us for the second of three Beginning Birder Workshops this coming Sunday afternoon, March 20, from 2:30-4:30. The topic for this session will be “Familiar Birds of our Lawns and Parks”. (The topic of each of these workshops is different.) We will again be at the KCE Family Branch Library, Price Park, in Greensboro. The workshops include a 45-minute classroom presentation and discussion followed by 45 minutes of practicing skills outdoors. Members of TGPAS, Piedmont Bird Club, and the general public are invited to attend.

Questions? Contact Dennis.

Flight Path for Gulf Recovery

Audubon’s Vision for Coastal Waterbirds

Thursday March 10, 7:00 pm, KCE Library, Price Park

Deepwater Horizon Spill. Photo courtesy Wikimedia.
Deepwater Horizon Spill. Photo courtesy Wikimedia.

Who can forget the horrible images of thick, brown oil spewing from the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico? Or the dolphins and pelicans covered in that toxic brew? Fortunately, the US court system has levied heavy fines on BP to help pay for the Gulf recovery. From the very start of the recovery process National Audubon has been a leader in that effort. Our March program will bring us up to date on how that project is going from someone who has been on the front lines from the beginning.

oily pelicans
Photo courtesy wikimedia.

Our guest speaker for our March program will be Chris Canfield, National Audubon Society’s Vice President for the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway. Chris is well know to many of us in the T. G. Pearson Audubon chapter, as he served for ten years as the Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, preceding our present director, Heather Hahn. Chris moved to the Gulf region when he took his present position, but the beauty of North Carolina called him back. He spends much of his time on the road so living here and working on Gulf projects is no problem.

Chris’s presentation will focus on how the oil spill affected the Gulf’s waterbirds and what Audubon and others are doing to help those birds recover. He will tell us about the gains that have been made and what the future holds for Gulf waterbirds and the entire Gulf region.

Chris is a wonderful speaker and a very congenial Audubon colleague. Mark your calendars for what promises to be an interesting, important and meaningful program. Come a few minutes early to chat with Chris and to help us welcome him home. We’ll have juice and some light refreshments starting at about 6:45.

 

Gardening to Attract Wildlife

What: Monthly Meeting
When: 7 p.m,. Thursday, Feb. 11
Where: KCE Branch Library, Price Park
Who: Dennis Burnette, Outdoor Educator

Our February program will have something of interest for gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts, and perhaps even for the amateur nature photographers in our chapter. Speaker Dennis Burnette will talk about “Gardening to Attract Wildlife.”

Sometimes people think of critters in their gardens and landscaping as enemies, but we are learning that many species of wildlife actually are good to have around. Birds eat the eggs and larvae of destructive insects, native bees are necessary for the pollination of our vegetables and flowers, and even toads eat harmful slugs.

Rather than doing battle with all the critters in our neighborhood and possibly killing species that could be beneficial, we can take some simple steps to encourage the things we want while discouraging the ones we don’t.

Our speaker is a retired college professor who is now focusing on nature education. An avid nature photographer, he uses his photos to show the beauty and positive side of nature to scouts, garden clubs, senior citizen groups, and nature-oriented organizations. He has held elected office and remains active in several of our local nature groups including serving on the TGPAS board.

Our meeting this month will be on Thursday, Feb. 11. Please arrive around 6:45; the program will begin at 7 p.m. We will be in our usual spot at the Kathleen Clay Edwards (KCE) Family Branch Library in Price Park, 1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro.

We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend who might be interested in learning some ways to have a productive garden and home landscape that welcomes birds, butterflies and other critters.