Lifelong birders. Impassioned activists. Plant-lovers. Members of Audubon North Carolina’s ten local chapters are as diverse as the geographic regions they represent. Chapter members seed conservation projects on many levels, from running bird censuses and monitoring IBAs, to teaching birding basics to beginners. Thank you to all the chapters for their ongoing support of Audubon’s conservation mission.
Below are some recent chapter achievements:
• In early 2011, the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society became the tenth chapter of National Audubon Society in North Carolina. The chapter’s mission is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship through education, protection, conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Based in Maggie Valley, the chapter has already been active in the N.C. Birding Trail, hawk watching, and other projects.
• In June 2010 T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society dedicated a bird watching observation platform at Southwest Park in Guilford County that resulted from a great partnership. The Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority provided the land for the overlook, the Audubon Society provided the material, the Southern Guilford High School carpentry class provided the labor, and Southwest Park managed the project. The Audubon Overlook offers visitors a chance to see the more than 100 bird species living in the area.
• High Country Audubon Society hosted a successful Audubon North Carolina annual meeting in May 2011 in Blowing Rock. The 105 attendees enjoyed field trips to Important Bird Areas including Grandfather Mountain and Elk Knob, symposia about local and statewide conservation efforts, and great local entertainment and dining. Many thanks to High Country for a memorable meeting.
Find links to all NC chapters on this page.