A Look Back at Our Chapters

This weekend, Audubon North Carolina’s local chapters from across the state will convene for a day of training, networking and getting inspired by one another. It’s Chapter Day 2014!

In honor of this event, we are taking a look back at each of our chapters through the Chapter of the Month blog series, highlighting the special work they are doing to preserve and protect birds across North Carolina.

High Country Audubon Society

Janet Paulette pulling garlic mustard - Jesse Pope photo.

With a small population base and a large territory, it could be difficult to find others to share in the joy of birding. So, what better way to get many area birders together than to form a local Audubon Chapter? That was the intent of creating the High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) in 2006. The new chapter has gone on to fill a gap in coverage in the northwest corner of the state taking in AlleghanyAsheAveryWatauga and Wilkes counties.

Take a look back at the High Country Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Highlands Audubon Society

GWWA by Todd Arcos.

If you are looking for a birding excursion in the region known to locals as the “Extreme Western NC”, look no further than the Highlands Audubon chapter! Since 1996, the chapter has built strong relationships in the community including forming partnerships with the local schools and the university, garden clubs, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, the Highlands Biological Station, the Highlands Plateau Greenway, as well as other environmental organizations in the area. This year, members are taking on new scientific initiatives, which will stretch their resources for birds and wildlife in Western North Carolina even further.

Take a look back at the Highlands Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society

T. Gilbert Pearson’s namesake chapter has upheld its own legacy of conservation serving the Triad. The group was founded in 1971 with a mission to foster appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of birds and nature and to preserve our natural heritage at the local and global level, and began on the same campus as the first Audubon Society of North Carolina!

Take a look back at the TGPAS Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Mecklenburg Audubon Society

Painted Bunting taken by Jeff Lemons.

Serving a traditionally urban Charlotte region, Mecklenburg Audubon has been fostering a love of birds with residents for over 30 years. The chapter has a rich history of engaging members to participate in bird counts and is an annual front-runner in the CBC.

Take a look back at the Mecklenburg Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Audubon Society of Forsyth County

Lee Jones, Matt Jeffery, Belize Audubon staff, Forsyth Audubon birders

Starting the first Lights Out program in the Southeast, Forsyth Audubon has a rich history of conservation. In 2014, Forsyth was an active partner in Bird-Friendly Communities distributing homes for nuthatches and growing native plants with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

Take a look back at Forsyth Audubon with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Our chapter serving Asheville is a hot spot for breeding Cerulean Warblers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Members are conducting monitoring projects for this special bird, as well as hosting an annual fundraiser where money is donated to the Columbian Cerulean Warbler Reserve in Giron.

Take a look back at EMAS with their Chapter of the Month series here:

New Hope Audubon Society

Mark Kosiewski, Norm Budnitz, and Robin Moran.

Responsible for constructing the Wildlife Viewing Platform at Jordan Lake, New Hope Audubon is working across the Piedmont to promote the enjoyment of birds, conservation efforts, research and advocacy among their community of members. Over time, 340 species of birds have been sighted in the New Hope territory!

Take a look back at the New Hope Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Wake County Audubon Society

Raleigh’s local Audubon chapter holds monthly meetings in the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, working with conservation partners and the greater community to promote the health of birds. Throughout its history, Wake Audubon has responded to threats to local natural areas by petitioning local government to create nature parks, and by providing guidance in natural area management.

Take a look back at the Wake Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

Cape Fear Audubon Society

Students are making personal connections with coastal birds thanks to Cape Fear Audubon’s Project BIRD. The program works to excite students about science through watching and recording bird activities, while maintaining regular correspondence enhances students’ writing skills.

Take a look back at the Cape Fear Chapter with their Chapter of the Month series here:

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