Audubon North Carolina has 10 amazing chapters across the state who help put a local focus on bird preservation and conservation issues. In this special blog series, we’ll focus on a chapter each month to learn more about their history, what they are working on, and to increase the statewide understanding of special ecosystems and habitats. Each month will include a series of posts about each chapter including a post from our biologists that will share a unique research project that is happening in the chapter’s geographic footprint.
This month, we get to know the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. Read on to learn more about our chapter’s birding site, Price Park, located at 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro. Please welcome guest-blogger Dennis Burnette.
One of the favorite places for our chapter to go birding and engage in other nature activities is the City of Greensboro’s 98-acre Price Park. The park features walking trails, woodlands, a designated two-acre Bird & Butterfly Meadow, and more than 20 acres of grassland informally called the Meadowlark Sanctuary.
Our chapter spends a lot of time in this beautiful place with woods, meadows, a creek and a lake. TGPAS works with the City Parks and Recreation Department to manage a wet meadow and provide partial funding for a Chimney Swift nesting tower in the nearby Meadowlark Sanctuary. We also maintain a display in the kiosk in the Bird & Butterfly Meadow, and fund a series of interpretive signs along the woodland trail.
The park is home to the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, which has an extensive collection of nature, gardening and environmental resources, along with more typical popular library collections. Our chapter has donated binoculars and field guides to be used by children’s groups. We hold our monthly meetings in the library, participate in activities such as the annual Earth Day celebration and conduct various workshops and classes.
We have found more than 300 species in the park when our chapter conducted a 14-hour animal and plant inventory in May several years ago. Most of the species of land birds that occur in Guilford County, as well as some waterfowl, were found during the inventory. Many of these birds can be found coming to the bird feeders maintained by library staff.
The hours of operation change seasonally but generally conform to the daylight hours of the season. The park is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Price Park is a great place to bring kids and beginning birders to introduce them to nature, and it also is fun for more experienced birders to relax with a stroll through the woods or across a meadow in any season.
Get to know more of our 10 chapter across North Carolina. Read our Chapter of the Month series.