As birds fly south for the winter, we invite you to plan ahead for their return next year. The Audubon North Carolina 2022 Summit is perfectly timed for spring bird migration. Mark your calendars now for this fun, birdy, biennial event, hosted by Mecklenburg Audubon in Charlotte.
After spending so much time close to home, the Summit will be a great opportunity for all of us to be together, share our love of birds, and get inspired to take action for a brighter future for all. The beautiful new UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center offers outdoor space for all our Summit gatherings, from workshops to our much-anticipated Saturday-evening banquet and volunteer awards.
We'll learn how to protect the birds we love in workshops, and we'll also get out and bird like royalty in the Queen City. That is the official motto of the Summit, and Mecklenburg Audubon Board Members Christine McCluskey and Malia Kline plan to deliver. Attendees will have the option to join a wide variety of field trips to see all the beautiful birds Charlotte has to offer, from nesting warblers to migrating thrushes.
Date: April 21 - 24, 2022.
Location/Lodging: UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Book your room at our special rate of $129/night now.
Registration: Online registration will open January 21, 2022.
Field Trip Preview:
As a participant of the Audubon North Carolina 2022 Summit hosted by the Mecklenburg Audubon Society, you’ll be invited to join us on birding trips throughout the Queen City and surrounding areas. For example, you can ride Charlotte’s new LYNX Light Rail to go birding in Latta Park in the Dilworth area. Dozens of warbler species have been recorded in this community park surrounded by historic homes in Charlotte’s original “Street Car Suburb.” Latta Park has its own resident Barred Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk families. Farther afield, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge offers nesting Swainson’s and Kentucky Warblers along with more commonly found Northern Parulas, plus Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, and Prairie warblers. Tanagers, buntings and grosbeaks abound. And Red-headed Woodpeckers are everywhere!
A number of fun field trips will be geared to non-birders, including an outing to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens, which actually includes two gardens: The Susie Harwood Garden and Van Landingham Glen. The glen is a woodland garden similar to the Appalachian Mountains with hemlocks and rhododendrons. NoDa Arts District offers another fun excursion for those not married to their binoculars. The NoDa area is the city’s destination for art and entertainment. Attendees can also visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an interactive entertainment attraction that honors the history and culture of NASCAR in Uptown Charlotte. The trips are ranked according to ease and length of walking.
Join the fun as Audubon NC Summit 2022 rules the Queen City for a weekend of fun field trips you won't want to miss. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting weekend.