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Monthly Meetings

May 5, 2016: Norm Budnitz, New Hope Audubon Society

Birds—What are they? Who are they? What do they do?

Think of this as a short (very short!) course on the lives of our feathered friends on this planet. Norm will talk about such topics as identification, physiology, behavior, and more. Bring your wits; there might be a quiz!

Our meetings start at 7:00 PM with refreshments, followed by a short business meeting. Our speakers usually begin at 7:30 PM. Meetings are held at the NC Botanical Garden on Hwy. 15-501 at the intersection with Old Mason Farm Rd., in Chapel Hill. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome, members and non-members alike.

Creating a Bird Friendly Habitat and the NHAS Certification Program

New Hope Audubon is now offering a program for Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties to certify your property as a Bird Friendly Habitat at a Silver, Gold, or Platinum level if you meet certain standards. If you are interested in having your property certified or just want information on how to make your property more bird-friendly, then click here.

For more information on any of the key elements of creating a bird friendly habitat, follow the links below.

Spring Bird counts

Each year, the New Hope Audubon Society sponsors a spring bird count in a 15-mile diameter circle encompassing much of Jordan Lake and its surroundings. This year's count will be on May 1st. If you would like to participate, please click here for information on contacting Carol Chelette our count organizer, general information about the count, a count circle map, and more.

Local area counts include the following (with the coordinator's name and email address):
  • 4/24/2016 - Durham (Brian Bockhahn, birdranger248@gmail.com)
  • 4/26/2016 - Kerr Lake (Brian Bockhahn, birdranger248@gmail.com)
  • 4/28/2016 - Falls Lake (Brian Bockhahn, birdranger248@gmail.com)
  • 5/1/2016 - Jordan Lake (Carol Chelette, cncbrdr@yahoo.com)
  • 5/7/2016 - Chapel Hill (Will Cook, cwcook@duke.edu)
  • 5/14/2016 - Wake County (John Connors, jconnorsbird@gmail.com)

Events Calendar

Some upcoming events. For information on these and other events, go to our calendar and click on an event for details.
  • May 4--NHAS bird walk
  • May 5--NHAS monthly meeting
  • May 7--NHAS bird walk
  • May 7--NHAS Stream Watch
  • May 11--NHAS bird walk
  • May 15--NHAS bird walk
  • May 18--NHAS bird walk
  • May 21--NHAS bird walk
  • May 23--Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting
  • May 28-30--NHAS field trip to Boone, NC
  • June 4--NHAS Stream Watch

Newsletter Available Online

Our most recent bi-monthly newletter is now available online. Click here for the March/April, 2016, newsletter.

Here's some of what you will find:
  • My Two Cents Worth, by Tom Driscoll
  • A Tribute to Barbara Roth, by Norm Budnitz
  • NHAS Education Activities, by Mary George
  • Time to Create Your Pollinator and Bird Friendly Garden, by Barbara Driscoll
  • Feeder Watch, by Tom Driscoll
  • NHAS events calendar

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Links often requested by our readers. Visit our Resources page for more information and a more extensive list of links about birds, conservation, rehabilitation organizations, and other national, state, and local Audubon groups.

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Last Updated: April 27, 2016