2017 PBC Minigrants
The PBC Minigrant Program invests in educational and conservation projects in the Piedmont NC area.
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Minigrant Application Deadline is 12/1/2016
It's time to check the calendar for ALL the scheduled activities - field trips, programs, socials, community events - for the coming year.
Welcome to our New Members
Sept/Oct 2016 - The Veep's Peep
Late summer and early fall bring exciting times for birders: fall migration. If lake levels are low enough to produce mud flats, numerous species of shorebirds may be found. A couple of the best viewing spots in the county are Nat Greene trail, which runs from Old Battleground Road to Lake Brandt Marina, and Yanceyville Street causeway overlooking Lake Townsend. For migrating songbirds such as warblers, tanagers and thrushes, try one of Greensboro’s lovely woodland trails such as Reedy Fork or Laurel Bluff – or just sit out in your own or a friend’s backyard and keep an eye out for migrants attracted to trickling water, insects in natural areas, seed feeders, and dogwood berries.
A migrating bird’s journey from its breeding grounds to its wintering area is arduous and challenging. Those who make it there and back have dodged cell towers, windows, predators and storms -- to name but a few of the obstacles they face. The tiny Blackpoll Warbler, which passes through Guilford County mostly in spring, undertakes a non-stop southbound journey of up to three days and over 2,500 kilometers, across the open water of the Atlantic Ocean from the northeastern U.S. to northern South America.
Migrating birds must add body fat before they set off on their journeys as well as at each stopover -- and you can help! One of the best things you can do is plant native flowers and shrubs that attract beneficial insects and produce berries. Both of these are critical food sources for birds that don’t eat seed. To find a list of bird-friendly native plants, go to nc.audubon.org and click on Bird-Friendly Communities.
Fall also marks the start of our new birding activities calendar that will take us all the way through spring of next year. Check out our Calendar of Events and save some dates in September and October to spend with fellow bird-lovers as we enjoy hawk watching, sparrow searching, and our monthly program at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Library in Price Park. On October 8, we will participate in The Big Sit -- an international event that takes place every year. It’s fun, non-competitive, and open to everyone. Just head on out to the Bog Garden sometime between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. and sit with us a while as we try to spot every bird that comes within sight and earshot.
The Piedmont Bird Club is always happy to hear from non-members, and we extend a warm and cordial welcome to anyone who would like to experience one of our outside or inside activities.
I look forward to seeing you very soon!
“North Carolina is a great place for birding. And the Piedmont Bird Club is a wonderful group of folks to bird with!”