For your reading pleasure......
George Wheaton's article Guilford County Best Birds of 2015 offers 22 candidates for 2015 Bird of the Year. Do you agree with his choice? If not, tell us which bird would get your vote.
A compilation of Rare Bird Sightings in Guilford County has been updated by George Wheaton through 2015 and is now posted on the website in the Resources section. It is a remarkable record covering more than 100 years of observation and documentation.
Welcome to our New Members
April 2016 -The Veep's Peep
The migration season is here and already, some great sightings have been reported. The PBC offers a wealth of opportunities this month to experience the season with fellow birders and contribute to citizen science!
Our Eastern Bluebird Monitoring Project began in March and is in full swing at Country Park. Thanks goes out to our cadre of volunteers contributing to the observation and data collection.
The Spring Bird Count, another popular citizen science project is approaching. See details below. What better way to experience the migration and contribute to an important national census!
Thanks to the PBC Field Trip Committee for the great line-up below!
** Please contact the field trip leader for details and confirm your attendance in advance. In cases of inclement weather, an outing could be cancelled.
Saturday, April 9: Earth Day Celebration
Kick off spring with your fellow PBC members as you share information on birding and conservation, with visitors of all ages to the PBC educational exhibit. Sign up for a two-hour shift. Beginners are welcome. Contact Emily Tyler to signup.
Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library at 1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro
Time: 1 PM-5 PM
Sunday, April 10: Sit-a-Spell at Richardson/Taylor Reserve
This is a novel approach - bring a folding chair and sit at various points along the way to wait and watch for the diversity of species this reserve offers. Whispering will be the preferred mode of speech among participants. We may traverse up to 1 miles from point to point. Bring drinks, snacks and maybe a book, and spend a relaxing few hours enjoying a panorama of sights and sounds.
NOTE: The Sit-a-Spell starting time will be @ 1:30PM instead of the morning time noted in the yearbook. This is being done due to the unseasonably frigid conditions that will dominate the morning hours.
Location: Richardson/Taylor Reserve, Plainfield Road, just off Church Street near Lake Townsend
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Leader: Julien McCarthy
April 12-15: Huntington Beach State Park and Georgetown, SC Area
This trip to prime birding areas along the SC coast explores diverse habitats from ocean beach, tidal streams, and estuaries to inland forests and gardens. We expect to see a variety of shorebirds, ducks, terns, gulls, migrating warblers, herons, egrets, etc. Participants will be given a detailed itinerary before departure, which will include information on accommodations. Provisions needed: Food and drink for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in the field.
Location: Murrells Inlet, SC, and surrounding areas – Huntington Beach State Park, Brookgreen Gardens, Santee Coastal Reserve, and Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area
Leader: Emily Tyler
Saturday, April 16: Whitacre Farm
We will visit the Whitacre’s farm in the Bunch Road area of Guilford County to look for late winter and early spring birds. Carpooling is essential due to limited parking at the farm. Habitat: Mature mixed forest, swamp, pasture, pond. Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks. Cancels with inclement weather.
Location: Meet at Kernodle Middle School, 3600 Drawbridge Parkway, Greensboro
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Leader: Carolyn Allen
Sunday, April 17: Birding Nantucket Village
We will walk in the neighborhood and on the nature trail that forms the perimeter of Nantucket Village. The trail meanders behind the homes and through the woods. We will gather on the porch of the leaders’ home for a bite to eat and watch the backyard birds. Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks. Bring lunch for a picnic on the porch after the walk. Cancels with inclement weather.
Location: Nantucket Village 7215 Northmoor Trace Greensboro NC
Time: 8 AM - 11 AM
Leaders/Hosts: Roberta Newton and Ann Van Sant
Thursday, April 21 Meeting: Encouraging Ecotourism and Birding for Science: Bird Conservation on Two Fronts
Mr. Scott Anderson, Bird Conservation Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will discuss the activities of the North Carolina Birding Trail and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in forwarding bird conservation in the state. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has many recent projects designed to enhance our understanding of the distribution and abundance of species of concern throughout the state. Mr. Anderson will discuss two efforts: the Riparian Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), designed to gather more information on species not well covered by the traditional BBS (e.g., Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and others), and Bachman's Sparrow distribution mapping.
Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, April 23: Randolph County Preserve
Explore Jane and Craig Lawrence's preserve in Randolph County, NC. Indigenous and migratory species should be abundant. We will listen and look for birds, flowers, mammals, reptiles, etc. This is a joint activity with the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. Provisions needed: drinks and snacks. Bring a contribution for the famous potluck lunch, and enjoy cordial conversation as we share each other's company and discuss the day's observations. Cancels with inclement weather; may schedule an alternate date. Contact the leaders.
Location: 5808-A Pisgah Road, Asheboro
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Leaders: Jane and Craig Lawrence
Sunday, April 24: Mortenson Neighborhood/Property in Summerfield
We will walk an easy 1 to 1.5-mile loop along cleared paths, gravel, and asphalt around the Mortenson's property and adjacent neighboring 3-4 acre lake. The 2015 migration was very active, including many warblers, thrushes, vireos, and more. Hopefully, 2016 is as good or better. Carpool if possible to facilitate parking. Habitat: Mixed mature forest, marsh, creek, lake. Provisions needed: Drinks and snacks. Bring a contribution for a potluck lunch after the walk. Special considerations: Part of the trail could be muddy; wear appropriate footwear. Cancels with inclement weather. Contact the leader
Location: 6066 Windsor Farme Road, Summerfield
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leader: Scott Mortenson
Saturday, April 30: Spring Bird Count
Teams will count birds in assigned areas within the designated 15-mile circle. Some teams need new counters for all or part of the day, and new birders are welcome. The circuits are mostly riding or mostly walking, depending on team assignment. Bring drinks and binoculars; dress for weather. The tally is the following afternoon. For more details or to sign up, contact Elizabeth Link.
For full field trip details, refer to the PBC Calendar of Events.
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