Welcome to our New Members
Last Call: 2017 PBC Holiday Dinner
Attention PBC members! Join us at the annual PBC Holiday Dinner for an evening of food, fellowship and photos on Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. It is a great way for PBC members and their guests to welcome the season and to celebrate another year of birding.
After dinner we will enjoy door prizes and a photo show presented by members of the club. If you have taken bird photos or other nature-related photos, consider sharing them.
Please note: While most PBC activities are open to the public, this event is limited to PBC members and their guests.
For more details about the Holiday Dinner, including how to make your reservations, see the email message sent to the members' listserv. If you can't locate this message, contact Stella Wear. Reservations and payment must be received no later than Saturday, December 2. Late reservations cannot be accepted.
We hope to see lots of our members on December 12.
Fall 2017 - The Veep's Peep
With hurricane season upon us until – officially - November 1, and with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma having already earned their places in the meteorological history books, curious minds may be wondering how birds fare in natural events such as these, and whether any change in their behavior has been noted.
Hurricanes can bring birds that normally spend their time far offshore, such as the Sooty Tern, to inland waters. At the time of this writing, the north Greensboro lakes are hosting two storm-blown Sabine’s Gulls – a first record for Guilford County. Read about seabird species that are often displaced: http://birdcast.info/forecast/hurricane-irmas-impact-on-birds/.
Another – albeit rarer – natural event occurred recently: the total solar eclipse on August 21 that crossed the entire continental US. Thanks to citizen science tools such as eBird, thousands of observations can provide clues to bird behavior and movement during such natural phenomena. You can read a fascinating summary by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birdcast project here: http://birdcast.info/forecast/eclipse/
In 2014, a group of scientists studying the Golden-winged Warbler made an eye-opening discovery. The birds they banded in 2013 and tracked to Tennessee during the following year’s breeding season suddenly “evacuated” to Florida before devastating tornadoes hit the area, and returned a few days later after the storms had passed. Coincidence? Read about it here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30531060
What we know for sure is that weather has an impact on all living creatures. Providing food, water and shelter can lessen the adverse impacts on birds. Let’s do it!
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. Check our calendar for details.
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!”