2019-20 Yearbook Dedication
The dedication of the yearbook this year is in honor of a member who has contributed enormously to the natural world here in our area. This person has spent many years working for the protection of birds and other creatures, native plants, and the places they live. In particular, this member has focused on restoring and protecting natural habitats and enhancing their ecosystems to promote and protect biological biodiversity. The member we are honoring this year is Marie Poteat.
Marie has turned more than 70 acres of her property into a nature preserve by removing invasive nonnative plants and reintroducing native plants that are friendly to birds and other wildlife. She has filled her property with bird nesting boxes, including hosting a Chimney Swift tower constructed by the PBC.
As a consequence of her conservation work, her property, which is situated along the Deep River, attracts nearly all of the bird species commonly seen in our area either as breeders or in migration. On many occasions Marie has opened her private nature preserve to PBC and other nature groups for guided field trips. She’s frequently involved in PBC meetings and activities, and she participates in the Christmas Bird Count every year.
One of the primary purposes of the Piedmont Bird Club is to “promote the study and protection of birds and other natural resources.” Marie Poteat is an outstanding PBC member who lives her life to do just that. It’s very appropriate to honor her by dedicating the 2019-2020 Yearbook to her.
Welcome to our New Members
PBC Minigrant Program
Do you have a creative idea for a small bird conservation or educational project? The 2020 PBC Minigrant application (click here) is now available. Review information (click here) on the minigrant opportunity. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2019.
62 years of Spring Bird Counts
“North Carolina is a great place for birding. And the Piedmont Bird Club is a wonderful group of folks to bird with!”