Programs for 2016-17
The Piedmont Bird Club conducts a program in conjunction with its monthly meeting. Programs feature local, state, and (sometimes) national experts speaking on a variety of topics relevant to birds and birding. Programs are open to the public. We encourage all interested persons to attend.
Unless otherwise noted in the schedule below, the programs are held on the third Thursday of each month, October through April, at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro (see map).
An "Early Birds" social gathering begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7:00, ends at 8:45.
Thursday, October 20
Program: Mockingbirds Mocking Birds
Mockingbirds can imitate anything…or can they? Mockingbirds keep learning new songs throughout their lives…or do they? In an interactive session, Dr. David Gammon, Associate Professor of Biology at Elon University, will help you explore the singing life of one of the most celebrated songsters of the natural world.
Bird of the Season: American Crow, Angela Cook
Thursday, November 17
Program: Wintering Hummingbirds
Susan Campbell, NC wildlife ecologist, will present an overview of wintering ecology and the distribution of hummingbirds in North Carolina. The emphasis will be on hummers that have been present during the colder months in the Piedmont. Susan is a research affiliate with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a resident of the Sandhills, spending a good bit of time at nearby Weymouth Woods as park naturalist. You won't want to miss this program on these little jewels of the garden!
Bird of the Season: Hummingbird (species), Cynthia Soemita
Thursday, January 19
Program: Using Partnerships to Build a Water-quality Monitoring Program at Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of the most important birding and wildlife locations on the East Coast. Dr. Michelle Moorman, aquatic ecologist and the Refuge biologist at Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, and Cedar Island NWRs will present on a lake monitoring program begun at Mattamuskeet because managers are concerned about submerged vegetation declines in the lake and identified the need to determine the extent to which the decline may be due to poor water quality. This vegetation supports a significant waterfowl population, and the lake is an important wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Results from this program are being used to improve understanding of why submerged aquatic vegetation has declined and to better understand the sources of nutrients in the lake. The Lake Mattamuskeet program is an example of how multiple agencies can work in partnership to improve understanding of a lake’s ecosystem.
Bird of the Season: American Kestrel, Matt Wangerin
Thursday, February 16
Program: The NC Zoo's Involvement in the Mariana Avifauna Conservation (MAC) Program
Debbie Zombeck, Curator of Birds at the North Carolina Zoo, traveled to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands to assist with capturing and translocating Golden White-eyes and Marianas Fruit Doves to the uninhabited island of Sarigan. The Brown Tree Snake was accidentally introduced to the island of Guam after WWII and has now spread to Saipan. This invasive species is a threat to the bird species that live there. She will give a summary of her trip and a short overview of the MAC Program. Debbie will also give an update on the NC Zoo’s bird collection – new additions to the collection and important breeding successes.
Bird of the Season: Bald Eagle, Dennis Burnette
Thursday, March 16
Program: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in North Carolina – America's Rarest Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCWs) are specialists that depend on long-leaf pines. But habitat for these pines has decreased by over 90% since the 1600's. Fortunately, recent recovery efforts have saved RCWs from extinction, using a number of creative approaches to improve habitat and increase reproduction. Be sure not to miss this informative session by Susan Miller, Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Bird of the Season: Eastern Screech Owl, Roberta Newton
Thursday, April 20
Program: Eagles and Falcons: New Insights on Wintering Golden Eagles and Nesting Peregrine Falcons in Western North Carolina
Have you ever seen a Golden Eagle in North Carolina? A recent camera trap study by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission revealed that Golden Eagles are wintering in western North Carolina in greater numbers than previously thought. Chris Kelley, Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will present on where the Commission documented Golden Eagles in 16 counties. The recovery of the Peregrine Falcon is one of our country's greatest conservation success stories. Recent monitoring studies have documented Peregrines nesting at 17 different cliff sites and one city building in North Carolina. North Carolina's peregrines continue to do fairly well.
Bird of the Season: Mourning Dove, Janet Goins