Programs for 2017-18
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 19
Program: Albatrosses: Dedicated Parents, World Travellers
Albatrosses can fly 10,000 miles in one ocean journey, and our October speaker, Bill Fraser, travelled like an albatross to prepare for his presentation to the PBC. In February of 2017 Bill Fraser ventured to the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, where he saw 11 of the 22 species of albatross. In other journeys Bill has searched for albatrosses in the Galapagos, the Falklands, on South Georgia Island and on Midway, and along the coast of Chile. Birds and photography have been Bill’s consuming passion since he retired in 1994.
Bird of the Season: Pied-billed Grebe, Craig Lawrence
Thursday, November 9
Program: How to Birdproof Your Windows
Note: This meeting is on the 2nd Thursday. It is a joint meeting with the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society.
Most of us have heard the startling thud when a bird flies directly into a window. Each year nearly a billion birds die as a result of window strikes. This presentation by our own Dr. Lynn Moseley will describe a number of options available for homeowners to help prevent or greatly reduce bird deaths from such impacts. Lynn Moseley retired from Guilford College after 37 years as a professor of Biology.
Thursday, January 18
Program: What is a Uwharrie and Why Would a Biologist Care?
Much is still unknown about the flora and fauna of the Uwharrie Mountains just south of Greensboro. Our speaker in January, John Gerwin, Research Curator, Ornithology, at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, has spent years studying the unique habitat in these under-appreciated mountains, including a disjunct breeding population of Black-throated Green Warblers. Come hear John talk about his work banding birds, tracking populations, and helping to preserve this North Carolina treasure
Bird of the Season: Red-tailed Hawk, Manny Brooks
Thursday, February 15
Program: Bird-friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters
Gardening with native plants helps birds get what they need to thrive. Learn why native plants are so important for supporting birds, which plants are the most beneficial, and how you can make your yard a welcoming place for birds. As native plants are a bridge to bird-friendly gardens, Ann Walter-Fromson is a bridge in Greensboro for lovers of native plants and local birds. She is an active member of the Piedmont Bird Club, the T. Gilbert Audubon Society of Guilford County, the Bird-Friendly Communities team for Audubon North Carolina, and the Triad chapter of North Carolina Native Plant Society
Bird of the Season: Belted Kingfisher, Tom Wear
Thursday, March 15
Program: Birds of Yellowstone National Park
When you think of Yellowstone, most think of amazing geysers, incredible scenery, and mega-fauna like bison, grizzlies and gray wolves. But Yellowstone is home to 300 bird species, including 8 species of owls, Trumpeter Swans, ravens, Harlequin Ducks and dippers–birds adapted to swift mountain streams. Join naturalist Mike Dunn as he shares his Yellowstone birding adventures with us. Mike’s career as an educator/naturalist included 8 years with the NC State Park System and 24 years with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Check out his blog at roadsendnaturalist.com
Bird of the Season: The three nuthatches, Rebecca Dellinger-Johnston
Thursday, April 19
Program: The Evolution of Two Naturalists: The Story of Olivia and Vanessa Merritt
Olivia and Vanessa Merritt, twins and fellow first-year students in Wildlife Biology at NC State, began as Young Naturalists with Wake Audubon. Following their passion for birds, they spent endless hours in the egg collections of the NC Museum of Natural History, chased Black-necked Grebes through the muddy lakes of Spain, banded Golden-winged Warblers in the coffee fincas of Nicaragua, and tracked Hermit Thrushes through the Black Mountains of North Carolina. Please join us as they tell their stories, and the stories of the birds they love.
Bird of the Season: Black Skimmer, Lynne Gray