PBC is Soliciting Applications for its 2024 Minigrant Program
The PBC Minigrant Program announces its 11th year of investing in educational and conservation projects that promote the study and protection of birds and other natural resources in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Eligible projects are conducted by individuals, schools, or nonprofit organizations. PBC awards Minigrants up to $500 per project, based on a simple application process.
Minigrant projects can include a variety of activities, such as:
Applications are due December 5, 2023 for projects to be carried out in January – July, 2024. Click here for more information, including an Information Sheet with details about the program and the simple two-page application form.
Full details about each activity will be sent to PBC members via the email listserv. If you are not a PBC member and would like information about any of these activities, please check the PBC Yearbook or the online calendar or click here to send us an inquiry using the Contact Form.
April - August – Conservation: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring
Saturday, August 26 – Field Trip: Guilford County Farm, Howerton Road
Saturday, September 2 – Field Trip: Audubon Natural Area
Saturday, September 9 – Field Trip: Haw River State Park, Iron Ore Belt Access
Tuesday, September 12 – Field Trip: Reedy Fork Trail
Saturday, September 16 – Field Trip: Glencoe Haw River Trail
Tuesday, September 19 – Field Trip: Swifts's Night Out
Saturday, September 23 – Social: Fall Cookout
Saturday, September 30 – Field Trip: Birding from Kayaks/ Canoes on Lake Randleman
Saturday, October 7 – Field Trip: The Big Sit
Saturday, October 7 – Citizen Science: Global Big Day
Saturday, October 14 – Field Trip: Price Park and Highwoods Trail
Monday, October 16 – Field Trip: Old Bynum Bridge and Meadow
Thursday, October 19 – Program: "Night Skies, Migrating Birds and You"
Wednesday, October 25 – Conservation: Price Park Litter Cleanup
Saturday, October 28 – Field Trip: Chinqua-Penn Trail
Looking for Places to Bird in Guilford County, NC?
Check out the Finding Birds in Guilford County section of our website. PBC member Dennis Burnette put together descriptions of 28 sites across the county that are publicly-accessible and present a variety of habitats for birding.
The site pages have driving instructions, a general description of the site, photos, and birds you might see. Many pages have a trail map for the site. There are also stop-by-stop instructions for a birding tour of Greensboro’s lakes.
Whether you’re a visitor, new to the area, or just looking for someplace different to go birding, the Finding Birds guide is a great resource. Click here to start checking out the locations.
Field Trip Committee Announces Trip Calendar for 2023-24
The PBC Field Trip Committee has assembled an exciting slate of 27 field trips for the coming year. The list includes perennial favorites along with some new locations. Seven of the trips are jointly conducted by PBC and the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. This year's lineup includes two birding-by-kayak/canoe trips on local lakes.
Upcoming trips are listed on the PBC Home Page. For a full list of the 2023-24 trips, see the PBC Yearbook or click here. Specific information on each trip is in the Yearbook, on the PBC Calendar, and will be announced on the PBC members listserv as the date approaches.
Like all PBC activities, the field trips are open to the public. Non-members can get information about a field trip by clicking here to send an inquiry using the Contact Form.
Program Committee Announces Program Lineup for 2023-24
The PBC Program Committee has scheduled another set of interesting programs for the coming year, beginning in October and spanning a wide range of topics. Upcoming programs are listed on the PBC Home Page. For a full list of the 2023-24 programs, see the PBC Yearbook or click here. Specific information on each program is in the Yearbook, on the PBC Calendar, and will be announced on the PBC members listserv as the date approaches.
Like all PBC activities, the programs are open to the public.
Check Out Our Field Trip Reports
After a PBC field trip, the trip coordinator provides a short summary of the trip, including species seen and other interesting information. These are posted on the Field Trips 2023-24 page. Reports from last year's trips are on the Field Trips 2022-23 page. Check out the reports to see what we've been spotting.
To view reports from the full range of PBC activities from this year and prior years, see the listings under the Reports tab in the menu bar.
2022 "Best Birds" Report
Of the 22 candidates that met the criteria for Guilford County's 2022 Bird of the Year, George Wheaton narrows the field to 13 that historically have been reported five or fewer times. To learn this year's choice, read George's article here.
Piedmont Young Birders
The Piedmont Young Birders is an organization for high school and middle school students, sponsored jointly by the Piedmont Bird Club and the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society. It is an excellent opportunity for our members to share their love of birds and the natural world with the next generation. Meetings consist of a combination of guided activities to learn about birds and spending time discovering and identifying birds first-hand. Membership is open to students in the Triad area in grades 6-12.
For more information, click here and send us an inquiry using the Contact Form.
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