2022 Christmas Bird Count Report
The first official Christmas Bird Count in Greensboro was held in December, 1941, making our 2022 count the 81st. Fifty-five birders took part in the count, putting in a total of 65 miles on foot and 299 miles by car. A total of 14,855 birds were counted, comprising 97 species – one of the largest total counts and species counts we’ve had in the last 25 years. For more details, including the complete count list, read the article here.
Beginner Bird Walk
Curious about what is flying overhead? On Wednesday, April 26, the Piedmont Bird Club is partnering with Greensboro Parks & Recreation and the Downtown Greenway for a leisurely walk through Morehead Park to learn all about the basics of birding. Gain valuable knowledge – and perhaps a new hobby – as you identify birds based on their colors, sounds, habitats, and more.
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Registration required: www.tinyurl.com/birdIDApril23
For more information, go to https://downtowngreenway.org/event/beginner-bird-id-walk/
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 Recipients For 2022-23
PBC's Minigrant Program provides an opportunity for the Club to invest in educational and conservation projects conducted by individuals or nonprofit organizations that promote the study and protection of birds and other natural resources in the Piedmont area. PBC awards minigrants up to $500, based on a simple application process. This year's recipients are:
All Saints Episcopal Church, Greensboro
Purchase oak trees and soil amendments as part of an ongoing project to rebuild the tree canopy in the churchyard.
University of NC, Greensboro (undergraduate student)
Purchase supplies for an undergraduate research study of bird collisions at UNCG campus buildings.
Randolph Co./Asheboro YMCA
Purchase Bluebird nest boxes, a birdbath, and wildflower seeds to improve bird habitat and native plantings at the Community Outreach Garden behind the YMCA.
Greensboro Parks Foundation
Purchase Bluebird nest boxes and a spotting scope to improve the Downtown Greenway’s natural environment and support environmental education.
Applications for the 2023-24 cycle will be available in September, 2023. For more information on the PBC Minigrant Program, click here.
"2019 Best Birds" Report
George Wheaton has submitted his summary of unusual birds seen in Guilford County in 2019, along with his choice for Bird of the Year. To read "Guilford County's Best Birds - 2019" click here or visit Articles under the Reports menu above.
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!”