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Bird Banding Trip FULL

i Mar 16th No Comments by

The bird banding day scheduled for March 27 is full. Cathy Fergen, the coordinator, is accepting names for a wait list in case anyone drops out.

Please Donate to get a boat for NC Audubon

i Mar 15th No Comments by

See note from Karen Bearden, former Wake Audubon President.  NC Audubon manages a number of important shorebird breeding colonies throughout the coast of NC.  These island sanctuaries are home to thousands of nesting Pelicans, Terns, and Laughing Gulls. Read on to see how you can help!

Becky

Howdy!

Most of you know of, or have met Walker Golder, Audubon NC’s Deputy Director, through his programs at your local chapters, on a trip to Battery Island to see over 10,000 White Ibis, or have read one of his articles in the Audubon NC newsletter. Walker celebrated his 20th anniversary with Audubon last year! As a native to the coast of NC, Walker is VERY knowledgeable about the birds and wildlife of our NC coast and plays an instrumental role in the management of the twenty-one North Carolina coastal sanctuary islands.

Walker and the wonderful Wilmington staff (Angela, Andy, Nicole, Adriane, and the summer interns!) are in desperate need of a new boat as soon as possible to help with the work they’re doing along the coast!! Their old boat is not reliable anymore. Walker is looking for a 20-23′ open style, center console fiberglass boat, 4-stroke motor (Yamaha preferred) to fit the hull (probably 90-115hp), with a boat trailer to fit the boat and motor. So far Audubon NC has  $15,000 for the boat. A grant we were hoping to help pay for the remainder of the cost was recently turned down.

We need at least another $5,000 to cover the balance for the kind of boat that would be most beneficial for the work the Audubon NC staff is doing. They need a working boat soon since the busy spring and summer seasons are just around the corner!

Can you donate $20, $100, $1,000 or more for a new boat for Walker and the Wilmington staff? The birds, wildlife, and Audubon coastal staff would appreciate your support!!

You can mail a check to the ANC office at:

Audubon North Carolina
123 Kingston Drive
Suite 206
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Or call the main office at 919-929-3899.

Or make a donation online at: https://loon.audubon.org/payment/donate/NCCRCD.html

Your gift is tax deductable. Please make a note that the donation is for the Wilmington boat!

Thanks so much for your consideration!! Happy birding!

Peace, Karen and Joe Bearden

Co-chairs, ANC Development Committee

chickadeebirders@earthlink.net

Summer courses at Highlands Biological Station

i Mar 11th No Comments by

2010 SUMMER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS AT THE HIGHLANDS BIOLOGICAL STATION

The Highlands Biological Station, an inter-institutional research center of the University of North Carolina is offering its 2010 series of summer courses and workshops that can be taken for credit toward your academic program.  The following list of field-based courses and workshops are focused on the diversity of organisms in the region with special emphasis on identification and collection techniques as well as principles of evolution, ecology and conservation.  Scholarships, Grants-in-aid of research for graduate students, and summer internships also available.

Highlands, North Carolina is located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, at an average elevation about 3,800 feet, and situated near the Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Appalachian Trail, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  For more information and to apply, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs<http://www.wcu.edu/hbs>, email hbs@email.wcu.edu or call 828-526-2602.

2010 Course Schedule:

TAXONOMY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MAYFLIES, STONEFLIES, AND CADDISFLIES with John C. Morse (May 3 – May 15)

BIOLOGY OF PLETHODONTID SALAMANDERS with Stephen G. Tilley (May 17 –  May 29)

MAMMALS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS with R. Wayne Van Devender (May 31 – June 12)

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION OF BIRDS with Rob Bierregaard (June 14 – June 26)

INSECT BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY with James T. Costa and Lynn E. Fletcher (June 28  – July 10)

SPIDERS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS with Kefyn M. Catley (July 12 – July 24)

FLESHY FUNGI OF THE HIGHLANDS PLATEAU with Andrew S. Methven (July 26 – August 7)

LAND SNAIL IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP with Amy and Wayne Van Devender (May 10-14)

IDENTIFICATION OF SEDGES WORKSHOP with Dwayne Estes (May 24-29)

FERN IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP with Dwayne Estes (August 9-14)

MOUNTAIN BIODIVERSITY WORKSHOP-FOR TEACHERS with Karen Kandl (June 21-25)

OBSERVING NATURE’S DETAILS-SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND WORKSHOP with Nancy Lowe and John Pickering (April 24-25)

Cost and Credit Information

Course fee: $525 per 2-week course (**$425 for students from HBS member institutions**) Workshop fee: $275 per 1-week workshop (**$225 for students from HBS member institutions**) [Mountain Biodiversity can be taken for 2 graduate credits or 3 CEUs.  Registration fee is $30] Course credit: Summer courses can be taken for 4 semester hours credit, workshops can be taken for 2 hours credit, through either UNC-Chapel Hill or Western Carolina University for an additional $85

Housing: $75/week

Check website for course applications, detailed descriptions, and prerequisite requirements:  http://www.wcu.edu/hbs/currentyrcourses.htm

Bonus March Wake Audubon Events!!

i Mar 9th No Comments by

Two Bonus Wake Audubon Events!

  • March 27:  9:30-12:30.  Join Students from NCSU as they work in our park!  Please dress to get dirty.  We will be removing invasive plants from the meadow. Parks will supply gloves but if you have “loppers” you are comfortable bringing please do!  Contact: John Connors 733-7450 x602.
  • March 23: 7-9pm.  Craft night:  help us get ready for festival season by gluing tp tubes together to make “binoculars”.  Please bring a hot glue gun if you have one.  Beverages (yes, even adult beverages) and snacks will be provided.  At Becky D’s house, so contact her at 919 733-7450 x710 for the address.

See you then!

Binocular Craft Night at Becky D's

i Mar 8th No Comments by

Its that time of year…Wake Audubon Attends all kinds of festivals and one of things we do is give out tp binoculars. We give them to the under 10 set and let them decorate with markers and stickers. Its really fun! Well, we have been hoarding tp rolls for a year and have many many of them. So, we will have a tp binoc party at Becky D’s on March 23rd. Bring your hot glue guns, we will supply the rest. We will start at 7:00. Thanks! To RSVP and for more info, contact Becky D at bdesjardins@wakeaudubon.org.