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Thursday, September 5th | 7:15 PM
Visual imagery is a fundamental way that people communicate with one another. Photos are an increasingly important part of that visual communication, now that so many people have a camera with them nearly all the time, in the form of a cell phone. And with an abundance of photos, social media platforms have developed to allow people to share those photos. As a lifelong photographer, Joe Poston is thrilled with the improvements in photographic equipment and the new ways we have to share images. In this talk, he will share some of his personal journey as a photographer, and his efforts to share images that tell stories about wildlife and habitats. He’ll also explain some of what he’s learned about photography (and life) along the way. He hopes the talk will facilitate a conversation in which we all share ideas about how to capture better photos of natural subjects.
Joe Poston is a professor of Biology at Catawba College in Salisbury, where he has taught for nearly 20 years. His specialties include bird behavior and conservation biology. He is a member of the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and chairman of the NC Scientific Council on Birds. He has four children, two of which have fledged the nest. In addition to photography, he enjoys cooking, camping and hiking, which he usually does with his kids and girlfriend.
So let's all quietly flock to Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) on Thursday, September 5th at 7:15 PM for a great program to start off our MAS season. Bring your own stories and ideas to share (camo is optional dress). Refreshments will start at 6:45 PM.
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Photo Contest Begins
Unless you migrated out of the area yourself this spring, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news that MAS will be hosting the Audubon North Carolina Summit 2020 in Charlotte. Our theme is “Birding Like Royalty” in the Queen City. The dates are April 17-19, 2020, and the host hotel is the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Online registration begins in January.

When we were brainstorming ideas for how to get everyone excited about being part of the Summit and showing off our great city, MAS Vice President Richard “Rich” McCracken said, “Let’s have a photo contest.” That’s how the Mecklenburg Audubon Society Photo Contest got the name “Rich” Rewards. The prize is also rich and royal! One contestant will win two free Summit registrations valued at around $200! The winning photographer’s pics will be used in our Summit promotional materials along with a prominent photo credit.

Step 1: Go take photos of one or both of these two iconic Charlotte statues related to birds and flight. Statue #1 is the beautiful mirrored Firebird that’s perched in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Tryon Street Uptown. Rich is leading an excursion there during the Summit. Statue #2 is the cool, wind-blown Queen Charlotte bronze sculpture at the CLT airport. We picked it because it’s located where gigantic silver birds land on their daily migrations.

Have fun, be artistic, get creative. You could even use royal props that support our theme. It’s OK to use filters, color enhancements, Photoshop®, etc. We’re not purists, except when it comes to identifying birds, right?

Step 2: Email jpeg files with one or two of your best photos of the Firebird and/or one or two of the Queen Charlotte sculpture to Please put MAS photo contest in the Subject line.


Submissions are due by September 15, 2019 with judging shortly thereafter. Good luck in the Mecklenburg Audubon Society “Rich Rewards” Photo Contest!

Helpful hint: “Parking in the hourly deck at the CLT airport is free for the first hour. The Queen Charlotte sculpture is located in the Queen’s Courtyard between the two daily decks.

Definitive book about the birds of central
North & South Carolina
Mecklenburg Audubon is excited to announce this labor of love by local birders, photographers and illustrators is on sale now. The book is a first of its kind, an authoritative, comprehensive summary of the status, distribution, and historical context of all the birds regularly occurring in the Piedmont of both Carolinas. It includes original historical research never before compiled and published in one source; full accounts of 312 species with additional partial accounts of another 60 species; over 400 color photographs taken in the central Carolinas; and the complete results of the Mecklenburg County Breeding Bird Atlas. (Cost: $45 plus shipping)
Birds of the Central Carolinas has won the national award for Outstanding Educational Materials at the 2018 Alliance of Natural Resources Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) Annual Conference, held in September in New Orleans!
This sensational 600-page publication was written by Donald W. Seriff and illustrated by Leigh Anne Carter, who are both employees of the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department, in Charlotte, NC. Congratulations to both on this national recognition for a job well done!
Birds of the Central Carolinas was published through a partnership between The Mecklenburg Audubon Society and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. This publication was entirely funded by donations and all proceeds from the sale of this book are deposited into a fund for future education and outreach efforts on behalf of the conservation in the Carolina Piedmont.
Reviewer's Comments
“I am super impressed. What a great collection of information! I particularly like how you provide solid historical records on species that no longer occur in the area, and I like the little touches such as the folk names and the anecdotes.”Jeff Marcus, The Nature Conservancy, NC Longleaf Pine Restoration Director and immediate Past President of The North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society
“This is a beautiful compilation of lots of years of hard work. Great job!!” – Carla Dove, Program Manager Division of Birds, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
“The volume is most impressive and I already have gleaned a great deal of important new information that I hope to impart to future ornithology students about the species in our area.” ... “I will recommend that all my birding friends snap up copies as soon as possible.” William Rogers, PhD, Professor of Biology Winthrop University
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To avoid shipping charge, you can also purchase the book at monthly meetings. Orders will be mailed out once a week at book rate, so figure on at least 2 weeks for delivery.

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Order Birds & Beans Coffee from MAS and support habitat conservation for the Wood Thrush and other migrating birds in Central America.
Regular 12 oz. - $14.00
Regular 32 oz. - $25.00
Regular 80 oz. - $56.00
Decaf 12 oz. - $15.00
Decaf 32 oz. - $27.00
Decaf 80 oz. - $58.00
For more information about the different roasts, grind types and Birds & Beans.
To pre-order your coffee for pick-up at the monthly meeting email Jan Fowler at and provide the following information: Name, Phone Number, Email address, Number of bags desired, Type of coffee, Grind type, and Size.
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