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Thursday, October 3rd • Tyvola Senior Center • 7:15 PM
Scott Fletcher will be joining us in October to talk about Duke Energy’s wildlife enhancement and monitoring programs. One program that would certainly be of interest is Duke’s Avian Protection program that is managed out of their Natural Resources group. This includes their avian safe distribution and transmission line program and nest management practices. He will also talk about their wind power bird and bat conservation strategies including the state of the art IdentiFlight eagle identification and turbine curtailment system (artificial intelligence) in Wyoming and bat acoustic deterrent systems in several states.

Currently the Manager of Natural Resources and a Certified Wildlife Biologist within Duke Energy’s Environmental Services Department, Scott received his BS, in Wildlife Biology, from the University of Maine and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He has 34 years of experience in wildlife assessments, endangered species, avian protection, wetlands, environmental impact analyses and assessments, as well natural resource policy.

Join us at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) to find out what our corporate neighbor is doing to help develop a sustainable future for both people and wildlife. Come for refreshments starting at 6:45PM with the program beginning at 7:15 PM

 
 
 
Save the Date - April 17-19, 2020
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Birders from around the state will flock to Charlotte for the weekend of April 17-19 to be part of Audubon North Carolina’s every-other-year pinnacle event known as the “Summit.” The Mecklenburg Audubon Society (MAS) board is working hard to plan ways to welcome our guests, show off our city, and celebrate the birds and habitats that add so much joy to our lives here in the Queen City of Charlotte.

As hosts of the Summit, we will need lots of volunteers from our MAS membership -- to staff the registration table and present “swag bags,” to roll out the red carpet at the welcome reception, and especially to plan and lead two packed days of inspiring bird walks, field trips, and museum and garden outings for non-birding guests. We are in the process of defining volunteer positions and answering questions. Please contact Jim Guyton at guytonj@att.net or Malia Kline at maliakline@gmail.com to find out more about our Summit committees.

The weekend will also feature Friday afternoon workshops and a Saturday night banquet and awards ceremony planned and executed by Network Senior Manager Kim Brand and her team at Audubon North Carolina. WATCH FOR THE BIG REVEAL OF WHO’S COMING AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

To mirror the success of the Elisha Mitchell chapter, which hosted the Summit in Asheville in 2018, we will also need lots of MAS members to go online and register for the event. We’re counting on you to help create a royal experience for birders in our beloved Queen City. Thanks in advance for being part of this exciting event.

SUMMIT REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY – Stay tuned!

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
More Reviews
Charlotte Observer interview

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 janmfowler@gmail.com 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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