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Speaker: Dr. Lynne Siefferman
Thursday, May 2nd | 7:15 PM| Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.)

Bluebirds, like hummingbirds, are loved by birders and non-birders alike. In the early twentieth century populations of this beloved species fell drastically due to habitat loss and nest hole competition by aggressive introduced species such as the European Starling and House Sparrow. Thankfully, the establishment of bluebird trails and other nest box campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s alleviated much of this competition. The nest box used then (and are still being used now) were designed to keep out the larger starlings and sparrows. Since then the species has steadily increased and are no longer threatened.

But what do we know about this beautiful species that grace many of our backyards? In particular why are they so blue? Dr. Lynn Siefferman, Associate Professor of Biology at Appalachian State University, has been looking closely at this very question. Her primary research has been in the evolution and function of plumage coloration in Eastern Bluebirds. And she will be sharing results of her research with us at our May meeting.

So, flock on over to the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) on Thursday, May 2nd to hear this fascinating presentation about one of our favorite birds. Refreshments will start at 6:45 PM with the program beginning at 7:15 PM.

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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Birds & Beans coffee logo
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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