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Research Grants

Mecklenburg Audubon is initiating a research grant program in 2019 that will focus on conservation research and education projects related to the general study of birds, bird habitat preservation and restoration of bird populations.

Initially, MAS will issue two grants annually in amounts not to exceed $500 each. Our focus will be on projects proposed by local undergraduate and graduate students. Within the next two weeks we will be advising local college professors of the availability of this program.
We will take grant applications via a MAS web site form. Drs. Larry Leamy and Steve Coggin, who are board members and retired college professors, will serve as evaluators.
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Suggestion Box
Thursday, November 7th• Tyvola Senior Center • 7:15 PM
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a federally listed endangered species endemic to open, mature and old growth pine ecosystems in the southeastern United States. Hugo Cobos, wildlife biologist for the Croatan and Uwharrie National Forest in eastern North Caroline, will join us for our November meeting to tell us about the recovery work he is doing for this southeastern endemic woodpecker. In the process we will also learn a bit about the US Forest Service and the history of Longleaf Pine in our state.

A graduate of New Mexico State University, Hugo studied Burrowing Owls in South Dakota and Yellow-naped Parrots in northwestern Costa Rica. His work with the US Forest Service has ranged from surveying salmon and Norther Spotted Owls in Washington and working on White-headed Woodpecker habitat and studying the American Pine Marten in eastern Oregonís Malheur National Forest. Now in North Carolina he manages wildlife habitat for a variety of species ranging from the Venus Flytrap Cutworm Moth to the American Alligator and of course the Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

Join us on Thursday, November 7th at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) to learn more about the fascinating relationship between Longleaf Pine and the Red-cockaded woodpecker. Refreshments will begin around 6:45 PM with program starting at 7:15 PM.

Audubon’s new report, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, is the most detailed look at the impact of climate change on birds using the latest climate models and bird data available. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool: Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help.
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 or Malia Kline at 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.


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 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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