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Thursday, March 2nd: (refreshments 6:45 PM; program 7:15 PM)
Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
It’s that time of year when the birds are pairing up and defending territory. Birds can’t send love notes or post ‘no trespassing’ signs, instead they use their lungs. They woe mates by serenading them. And ward off interlopers by blasting them with warning songs. That means it will be getting noisier around your neighborhood over the next few weeks. To most of our human ears it’s more like a cacophony of sound but our feathered friends know exactly what is being said.

This month Ken Kneidel, our fearless leader, will introduce us to some of the sounds (songs & calls) you will be hearing more over the next couple of months. He’ll take us through a typical day of sound, from the energetic dawn chorus to the soothing sounds of nightfall. We’ll hear some of our old friends but also be introduced to some new ones from south of the border. To keep us on our toes, Ken will have a few challenges for us as well.

So put on your listening caps and prepare your ears for learning a few new songs. As usual, refreshments will begin at 6:45 PM with the program starting at 7:15 PM sharp.

MAS's First Annual Spring Count Bird-a-thon
On Sunday, April 23rd, local birding teams will be conducting our annual spring bird count. The teams work hard to find as many species & individual birds as possible. The data collected during the count is submitted to eBird and becomes part of a national/international database to help scientists determine the effects of habitat loss and climate change on bird and the environment. The data also helps us locally to determine what areas of our ever-growing county needs protection from development.
This year the MAS Board would like to add another dimension this important annual event – a BIRDATHON! What is a bird-a-thon? It’s a way to raise funds for conservation efforts (locally, nationally and/or internationally). It works much like any other ‘athon’ but in this scenario folks pledge a certain amount for each species seen by a specific team. Knowing they are being supported by other folks will also provide each team another incentive knowing their efforts will benefit a conservation project as well as support citizen science.
Who will benefit?
The board has decided to donate the funds from this first Bird-a-thon to the Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) in honor of David Wright. The MAS board believes contributing these funds to CLC will deliver the most immediate local impact to local habitat for birds and other wildlife. Many great birding areas in the Charlotte are being protected by CLC, so it only makes sense to collaborate with them to help continue and possibility expand this protection.
When will the bird-a-thon take place?
Since this bird-a-thon is being paired with our annual spring count it will be a one day affair on Sunday, April 23
The Teams
Each team has a designated area within the spring count circle for which they are responsible. The areas vary in habitat quality, so team leaders have been asked to state a species goal for their area based on their experience. These goals will help donors decide which team they may want to support and what amount they’d like to pledge per bird species. Below is a list of the teams, a brief description of their area, and their goal.
Bird-a-thon Teams
1. The David’s Wright Here With Us’s: (David’s old area) McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Plant, McMullen Greenway, & Pineville. Goal: 75
2. City Flickers: Latta Park, Elmwood Cemetery, Stewart Creek Greenway, Marshall Park, CPCC, Bright Walk. Goal: 60
3. Airport Wrecking-ball Cranes: From the airport to Lake Wylie and south to Shopton Rd. Goal: 85
4. Steel Creek Waders: West of Pineville to Lake Wylie. Goal: 85
5. Evergreen-winged Teals: east Charlotte, including Evergreen Nature Preserve and the Mint Museum. Goal: 60
6. McAlpine Birding Beavers: Southcentral Charlotte, including McAlpine and Briars Creek Greenways, Veteran’s and Chantilly Parks. Goal: 75
7. Wandering Tattling Taylorbirds: Various spots in central and southwest Charlotte. Goal: 80
8. Myers Park Warbler Warriors: Freedom, Edgehill and Park Road Parks, and stops in between. Goal: 60
How to support the Birdathon?
There are several ways to support this project.
  1. You can volunteer to be on a team and participate physically in the count. As member of a team you can solicit donations from friends and family.
  2. If you can’t join a team, you can support a team by donating a certain amount for each species seen by the team or by making a one-time donation. Instructions for doing this are below.
What you need to do.
  • First complete a 'pledge/donation' form. You can either print out this form or fill out the pledge form online. This will give us an idea of who is pledging and how much is being pledged. If you print out the form you can bring it to our monthly meeting or send it to the address mentioned below.
  • After the Bird-a-thon has taken place, we will post the results in the newsletter and on this website. Plus we will announce them at the May meeting.
  • Once the results are in you can submit your donation using one of the following methods.
    1. Mail a check payable to Mecklenburg Audubon Society to: P.O. Treasurer, Mecklenburg Audubon, Box 221093, Charlotte, NC 28222. A copy of your original form would be helpful. If that's not possible please indicate the money is for the Bird-a-thon.
    2. Bring your check/cash to the May or June meeting.
    3. Use our PayPal Donation button below to submit your donation. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to submit a donation. Click on the Donate with a Card button at the bottom of the box.
Thanks in advance to all the teams and supports for making this a successful adventure.

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