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carolina thread trail in uptown charlotte

Monthly Meeting: Thursday, May 8th • 7:30 PM
Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Road)

The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is an exciting project that's creating a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 140 miles of The Thread open to the public which means miles and miles of tremendous birding opportunities! Join Mecklenburg Audubon for our May Day presentation as Andy Kane, Land Stewardship Associate with the Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail highlights the unique bird habitats that encompass this landmark project. Andy will share current trail initiatives, growth strategies and the present trail system as well as plans for future trails. Come learn how The Thread weaves together communities and natural areas to provide places for the exploration of nature, culture, science and history.

Andy recently completed 24 years with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte where he served as VP/Executive of Camp Thunderbird. During his tenure, he and his wife Florence established the Environmental Education Center which since 1986 has provided a residential outdoor learning center for over 200,000 students from the Carolinas. In addition, Andy supervised the construction and start up of YMCA Camp Harrison/ Herring Ridge in the NC mountains. Previously, while in Alabama, he was employed by the Auburn Extension Service as a Horticulture/Forestry Agent in Chambers County. He has a BS in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee and an MS in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently, he is employed by the Catawba Lands Conservancy where he serves as a Land Stewardship Associate. The Catawba Lands Conservancy protects 13,500 acres of forest and farm land in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Come early for refreshments and visit our merchandise table for a nice selection of T-shirts. Brown-headed Nuthatch boxes will still be available at the meeting for $15 each. Be sure to sample some Bird Friendly Birds & Beans coffee during the meeting then purchase a bag to take home or share at the office. Pre-orders will also be placed for pick-up at next month's meeting. Help the birds by drinking great tasting Bird Friendly coffee!
2,500 and Counting!!!
Nuthatch Nestboxes
The Brown-headed Nuthatch, a southern bird born and bred, needs your help to find a good home. Because of urbanization and deforestation, these nuthatches are losing the pinewoods and dead trees they need for nest holes. These darling, squeaky birds need more nest boxes now so we can all enjoy them for generations to come.
With your help, 10,000 new Brown-headed Nuthatch homes will be put up in North Carolina by 2015. To help with this effort Mecklenburg Audubon is selling nestboxes specifically designed for these diminutive birds for $15. We will have the boxes at our monthly meetings. But to make sure there is one waiting for you please contact Jill Palmer to reserve your box.
To keep track of how many houses are going up, please register your Nuthatch Nest Box project participation. When you register, we'll send you more fun facts about nuthatches and other backyard birds.
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Volunteers needed graphic Mecklenburg Audubon has grown tremendously in the past five years. Not only in membership size but also in stature in the local community and across the state. Our chapter offers more field trips than all of the other chapters combined. We have taken on a number of high profile projects which are enhance the local environment for everyone who lives in it - birds, wildlife and people! They say success breeds more success and that's exactly what is happening. The community is concerned about the natural environment and they are turning to our chapter and it's membership for help.
However, we can not sustain this growth and involvement without help from all of our members. We have a very active board, who work diligently for you but they can't do it alone. You don't have to an expert at anything to volunteer. In fact it's the best way to learn even more from those with whom you are working. Please, consider volunteering for one or more of our projects. Just imagine what we could do if everyone just picked an hour or two a month. We could really make a difference in the community. Click here to find out some of ways you can help.
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Mecklenburg Audubon is selling Bird-Friendly coffee to raise conservation funds to help protect habitat for the Wood Thrush. For more information.
Regular: 12 oz - $11.70
  32 oz. - $20.85
Decaf: 12 oz. - $12.65
  32 oz - $22.85
Whole beans or coarse, extra fine, fine, medium grind available.
To order contact Bill Duston [] by the 20th of the month for pick up at the next scheduled monthly meeting.
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