As fall rolls in and the weather gets cooler (well, slightly) it is a great time to get out and look for migrating birds. If you want to find migrants your best bet is to go to habitat that offers them food, water, and shelter as they make their journey south. Our October meeting will focus on bird-friendly plants that are so important for providing food and shelter for migrants (and our local birds as well.) and one of the best places to see migrants in Charlotte, Latta Park.
No one knows better than we at Mecklenburg Audubon about the importance of Latta Park in supporting birds. It’s great habitat for an inner city park, but it needs work to stay that way. To maintain and improve the park for both birds and people, the Dilworth Community Association has partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to create a five-year renovation plan. The plan includes improving path structure, pruning damaged trees, and most importantly for us bird lovers, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species. Their awareness of the connection between plants and birds was inspired in part by conversations with local native-plant expert and enthusiast Beth Henry, who does frequent presentations in the area. Beth will speak at our meeting about the importance of gardening with natives, at Latta or anywhere else, explaining the crucial and irreplaceable role of native plants in the lives of songbirds and their necessary diet. Beth has created a lush native meadow and woodland on her two acres in Plaza Midwood.
Nancy Nicholson of the Dilworth Initiative planning committee will be on hand to answer questions about what’s in store specifically for Latta Park.
The meeting will also highlight the actions of Audubon NC and Mecklenburg Audubon in supporting the promotion of gardening with native plants. MAS is in the middle of administering a generous grant from Audubon NC and Wells Fargo directed towards helping the Charlotte Nature Museum remove non native plants in favor of bird friendly local alternatives.
Join us Thursday, October 6th at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Road.) at 7:15 PM. Refreshments and fellowship from 6:45 PM. Although we offer disposable cups, if you think of it beforehand, please consider bringing your own cup or mug to ease the burden on the environment. Ice will be provided. Birds and Beans Bird Friendly coffee will be available too!