Mission & History
Mecklenburg Audubon Society is dedicated to promoting the appreciation, protection, and preservation of birds and other wildlife through education and conservation activities that will ensure they will survive and thrive.
Originally established as a local bird club in the late thirties by Elizabeth and Eddie Clarkson of Wing Haven, the Mecklenburg Audubon Society became the first official North Carolina chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1970. Mecklenburg Audubon has a long, productive history of bird conservation in the Charlotte area. The current membership of over 1,000 members comes from all walks of life but has one common interest - protecting habitat for birds and other wildlife. We want to share our love of nature with others through educational outreach, citizen science and community partnerships.
This rare species was first spotted on promotional materials for the Audubon NC Summit 2020, which was blown off course by COVID-19 (now scheduled for April 2022 in Charlotte). Its bino eye-rings, teal-glossed Queen City crown, and honey-gold beak took flight from the imagination of designer Karlie Altherr of Lighthouse Paper Co. in collaboration with our VP Christine McCluskey. We are proud to be Mecklenbirders, and our new mascot communicates our youthful and unique view of the natural world and ability to see magical things other people don't. Here's looking at you, Mecklenbird!