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									                                                                                                                            October 2010

         Volume XXXVI, Issue 9                                                 ATLANTA AUDUBON SOCIETY

                 You’re in Luck! Space is Still Available for                                                                            I N S I D E
                           Upcoming AAS Events                                                                                    Whooping Cranes.................2
          Oct. 16 –                       during the field trip.                     biologically diverse estuary, along its
                                                                                     western edge. It supports more
                                                                                                                                  President’s Perch.................3
                                          The number of participants will be
      Field Sketching                     limited, so secure your spot now by        threatened and endangered animals            Field Notes - July.................4
Join local artist Carol Sutherland in the downloading a registration form at         (21 species) than any other single
great outdoors as she guides you and sending         refuge in the continental U.S. The           Field Trips.............................5
through an exploration of nature          your form with payment to the AAS          refuge has recorded more than 310
through sketching. Learn how to           office. For more info, visit our website   species of birds. The field trips around     Gulf Oil Spill ...........................6
choose a drawing subject in the           or contact AAS at 678.973.2437.            the refuge will concentrate on
natural world and improve your               Classroom Friday, Nov. 12,              wintering waterfowl and wading birds,        Volunteer Opps....................7
drawing skills.                              Session: 7 PM – 9:30 PM                 with opportunities to view other
                                             Location: Blue Heron Nature Ctr.,       species including rails, scrub jays and      A Million Thanks..................7
Participants should bring a lunch and
water. A supply list will be provided                     4055 Roswell Road,         other wildlife.
                                                          Atlanta, GA 30342                                                       2010 Annual Appeal ............7
prior to the class. You can make a                                                   The trip leaders will be Theresa Hartz
reservation by downloading a                 Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 AM                                                  AAS Scholarship Winner .......8
                                                          at Charlie Elliot WMA      and Lisa Hurt. The cost of the trip (NOT
registration form at                                                                 including food or lodging) is $200 for and sending           Cost:        $65 Friends of AAS                                                      New Education Coordinator.8
                                                          (chapter only members)     Friends of AAS and $250 for non-
your form with payment to the AAS                                                    members. A pre-trip workshop and
office. For more info, visit our website                  $115 non-members                                                        Book Review .......................9
                                                                                     meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec.
or contact AAS at 678.973.2437 or                                                          5, at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve         Nature Journaling ................9
   Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 16,                                                     from 3 PM to 5 PM.
                10 AM – 3 PM                                                         The trip is limited to 12 participants, so   Classifieds..........................10
   Location: Blue Heron Nature Ctr.                                                  secure your spot now by downloading
                4055 Roswell Road,                                                   a registration form at                       Loggerhead Shrikes...............10
                Atlanta, GA 30342                                           and sending
   Cost:        $75 Friends of AAS                                                                                                Membership........................11
                                                                                     your form with payment to the AAS
                $100 non-members                                                     office. Questions about the trip may be      Grassland Birds..................11
                                            Learn how to tell this White-crowned
                                                                                     directed to Lisa Hurt at 770.934.7660
    Nov. 12 & 13 –                          sparrow from all the other little
                                                                                     or                Quoth the Raven...Back Page
                                            brown birds
  Sparrow Workshop                          Photographer: Darlene Moore
Don’t let those little brown birds get
the best of you! This two-part
                                              Jan. 14-16, 2011 –
workshop will sharpen your sparrow
identification skills. Tim Keyes,             Merritt Island Trip                                                                      ATLANTA
renowned wildlife biologist, will be the
instructor for the classroom session as
                                           The Atlanta Audubon Society will again
                                           sponsor a two-day/three-night trip to
                                                                                                                                   AUDUBON SOCIETY
well as the field trip leader. He will
share valuable tips for identifying        Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
                                           in Titusville, Fla. Merritt Island Wildlife                                               4055 Roswell Road
sparrows that are found in Georgia. In
past years, attendees have seen
White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper
                                           Refuge is the second largest refuge in Merlins are one of the many birds you can
                                           Florida, with the Indian River Lagoon, see on Merritt Island
                                                                                                                                     Atlanta, GA 30342
                                           North America’s longest and most            Photographer: Jim Flynn
Sparrow and other wintering birds

                                    More Progress is made on
                               Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Project                                                                     678.973.2437
                            Thanks to grants from TogetherGreen and Beringer Vineyards, Atlanta                           
                            Audubon Society is making more headway on the Atlanta BeltLine
                            Arboretum project. With help from our partner, Trees Atlanta, the grant
                            focuses on giving a voice to the wildlife and birds living along the
                            Atlanta BeltLine, engaging in innovative, on-the-ground conservation                                    GOS RARE BIRD ALERT
                            projects, and actively engaging citizens in the unique neighborhoods.
                                                                                                   continued on page 4
     Board of Directors                                            Whooping Cranes May Return to Louisiana
                                                                                       USFWS Seeks Comment on Proposal
           President Carol Hassell
                 770.945.3111                                               USFWS          extinction from continued loss of         and the proposed efforts would
                                                                            Press Release habitat or natural or man-made             reunite this indigenous species back
        President-elect Harriette Hoyt
                                              Aug. 19 -- The catastrophes. Multiple efforts are        into some of the most productive and
                 Co-Treasurers                                              U.S. Fish and underway to reduce this risk by            expansive coastal freshwater wetlands
                  Ellen Miller
                                                                            Wildlife       increasing populations in the wild,       left in America,” he said.
                                                                            Service        including ongoing efforts to establish    Today’s Federal Register
                  Tom Painter                                                              a migratory population in the eastern
                 404.524.8833                                               (USFWS)                                                  announcement includes the proposed
                                                                            announced      United States.                            rule. The Service has drafted an
       Recording Secy Mark Jernigan
                                                    today in the Federal Register it is       The Service proposes the new,          environmental assessment (EA),
                 DIRECTORS                          seeking public comment on a               reintroduced, non-migratory            which evaluates several alternatives
          Conservation Dave Butler                  proposed rule to reintroduce the          population of Whooping Cranes be       for establishing a new non-migratory
                   endangered Whooping Crane into            designated as a non-essential,         population of Whooping Cranes. The
                Education Vacant
                                                    habitat in its historic range on the      experimental population (NEP) under Service is seeking comments on both
         Field Trips Stanley Chapman
                           state-owned White Lake Wetland            the provisions of the Endangered       documents, and also specifically the
           Communications Vacant                    Conservation Area in Vermilion            Species Act. This proposed             following: (1) the geographic
         Public Relations Beth Giddens
                  770.792.3712                      Parish, La.                               designation and its implementing       boundary for the NEP; and, (2) effects
                                                                regulation are developed to be more of the reintroduction on other native
                 JoAnn Jordan
                                                    The Service and the Louisiana
                678.488.8022                        Department of Wildlife and Fisheries      compatible with routine human          species and the ecosystem.
                                                              activities in the reintroduction area. To allow adequate time to conduct
              Volunteers Vacant                     (LDWF) will attempt to establish a
                                                    non-migratory flock that lives and        The designation allows for take of     this review, the Service requests that
                  AT LARGE
                   Joy Carter                       breeds in the wetlands, marshes and       Whooping Cranes when such take is information be received on or before
                                                    prairies of southwestern Louisiana. If    accidental and incidental to an        Oct. 18, 2010. You may submit written

                  Jay Davis                         this proposal is approved, the            otherwise lawful activity, including   information on the proposed rule by
                                                    reintroduction effort could begin         agriculture practices, recreation, and one of the following methods:
              Pam Higginbotham                      during early 2011.                        hunting. The intentional take           • Federal eRulemaking Portal:
                770.939.3592                                                                  (including killing or harm) of any Follow
                      “With just under 400 birds in the wild,
                 Linda Liu
                                                                                              NEP-designated Whooping Crane             the instructions for submitting                   the vast majority of which winter         would still be a violation of federal
                                                    along the Texas coast, Whooping                                                     comments.
            David Kuechenmeister
                                                                                              law punishable under the Endangered • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public                Cranes are among our nation’s most        Species Act and the Migratory Bird
                                                    threatened species. Our proposal to                                                 Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-
                Victor Williams
          Earthshare Representative
                                                                                              Treaty Act.                               R4-ES-2010-0057; Division of Policy
                770.423.1012                        reintroduce a population in Louisiana                   would not only help protect this iconic There are approximately 1.3 million        and Directives Management; U.S.
                    STAFF                           species from extinction but would also  acres of marsh, open water, and            Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N.
    Executive Director Catharine Kuchar
                 678.973.2437                       help us take another big step in our    Chenier habitat in southwestern            Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington,
                                                    campaign to restore the Gulf Coast’s    coastal Louisiana. The cranes would        VA 22203.
    Education Coordinator Nikki Belmonte
                                                    wildlife, marshes, and coasts to        be reintroduced to the White Lake         • E-mails or faxes will not be
    Administrative Coordinator Sally Davis          health,” said Ken Salazar, Secretary of area and are not expected to be            accepted. All comments will be
                                                    the Interior.                           affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil      posted on
                                                                                            spill. Whooping Cranes historically This
                        Website                     The reintroduction is being proposed occurred in Louisiana in both a
                      Jim Flynn                                                                                                        generally means that any personal               as part of an ongoing recovery effort resident, non-migratory flock and a          information provided will be
                  Wingbars Manager
                Diane Hawkins-Cox                   for this highly imperiled species,      migratory flock that wintered in           posted.
                    404.909.9095                    which was on the verge of extinction Louisiana. The proposed release area
                                                                                                       You may submit comments on the
                    Wingbars Editor                 in the 1940s and even today has only is the location where Whooping              draft environmental assessment (EA)
                     Susan Milne
                    404.502.5496                    about 395 individuals in the wild (550 Cranes were historically documented       by one of the following methods:
                         worldwide); none in Louisiana. The raising young in Louisiana.
                                                                                                                                      • E-mail to:
                   Steven Phenicie                  only self-sustaining wild population of                                  
                 Whooping Cranes migrates between LDWF Secretary Robert Barham                     • U.S. mail or hand-delivery:
                   Design & Layout                  Wood Buffalo National Park in the       praised this lofty proposal to
                                                                                                                                       Lafayette Field Office, U.S. Fish and
        Copy Preparation 770.939.2002
                     Northwest Territories of Canada and reintroduce Whooping Cranes back               Wildlife Service, 646 Cajundome
  Newsletter deadline is the first of the month     Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in into the wetlands of the Chenier               Boulevard, Suite 400, Lafayette, LA
                                                    Texas and, like those in the eastern coastal plain. “Crane species around
            for material to be published
                 the following month.                                                                                                  70506.
      Please submit articles as MS-Word to
                                                    populations, remains vulnerable to      the world depend on coastal wetlands,
          Email attachments, if possible.
  Wingbars is the official newsletter of Atlanta
 Audubon Society and is published 10 times a
    year. We feature news, upcoming events,
meetings, field trips and projects. We hope you
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 authors and do not necessarily reflect policies         Protecting Georgia’s birds and the habitats that sustain them
          of the Atlanta Audubon Society.
                                                               through education, conservation and advocacy.
2                                                                                                                                 Atlanta Audubon Society
                              President’s Perch Hassell
                                           by Carol

What does Atlanta Audubon Society mean to you? The annual Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary tour, providing a
glimpse of how gifted gardeners transform their yards into bird-friendly habitat? (I hope you enjoyed this
year’s tour on Sept. 11.) A full calendar of bird walks and field trips, allowing you to join others in a
fascinating foray into the outdoors? The Speaker Series or periodic workshops, offering opportunities for
learning and asking questions of experts about all things bird? Education opportunities for children,
including classroom programs? Or perhaps you appreciate AAS as a source of volunteer activities, allowing
you and your family to join with others sharing the passion.
AAS is all those features – but much more. In particular, AAS is a multi-year supporter of the Georgia
Important Bird Areas program. The AAS website notes, “Habitat loss and degradation due to human
expansion as our population soars are the most serious threats to the survival of many bird species and
other wildlife here and abroad. The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a worldwide response to this
challenge. The aim of the IBA Program is to identify and conserve key breeding and feeding sites for birds.
An Important Bird Area is a place that provides essential habitat for one or more species of bird, whether in
breeding season, winter, or during migration. These sites are considered to be exceptionally important for
bird conservation.”
Georgia IBA Program Coordinator Charlie Muise works tirelessly in this effort. Whether the land involved in
such sites is publicly owned or in private hands, he contacts and works with those site managers and
landowners to promote appropriate management where possible. His bird-banding and bird count events
are nearly legendary. (Have you helped out in one of his events?) And with habitat conservation as a key
priority, Charlie also works with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners in
projects such as prescribed burns in fire-dependent ecosystems and removal of invasives in a variety of
ecosystem types, most recently as part of a program to restore grassland bird habitat.
Of particular importance, the connection between the Georgia IBA program and DNR represents important
leverage of scarce resources on both sides. Adequate funding for the IBA program is a challenge. And while
DNR has seen its budget cut every year for over a decade, the biggest hit to nongame programs occurred
during the last General Assembly session: the nongame tag (eagle and hummingbird) fee was diverted
largely to the general fund. In light of these challenges, the collaboration between IBA and DNR is a           Would You Like
winning combination. It’s truly an example of when the sum of the parts equals more than either separately.
                                                                                                                to Save Trees?
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the great work Charlie is doing, contact him at                                                                                             And save AAS time
Because habitat conservation is so essential to the continued survival of the birds we all love and because
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you can. Habitat is as important to us as it is to the birds it supports.                                          out” of receiving
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                                                      July Field Notes                                   by Terry Moorez

                                                              was a good find in Forsyth Co. on 21 July (JFly). Single     GULLS on Wolf Island on 16 July. Five CASPIAN TERNS
                                                              AMERICAN REDSTARTS were seen in Bartow Co. on 17             were reported from the Altamaha Area on 8 July (TK).
                  As is usual, July was a rather              July (PP) and in the Hapeville area on 30 July (BBr). An
                                                              OVENBIRD was an interesting report from Gwinnett Co. on      DOVES THROUGH WAXWINGS – A WHITE-WINGED DOVE in
                    slow month for birding in the                                                                          Seminole Co. on 28 July was a good sighting (DH). JM had
                                                              7 July (BBe). Quite rare for the Atlanta area was a male
                    Atlanta and Georgia areas. The            PAINTED BUNTING near Buford on 18 July (plus a possible      a good count of six COMMON RAVENS in White Co. on 10
               most noteworthy reports were good              female at the same feeder).Two DICKCISSELS were seen         July JFly reported a good count of HORNED LARKS in
                                                              in Bartow Co. on 18 July (NF, KB).                           Washington Co. with 34 on 18 July. TS reported a large
               shorebird counts from along the                                                                             PURPLE MARTIN roost in Fannin Co. with 2000-2500 birds
                coast, a good number of inland                                                                             on 16 July. JFly had an impressive 325 CLIFF SWALLOWS
    records of Dickcissels, and large numbers of                                                                           at the Phinizy Swamp on 18 July. Quite unusual was a
                                                              GEORGIA AREA                                                 WINTER WREN, seen and heard by DF and BBe in
    Swallow-tailed Kites along the major SE GA                                                                             Habersham Co. near Clarkesville on 20 July. Six CEDAR
                                                              SHEARWATERS THROUGH KITES – There was a die off of
    river systems.                                            GREATER SHEARWATERS along the coast with three birds         WAXWINGS were seen in the Dawson Forest WMA on 5
                                                              detected in the 7 and 8 July timeframe (TK). TK also noted   July (SZ) and two in the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley on 10
    The Atlanta area came in with 109 species                                                                              July (PG).
                                                              as many as 78 BROWN PELICANS in the Brunswick area
    (average = 116.4) to bring that year to date              that had been brought here from the oil spill in the Gulf.   WARBLERS THROUGH ORIOLES – A young NASHVILLE
    list to 241 (average = 222.4). The Georgia area           Impressive numbers of waders were reported from Greene       WARBLER was a very surprising sighting in the Dawson
                                                              Co. on 25 July with 164 GREAT EGRETS and 545 LITTLE          Forest on 15 July (GS, DN). A male ROSE-BREASTED
    recorded 184 species (average = 183.3) to
                                                              BLUE HERONS (JMcN). A TRICOLORED HERON was a good            GROSBEAK in Fannin Co. at 1900’ elevation was an
    bring that year to date list to 316 (average =            spot at Arrowhead on 26 July (SS). One REDDISH EGRET         interesting sighting on 14 July (TS). One DICKCISSEL was
    313.0).                                                   was seen on Little Egg Island Bar on 16 July (BW) and two    seen at the Bradley Unit of the Eufaula NWR on 1 July
                                                              were seen on Wolf Island on 27 July (TK, PL). An adult       (WC). Single DICKCISSELS were reported from Macon Co.
                                                              BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON in Murray Co. on 26 July           on 3 July (JFle, JBro), Gordon Co. on 31 July (MMcS, MM)
ATLANTA AREA                                                  was quite unusual (JSp). Aerial surveys of SWALLOW-          and Burke Co. on 18 July (JFy). The best DICKCISSEL
                                                              TAILED KITES came up with an amazing count of 496 on         count was eight young birds in Gordon Co. on 26 July
DUCKS THROUGH IBIS – A female HOODED MERGANSER                28 July (TK).                                                (JSp). A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was recorded from the
was seen in Henry Co. on 10 July (JSe, PB). An ANHINGA                                                                     Savannah area on 24 July by GG.
was a good find in Rockdale Co. on 31 July (NF). An           SHOREBIRDS THROUGH TERNS – TK and PL had some
impressive count of 36 GREAT EGRETS was made at the           good shorebird counts at Wolf Island on 27 July with 43      CONTRIBUTORS – Giff Beaton, Betty Belanger, Brandon
E.L. Huie Land Application Facility (ELHLAF) in Clayton Co.   WILSON’S PLOVERS and 400+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.              Best, Ken Blankenship, Bob Braxton, Patrick Brisse, Joy
on 23 July (JSe, CL). SZ and ZL counted 13 LITTLE BLUE        TK, GB and BW had a good count of 100 BLACK-NECKED           Brown, Jerry Brunner, Walt Chambers, Nathan Farnau,
HERONS near the Chattahoochee Nature Center on 3 July.        STILTS at Andrews Island on 22 July. Nine UPLAND             James Fleullan, Jim Flynn, Dot Freeman, Gerald Gee, Peter
Single YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were reported              SANDPIPERS were seen at the Marshallville sod farm on        Gordon, David Hedeen, Jodi Jones, Tim Keyes, Carol
from near Henderson Park in DeKalb Co. on 5 July (JJ), at     23 July (PMcL, JBro, JFle) and ten were seen the next day    Lambert, Pat Leary, Zelia Lebeau, Jeff Madsen, John
Panola Mt. State Park on 24 July (CM) and at the ELHLAF       at the same location by MMcS. Single LONG-BILLED             McClatchey, Patty McLean, Joel McNeal, Mark McShane,
also on 24 July (JBru). There were several reports of         CURLEWS were seen on Little St. Simons Island, Little Egg    Max Medley, Peggy and Terry Moore, Charlie Muise, Doug
WHITE IBIS during the month with the peak count of four       Bar and Wolf Island all on 8 July (TK). Three LONG-BILLED    Nail, Sandy Pangle, Pam Potter, Georgann Schmalz, Jeff
coming from Panola Mt. on 24 July (CM).                       CURLEWS were seen at Wolf Island on 27 July (TK, PL).        Sewell, Joshua Spence, Stephen Stewart, Tom Striker,
                                                              Other interesting counts from Wolf Island on 27 July were    Karen Theodorou, Gene Wilkinson, Brad Winn, and Stacy
OSPREY THROUGH DICKCISSEL – Five OSPREYS were                 120 MARBLED GODWITS and 400-500 RED KNOTS (TK,               Zarpentine.
seen at the ELHLAF on 17 July (PMcL). Also at the ELHLAF      PL). Unusual for Gordon Co. was a STILT SANDPIPER on 24
were two adult COMMON MOORHENS plus a single young            July (JSp). Three STILT SANDPIPERS were seen in Burke        Terry Moore, 13000 Bucksport Ct., Roswell, GA 30075
bird on 6 July (CL). A SANDERLING was first reported from     Co. on 18 July (JFly). Another interesting bird for Gordon
the ELHLAF on 23 July (JSe, CL) and remained there at         Co. was a male WILSON’S PHALAROPE on 21 July (JSp).
least until 25 July (m.ob.). A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER          BW had a good count of nine LESSER BLACK- BACKED

    Atlanta Beltline (continued from page 1)
    We recently completed the full-color educational pamphlets for the remaining seven natural neighborhoods. We now have
    completed 14 different brochures. The pieces will serve as an important part of the conservation agenda to reduce
    threats and engage audiences in citizen participation and environmental stewardship. You can read more about the
    educational pieces and download copies on our website. Go to the home page and click on the bullet: “Atlanta Audubon’s
    work on the Atlanta BeltLine Project.” Once you make the link to that page, scroll to the bottom to download the various
    pdf files. Hard copies of each brochure are also available at the office for pick up.
    We are also excited to be working with Trees Atlanta to conduct special on-the-ground projects along the BeltLine. In
    Phase One of our project, we conducted six restoration projects. We are now planning for
    Phase Two: 1) a site preparation/clearing and grass planting along a creek in Ansley Park, 2)
    a tree planting near Kipp School in the West Connection Natural Neighborhood, and 3) a
    special bird house project. We plan to partner with Hastings Nature & Garden Center to
    place bird houses along three major areas. Volunteer workdays will be announced to help
    make the project a reality. Look for more information soon on volunteer opportunities on
    this very special project.

4                                                                                                                                  Atlanta Audubon Society
                                             Field Trips                                  Compiled by Stan Chapman

                                        Field trips are open to the public and free (unless otherwise noted). We welcome
                                        everyone from beginners to advanced birders. Please check the Atlanta Audubon
                                             website ( for additional October field trips
   Sketch by Anne McCallum
                                                                    that may be scheduled.
    If you would like to lead a field trip, volunteer to help with the Field Trip Committee, contribute ideas for places to go, or give feedback about
                             leaders or trips, please e-mail Stan Chapman, Field Trips Coordinator, at
     Note: For up-to-date information about field trips, go to It is wise to check this website to make sure no changes have
       occurred in the schedule of trips. Trips are commonly added following publication of this newsletter. All trips are open to the public. No
   reservations are necessary. Membership in Atlanta Audubon Society is encouraged but is not required to attend these field trips. The only fees
                                                  that apply are those charged for entrance to any venue.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 AM                                              Interstate North Parkway, still remaining in the middle lane.      Moreland Avenue for 1.2 miles. Turn right on South River
Piedmont Park, midtown Atlanta                                      Then continue with instructions above.                             Industrial Boulevard and follow directions above.
(Bird and Photography Walk)
Rob McDonough (cell phone 404.754.8159) and Matt                    Saturday, October 2 and Saturday, October 16, 8 AM                 Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 AM
Ward                                                                Fernbank Forest at Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb                 Johnson Ferry Unit of Chattahoochee National Recreation
Meet at 8 AM at the Piedmont Park Conservancy Building,             County                                                             Area, Cobb County
corner of Piedmont Avenue and 12th Street.                          Chris Showalter                                                    Jerry Brunner
Birding focus: Birds of woodlands and pond, including               Meet at the parking lot area of Fernbank Science Center            Meet at the entrance to the parking lot off of Johnson Ferry
permanent residents, migrants, and summer and winter birds.         (which is different from Fernbank Museum), 156 Heaton Park         Road.
October is one of the best times of year to see many birds at       Drive, Atlanta, GA.                                                Birding Focus: Birds of the river and surrounding fields and
Piedmont Park, including a variety of hawks, fall plumage           Birding Focus: Fernbank has an extensive forest in an in-          woods. Birds to be expected include fall migrants, summer
warblers, and woodpeckers (including the Red-headed                 town location and paved paths through the woods. It is             residents and winter arrivals, including cormorants, herons,
Woodpecker, which has been declining in other regions but           excellent for woodland birds, including warblers and vireos,       raptors, woodpeckers, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, and
which seems to thrive here!).                                       and is one of the best locations in the area to see thrushes       vireos.
Notes: This trip is especially good for beginners, children and     and pileated woodpeckers. For the first two hours of these         Notes: Bring waterproof shoes, as grass may be wet. Note that
families, who are invited on all AAS trips.                         walks, the forest will be closed to all except those who meet      there is a $3 parking fee per vehicle in the absence of a park
Directions: From south of Atlanta, take I-75/85 north to Pine       for the Audubon walk.                                              annual pass.
St. (exit 249B). Go straight on Pine, cross Peachtree St. and       Directions: From I-285 on the east side of Atlanta, take the       Directions: From Atlanta, from the north loop of I-285, take
then turn left onto Piedmont Ave. Travel about one mile to          Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) exit west toward                 exit 24 (Riverside Drive) to the north and follow it 2.2 miles
12th St. From northwest of Atlanta, take I-75 south to Exit         Decatur; At North DeKalb Mall, it merges with and becomes          until it dead-ends at Johnson Ferry Road. Turn left onto
250 and follow the signs to 10th Street. Turn left onto 10th and    US 29, also called Scott Blvd. After about four miles, go          Johnson Ferry, cross the bridge over the river, and park in the
follow it _ mile to Piedmont Ave. Turn left onto Piedmont, and      straight through a major intersection with Clairemont Avenue,      lot on your right.
follow it for _ mile to 12th St. From northeast of Atlanta, take    and then take the third right on to Coventry Rd. From
I-85 south to Exit 84, and follow the signs to 10th Street. Turn    Coventry, turn left at the first light onto Heaton Park Dr, and    Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 AM
left onto10th, and then follow the directions above. From           you will see the Science Center 0.1 miles ahead. From              Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Decatur, DeKalb County
MARTA, get off at the Arts Center station, walk south to 14th       downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave east toward               Lisa Hurt
St., turn left (east) and walk two blocks to Piedmont Ave, and      Decatur. 4.2 miles east of Peachtree Street, turn left from        Meet at the entrance to the preserve at the corner of Pine
then turn right and walk two blocks to 12th St.                     Ponce de Leon on to Artwood Road. Go for 0.2 miles and turn        Bluff and Wood Trail Lane in Decatur.
                                                                    left on to Heaton Park Drive. The Science Center is 0.1 miles      Birding focus: Clyde Shepherd has a boardwalk over a pond
Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 AM                                              ahead.                                                             and wetland, and woodland trails. Some fall migrants, winter
Cochran Shoals Unit of Chattahoochee River NRA, Cobb                                                                                   birds, and permanent residents may be seen, including
County                                                              Sunday, Oct. 3, 8 AM                                               herons, Wood Ducks, raptors, warblers, blackbirds and
Al Mercer                                                           Nash Farm Battlefield, Henry County                                kinglets.
Meet at the kiosk at the end of the parking lot of the Interstate   Patty McLean                                                       Note: Bring waterproof footwear, as trails can be wet. If it has
North Parkway entrance to Cochran Shoals on the Cobb                Meet in the gravel parking area at the Babbs Mill entrance to      rained recently, rubber boots are advisable.
County side of the river. The address is 1615 Interstate North      the Farm.                                                          Directions: From I-285 N or S on the east side of Atlanta:
Parkway, Marietta. There is a parking fee of $3 (or annual          Birding focus: Nash Farm has grasslands and ponds. A               Take Highway 78, Stone Mtn. Freeway exit, west toward
pass) at this site.                                                 number of songbird species can be expected this time of year       Decatur. Highway 78 merges with Lawrenceville Highway (also
Birding focus: Cochran Shoals has a diverse habitat of river,       including thrushes, vireos, warblers, sparrows and wrens as        called US 29) and passes North DeKalb Mall, after which it
fields and forest that is very attractive to many species of        well as birds of prey and a few waterfowl.                         changes name to Scott Blvd. Shortly, you will pass the QT
migrant birds. On this walk date, you may see migrants,             Note: This trip is a joint field trip with the Ocmulgee Audubon    station on your right. Just past this station, turn right at the
perhaps a few lingering summer resident species, and winter         Society headquartered in Macon.                                    next street, Harrington Road. Follow it for 0.6 miles and turn
birds. Among the classes of birds to be expected are several        Directions: From Atlanta, take I-75 south from Atlanta to          right on to Wood Trail Lane. Follow Wood Trail a short
species of herons, raptors, woodpeckers (including the Red-         Exit 221 (Jonesboro Road). Turn right and go west                  distance until it makes a 90 degree turn to the left and
headed Woodpecker), warblers, and vireos. October is an             approximately 6 miles. Turn left on Babbs Mill Rd. (Nash           becomes Pine Bluff. The entrance to the refuge, where the
excellent month for sparrow and wren migration. Past                Farm is at this intersection). Go 0.10 mile and enter the gravel   group will meet, is at this corner. From I-85 north or south,
Octobers here have featured a few Lincoln’s, Henslow’s,             parking lot on the right.                                          take North Druid Hills Rd. exit, east toward Decatur. After
Vesper, Clay-colored, Grasshopper and Leconte’s sparrows,                                                                              approx. three miles, you will see North DeKalb Mall on your
and Sedge and Marsh Wrens as well as the common Song,               Sunday, October 3, 8 AM                                            right. At that point, turn right on to Lawrenceville Highway,
Savannah and White-throated Sparrows and Carolina, House,           Constitution Lakes, DeKalb County                                  which is also Highway 29. After 0.6 miles, right past the QT
and Winter Wrens.                                                   Dave Butler and Joy Carter                                         station, turn right on to Harrington Road and follow directions
Note: Considerable walking is involved, some of which might         Meet at the parking lot for Constitution Lakes.                    as above.
be on wet grass.                                                    Birding Focus: Target birds include herons, hawks, geese,
Directions: From Atlanta: Take I-285 (north side of loop) to        kingfisher and migrating and resident songbirds. There is a        Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 AM
the Northside-New Northside-Powers Ferry Rd. exit (Exit 22).        boardwalk and observation deck built around the lakes, with        Sweetwater Creek State Park,
Going west on I-285, turn right at the first light onto             woodland trails                                                    1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs (Douglas County)
Interstate North Parkway. Get in the middle lane and stay on        Directions: From Atlanta at I-20: take Moreland Avenue             Phil Delestrez (work phone 404.772.5871)
this road as it curves west through an intersection and crosses     south for approximately 5 miles. Turn left at the light at South   Meet at 8 AM at the Office/Interpretive Center inside the
the river. After crossing, the parking lot is an immediate right.   River Industrial Boulevard (Nalley Truck Parts sign on             park. There is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.
Going east on I-285, continue east at the exit to the second        corner). Turn at first right (almost immediately) into gravel      Birding focus: This state park, which is the most visited day-
light, then turn left (north) onto New Northside Drive and          entrance to Constitution Lakes (no sign at entrance) and go        use park in Georgia, contains a diversity of habitats, including
stay in the middle lane. Cross the bridge over I-285 and            to end of drive to gravel parking lot. From I-285, south side of
                                                                                                                                                                         continued on page 11
continue through the traffic light on the other side onto           loop: Take Moreland Avenue exit (Exit #53). Head north on

                       October 2010                                                                                                                                                               5
                                                   Gulf Oil Spill Update
                                                   From the Birding Community E-bulletin
What follows are three reports on birds and habitat in the aftermath of the Gulf oil Deepwater Horizon situation.
First, there are the attempts at discouraging migratory birds – mostly waterfowl and shorebirds – from getting close to oiled
As the fall migratory season proceeds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its conservation partners have flooded
hundreds of acres in Louisiana, east Texas, and Mississippi along with cultivating additional tons of rice and grains in the hopes of
attracting migratory birds away from oiled areas around the Gulf of Mexico. Much of this enhanced bird habitat is on national
wildlife refuges.
At the same time, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the agency responsible for conservation delivery under the
Farm Bill, has recently created an enhanced and highly ambitious Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative aimed at “working wetlands” in
eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.
Partners have moved rapidly. Charles Duncan, Director of the Shorebird Recovery Project at the Manomet Center for Conservation
Sciences and Director of the Executive Office of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), observed, “The
response from rice and crawfish farmers has been astonishingly positive.” The NRCS goal was to enroll 150,000 acres across the
entire Gulf region and the southern Mississippi Flyway. By early August, the NRCS had received almost 1,900 applications totaling
427,000 acres in Louisiana alone.
At least 90 percent of the farmers who enrolled chose to do so under a three-year, rather than the alternative one-year, commitment.
Ergo, the benefit to migratory birds will last well beyond the immediate crisis response to this disaster.
Of course, among species deemed highly migratory, waterfowl and shorebirds are thought to be at particular risk in light of the oil-
gusher event. There are some species of ducks (e.g., bay ducks) and certain shorebirds (e.g., some plovers) that will probably be
unaffected by these flooding programs. Still, the efforts are innovative and at least effective for some species that are in danger. This
is a model effort to be studied, strengthened, and perhaps replicated.
                                             Our second Gulf effort is acquisition-related.
                                             In late July, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled a special envelope, or “cachet,” to be sold with
                                             the newest Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Proceeds from this effort are to be
                                             used to benefit Gulf Coast habitat security. This “cachet” features a silk-rendered image of St. Marks
                                             NWR on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and the stamp itself features an American Widgeon.
                                 The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, also known as the “Duck Stamp,” has been
You can buy this limited edition cachet to
support Gulf wildlife refuges.   around since the 1930s. It is still used to secure waterfowl habitat, but it also serves a much larger
                                 purpose. Since the program started, over $750 million has been raised to protect over 5.3 million
acres of wetland and grassland habitat.
The USFWS will be tracking how much money is raised from cachet sales, and these funds will be targeted specifically toward future
acquisition of wetlands for Gulf Coast national wildlife refuges.
The Limited Edition Cachet can be purchased for $25. You can find a link to more details at
 The third Gulf report, in response to the runaway BP oil well, also has to do with acquisition, but on a grander scale. It deals with
the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). We have previously written about the LWCF and the huge amounts of bird habitat
secured through this funding vehicle.
 On Friday, 30 July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act,
or CLEAR Act. In the bill were several provisions to help wildlife impacted by the BP event, along with a provision providing full
funding for LWCF. Of particular importance for bird and habitat supporters, the House bill would:
    1. Fully fund LWCF at $900 million annually without being subject to annual appropriations. (Appropriators would still determine
       what projects ultimately were funded every year.)
    2. Give national wildlife refuges the ability to collect and keep funds for damages resulting from oil spills and other criminal acts
    3. Provide $1.2 billion to fund a "Gulf Coast Restoration Program" with a task force to create a regional restoration plan
A companion bill, S. 3663, slightly different and weaker in some elements (e.g., less than full LWCF funding), was introduced in the
Senate before the August recess.
Conservationists only have the chance to address the LWCF about once per decade. The last time was in 2000, when the House
passed the famous CARA (Conservation and Reinvestment Act) bill, and the Senate then dropped the ball. The time to reach the
Senate effectively with a message on this important cause may not come again for a long time.
You can find a link to a fine summary from the National Wildlife Refuge Association here:
                        Archives of the Birding Community E-bulletin are at

6                                                                                                           Atlanta Audubon Society
Volunteer Corner   •     Volunteer Corner   •  Volunteer
Corner • Volunteer Corner • Volunteer Corner • Volunteer
                                                                                          A Million Thanks!
Here are some great ways you can                                       Atlanta Audubon Society is an amazing organization because of its volunteers.
make a difference volunteering with                                    As always, we extend our unending gratitude to ALL of our volunteers, but we
AAS:                                                                   would like to send a special thank you to the following individuals this month.
                                                                       On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff, we want to send out a very
                                                                      special thank you to our Wingbars crew:
Field Trip Assistants
                                                          Diane Hawkins-Cox is our volunteer Wingbars manager. Diane works tirelessly to
                                      oversee the production of Wingbars each month, from the collection of all of the articles and information
We need Master Birders to
                                      to be included, through proofing and production.
attend AAS field trips and help
the leaders with handing out          Susan Milne is our volunteer Wingbars editor. Susan sifts through the mound of copy received each
Atlanta Audubon membership            month, working hard to make sure everything fits into the Wingbars “style” and is correct.
brochures, keeping track of           Steven Phenicie is our volunteer proofreader. Steven adds that extra pair of eyes to catch any errors
birds seen for eBird (if the          before Wingbars goes off to be designed and printed.
leader wishes), and getting the
                                      Wingbars is made possible through the dedication of these amazing volunteers who put many hours into
name, address and e-mail
                                      making the newsletter a reality. We couldn’t do it without them and we are extremely grateful for
address of all who are not
                                      everything they do.
AAS members and sending
the list in to the Atlanta            We also wouldn’t want to forget our friends at Copy Preparation who design, lay out and print our
Audubon office. If interested,        newsletter each month. They have always been there for AAS and we hope you can help support their
contact Stan Chapman at               business because they have been so dedicated to our organization (Copy Preparation: 770.939.2002,             They wouldn’t toot their own horn, so we will!

Sketch Artist Wanted
Wingbars is looking for artists                             Many Thanks to our Supporters of the
with a talent for sketching.
Occasionally we have an
                                                                    2010 Annual Fund
article that cries out for a cute
or funny drawing (we really,          We are extremely grateful to everyone who gave to our 2010 Annual Fund. We know that times are tough and your
really wanted to see a raven          gift really matters to us. It is greatly needed and appreciated, especially now. Donations to this year’s appeal
on crutches for the story on          supported our education and conservation efforts in the community.
page 12). If you can help,                    $1,000 or more                   Pam Higginbotham           Up to $99                                         JoAnn Jordan
please contact Diane at                         Ellen Miller                    Art and Lisa Hurt      Anonymous (8)                                  Cheryl and Panos Kanes                         Carl W. Tyler, Jr.             Marge and Dave Igyarto   Diane C. Barnsley                                  Christine Koebrich
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                                               $250-$999                                           Carolyn and Max Brown
                                                                           Suzanne and Mark Jernigan                                                Sally and Ellery McClintock
                                             Harriette Hoyt                Catharine Brockman Kuchar   Catherine Capps                                    Jacqueline Miller
                                              Kelly Hopkins                  David Kuechenmeister     Stanley Chapman                                    Steven J. Phenicie
                                        Sandra and Simon Miller               Katherine D. Marbut  Honor Cumming Cobbs                                       Ted Reissing
                                         Jet and Dennis Lacoss             Anne and James McCallum    Bettie Lee Combs                                 Stewart R. Roberts, Jr.
                                               $100-$249                   Marilyn and John McMullan  Laura S. Dabundo                              Gerri and Coleman Schlenke
                                                                                  Jerry G. Pevey     Ann Thompson Ford                                    Robert M. Trusty
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                                         Jane and Tom Blaisdell            Jane Seward and R.J. Berry    J.F. Frierson                              Mary and James Van Buren

   What is
                                       Johnette and David Crum                 Suellen Slockbower      Patricia Garrett                                  Elaine Van Wieren
                                                                                                      Celia Stone Gilner                             Anita Kay and Jim Wilson
                                           Barbara Giebelhaus
                                                                                                         Darryl Harris                               Diana Worthington-White
  about the
                                        Cathy and Larry Harman
                                                                                                       Carol N. Hassell
   way the
  Rock Dove
                                      We would like to thank the following contributors for their generosity:

                                      *If your name has been misspelled, incorrectly identified, or if you believe you were left off the list in error (the recognition list above
                                      includes donations made prior to September 2010), please let us know by sending an email to Catharine B. Kuchar at

 See back page for answer               The winner of our Bird Bucks prize is Jerry Pevey (individuals who gave to the appeal were eligible). Jerry won
                                         an autographed copy of “Birding Georgia” by Giff Beaton; an 8” x 10” matted photograph by Victor Williams;
                                         an 8” x 10” matted photograph by Carl Tyler; an 8-pack of one-of-a-kind homemade bird cards by Catharine
                                             Kuchar; and an AAS “Fun Pack” including an AAS T-shirt, license plate, and limited edition field bag.

                    October 2010                                                                                                                                                     7
           AAS Scholarship Winner: My Experience at Hog Island
                                                          By Katie Moore
                        Hello birders! I was     were Lang Elliot, famous music of nature         peeping through the fog rising over the
                        the lucky recipient of   recorder, and Greg Budney, curator of the        island. When I first arrived at camp, I was
                        the Louisa Echols        Macaulay Library. To make an amazing             told that Hog Island would be a place
                        Scholarship that was     trip even greater, I got to see 25 Life Birds,   close to my heart forever. As I watched
                        funded by Atlanta        some that are rarely seen.                       the island slowly shrink as we headed
                        Audubon Society and      As great as all these things are they cannot     back to the mainland on my last morning,
                        the Georgia              compare to the value of the experience of        I knew they were right. Hog Island will
                        Ornithological           going to the camp. Never before have I           always be a special place for me, not only
                        Society. This            been with a group of people who were so          because of the experience that I had while
 Scholarship recipient  scholarship was          passionate about birds. Some of the              I was there, but also because of what it
 Katie Moore            granted to me so that    campers, me included, have only been             represents - a constant and relentless
                        I could attend the       birders for the past few years, yet others       effort to protect the birds that are loved by
Hog Island, Maine Field Ornithology Camp         have been birders for almost 50 years. As        thousands of birders across the country.
that was held June 21-25,. I am greatly          if by magic, beginners and experts came          Thank you for giving me the experience of
appreciative of your generosity in giving        together to learn from and teach each            a lifetime; I recommend that you all make
this scholarship. It is my hope that this        other. The lessons from the instructors          an effort to attend one of National
scholarship will continue to be available to     were phenomenal. Not only did they stress        Audubon’s great camps.
other young adult birders in the future.         the ecology and conservation of birds, but
A Bald Eagle swimming, Atlantic Puffins          also the importance of spreading our
carrying mouthfuls of fish, a Razorbill          newfound knowledge to other people –
floating on the water, Black Guillemots by       especially those who are not already
the dozen, Common Eider ducklings                birders. By spreading the importance of
fighting for survival against Greater Black-     bird conservation, we not only help the
backed Gulls, and a male Upland                  birds, but also nature as a whole.
Sandpiper performing his territorial             Another source of inspiration was the
display are just a few of the MANY great         island itself. Every morning I would wake
things that I got to see while on my trip to     up to the cry of gulls, lobster boats trolling
Maine. I also got to meet and talk daily         for their pots, the constant chipping of
with some of the most well-known                 Song Sparrows and the soft whistle of
ornithologists in the United States: Scott       Cedar Waxwings around the Queen Mary             Katie flanked by ornithologists Kim and Kenn Kaufman
Weidensaul, Steve Kress, Sara Morris, and        (one of the main buildings), and the sun
Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman. Also present

                      Welcome to our New Education Coordinator,
                                   Nikki Belmonte
                           We are excited to announce that we have hired Nikki Belmonte to be our new Education Coordinator. As
                           many of you know, Emily Toriani-Moura moved to Brazil this past summer when her husband was offered a
                           position with a firm in the area. We began our search for a new Education Coordinator soon after Emily told
                           us she had to leave.
                           We are so delighted to welcome Nikki to the team. Nikki earned an M.S. in Environmental Education from
                           Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H. She has her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the
                           University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
                           Nikki was most recently a science lab teacher with Ford Elementary School in Acworth. There she
                           developed and taught K-5 hands-on science lessons in alignment with the Georgia Performance Standards in
                           both indoor and outdoor classrooms. She earned the “Gold” teacher designation from the Cobb County
                           Green Schools initiative and was awarded “Honorable Mention” for a third grade food waste reduction and
Nikki Belmonte
                           recycling project in the Great American Cleanup by Keep Cobb Beautiful. She also was a naturalist at
                           Sawnee Mountain Preserve/Forsyth County in Cumming. There she taught nature and recreation programs
                           for summer camp, parties and school groups and developed lesson plans and educational support materials.
Besides all of these accomplishments and many more, Nikki is a wonderful person and will be a great asset to Atlanta Audubon
Society. She will work on educational programs for both adults and young people and will take the lead on a new grant we received to
help further fund the Learning About Birds program. Please join us in welcoming Nikki to our organization.

8                                                                                                      Atlanta Audubon Society
                  Book Review by Grant McCreary
           National Geographic Bird           colors and how a bird’s genetics and           for the introduction they provide to their
           Coloration                         environment influence them. Finally,           respective subjects. I probably learned
           by Geoffrey E. Hill                there is a discussion of the functions and     something new on every page. But
                                              evolution of coloration.                       frankly, I was surprised to discover that
           and                                Molt contains an extensive introduction        they were not boring, but rather
                                              that describes what molt is, the               incredibly fascinating. You’ll find out why
           Molt in North American             fundamental molt strategies, how it            many otherwise entirely white birds have
           Birds                              impacts birds, how birders can recognize       black flight feathers, that the Black-
           (Peterson Reference Guides)        it, and much more. You will want to read       capped Petrel might actually comprise
           by Steve N.G. Howell               this part first, preferably in its entirety,   two separate species, and many other
                                              before proceeding to the family accounts       things.
            You may be surprised to find      that make up the bulk of the book. These       Both books are lavishly illustrated with
that there are actually books on such         accounts, one for each North American          photographs and, in the case of
specific topics as bird coloration and        bird family, give a brief overall              Coloration, paintings. These serve not
molt. But I bet you’ll be even more           description of the group, describe their       only to make the books very attractive,
shocked to hear that, besides                 general molt patterns, and present other       but also to help the reader understand
informative, they are actually very           interesting information related to their       the subject matter.
interesting and well worth reading for        molt.                                          Bird Coloration will appeal to anyone
most people interested in birds.              Molt and coloration are very technical,        who loves birds and wants to learn more
Bird Coloration starts by introducing         complicated topics, but the authors do a       about them. Molt, on the other hand, I
basic terminology and describing color        commendable job of making the text             would recommend more to intermediate
variation and how birds see colors. It        readable and accessible for everyone.          and advanced birders, who should find it
then moves on to the production of            These two books are worth reading just         indispensible.

                                            Nature Journals with Matching Pencils

  New Nature Journaling Materials Available to Educators
                                             By Catharine Brockman Kuchar
I’m excited to let you know that I have been making significant progress on my fellowship project through TogetherGreen. I have
created our new nature journals (with the cover design by Rachel Smith McMurray), pencils, reproducible Student Page and Teacher’s
“Sharing My Love 4 the Planet” will teach students how nature journals have been used throughout history by explorers, scientists,
pilots and writers. They will learn basic creative techniques for nature journaling with exercises/activities that can be done both
indoors and outdoors. They can use these skills to develop their ability to “focus, observe, record and reflect” on what they experience
in the natural world. The goal is not only to build their own observational and artistic abilities, but also to begin to experience the
world around them in a different way.
You can read more about the program and download the Student Page and Teacher’s Guide at our Web site,
Go to the “Education” tab and scroll down to “Youth Programs.” You can click on “Nature Journaling Materials for Educators” to find
more information.
Educators: Atlanta Audubon Society can provide educators with special limited-edition, free journals and pencils for their students. If
you have not already received a supply (available while supplies last), please contact Atlanta Audubon Society at 678.973.2437 or

                 October 2010                                                                                                        9
           Rates for 2.5” x 2.5” ads are $20/month or $45/quarter. Ads must be consistent with the conservation and birding mission
        of Atlanta Audubon Society. Ads may be accepted via email, preferably in .pdf format. Call 678.973.2437 if you have questions.
                       Send payment to Wingbars Ads, Atlanta Audubon Society, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342.
                               Send ads via email to Catharine Kuchar at

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                                             Be on the Lookout for Loggerhead Shrikes
The Canadian Wildlife Service is asking for help in its efforts to protect the Loggerhead Shrike. It sent out the following appeal:

                                      Loggerhead Shrikes are declining across much of their range. In Canada, the migrans subspecies is considered
                                      critically endangered, with fewer than 25 pairs found in 2010. The vast majority of pairs now breed in Ontario. An
                                      extremely active and multi-faceted recovery program is underway for this species in Ontario, including a captive
                                      breeding and release program. This program has been releasing approximately 100 juvenile shrikes annually since
                                      While much is known and has been learned about this species, a critical piece of the puzzle is still missing: where
                                      exactly do these birds spend the winter? To maximize our chances of locating wintering areas and better define
                                      migration routes, we will be coloring the breast of released young produced from the captive breeding program, to
                                      make them more detectable by birders. Birds have been released in July and August. Birds will have an extensive
                                      area of their breast colored in green, blue or purple. All released birds, and a large proportion of the wild population,
                                      are also color banded. If you see a shrike with a colored breast and/or wearing bands, please report it to Wildlife
                                      Preservation Canada at (EM:, PH: 519.836.9314, FX: 519.836.8840). We will need
Loggerhead Shrike
                                      details about specific location (GPS coordinates are ideal, but not essential) and color(s) (breast and/or bands) seen.
Photographer: Darlene Moore

10                                                                                                                       Atlanta Audubon Society
                                               GEORGIA’S GRASSLAND BIRDS:
                                                     American Kestrel
                                     The American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, is the smallest, most common falcon in North America and hunts by
                                     perching or hovering over its prey, then diving to catch its food. Its diet consists of mice, voles, birds and
                                     some insects. When it is time to breed, it creates a nest in natural cavities or nest boxes and will also “adopt”
                                     a cavity in a tree that was excavated by other birds, wildlife or other sources. During the breeding season the
                                     male will do all of the hunting for 8 to 12 weeks while the female remains on the nest. It relies on grasslands
                                     and other open areas for its survival.
 American Kestrel
 Photographer: Darlene Moore

 Field Trips (continued from page 5)
 a large lake, hiking trails along a creek and through the          Sunday, Oct. 24, 8 AM                                           Directions: From Atlanta, go on GA 400 north 36.6 miles
 woods, and a grassland area. This walk might pick up some          Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, Atlanta                 from I-285. Turn left on to Dawson Forest Road at the
 late fall migrants as well as wintering species.                   Tract, Dawson County, Dawsonville                               North Georgia Premium Outlet, which is 6.6 miles past
 Directions: From Atlanta, take I-20 west to Exit #44 at            Georgann Schmalz (cell phone 404.245.7273)                      Highway 369. (Hwy. 369 is at the first stop light along 400.)
 Thornton Road, which is the third exit west of I-285. Turn         Meet at the wetland just inside the gate of Dawson Forest.      Drive 3.9 miles along Dawson Forest Road to GA 9 to the
 left onto Thornton Road and go 1/4 mile. Turn right at             Birding focus: Dawson Forest has wetland ponds and a            stop sign, and continue straight for another 1.5 miles to the
 Blair’s Bridge Road, and after 2.1 miles, at a four-way stop,      creek, fields and forest, which are excellent locations for     gate into Dawson Forest. The wetlands are just inside the
 turn left onto Mount Vernon Road and proceed to the park.          lingering summer breeders, transient migrants, and early        gate.
                                                                    winter arrivals. Several woodpecker and sparrow species
                                                                    are common.

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       Quoth the Raven: Dumb Questions, Never More
                                                   By Steven Phenicie

                                When you visit England, one of the must-see sites is the Tower of London, which
                                has been in the forefront of British history since construction started after the   A Tower of London raven; not
                                Norman invasion in the 11th century.                                                ten centuries old
                                                                                                                    Photographer: Pam Fray
                                The tower has many legends, with one of the most famous being its seven ravens.
                                According to the Beefeater (or guide) on my recent trip, ravens have been there since before the tower
                                was built (although some sources dispute this). The legend is that if they leave, the tower will fall and
                                terrible things will happen to England. The British government isn’t taking any chances – the birds’ wings
                                are clipped so they won’t fly away, and the tower – when I was there – was surrounded with scaffolding in
                                a renovation project.
                                The birds eat well: Each raven gets 6 ounces of meat and bird-formula biscuits soaked in blood once a day.
                                Once a week the birds are served an egg, and they occasionally get a rabbit. That’s in addition to scraps
                                from the Tower’s kitchen.
                                The Beefeater said that he has actually been asked whether the current birds have been there since the
                                11th century. His reply: The ones that are gray and walk with crutches are originals; the others are
The facetious Beefeater

Photographer: Steven Phenicie

                                                                                                              Rock Doves suck up
                                                                                                              water against gravity as
                                                                                                              people do; most
                                                                                                              other birds scoop
                                                                                                              up water in their bill and
                                                                                                              tilt their heads
                                                                                                              backward to swallow.

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