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This Month’s Meeting
Our guest speaker for the March Chapter meeting will be Shirley Needham, a Forsyth County wildlife rehabilitator who special-
izes in Chimney Swifts. Shirley's program will focus on SwiftWatch, a citizen-science based program that has been established
to collect and compile information about the stopover areas used by swifts during migration. Shirley is one of just a few area
rehabilitators who are licensed to work with birds by both the State of NC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has
trained and volunteered coast-to-coast from the Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Care Center in Oregon to NC's Carolina
Raptor Center and Valerie Schindler Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo. Come on out and learn about these amaz-
ing migratory birds!
March 4 Board Meeting: Arbor Acres Clubhouse, 7:30 p.m.
March 8 Second Saturday Birdwalk: Historic Bethabara Park, 9:00 a.m., meet at the Visitor Center
March 15 “ASFC’s Wild & Wonderful” Wildlife Fair: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at SciWorks - FREE AD-
MISSION FOR ALL! Don’t miss this special event!
March 20 Grainger McKoy, artist, at Windsor Jewelers: 5% of the proceeds will be donated to ASFC!
March 22 Birding 101: Triad Regional Park, 9:00 a.m.
March 25 Chapter Meeting: SciWorks, 7:30 p.m. (Social at 7:00 p.m.), Guest Speaker: Shirley Needham
March 28-29 Tenth Annual Audubon North Carolina Meeting: This year’s statewide Audubon meeting
will be hosted by Wake Audubon at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh
March 29 Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful Community Roots Day: See Conservation Corner inside for
March 30 Earth Day Celebration Dinner: See Conservation Corner inside for more details.
April 1 Board Meeting: Arbor Acres Clubhouse, 7:30 p.m.
April 12 Second Saturday Birdwalk: Reynolda Gardens, 9:00 a.m.
April 19 Miller Park Cleanup: Meet at the Queen Street parking area at 9:00 a.m.
April 22 Chapter Meeting: SciWorks, 7:30 p.m. (Social at 7:00 p.m.)
10th Annual Audubon North Carolina Meeting
Join Audubon members from across the state as Wake But time is running out! Although there are 15 field trips
Audubon hosts the 10th Annual Audubon North Carolina scheduled for Saturday, each trip will be limited to 15
Meeting (March 28-29, 2003) at the Museum of Natural participants. Registration for Saturday night dinner is
Sciences in Raleigh, NC. required by March 18th.
This year’s meeting format includes field trips to local sites More information is available at www.ncaudubon.org. If you
and increased time for socializing with other Audubon have any questions about this event, please contact Karen
chapter members. Evening events and registration will be Bearden (Wake Audubon Society) at (919) 844-9050 or via
held at the Museum so attendees will have an opportunity to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
explore many of the exhibits.
Conservation Corner Winter Field Trip - Chincoteague - January 24-26
Twelve intrepid and perhaps foolhardy Forsyth birders braved
I can't believe that March is already HERE! The last of the ice the frozen wastes of the Delmarva Peninsula over the week-
is still hanging around, but I can safely say now that SPRING end. On Thursday the roads were clear, but the wind and cold
will soon be here! The birds have no calendar to look at, but were intense. Friday was cold, clear and windy, but Saturday
they know, too, because they are beginning to pair up more was brisk, but near perfect. Both fresh and salt waters were
and more. Their colors are brighter, too, and where 3 male mostly frozen and the area was still snow covered from an
Cardinals were feeding in the same area not long ago, now earlier storm. Ducks and marsh birds were hard to come by
they can't stand to be near another male. For sure, Love is in except where patches of open water remained. Seeing the
the air ... and I am ready for spring to come! ponies also was wonderful. The total bird species list was
Notes about this and that: 103, including both swans, 3 kinds of geese and 20 species of
(l) Remember the "Road to Nowhere" proposed to go through ducks.
the Great Smoky Mt. Nat. Park around Lake Fontana back in
the 60s? In construction, they ran into an "anakeesta forma- Some of the highlights were:
tion", which leaches acid into the water, so it was stopped at On the CBBT: Common Eider, Surf, Black and White-winged
once. Some Swain County natives have continued to ask for Scoters, Harlequin Duck, Northern Gannet, great views of
the road. GOOD NEWS: The Swain County commission- Long-tailed Duck, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and many
ers have passed a resolution to accept the cash offer of $40 Great Cormorants.
million and forget the road ! Now if Rep. Charles Taylor will At and around Blackwater NWR- 20+ Bald Eagles and one,
let that be, we'll be O.K. -- he seems to think that the road will possibly 2 Golden Eagles, great closeup views of American
bring lots of tourists to Swain Co.! We think that the next Woodcock, Common Snipe and Common Golden-eye Ducks.
step will be to find a sponsor in D.C. for a bill to make the Deal Island WMA: Short-eared Owls at sunset. Another was
cash-exchange law. … If we need letters, I'll let you seen the next evening on the causeway to Chincoteague.
know. Stay tuned.
At Chincoteague: some great views of several species of
(2) Keep W-S Beautiful would like our participation in their duck, herons, egrets and a very cooperative Greater Yellow-
Community Roots Day on Saturday, March 29th, from 9 to legs. Raptors included a number of Northern Harriers, Red-
12 a.m.. Lots of trees will be planted in the city. tailed Hawks, American Kestels and Merlins. Land birds of
Last spring ASFC members helped to plant shrubery along note were a Catbird, Brown Creeper, a Marsh Wren and a
Stratford Road. It's quite rewarding to be a part of the beauti- Tree Sparrow (near Blackwarter).
fication of our city. Anyone who would like to help, please Also, only one Savannah Sparrow was seen and although sev-
call me so I can tell whether we have a group this year. eral of us worked hard, we did not find the earlier reported
Phone: 761-8216. Vesper Sparrows and American Pipits. All in all it was a great
(3) Another date for your calendar: On Wednesday, April trip, especially given the forecasted weather.
30, at 6 p.m. there will be an Earth Day Celebration Din- -Royce Hough
ner sponsored by the Environmental Council of Centenary
United Methodist Church. Dr. Bill Schlesinger, Dean
of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, Forsyth County Congressional Delegation
will be the speaker. Bill has written and spoken extensively Sen. John Edwards,
on environmental topics. Many in this area will remem- 225 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
ber him from his two full-page articles in the W-S Journal last
Washington, DC 20510
August ("Earth Daze" and "With Eyes Wide Shut?"). This email@example.com
should be an interesting evening! There is a $6 fee for dinner; PHONE: (202) 224-3154 FAX: (202) 228-1374
call 724-6311--in mid-April--for reservations ... (believe me,
that's a real steal!) ... and those who do not wish to eat may
attend free at 6:45. Hope to see you there! Stay warm. Sen. Elizabeth Dole
United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510
- Nancy Sommer PHONE: (202) 224-6342 FAX: (202) 224-1100
The Hon. Richard Burr
1526 Longworth House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
PHONE: (202) 225-2071 FAX: (202) 225-2995
The Hon. Mel Watt
2236 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515
FAX: (202) 225-1512
Red-tailed Hawk by Steven D’Amato
Spring Field Trip May 29th through June 1st
Join us for a grand trip to Highland County Virginia. We will
through February 20th be returning to Monterey Virginia for our Spring trip on May
Signs of spring: Red-tailed Hawk carrying nest- 29th through June 1st. Target birds are ALL Warblers, with
building sticks in Miller Park (upper parking lot area); special interest in finding Mourning , Golden Wing and
Great-horned Owl brooding eggs or young in Wash- Brewsters Warblers. There may also be Warbling Vireos and
ington Park; large flocks of "Yankee" Robins heading Cerulean Warblers en route.
Signs of unrelenting winter: Numerous reports of Fox The area is known for its scenic beauty and the historic High-
Sparrows, Kinglets, Waxwings, Juncos, Hermit land Inn will be our base. They are holding a block of rooms
Thrushes, Brown Thrashers at feeding stations and until the end of April, but these go fast so you should make
berry trees. Lakes hosting many species of waterfowl, reservations early. You may call for reservations (888) 466-
i.e.Bufffleheads, Ruddy, Ring-necked, Canvasback 4682. Their web site is www.highland-inn.com . Rates are
Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Gadwalls and Green- $69 for traditional rooms and $89 for Kings. An alternative is
winged Teals. the Montvalley Motel across the street (549) 468-2500. Rates
are $41.75, including tax.
The banded, female Rufous Hummingbird in Lewis-
ville is still feeding regularly each day . We'll meet Friday and Saturday in the lobby to start each day.
Raven Saga: The Downtown Ravens that pretended to For those who would like to caravan up on Thursday, we will
be incubating eggs for six weeks were, in fact, brood- be birding the Blue Ridge Parkway, “Warbler Road” and Hid-
ing young. There are two teenagers now in the nest, den Valley.
bouncing around and flexing their wings. Fledging is
Please let Jim Martin know if you’re planning to go:
imminent. Meanwhile, the parents continue to feed
them while simultaneously building another nest on firstname.lastname@example.org 777-1677
the structure spanning Fifth St. at Vine St. Two other
sightings of Ravens have been reported--one at Hanes
Mall and one on Bolton St. (possibly the same bird). Greensboro Lakes Tour - February 15th
Thanks for all the super reports during an interesting Despite the forecast for rain, 14 birders from the Piedmont
month of weather. Bird Club, Pearson (Guilford) Audubon chapter, and Forsyth
-Ramona Snavely Audubon decided to brave the weather for our joint waterfowl
tour of the Greensboro lakes. We were rewarded for our
efforts. The sky was overcast, but we managed to do the
whole field trip with nothing more than an occasional light
Grainger McKoy at Windsor Jewelers—March 20
Grainger McKoy is a renowned sculptor of birds, dedicating We began the field trip at Lake Higgins marina as planned.
his life since he was a teenager to representing them both Early arrivals were treated almost immediately to excellent
anatomically correctly and as fine art. His original wood and long looks at a mature Bald Eagle. The cooperative eagle
sculptures sell for up to $500,000! He has a wonderful web- made a return visit after the group had picked up a pair of
site with views of his work at www.graingermckoy.com. Wood Ducks and a few other waterfowl on the lake, plus a
nice selection of land birds in our walk along the woodland
Windsor Jewelers in Winston-Salem will be featuring his edge.
work on the evening of March 20th. Mr. McKoy has ar-
ranged for 5% of the proceeds of any sales of his jewelry that Wood Ducks turned out to be unusually plentiful during the
evening to go to ASFC. Windsor Jewelers is located at 526 morning at several sites, making up in part for the relatively
S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem. You may call them at low number of other ducks. The high water levels may have
721-1768 with questions. moved the ducks up into the creeks. On the other hand, we
had a pretty good raptor day with good views of Red-tailed
Birding Quiz and Red-shouldered Hawks, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and an
American Kestrel in addition to the eagle. The highlight of the
Last Month’s Answer: We have Brown-headed, White- trip for most people, however, was the low flyover of seven
breasted, and Red-breasted Nuthatches in NC. The Red- Wild Turkeys, complete with a crash landing of one of them
breasted is uncommon, though not unheard of, in Forsyth in a tree across the road from where we were standing.
County. The others are everyday birds in this area. (I've been
watching both at my feeders all day.) The group tallied a total of 47 species for the morning, not too
This month’s question: Each year, millions of Chimney bad considering that several expected species of waterfowl
Swifts migrate from their breeding grounds in eastern North and even some common land birds didn't show up for us. In
America (including NC) to the Amazon Basin where they addition, we had a great time renewing some acquaintances
spend the winter months. What is the earliest day in the year and making some new friends in the combined group.
that Chimney Swifts have been reported in Forsyth County? -Dennis Burnette, Piedmont Bird Club
The latest? (Check for the answer in next month’s newsletter.)
2002-2003 Chapter Board Audubon Society of Forsyth Nonprofit Org.
President: Marilyn Shuping 924-9776 County U.S. Postage Paid
Vice President: open P.O. Box 10952 Winston-Salem, NC
Secretary: Margaret McJannett 760-5763 Winston-Salem, NC 27108 Permit No. 500
Treasurer: Phil Dickinson 659-2464
Membership: Bill Gifford 721-0201
Publicity: Ann Robertson 785-9521
Newsletter Dist: Chester Robertson 785-9521
FieldTrips: Jim Martin 722-3822
Education: Bonnie Sugden 765-2226
Conservation: Nancy Sommer 761-8216
Bird Count: David Disher 765-9356
FC Bird Records: Ramona Snavely 768-7141
Hospitality Bill/Susan Hammond 924-1522
Website Liz Schmid 595-6379
At-Large: C. Sommer 761-8216
At-Large: Alice Hinman 723-0458
At-Large: Linda Davis 924-1751
At-Large: Tom Schmid 595-6379
For membership information, please call Bill Gifford at 721-0201.
If you don’t wish to join the Audubon Society, but would like to
subscribe to our newsletter, send $10.00 (make check to ASFC) to:
Bill Gifford, 608 Oaklawn Ave., Winston Salem, NC 27104
Please include your name, address and zip code.
The Audubon Society of Forsyth County
To conserve and restore natural
ecosystems, focusing on birds,
other wildlife, and their habitats for
the benefit of humanity and
North Carolina's biological diversity
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2003
Time: 11. a.m. - 5 p.m
Place: SciWorks! The Science Center and Environmental
Park of Forsyth County
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We still need volunteers to help with the setup, assist with
bird walks, hand out programs, act as event hosts, and staff
our ASFC exhibit. Just let our volunteer coordinator, Maggie
McJannett, know when and how you'd like to help by calling
Don’t forget to visit on the web at www.forsythaudubon.org her at 760-5763 (email: email@example.com).