2009-2010 AAS Officers and Board - Atlanta Audubon Society by chenmeixiu


									                                                                                                              June 2009

         Volume XXXV, Issue 6                                      ATLANTA AUDUBON SOCIETY

 2009-2010 AAS Officers and Board                                                                                     I N S I D E
                                                                                                               EarthShare ...........................2
Atlanta Audubon is growing and       Land Trust). She recently ran         Read and Pam Higginbotham.
                                                                                                               Field Trip Leaders ................3
maturing, and our new board          for the office of Gwinnett            She lives in Marietta.
members reflect a wonderful          County commissioner and will                                              Legacy Club .........................3
                                                                           JoAnn received her graduate
mix of talents and backgrounds.      quickly tell you why your one                                             Field Notes...........................4
                                                                           degree in social work from
We previously announced the          vote counts. She lost the
                                                                           Arizona State and holds a           Field Trips.............................5
election of President Stacy          nomination by a very narrow
                                                                           certificate in web page design
Zarpentine, President-elect          margin.                                                                   Spotlight Tim Keyes .............6
                                                                           and a degree in professional
Carol Hassell, and board
                                     Stan, our director for field trips,   writing from Kennesaw State         Time Well Spent ..................6
members Stan Chapman,
                                     made spring migration so              University. Her capstone project
director for field trips, and Dave                                                                             A Million Thanks..................6
                                     exciting this year. He is doing a     (Master’s Thesis) includes an
Butler, director for
                                     super job coordinating field          approach that our Sustainability    Statistics ..............................7
conservation. At our April
                                     trips as evidenced by the many        Committee hopes will permit
meeting, the board approved the                                                                                Birding with Seniors ............7
                                     and varied trips. We even added       AAS to develop an education
nomination of Beth Giddens as
                                     pages to the April issue of           program, called “The Atlanta        Armchair Birder ...................8
director for public information
                                     Wingbars to publicize the trips.      Audubon Society Discovery
and public relations and added                                                                                 Electronic Mailing Lists .......9
                                     Stan is providing key                 Center at the Blue Heron Nature
JoAnn Jordan as an at-large
member. Following are
                                     information about which               Preserve.” Jo Ann lives in          Invasive Plants.....................9
                                     species are likely to be found in     Roswell and is the
biographical notes on our                                                                                      Classifieds..........................10
                                     certain habitat. He lives in          communications director at the
talented individuals selected for
                                     Decatur and is retired from the       Atlanta Athletic Club.              Birds in Decline....................11
this term.
                                     Emory School of Medicine
                                                                           Beth and JoAnn will work as a       Membership........................11
Stacy, our new president, is a       where he was a psychologist for
                                                                           team, which will come naturally
Master Birder and frequent field     almost 30 years. He semi-retired                                          Southern Birding Trails.........12
                                                                           as Beth supervised JoAnn’s
trip leader for AAS. Her passion     13 months ago and now works
                                                                           capstone program at KSU.
is her volunteer work with           on a contract basis with The
                                                                           Thanks to their incredible
raptors at Chattahoochee             Emory Clinic.
                                                                           efforts on behalf of the
Nature Center. She has had
                                     Dave, too, is a Master Birder. He     Sustainability Committee and
sometimes fascinating,
                                     is probably a more familiar           Atlanta Audubon, the board is
sometimes frightening
                                     board member, having been             resolved to move ahead on one
experiences with these birds.
She is an accomplished
                                     birding with you as director for
                                     field trips for three years. Dave
                                                                           of the first steps they
                                                                           recommended in the well-
photographer as you can see
from her Indigo Bunting photo
featured with this article. Stacy
                                     lives in Decatur and is employed
                                     with the DeKalb County Office
                                                                           presented recommendation: We
                                                                           are seeking an education             AUDUBON SOCIETY
                                     of Parks Bond and Greenspace,         coordinator. Learn more about
lives in Roswell and is employed
with Wachovia Bank.
                                     a distinctive position for the        our exciting plans in an                 P. O. Box 29189
                                     director of conservation.             upcoming issue.
Carol, our president-elect, has
                                     Most of you are familiar with         Let’s welcome these committed
                                                                                                                   Atlanta, GA 30359
played a volunteer role for AAS
for some time. She is a Master
                                     Beth because of her wonderful         individuals and support them          www.atlantaaudubon.org
                                     Bird Artist Profiles. She is an       during their term of leadership.
Birder and writes the Attention
                                     associate professor of English at
Master Birders newsletter (a
wonderful resource to assist
                                     Kennesaw State University. She
                                     is perfect for the director of
                                                                                                                       AAS OFFICE
Master Birders in earning their
required hours while they help
                                     public information and public
                                     relations with her superior
                                                                                                                 and Information Line
AAS in the community). She is
an articulate voice for
conservation and is well
                                     writing skills as well as other
                                     credentials. Beth is a Master                                                 678.973.2437
                                     Birder and most recently served
informed on environmental
matters. Carol is employed with
                                     on the Sustainability Committee
                                     with Carl Tyler, Nancy
                                                                           Indigo Bunting
                                                                           Photographer: Stacy Zarpentine
                                                                                                                 GOS RARE BIRD ALERT
the Georgia Piedmont Land
Trust (formerly Gwinnett Open
                                     Hamilton, Jay Davis, Allyson
     Board of Directors
                                                                    EarthShare of Georgia wins a 2009
           2009                                                           Environmental Award
    Executive Director Catharine Kuchar
    Catharine.kuchar@atlantaaudubon.org                            from the Atlanta Business Chronicle
                   Officers                         ATLANTA (April 9, 2009) EarthShare of Georgia was awarded a 2009 Environmental Award
      President Stacy E. Zarpentine
                404.219.5869                        from the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the Green Giving category. This award recognizes a
             nuthatch3@aol.com                      significant donation by a philanthropic or nonprofit organization to an outstanding
       President-elect Carol N. Hassell             environmental cause that has demonstrated a significant benefit to the environment. EarthShare
          chassell@mindspring.com                   of Georgia was recognized for its efforts related to raising funds through workplace campaigns,
          Treasurer Deanna Helie                    more than $3 million since 1992.
      Recording Secy Mark Jernigan
                                                    EarthShare of Georgia offers citizens one smart and simple way to care for our air, land and
                404.298.8825                        water. As Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund, EarthShare partners with businesses
        markajernigan@bellsouth.net                 and employees to support 60 leading environmental organizations through workplace
     Corresponding Secy Barbara Tarpley
                                                    campaigns, Earth Day and other activities. For more information on how you and your company
               atlpiaf@aol.com                      can help carry on the Earth Day message throughout the year, call EarthShare of Georgia today
                                                    at 404.873.3173, or visit www.earthsharega.org.
         Conservation Dave Butler
           Education Marge Igyarto
                678.398.0569                             Get Those Cameras Ready...
         Field Trips Stanley Chapman                     AAS is proud to announce a new category for next year’s 2010 photography contest…
         Membership Darlene Moore
         djmoore67@bellsouth.net                                      2010 Conservation Category:
                                                                “Saving Georgia’s Grassland Bird Species”
                Barbara Tarpley
            Publicity Beth Giddens
                                                                                  Since the beginning of the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) in the 1960s, grassland breeding
            beth.giddens@att.net                                                  birds have shown some of the steepest population declines of any birds. Grassland ecosys-
                                                                                  tems are dependent on periodic disturbance for habitat maintenance. Historically, grazing by
         Volunteers Nancy Hamilton                                                native herbivores and fires were the agents responsible for maintaining grassland areas.
                404.874.2338                                                      However, the elimination of native herbivores, development of fields, widespread fire sup-
          nlhamilton@bellsouth.net                                                pression, and conversion for agriculture have greatly altered grasslands in Georgia.
                  At Large
                                                                                  A special award/prize in next year’s photo contest will be given to the 1st place winner in this
                 Jay Davis                                                        new category. Bird photos taken in Georgia that will be accepted in this category are:
           webtoad@earthlink.net                                                  Northern Bobwhite         Bobolink                   Yellow-breasted Chat           Dickcissel
                                                                                  Eastern Meadowlark        Indigo Bunting             Sandhill Crane                 Grasshopper Sparrow
               JoAnn Jordan                                                       Blue Grosbeak             Field Sparrow              Wilson’s Snipe                 Loggerhead Shrike
               678.488.8022                                                       Prairie Warbler           Horned Lark                Henslow’s Sparrow              Barn Owl
          jordan.joann@gmail.com                                                  Vesper Sparrow            Northern Harrier           Short-eared Owl                Upland Sandpiper
               Victor Williams                            Northern Bobwhite by    Buff-breasted Sandpiper
         Earthshare Representative                        Darlene Moore
               770.423.1012                                                                                                    Photos must be taken between January 1, 2009 and March 15, 2010.
                                                            Announced in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
                Jim Flynn
                                                             05/17 Service Bulletin. Congratulations!
                                                         Jack Boyette is graduating from Glennwood Academy.
                                                                                                                                                        The male
             Wingbars Editor
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        swlphenicie@bellsouth.net                                                                                                                   recently dethroned

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2                                                                                                                                            Atlanta Audubon Society
                 A Round of Applause
               for our Field Trip Leaders
Atlanta Audubon-led field trips and bird walks provide members with exciting opportunities to visit
birding hot spots around the metropolitan Atlanta area. These trips help us fulfill the part of our
mission to promote the enjoyment and understanding of birds.
We were thrilled to offer so many great field trips. Did you know that from January through May
we offered over 55 birding opportunities? We want to express our thanks to our hard-working field
trip coordinator, Stan Chapman, his team, and the seasoned as well as new field trip leaders. Our
trips would not be possible without their dedication and commitment. Atlanta Audubon would like       Join us as a charter member
to give a big thank you to these leaders:                                                             of the AAS Legacy Club by
                                                                                                      including Atlanta Audubon
 Jason Baumgartner           Hugh Garrett             Carol Lambert             Chris Showalter
                                                                                                      in your bequests.
     Giff Beaton            Marilyn Harris            Mark McShane                Lloyd Snyder
    Brandon Best             Theresa Hartz             Max Medley                Joshua Spence        Your gift to Atlanta Audubon
  Ken Blankenship             Andy Hester                Al Mercer                 Eran Tomer         Society ensures our long-term
     Dave Butler               Joel Hitt                Trecia Neal                Matt Ward          ability to manage the
   Walt Chambers               Lisa Hurt              Chuck Saleeby               Herb Wollner        resources necessary to
      Jay Davis               George King            Georgann Schmalz           Stacy Zarpentine      preserve and protect metro
    Dot Freeman             Marcia Klenbort             Jeff Sewell                                   Atlanta’s birds and the
                                                                                                      ecosystems that support them.
                                                                                                      While cash donations are the
                                                                                                      most popular form of support,
                                                                                                      a variety of options exist,
                                                                                                      from charitable gift annuities
                                                                                                      and more.

                                                                                                      Question: What are the
                                                                                                      benefits of a charitable
                                                                              Source: Wikipedia
                      Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden
                                                                                                      Answer: Do you own
                                 Candler Park Neighborhood                                            low-yielding assets like
                       corner of North Avenue and Candler Park Drive                                  real estate or securities
                                                                                                      that have appreciated in
    You won’t see this Cairns Birdwing, but if you volunteer for an occasional one to two hours       value? Is your objective
    of gardening, chances are that you will see some butterflies just as pretty.
                                                                                                      to sell those assets and
    If interested, e-mail Carol at cvandeschaaf@bellsouth.net                                         reinvest in higher
                                                                                                      yielding income
                                                                                                      investments? A
                                                                                                      charitable trust may help
                                                                                                      to eliminate capital gains
                                                                                                      taxes that you could
                                                                                                      incur, reduce or
                                                                                                      eliminate estate taxes,
                                                                                                      and give you a current
                                                                                                      tax deduction. AAS can
                              2009                                                                    refer you to a
                                                                                                      professional advisor for
                  Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour                                                    more details.
                                  Saturday, September 12                                              For more information
      Atlanta Audubon Society is planning a fantastic fall tour on the south side of
                                                                                                      contact Art Hurt at
      Atlanta in Fayetteville/Peachtree City. Look for more information, including                    artlisahurt@bellsouth.net.
      the “surprise” sites, in upcoming editions of Wingbars.

      Volunteers: We need you! If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s
      tour, please contact Jacqueline McRae at jacqueline.mcrae@comcast.net.

               June 2009                                                                                                        3
                                             March Field Notes                        by Terry Moorez

                                                      the ELHLAF on 13 March by JSe and           reported on 7 March (PMcL et al.). An
                 March was a rather dull month        CaL et al. SZ had a good count of 86        AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the
                    with few noteworthy birds         migrating TURKEY VULTURES over              Darien area on 6 March (SP). GK had a
                    being discovered. The Atlanta     Roswell on 6 March. In the Roswell area     good count of 45 AMERICAN
               area recorded 129 species (average     SZ counted 353 SANDHILL CRANES on 6         OYSTERCATCHERS on Jekyll and St.
              = 122.8) to bring the year-to-date      March and ME had 65 on 7 March.             Simons Islands on 6 March. JSe had an
               total to 144 (average = 141.2). The    Several AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were             early PECTORAL SANDPIPER in Walker
    Georgia area came in with 204 species             found at the CRNRA on 4 March (JH et        Co. on 24 March.
    (average 199.5) to bring that year-to-date list   al.). A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen
    to 227 (average = 239.2.)                                                                     OWLS THROUGH CROSSBILLS – A
                                                      in the Buckhead area on 8 March (BL).
                                                                                                  SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in
                                                      Early arrivals included a GREAT
                                                                                                  Stewart Co. on 5 March (BL). An early
ATLANTA AREA                                          CRESTED FLYCATCHER in Tucker on 15
                                                                                                  BARN SWALLOW was seen in the Rome
                                                      March (CL, JSe), a NORTHERN ROUGH-
DUCKS THROUGH HERONS – PMcL had                                                                   area on 2 March (MD). A BEWICK’S
                                                      WINGED SWALLOW in Canton on 4
a good count of eight REDHEADS at the                                                             WREN was an extremely rare sighting
                                                      March (DF), two BARN SWALLOWS at
E.L. Huie Land Application Facility                                                               from the Dalton area on 28 March (MM).
                                                      the ELHLAF on 13 March (CaL, JSe), and
(ELHLAF) in Clayton Co. on 14 March.                                                              Unfortunately the bird did not remain in
                                                      a PRAIRIE WARBLER at the CRNRA on
Rather unusual for an urban area were                                                             the area to be seen by others. Rare
                                                      24 March (HG et al.).
eight WILD TURKEYS in Roswell on 14                                                               sightings included a LINCOLN’S
March (LB). Interesting sightings from                                                            SPARROW at Harris Neck NWR on 8
Lake Varner in Newton Co. were a RED-                 GEORGIA AREA
                                                                                                  March (NF), a dead YELLOW-HEADED
THROATED LOON on 30 March (MMcS)                                                                  BLACKBIRD found two miles west of
and an EARED GREBE on 6 March (JSe)                   GEESE THROUGH MERGANSERS – A                Perry on 28 March (fide JSe), and a RED
and again on 9 March (MMcS). JF had                   GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was             CROSSBILL in Rabun Co. on 7 March
an amazing count of 821 COMMON                        reported from Crawfish Springs in NW        (KB et al.).
LOONS at Lake Lanier on 29 March.                     GA on 29 March (PMcL). Two immature
                                                      TUNDRA SWANS made an appearance             CONTRIBUTORS – Jerry Amerson, Greg
Single ANHINGAS were reported from                                                                and Natalie Bailey, Lia Berez, Ken
Shamrock Lake (part of the ELHLAF) on                 in Walker Co. on 21 March (fide JF) and
                                                      they remained there at least until 29       Blankenship, Walt Chambers, Marion
4 March (CaL) and another in Cobb Co.                                                             Dobbs, Mim Eisenberg, Nathan Farnau,
on 7 March (DH). Single AMERICAN                      March (JU). A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
                                                      was a good find in the Columbus area        Jim Flynn, Dan Furbish, Hugh Garrett,
BITTERNS were seen at the Mercer                                                                  David Hedeen, Jackie Heyda, Gene
Wetlands from 21 March at least                       on 5 March (WC). At least one and
                                                      sometimes two female COMMON                 Keferl, Carol Lambert, Chris Lambrecht,
through 27 March (JW) and other                                                                   Bill Lotz, Patty McLean, Joel McNeal,
reports came from the Big Creek                       GOLDENEYES were reported from the
                                                      Arrowhead Fish Hatchery on 7 March          Mark McShane, Max Medley, Peggy and
Greenway on 22 March (G&NB) and                                                                   Terry Moore, Steve Parrish, Dan Roper,
from the Chattahoochee River National                 (DR) and 8 March (MD). Two other
                                                      COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen at              Jeff Sewell, Jim Urban, Joe Weissman,
Recreation Area (CRNRA) on 29 March                                                               and Stacy Zarpentine.
(KB, NF). An early YELLOW-CROWNED                     Carter’s Lake on 15 March (KB et al.). JA
NIGHT-HERON was seen at the CRNRA                     et al. had an excellent count of 58 RED-    Terry Moore, 13000 Bucksport Ct.,
on 17 March (HG et al.).                              BREASTED MERGANSERS at Rum Creek            Roswell, GA 30075 –
                                                      on 14 March.                                tsmoore@bellsouth.net
couple OSPREYS appeared to be using a                 LOONS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS – On 27
cell phone tower near North Springs                   March MMcS had one RED-THROATED
High School as a nesting platform in                  LOON at Bear Creek Reservoir and on
early March (SZ). A bird which appeared               the same day, JMcN had 170 COMMON
to be a dark morph of a RED-TAILED                    LOONS at the same location. The GREAT
HAWK (HARLAN’S HAWK) was seen at                      CORMORANT previously reported from
                                                      the Walter F. George Dam was last

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 (www.atlantaaudubon.org) for June field trips
  Sketch by Anne McCallum
                                                                   that may be scheduled.
  Note: We encourage carpooling to and from out-of-town field trips. If you are coming from the Atlanta area and
     are willing to take riders or if you wish to carpool (and share expenses), please e-mail Stan Chapman at
 stancha@aol.com and include your name, location, phone number(s) by 8 PM on the Wednesday preceding the trip
       at which time he will send a master list of participants for everyone to make their own arrangements.
                                                           Birding focus: This trip is an excellent          to the Byron Reece parking area on your
                                                           way for beginners to learn about breeding         left, which is a left turn off US 19/129
                                                           summer birds found in the forest and an           between Dahlonega and Blairsville in
                                                           adjacent pond.                                    Union County.
                                                           Directions: From south of Atlanta, take I-
                                                           75/85 connector north to Exit 249B/Pine St.       We will bird around the parking area until
                                                           Go straight on Pine, crossing Peachtree St.       8 AM. After we’ve tightened up the group
                                                           Turn left on Piedmont Ave. Travel about 1         into the least number of vehicles, we’ll
                                                           mi. to 12th St. From northwest of Atlanta,        proceed to Sosebee Cove where we will
                                                           take I-75 S. to Exit 250/16th St. Go straight,    bird by walking the 0.25 mi loop to
                                                           crossing 14th St. Follow the signs to 10th        Wolfpen Gap, Cooper Creek and Lake
                                                           St. Turn left on 10th. Travel 0.5 mi. to          Winfield Scott. (There’s a $4 admission
Hugh Garrett (Second from Right) with birders at Cochran
                                                           Piedmont Ave. Go left and travel about 1          fee.) At noon, we’ll stop at the picnic area
Shoals Unit CRNRA
Photographer: Herb Wollner                                 mi. to 12th St. Due to street closings,           for lunch. (Please bring something to eat.)
                                                           including the 10th and 14th St. Exits from        For those who wish to continue birding,
Saturday, June 6, 8 AM                                     I-75 S., consider exiting at Northside Dr.        we’ll proceed along GA Hwy. 180 and then
Chattahoochee Nature Center                                From northeast of downtown, take I-85 S           move onto Suches to the Chattahoochee
Stacy Zarpentine                                           to Exit 84/17th St. Continue straight,            National Fish Hatchery before returning to
Meet at the Chattahoochee Nature Center                    crossing 14th St. Follow directions above.        our meeting place to reclaim vehicles.
store, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. The field                 From MARTA Arts Center station, walk
trip will end about 10 AM.                                 south 1.5 mi. to 14th St., turn left (east) and   Ruth is willing to go on to Brasstown Bald
Birding Focus: Some of the common                          walk two blocks to Piedmont Ave., then            if anyone wishes to look for higher
birds sighted are Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,                  turn right and walk south two blocks to           elevation birds.
Ospreys, and swifts and swallows over the                  12th St.
river.                                                                                                       Saturday, June 27, 8 AM
Directions: From Roswell Rd./U.S.19                        Saturday, June 6, 7:30 AM                         Chattahoochee Nature Center
heading north from Atlanta or I-285: At                    North Georgia Mountains                           Stacy Zarpentine
the first traffic light after crossing the                 (multiple sites)                                  Meet at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea                 Ruth Marley                                       store, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. The field
Dr. At the second traffic light, turn left onto            Meet at the Byron Reece parking area at           trip will end about 10 AM.
Willeo Rd. CNC is located 0.5 mi. on the                   the Blood Mountain trailhead on the               Birding Focus: Some of the common
right. From GA 400 Northbound, take Exit                   eastern side and bring plenty of water. If        birds sighted are Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,
6/Northridge Rd. and bear to the right,                    you wish to carpool and share expenses,           Ospreys, and swifts and swallows over the
going back over the freeway. Immediately                   please e-mail Pam Higginbotham at                 river.
after crossing over GA 400, turn right onto                phigginb@comcast.net by 8 PM,                     Directions: From Roswell Rd./U.S.19
Dunwoody Pl. Follow for 1.2 mi. to                         Wednesday, June 3, at which time she will         heading north from Atlanta or I-285: At
Roswell Rd., turn right and follow the                     send a list of drivers and riders to make         the first traffic light after crossing the
directions above. From GA 400                              their own arrangements.                           Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea
Southbound, take Exit 6/Northridge Rd. At                  Birding focus: Blackburnian, Black-               Dr. At the second traffic light, turn left onto
the end of the ramp, travel straight through               throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Hooded,           Willeo Rd. CNC is located 0.5 mi. on the
the traffic light onto Dunwoody Pl. and                    Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, Yellow,         right. From GA 400 Northbound, take Exit
follow the directions above.                               and maybe Canada Warblers, American               6/Northridge Rd. and bear to the right,
                                                           Redstart, Veery, Blue-headed and Red-eyed         going back over the freeway. Immediately
Saturday, June 6, 8 AM                                     Vireos, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager,             after crossing over GA 400, turn right onto
Piedmont Park (City of Atlanta)                            Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Acadian                   Dunwoody Pl. Follow for 1.2 mi. to
Sponsored by the Piedmont Park                             Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee and                Roswell Rd., turn right and follow the
Conservancy and AAS                                        Eastern Phoebe, among others.                     directions above. From GA 400
Matt Ward                                                  Directions: From Atlanta and north end            Southbound, take Exit 6/Northridge Rd. At
Meet at the Piedmont Park Conservancy                      I-285, take GA 400 N to its end at                the end of the ramp, travel straight through
Community Room located at the corner of                    Dahlonega, stay on US 19/129 N for 21 mi.         the traffic light onto Dunwoody Pl. and
Piedmont Ave. and 12th St. Binoculars will                 At that point, you will see the Walasi-Yi         follow the directions above.
be supplied. Children accompanied by a                     Center on your right at Neels Gap. Proceed
parent are invited.                                        1.5 mi. north to the well-marked entrance

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                                                               Spotlighting... Tim Keyes
       TIME                                                                        By David Kuechenmeister
     Well Spent                                                          On April 26, 34 teams
                                                                         of young birders
                                                                                                  nongame bird research, monitoring,
                                                                                                  conservation and education. His various
                                                                         ranging in age from 4    research projects and bird surveys on state-
     Compiled by Pam Higginbotham                                        to 18 gathered at the    owned lands are helping to guide
                                                                         Charlie Elliott          management practices that will preserve bird
                                                                         Wildlife Center to       populations of interest to birders and vital to
     Don’t forget to report your                                         celebrate the            a diversity of ecosystems. His work with the
         volunteer hours.                                                culmination of the 4th   Forestry Wildlife Partnership helps to
                                                                         annual 24-hour           educate and encourage big timber companies
     February-March                                                      Georgia Youth            with huge land holdings to utilize best
Task/Event        Hours                                                  Birding Competition.     practices and manage their timber resources
                                        Priceless (Tim and Molly)
                                                                         Over 200 species         in ecologically responsible ways that benefit
Administrative             30           Photographer: Alice Keyes
                                                                         were seen or heard       wildlife, including birds. This is important
Master Birders Newsletter 4             by the 126 participants, and the event raised             work given the fact that over 90% of
Corresponding Secretary 20              about $1,200 for conservation. Tim Keyes,                 Georgia’s landscape is in private ownership,
Membership                  9           who is the focus of our volunteer spotlight,              and timber companies own the largest tracts
Website and ListServ       52           has much to be proud of since he started this             that provide critical habitat for many bird
Volunteer Coord/Admin      55           annual competition four years ago to engage               species. Tim has also spent a significant
                                        kids in birding and wildlife conservation and             amount of time over the past three years
Education                   7
                                        for good reason. Kids will eventually become              helping finish the Breeding Bird Atlas, which
LAB                       104           adults, and many will end up in leadership                is now in press and should be available
Photo Contest             135           positions—making key decisions that will                  February 2010. Additionally, Tim helps with
GA IBA                     18           have a direct impact on land development,                 the monthly Wingbars article, Georgia’s
Conservation              144.5         land conservation, habitat protection and                 Common Birds in Decline and previously the
Shade Grown Coffee          4           other activities that will influence the very             Getting to Know Georgia’s Protected Birds.
                                        survival of the birds we love and enjoy.                  He was a key contributor for Atlanta
Field Trips               176.5
                                        Virtually everything Tim does professionally              Audubon’s timely publications, Georgia’s
Financial Management       40                                                                     Vanishing Treasures and Birds Matter. If this
                                        and on a volunteer basis revolves around
Peel & Stick               19           birds and is of considerable benefit to our               weren’t enough, the multi-talented Keyes
Board of Directors hours   31           birding community. As a wildlife biologist for            helps teach the annual Master Birder Class.
Wingbars                  161                         the Georgia DNR in the nongame              How could we forget Tim’s demonstration of
Speakers                   16.5                               conservation section, Tim’s         Bernoulli’s Principle using the funnel and
                                                                professional focus is on                                       continued on page 8
Special Events             20
TOTAL                    1046.5

                                                                            A Million Thanks!
It is important your volunteer                                   Atlanta Audubon Society is an amazing organization because of
hours are reported to                                             its volunteers. As always, we extend our gratitude to ALL of our
phigginb@comcast, as these are                                    volunteers, but would like to send a special thank you to the
used for grant applications, etc.                                 following individuals this month.
                                                            Many thanks go to Lucinda Headrick for her wonderful outreach
                                                          efforts for AAS. Lucinda gets the word out about our work and teaches
                                                     others about birds and gardening for birds through special presentations all
      Bird Quote:                   around town. Thanks, Lucinda.
  “A man who never                  Being able to effectively communicate with one another is central to AAS’s success. We would
                                    like to thank volunteer, Harriette Hoyt, for the time she spent organizing and developing our
 sees a bluebird only
                                    electronic mailing lists. These lists are critical to our ability to reach out to volunteers, Master
      half lives.”                  Birders and board members. We are grateful to Harriette for everything she is doing on this
   -- Edwin Way Teale               special project.
                                    Wendy West plays such an important role at AAS. She is one of the central volunteers behind the
                                    success of our many workshops. She put our Sparrow Workshop together, making it, yet again,
                                    another big success. Thank you, Wendy, for everything you do.

 6                                                                                                          Atlanta Audubon Society
                              Interesting Statistics
                                    By Nancy Hamilton
Our very capable Pam Higginbotham maintains           us produce an accurate and interesting
the records on our volunteer hours, and she
compiles these in a manageable system. This
                                                      newsletter for which there’s no additional charge.
                                                      The photo contest, highlighted in the May issue,
month she was kind enough to spend additional
time crunching the numbers in a different format
                                                      represented 135 hours of volunteer time. At a
                                                      $19.50 per hour average, you can see the value                       with
than we have been using in Wingbars for the last      added contribution for Michael Clifford’s
few months. We hope that restructuring this data
will give you an added dimension to consider as
                                                      expertise, as well as the others who provided us
                                                      with a first-hand opportunity to see quality
to how strong is the commitment of our                photography. The committee (Michael Clifford,                    By Marge Igyarto
members to Atlanta Audubon.                           Joy Carter, Carl Tyler, Chris Willis) have already
We frequently highlight how important                 met and decided to add a new category to
                                                                                                                    Several weeks ago I had the
volunteers are to the Atlanta Audubon Society,        promote conservation for the 2010 contest. With
emphasizing that our contributions to birds, the      our focus on grassland birds (see our latest                  opportunity to give a talk on
environment and to our community would be             brochure, Georgia’s Vanishing Treasures), it                  gardening for birds at Mercer
impossible without each and every one’s               makes sense to choose “Saving Georgia’s                       University’s Senior University.
dedication. Sixty-eight members spent 1,046.5         Grassland Bird Species” to be included with                   It is a wonderful program for
hours during the months of February and March         Birds in Portrait, Birds in Motion, Animals,                  people aged 55 and older. For
educating the general public about our mission        Habitats and Georgia Youth, as well as our                    a very reasonable fee,
and its importance in making the world a better       Judge’s Choice and Grand Prize.                               participants may choose from
place to live.                                                                                                      a vast array of classes on
                                                      We don’t always hear about the day-to-day
Based on the commonly accepted standard rate          accomplishments of our LAB (Learning about                    topics ranging from travel, the
in translating volunteer hours for the                Birds) team including Marcia Klenbort, Marilyn                arts and drama and literature.
independent sector, that’s $20,407. However           Harris and Kit Robey. Marcia was named                        They take two classes per
much I like the idea of translating the volunteer     Volunteer for the Month of January at the                     quarter, and each class meets
hours into cash—to get folks to think about the       Cochran Mill Nature Center, in part because of                twice a week.
direct value of the time spent in different areas,    her Beginning Birding workshop. These leaders,                I was part of a gardening
the indirect value is huge—the pleasure of            with help from others including Anita Chilcutt                series and focused on how to
birding, the enjoyment of birds, the learning that    and her sister, Lisa Hurt, and her husband, Art,              create a bird-friendly habitat. I
takes place. It’s hard to assign a value to these     prepared the materials used to educate our                    stressed the fact that even if
satisfying activities.                                youngsters. They reported 104 hours or $2,028                 space is limited, containers
Below we highlight the highest ranking volunteer      value-added dollars. A decided bargain, don’t you             and hanging baskets are
hours, but just as important as these are the         think?                                                        always an option. I always
others not mentioned specifically, such as peel &     Even with this level of commitment, we need                   encourage the use of native
stick volunteers, administration, including the       help from more of you. Please periodically                    plants whenever possible. I
board meetings attended by our directors,             review the needs posted on our Website and in                 shared a lot of printed
updating our Website, keeping our financial           Wingbars. The sense of a job well done is very                material including our newest
records in order (40 hours), and providing            gratifying and will be two-fold—for you and                   publication, Georgia’s
speakers for garden clubs and other venues.           for AAS.                                                      Vanishing Treasures.
Organizing field trips is one of our most                                                                           My audience was a delightful
important endeavors, so we are not surprised                                                                        group of folks. They were
that the field trip director and leaders                       Matching
                                                             Contributions                                          smart, knowledgeable and
contributed 176.5 hours in February and March.
                                                               Through                                              enthusiastic. I believe that
Converted to dollars that’s $3,442. Please take
                                                             Volunteering                                           senior citizens have much to
time to note these individuals and thank them for
helping us find those birds at just the right time.                                                                 offer in support of our bird
(See A Round of Applause for our Field Trip                    Will Your Employer Make A Contribution for           friends. Several people came
                                                                      Your Volunteer Hours to AAS?
Leaders in this issue.)                                                                                             up to me afterwards and said
                                                          Employer matching for your volunteer efforts is another
                                                          important way you can support Atlanta Audubon Society     that they have always enjoyed
Conservation came in second with 144.5 hours              and make a significant statement about how you value      feeding birds, etc., but my talk
(worth $2,818) contributed by 15 individuals              what we do in the community.
                                                                                                                    piqued their interest in
including Dave Butler who is the conservation             Hundreds of companies in and around Atlanta also
                                                          realize the importance of giving back to the community    learning more, especially
director. These individuals come from all walks           and are getting involved by matching their employees’     about the species that are in
of life and represent varied interests.                   volunteer hours with a cash donation.
                                                                                                                    decline. I hope it was a
Developing and producing Wingbars and                     Participating in your employer’s matching program is a
                                                          simple process. Check with your human resources           worthwhile experience for
creating and maintaining the Website came in              department about forms and procedures and send your       them. It certainly was for me.
with 144.5 hours and 52 hours, respectively, and          information to: Matching Gifts Coordinator, Atlanta
                                                          Audubon Society, Box 29189, Atlanta, Georgia 30359.
that’s not counting CopyPrep’s in-kind                    We’ll do the rest.
contribution—hours Deb & Judy spend helping                    Your support ensures that our work in the
                                                                   community continues today and
                                                                        flourishes tomorrow.

                June 2009                                                                                                                         7
                                  Book Review by Beth Giddens
                                       The Armchair Birder:
                                    Discovering the Secret Lives
                                    of Familiar Birds by John Yow
                               (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
                       Did you know that bobwhites roost in a tight circle on the ground with their
                       heads facing outwards? That House Wrens that have failed to reproduce
                       sometimes feed the young, as well as the adults, of other species? That some of
Author John Yow
                       the Brown-headed Cowbird’s most common targets for brood parasitism such as
                       the Yellow Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, American Goldfinch, and Scarlet Tanager
cope with an unwelcome Cowbird egg by building a new nest on top of it for their own eggs?
These interesting facts and many more concerning the behavior of backyard birds are included in The Armchair Birder, a
new book by John Yow, a freelance writer based in Acworth, Georgia, and an Atlanta Audubon Society member. With a
droll tone and self-effacing persona reminiscent of novice New England farmer and essayist, Noel Perrin of First Person
Rural fame, Yow gives readers insight into the lives of 42 common bird species in essays that blend anecdote, observation
and the best of classic bird writing and contemporary research. The book is perfect for birders who want to go beyond
species identification; it provides highly readable and amusing accounts of how the birds that we see every day eat, sing,
mate, build nests and raise their young. In addition, because the author is a Georgian, the essays focus on Southeastern
seasonal changes, landscapes and species.

Spotlighting Tim Keyes (continued)
ping-pong ball or the “cool facts” he would share on the          had hiking boots with no insulation so we would get out of the
birding field trips. The list goes on, but we’ll save that for    car, chase down whatever bird we were looking for, then
another time.                                                     sprint back to the car. He would then take off his boots and I
Tim credits his love of the outdoors and birds of prey to his     would sit on his feet to try to help warm them up. I can still
father, who had a lifetime fascination with raptors. Tim’s        feel the chill of his feet just thinking about it. Fortunately, we
interest in birding grew during a college field trip to           all survived with no frostbite. Another highlight of that trip
Newfoundland and Labrador where he observed massive               was learning about Priceline. One time we went into the nicest
Northern Gannet colonies at Cape St. Mary on the Avalon           hotel in Duluth and Steve Holzmann used the lobby computer
Peninsula. Tim remarked, “I got hooked on birding in 1993 as a    to book us rooms at about half the standard rate, then used
junior in college and have been birding ever since.” This has     the hotel printer to print our vouchers.” I think Steve and Tim
included conducting fieldwork in Minnesota, Virginia, West        could probably teach William Shatner a few tricks.
Virginia, Massachusetts, Portugal and, of course, Georgia. Tim    Tim, his wife Alice and 17-month-old daughter Molly (who can
continued, “then there were the traveling birding trips (my       say “owl” and imitate the call) will soon be moving from
wife called them something else) to Costa Rica, Ecuador,          Atlanta to Brunswick, Georgia, where Tim will be coordinating
Australia, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, British Columbia,         much of the coastal bird work for the DNR involving Swallow-
California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado (where we spent our       tailed Kites, Wood Storks, Painted Buntings and shorebirds.
honeymoon).” Tim recalled, “I am a big fan of cold weather so     Anyone interested in a cute 2/1 in Ormewood Park? Tim says
my favorite birding adventure was owling in Minnesota during      he’s very excited about getting to work with a different suite of
the great owl “invasion” four or five years ago. My cousin, two   birds and living on the coast. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about
friends and I flew to Minneapolis, rented a car, and spent four   new youth birding teams emerging from the Brunswick area,
days birding in northeastern Minnesota from Sax-Zim Bog up        like the “Brunswick Buntings,” next April when the 2010 Youth
to the Gunflint Trail and all along Lake Superior. The birds      Birding Competition is held.
were amazing: from Boreal Owl to Northern Hawk Owls and           Thanks, Tim, for all your many contributions to AAS, birds and
abundant Great Grays to Hoary Redpoll, Bohemian Waxwing           birding. We wish you, Alice and Molly all the best with your
and both woodpeckers found in boreal habitat. The weather         move to the coast. We hope you will still make periodic visits
was frigid and one day dropped to 56 degrees below zero. At       to Atlanta to impart your knowledge, cool demonstrations and
one lodge, we stopped for coffee and they sent us back            humor during Master Birder Classes and local field trips.
outside with boiling cups of water to fling into the air. The
water crackled and froze before it hit the ground. My cousin

               8                                                                              Atlanta Audubon Society
 Update for AAS Members Concerning Electronic Mailing Lists
                                                 By Barbara Tarpley
Many of you are familiar with the electronic mailing lists that AAS has used for years, thanks to the efforts of Helena
Wood. Helena has turned over the reins of this task to Harriette Hoyt, who will be assisting us in maintaining the lists
for the AAS Board of Directors, the Master Birders, the Volunteers and the Armchair Activists.
This communication tool is the most effective way for us to distribute informative details and requests for help on a
timely basis. So, in the coming weeks, you will see inquiries from us as we work to update our server files with new
and corrected e-mail addresses. If you wish to continue receiving e-mails, there’s no action necessary. But for those of
you who do not presently receive communications from us in this manner, please send us an e-mail at
www.atlantaaudubon.org indicating that you would like to be added to our Volunteer list (where you can be notified of
volunteer opportunities) and/or the Armchair Activists list (to learn about public policy issues related to birding,
protection of habitat, the environment, etc.)
Atlanta Audubon Society is very active in the community, especially in the spring and fall seasons, so we need help
with festivals and the many other activities we support. Nancy Hamilton and her committee look forward to your
support in whatever volunteer activity suits your particular area of expertise.
Armchair Activists, as the name implies, influence public policy when they have some free time. As an Armchair
Activist, you can help us by calling or writing state and/or national legislators to persuade or dissuade their backing for
legislation that affects the environment, etc. We are still looking for a coordinator who can help us rebuild this
grassroots effort by keeping us apprised of important issues. Should you have any questions about this effective
conservation tool, please contact Dave Butler at dabutler700@comcast.

                              Invasive Plants: Bird Friend or Foe?
                                                       By Dave Butler
Kudzu, privet, English ivy, honeysuckle: these and many            Around the country, invasive plants take over 14 million
other plants are common throughout the Southeast,                  acres per year and 4,300 acres per day on public lands
particularly in the Atlanta area. They are non-native AND          alone. Purple loosestrife kills sedges, cattails and bulrush,
invasive, meaning that they spread rapidly, usually forcing        thus, crowding out native plants that provide food and
out native plant species that cannot compete with the              cover for waterfowl. Melaleuca infested approximately
newcomers. Good for birds? Bad for birds?                                        500,000 acres in south Florida, destroying
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology,                                     nesting habitat and reducing food sources for
“invasive species are a primary threat to                                        birds.
America’s 94-million-acre* National Wildlife                                     Some areas of the country have passed laws
Refuge System and Audubon Important Bird                                         prohibiting the sale of some of the most
Areas.” The Fish and Wildlife Service says that                                  invasive plants and other jurisdictions are
invasive species are the single greatest threat to                               considering similar legislation. More nurseries
the refuge system, causing “widespread habitat                                   are offering native species and phasing out
destruction” and “contributing significantly to                                  non-native plants in their stores. Native plants
the decline of trust species.”                                                   that provide food and shelter for birds include
Monocultures formed by exotic plants make                                        American Holly, Southern Red Cedar,
poor bird habitat. Birds need a variety of plant                                 Beautyberry and Virginia Creeper.
species for food and nesting sites. We’ve all seen                                 Do your part to control non-native plants in
the endless expanses of kudzu covering trees                                       your yard and neighborhood. Cut ivy at the
and fields, English ivy smothering forest floors,                                  property boundary and trim privet to keep it
and privet infesting floodplains. Although many                                    from producing seed or replace these plants
birds eat the fruits of privet and ivy (thereby       Even a Pretty Name:          with natives. Volunteer at your local park or at
spreading more seed), the spread of these plants Pueraria lobata (Kudzu)           AAS’s adopted forest at Blue Heron Nature
reduces the variability of diet and provides less     Source: Wikipedia            Preserve to help remove invasives. Also learn
food value than native plant foods. Insect                                         more about invasive plants by visiting the
populations may also be reduced in numbers and variability Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council Website at
of species, which results in less food for birds. Invasive             www.gaeppc.org.
plants may have fruit that is actually toxic to birds. Other           *now 95-million-acres per NWRS.
wildlife species are also greatly impacted.

               June 2009                                                                                                              9
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                                          Thank You! Knollwood Elementary!
                                                AAS would like to thank the
                                                Knollwood Elementary School’s
                                                Bird Club, The Brown Thrashers,
                                                for their donation. The young
                                                team collected pledges for the
                                                Georgia Youth Birding Competition
                                                on April 26 and raised $111.80 for
                                                our organization.
        Many thanks to these young birders and Mary Nevil for their support.

10                                                                                                          Atlanta Audubon Society
                    Georgia’s Common Birds in Decline
                                   In Georgia, the Whip-poor-will has                      also hunt for moths and beetles by detecting their silhouettes
                                   declined 23% over the past 40                           against the sky.
                                   years.                                                                                 TIME
                                                                                           Unlike many other birds that create a typical nest, the Whip-poor-
                            With its brown speckled plumage, the
                            Whip-poor-will, Caprimulgus vociferus,
                                                                                                                       Well Spent
                                                                                           will nests under a shrub or tree, nearly always laying two eggs on a
                                                                                           thin bed of leaf litter on the forest floor. The eggs and chicks are
                            is one of nature’s most well                                   very well camouflaged and are ready to fledge within 20 days of
                            camouflaged birds. Most humans only                            hatching.
Whipporwill                 see this bird’s red eyes glowing in                            In Georgia the Whip-poor-will is rarely found in the southern half of
Artist: Anne McCallum       reflected headlights on or next to                             the state. It is a common summer resident in the Georgia
                            roads. A bird of the night, its                                mountains and Piedmont region, with a few occurrences in the
unmistakable Whip-poor-will song can be heard at dusk or dawn                              Upper Coastal Plain region. Scientists have a lot of difficulty tracking
and during a moonlit night.                                                                the birds because of their elusive nighttime behavior. Between
The Whip-poor-will prefers open, dry deciduous woodlands that                              1966 and 2005, the bird’s population has declined approximately
provide ideal habitat for feeding and breeding purposes. As it                             3% per year in the Southeast, losing nearly 23% of its population in
forages at night—primarily at dusk and dawn—it consumes night-                             Georgia over the past 40 years.
flying insects, such as grasshoppers and mosquitoes. As a result,                          Source: Declining common bird findings based on National Audubon
humans benefit from the Whip-poor-will’s environmental service as                          Society’s “Common Birds in Decline: A State of the Birds Report,” with
they help control unwanted pests. Against the moonlit sky, it will                         additional figures from the Georgia DNR.

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                                   SOUTHERN BIRDING TRAILS
                                                                   By Kenn Kaufman
          A complete list of the trails can be found in Audubon Magazine published by National Audubon Society.

                                     Panhandle Plains Wildlife Trail, Texas
  The Texas Panhandle’s high plains might seem flat at                          calls from fence posts, while brown-toned Cassin’s
  first glance, but the endless horizons, hidden                                     Sparrows and flashy Lark Buntings perform
  canyons, broad playa lakes, and rugged mesas                                         fluttering flight songs over the grasslands. In
  create an indelible portrait of America’s wide-                                        winter, flocks of longspurs swirl above the same
  open spaces. Shallow wetlands on the plains                                             flats—and watch for a hunting Prairie Falcon in
  provide seasonal stopovers for migrating                                                close pursuit. For some birders, the prize will be
  plovers and sandpipers, traveling between the                                           a Lesser Prairie-Chicken. This rare grouse has
                                      Q: What
  Arctic and the South American pampas, whilespecies                                      vanished from some former haunts, but in the
  serving as winter quarters for noisy hordes ofdethroned                                Panhandle you can still marvel at the males
                                      the Arctic
  Sandhill Cranes by the tens of thousands. Here Tern as                              performing their bizarre stomping and hooting
                                      the Old West,
  you can visit scenes straight out of the bird with the                            dances at dawn. For more information:
                                      longest migration?
  like big prairie dog towns, where you might spot a                          www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/wildlife_trails/plains/
  Burrowing Owl, a Ferruginous Hawk, or a flock of Mountain               or call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at
                                       See page hoarse answer
  Plovers. In summer Scaled Quail give their___ for thescraping           512.389.4800.

                                                       American Wigeon
                                                         Answer: Sooty
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