The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.
A BIRD-WATCHER is a kind of pious predator. To see a new bird is to capture it, metaphorically, and a rare bird or an F.O.Y. (First of the Year, for the uninitiated) is a kind of trophy. A list of birds seen on a given day is also a form of prayer, a thanksgiving for being alive at a certain time and place. Posting that list online is a 21st-century form of a votive offering. Itís unclear what deity presides.
CHRIS GRAVES TO SPEAK AT AUDUBON PROGRAM
The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society's first program for 2013 will be presented by Chris Graves, Monday, May 20, 7:00 PM at the Hudson Library in Highlands. Chris, the Lead Fish and Wildlife Management Instructor in the Dept. of Natural Resources Management at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina, will speak about bird conservation projects underway at Haywood CC.
Tuesday May 21, to the beautiful Southern Highlands Reserve atop Mt. Toxaway. The flame azaleas and other native flora which the reserve helps protect and propagate should be in bloom and will assure a beautiful as well as bird-filled morning. This outing is limited to 20, so reservations are a must: Call Romney Bathurst, 526-1939, to sign up. The Reserve requests a $20 donation from each participant. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the gardens, and donít forget cameras Ė the views are lovely!