David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society, recently shared two pieces of Audubon news with Audubon members.
"The first is an Audubon profile in The Wall Street Journal that talks about the importance of the flyways vision and how it?s attracting new resources to support our mission, including a seven-figure challenge match from well-known environmental philanthropist Robert W. Wilson and a six-figure gift from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Oh, and the story starts with a birding trip in Central Park: http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304200804579163581750114624-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwMTExNDEyWj
"And second, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, has just approved a $1.7 million investment to Audubon to help us create a 36-month, conservation-focused birding ecotourism partnership in the Americas, a significant step in furthering our reach and impact in the places where many of North America?s breeding birds spend the winters.
'Through the course of that project, we?ll build on partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean organizations, including Belize Audubon Society, Asociación Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala, Guyra Paraguay and the Bahamas National Trust, and we?ll leverage our network and Audubon magazine to engage communities and create sustainable jobs that contribute to protection of globally significant Important Bird Areas."
"We?re really excited about where Audubon and our partners are headed together."
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.
Enjoy Autumn on the Blue Ridge Parkway with Audubon Plateau Audubon Society.
The Charlie Davis Memorial Trip will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20th, to enjoy the beauty of autumn on the Parkway and observe Fall Migration in progress. In most years, the trees and skies are full of species such as Broad-winged Hawks, Tennessee Warblers and Scarlet Tanagers as they head southward to their wintering grounds in Central and South America. Having traveled huge distances to breed and raise their babies in our mountains and points north, they are now beginning the long journey home for the winter months. As many of the species will have molted into their fall and winter plumages, identification can be a challenge, but Audubon's leaders will do their best to help participants see and understand such birds as "confusing Fall Warblers", a phrase aptly coined by Roger Tory Peterson many years ago.
Sept 15-30 Join Highlands Plateau Audubon with a Hawk Watch on Whiteside Mountain. Call Brock Hutchins (828-787-1387) to get on his contact list for this walk. These walks are weather dependent. Come see this Fall Migration of various kinds of hawks.
Sat. Sept. 20 Join Highlands Plateau Audubon Society's annual "Charlie Davis Memorial" field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see migrating birds and great views. Bring your lunch. Meet in the parking lot behind the Highlands Town Hall near the public restrooms at 7:00 am. This area is off Highway 64 in Highlands. For more information contact Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387.
Heather Hahn, Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, will be the speaker on Monday evening, September 22 at the Highlands Civic Center/Rec Park. The topic is "Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds." Heather will present Audubon's new science that quantifies the specific risk to North America's birds in a greater level of detail and clarity than has been available so far: which birds are most threatened by climate change and where.
She will discuss what we will do together in North Carolina to protect our birds today and tomorrow as our climate changes. Heather says, "This new information about the threat global warming poses to birds will add urgency and clarity to our work in a way that few things have before."
Prior to the program, there will be a brief Annual Membership Meeting for the election of six members as directors whose terms will begin in January 2015.
Take advantage of this chance to meet our Audubon State Office Director and to learn more about the work of Audubon in our North Carolina. Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM, followed by the meeting and program at 7:30 PM. This is free and open to the public.