About Us

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New Hope Audubon Society (NHAS) is the chapter of the National Audubon Society that serves Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties in central North Carolina–including Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, and Pittsboro.

Our Mission

The mission of the New Hope Audubon Society is to promote the conservation and enjoyment of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems, focusing on Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties.

NHAS Membership Meeting Speakers for 2016 – 2017

Our membership meetings are held in the Visitor Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, on the first Thursday of every month (except June, July, and August).  Everyone, including non-members, is welcome! See you at a meeting soon!

Time/Date Speaker Topic
6:30 pm
Sep 1, 2016
Members Pot luck dinner and 10-12 Best Photos/Slides
NOTE: earlier start time
7:00 pm
Oct 6, 2016
John Hammond
Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
7:00 pm
Nov 3, 2016
Norm Budnitz
Past President, NHAS
Birding the Bering Sea Islands of Alaska
7:00 pm
Dec 1, 2016
Brian Bockhahn
Interpretation & Education Specialist, NC State Parks
Birds of the NC State Parks
100 Years
7:00 pm
Jan 5, 2017
Christian Hunt
Defenders of Wildlife
Red Wolves
7:00 pm
Feb 2, 2017
Maria Parker Sonis
Photographer/Writer, Chapel Hill News
A Photographic Journey of North Carolina
7:00 pm
Mar 2, 2017
Shilo Felton
Dept. of Applied Ecology, NC State University
Ecology and Conservation of American Oystercatchers
7:00 pm
Apr 6, 2017
Steve Hall
Landscape Ecologist
Landscape Conservation
Eno River and Jordan Lake
7:00 pm
May 4, 2017
Tom Driscoll
Past president of New Hope Audubon
Birds and Animals of Borneo

Contact Us

New Hope Audubon is a volunteer organization without an office or an office phone. Please use our email address to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also use our mailing address, but our response may be slower:

New Hope Audubon Society
PO Box 2693
Chapel Hill, NC, 27515.

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Or email us directly at newhopeaudubon@gmail.com

Officers/Committee Chairs

New Hope Audubon Society (NHAS) is governed by a board of directors with duties outlined in the chapter by-laws. Officers are elected at the May membership meeting and serve through the following April. Committee and special project people are appointed by the board–volunteers are always welcome! Below is a list of current officers and committee chairs.


  • President: Robert “Bo” Howes
  • Vice President: Mark Kosiewski
  • Secretary: Pat Reid
  • Treasurer: Vern Bothwell
  • Director: Jim George
  • Director: John Kent
  • Director: Pam Timmons
  • Immediate Past President: Tom Driscoll

Committee Chairs and Special Projects

  • Archivist: Tommy Richey
  • Important Bird Area, Eno River: Tom Driscoll
  • Bird Friendly Habitat: Jim George, Barbara Driscoll
  • Important Bird Area, Jordan Lake: Jennifer Fenwick
  • Bird Seed Sale: Mary George
  • Membership Chair: Anne Dayer
  • Christmas & Spring Bird Counts: Norm Budnitz
  • Publicity Chair: Caroline Gilmore
  • Conservation Chair: Mark Kosiewski
  • Newsletter Editor: Pat Reid
  • Eagle Count: Steve McMurray
  • Program Chair: Mark Kosiewski
  • Education Chairs: Mary George, Tommy Richey
  • Stream Watch: John Kent
  • Field Trip Chair: David Anderson
  • Webmasters: Norm Budnitz, Jim George
  • Hospitality Chair: Jill Paul
  • Wildlife Observation Platform: Bo Howes


If you would like to download our New Hope Audubon Society full-color brochure with beautiful drawings of feathers by Mike Skakuj, please click here.

Constitution and By-Laws

In 2011, New Hope Audubon Society updated and amended its Constitution and By-Laws. Click here for a PDF version of these documents.

Stay In Touch

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