AN UNKNOWN BIRD DISEASE IS SPREADING IN THE TRIANGLE! Based on conversations with CLAWS, New Hope Audubon is recommending that people take down their bird feeders and baths for several weeks. Stopping the spread of this disease is more critical than feeding birds at this time. Grackles and blue jays are the birds most commonly being seen with infected eyes and neurological symptoms, but infections in starlings, robins, mockingbirds and wrens are also being reported. Clean all of your feeders and baths before you put them back up again. Clean feeders monthly using one part bleach to nine parts warm water. Soak the feeder in the solution for a few minutes, rinse, and air dry. Thank you.
NHAS WINS GRANT! New Hope Audubon has been awarded a Sustainable Communities grant from the Triangle Community Foundation in the amount of $15,000. Grant funds will be used to create and pilot a “Leave the Leaves” public education program enhancing environmental conservation efforts in our local communities. Click here for details.
MONTHLY MEETING: Our monthly meetings are on hiatus for the summer. We hope to have our members’ annual potluck in person on September 2, 2021, depending on the COVID-19 conditions at that time. Watch this space for details later this summer.
Click here for links to recordings of our previous Zoom meetings.
JORDAN LAKE BIRD COUNT CHARTS: Visit our new Bird Count Charts page to explore our historical data going back to 1977 for both our Spring and Christmas Bird Counts.
SEE OUR LIST OF NATIVE PLANTS , RECOMMENDED SOURCES, and NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPERS! Our list of recommended native plants for a bird-friendly garden is now compatible with your smart phone. Click or tap here for our list. Also we have links to other resources, a list of recommended sources for native plants, and a list of landscapers who are knowledgeable about native plants.
VISIT OUR “FIELD NOTES” BLOG: Be sure to keep up with the latest posts including: A Florida and Georgia Trip Report; Plant for Specialist Bees; Evening Grosbeaks in a Winter of North Carolina Finches; Trees Are for the Birds; Leveraging Biodiversity Benefits on a Working Farm; and more. Go to blog.
FILL OUT OUR UPDATED VOLUNTEER FORM: Check out our Volunteer webpage for ways you can help and fill out our updated Volunteer Form to tell us about your interests.
Audubon in Action
New Hope Audubon is back out in the field – come join us on one of our bird watching outings. (note: photo is pre-pandemic before masking and social distancing became part of our lives)