About Us

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New Hope Audubon Society (NHAS) is the chapter of the National Audubon Society that serves Chatham, Durham, Orange and parts of surrounding 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, Orange and parts of surrounding counties. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a map of our territory.

Our Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. New Hope Audubon Society must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our board, volunteers, members, and supporters, in order to achieve our conservation goals, and to “bringing nature home” to all people and all communities. Respect, inclusion and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet.

NHAS Membership Meetings

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
7:00 pm
Sep 3, 2020
Moderator, Norm Budnitz Member slides
7:00 pm
Oct 1, 2020
Nick Harper In Nature’s Image: How farmers can work with nature to achieve better results for humans and wildlife
7:00 pm
Nov 5, 2020
Lesley Starke
NC Dept. of Agriculture
Plant Conservation Program

Important Plant Areas of North Carolina
7:00 pm
Dec 3, 2020
Joe Donahue Evolution of Wild Bird Carving
according to Joe
7:00 pm
Jan 7, 2021
Calhoun Bond, Jr.
Professor of Biology
Greensboro College
The Oldest Bird:
What we can learn from two fossils
(Anchissaurus and Archaeopteryx)
7:00 pm
Feb 4, 2021
Bo Howes
Triangle Land Conservancy
The Importance of Conservation Land for Our Feathered Friends
7:00 pm
Mar 4, 2021
Matt Jones
Tree identification—how birds use trees (especially during migration), and what trees would be good for our yards
7:00 pm
Apr 8, 2021
Jeff Pippen Monitoring Butterflies for Change: North Carolina and across the Continent
7:00 pm
May 6, 2021
Andrew Hutson
Audubon NC
Protecting Birds & the Places They Need

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: Barbara Driscoll
  • Vice President: David Anderson
  • Secretary: Mary George
  • Treasurer: Elizabeth Keating
  • Director: Sam Wilson
  • Director: Marcia Mandel
  • Director: Justin Landwehr
  • Immediate Past President: Tommy Richey


  • Bird Friendly Habitat Committee: Co-chairs–Barbara Driscoll, Jim George. Includes the residential Bird Friendly Habitat Certification program, working with retail and wholesale garden centers to promote native plants; the Corporate Bird Friendly Habitat Certification program; and the Bird Friendly Communities program, working with municipalities to promote bird friendly actions such as planting native plants, removing invasive plants, and sponsoring other bird friendly activities.
  • Community Science Committee: Chair–Norm Budnitz. Includes all bird counts (Quarterly Eagle Count, Christmas and Spring Bird Counts, Breeding Bird and Mini-Breeding Bird Surveys), Climate Watch and Stream Watch.
  • Conservation Committee: Chair–David Anderson. Includes Important Bird Area positions (Jordan Lake and Eno River) and the Wildlife Observation Platform. This committee addresses conservation activities (other than those covered by the Bird Friendly Habitat Committee) including evaluations of land being developed; Chimney Swift conservation; promotion and donation of bird houses; and support of conservation by other organizations such as Sandy Creek Park, Triangle Land Conservancy, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
  • Development Committee: Chair–vacant. Includes the current position of Bird Seed Sale Coordinator. This committee will also coordinate sales of bird houses and all fund-raising activities including grant applications.
  • Education Committee: Co-chairs–Gail Boyarsky, Anne Geer. Promotes bird watching and bird friendly activities to the public in a number of venues including schools, libraries, and public events. This committee also promotes family bird walks and nature camp activities.
  • Field Trips Committee: Chair–David Anderson. Includes all field trip activities and all bird walks.
  • Liaison to Audubon NC and the National Audubon Society: Chair–Anne Dayer. Includes advocacy on items relating to Audubon NC and National Audubon priorities and promotion of Lobby Day.
  • Media and Communications Committee: Chair–Jim George. Includes management of all platforms for communicating with members such as: all social media (Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, etc.), email listservs, newspaper articles, and Google groups for the board and standing committees. Includes Webmaster, Blog Editor, and Archivist positions.
  • Membership Committee: Chair–Mary George. Includes Programs; Hospitality; Engagement; Recruitment; and Advocacy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).


If you would like to download our New Hope Audubon Society full-color brochure please click here.

Constitution and By-Laws

In 2020, New Hope Audubon Society updated and amended its Constitution and By-Laws. Click here for a PDF version of these documents.

Here’s a map of our New Hope Audubon territory.

Stay In Touch

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