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EMAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Welcome to the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society!
Join us for informational programs, bird walks, and volunteer opportunities.
Visit the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, which is owned and managed by our chapter.

Have you visited our new Bird-Friendly Garden at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary? If not, stop by sometime! The project was inspired by Audubon North Carolina's Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program. Learn about Bird-Friendly Gardening by visiting our Bird-Friendly Gardens page.

National Audubon Birds and Climate Study
In 2014, the National Audubon Society released a study showing that nearly half of the bird species in the U.S. and Canada (314 species) are severely threatened by climate change and many could go extinct if we do not act. To learn more about Audubon’s climate study, visit the National Audubon website and view this video from National Audubon. Please visit these sites and learn how you can make a difference!
Upcoming Events
"Black Bears of Western North Carolina"
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Reuter Center, UNC Asheville campus

Join EMAS for a special presentation on the ecology of black bears by Nature Conservancy biologist and bear expert Adam Warwick. Adam will discuss the results of research on local bears and the interface between black bears and humans in Western North Carolina. Sightings are becoming increasingly common as bear populations grow and they expand their search for food and space. Adam will talk about how forest health and management impacts bear populations. He will also share insights into The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore fire to the Southern Blue Ridge landscape and how that helps reduce the bear-human conflict. And if we’re lucky, he’ll toss in the story of his renowned, dramatic rescue of a drowning bear.

Adam Warwick is the Southern Blue Ridge Stewardship Manager for the Nature Conservancy. He focuses on habitat restoration issues including supervising controlled burns, restoring mountain bogs, and addressing forest health issues. Adam has a degree in Zoology from the University of Tennessee and a Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Missouri.

EMAS programs are open to the public and free of charge.
Note: For maps to meeting and walk locations, please see "map" links in the Google calendar below.
Unless otherwise noted, all programs and bird walks are free and open to the public.
Black-and-white Warbler at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary
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