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Welcome to the Asheville area's chapter of the Audubon Society! Join us for informational meetings, bird walks, and volunteer opportunities.
Visit the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, which is owned and managed by our chapter.

National Audubon Birds and Climate Study
On September 9, National Audubon Society released a new science study that shows that nearly half of the US and Canada’s birds (314 species) are severely threatened by global warming and that many could go extinct if we do not act. Every bird species has a “tolerance zone” for climate conditions – similar to garden tolerance zones. If the climate gets too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry, birds will be forced to leave their homes and move north or up in elevation or inland. But many will have nowhere else to go. Many of our local warblers and other beloved mountain breeders, will be unable to move any higher in elevation.

To give birds a chance, we need to do two things: protect the places on the ground that we know birds will need today and in the future; and work together to reduce the severity of global warning. Audubon’s science provides a roadmap for protecting birds.

To learn more about Audubon’s climate study, visit the National Audubon website and view this video from National Audubon.

I urge you to visit these sites and learn how you can make a difference. Upcoming analysis of the science study data will focus on North Carolina species at risk. Elisha Mitchell Audubon will track the research on North Carolina birds and share the recommendations from National Audubon and Audubon North Carolina with our members.

Upcoming Events
September 15 Program - The Hellbender Salamander. Lori Williams is a wildlife diversity biologist with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources who monitors amphibians in WNC. Lori's program will feature the charismatic Hellbender salamander, the largest aquatic salamander in the United States. Growing as long as 29 inches, it can be found slowly crawling across the bottoms of clear mountain streams. Lori will relate the natural history of this fascinating animal, and bring her own Hellbender to the program. Plan to join us for a fun and interesting evening. All EMAS programs are free and open to the public. All meetings are at the Reuter Center at UNCA at 7:00 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!
Sierra Club Meeting. The Sierra Club will present "A French Broad River Odyssey" with Dr. Chris Lechner, Asheville physician and the first person to stand-up paddle the entire length of our French Broad paddle trail. Dr. Lechner will share his pictures, videos and adventures along the river. The meeting is free and open to the public. The meeting will be Wed Sep 2 at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin)
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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