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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 Audubonís 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
"March 21 Program - Observing Breeding Northern Saw-whet Owls in WNC. Retired Environmental Scientist and former EMAS President Marilyn Westphal and her husband Mark Simpson, retired pathologist and author of Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, have been monitoring Northern Saw-whet Owls in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains by means of night-time calling surveys and setting up nest boxes for many years. Beginning in 1970 Mark began setting up nest boxes in the spruce/firs zone throughout the Black Mountains, Pisgah Ridge, and Great Balsam Mountains, but until 2015 none were used by owls. In 2015 one owl nested in a box on the Pisgah Ridge and successfully fledged chicks. Then in 2016, surprisingly, five boxes were utilized with chicks fledging successfully from four of them. Mark and Marilyn monitored the boxes regularly during the nesting period using a tree peeper camera and by setting up motion activated cameras loaned by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at each nest to monitor night-time behavior. Plan to join us for their fascinating story of tracking Northern Saw-whet Owls. 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!
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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