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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.

Special Field Trip
May 9 from 7:30 to about 11:30 EMAS members will be able to enter and bird areas of the Northfork reservoir for a survey of spring migrants. Any EMAS member is welcome to sign on, although space is limited to 18 total. If you want to participate, please email Gail Lankford. She will add you to the list of participants. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced birders are all welcome. For those interested, directions and carpooling options will be sent later.

Bird Walk for the Physically Challenged
EMAS will host a bird walk for persons using wheelchairs and walkers on Monday May 5 at 9:00 AM at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. The walk will be limited to 10 persons. You must make a reservation by emailing Marilyn Kolton or by calling 259-9461. A birder will be available to help each participant see the birds. Bring binoculars if possible; some binoculars will be provided.

At the June 17 general meeting, members will vote on the following slate of nominees for the Board of Directors of EMAS. Nominations can also be made from the floor, if the person nominated has agreed to be nominated. On even years, such as 2014, those elected will serve as directors at large for one 2 year term.

Four current board members, all from Asheville, are nominated for another term:
Dayna Fiest
Ed Hauser
Marilyn Kolton
Simon Thompson
First time nominees:
Diane Lombardi, retired landscape designer, Asheville
James Poling, retired educator, Black Mountain
Emilie Travis, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Asheville
Upcoming Events
March Program Join us on March 18 at 7:00 PM at the Reuters Center, UNCA for Dr. Mike Erwin's presentation "Living on the Edge of Rising Seas: Waterbirds of the Virginia and North Carolina Barrier Islands." Based on his 30 years experience of research on waterbirds and wetlands in the Atlantic coastal regions, Dr. Erwin will provide an overview of the species of waterbirds that nest or migrate through the region and describe some expected scenarios of how sea level rise will affect some of their long-term prospects.
Dr. Erwin has been a federal research biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and later, US Geological Survey for 34 years at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He spent 1996 - 2012 stationed at the University of Virginia where he was Research Professor of Environmental Science. His primary research focus was on waterbird populations and their habitats in the eastern US, although he has had research involvement in China, France, Suriname, Guyana, and the Caribbean. Recent work involved island restoration in Chesapeake Bay. He has authored more than 125 technical reports, book chapters, and monographs.
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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