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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.

Bird-Friendly Gardens
See our new page on Bird-Friendly Gardens. You can help birds respond to the threat of climate change by making your yard more bird-friendly. Adding native, bird-friendly plants will make a difference—it is a simple yet meaningful action individuals can take to help birds. Our new web page provides all the resources you need to plan a bird-friendly yard!

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
Help the Wood Thrush, Sunday, May 22, 4:00 PM, Green Sage Cafe, Westgate Shopping Center Liv Hardin-nieri, a 12-year old student at Rainbow Community School, is hosting an event to raise funds for a project by the Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica to preserve habitat for the Wood Thrush. A portion of the funds will support the EMAS Birdathon to increase habitat connectivity in Nicaragua for the Wood Thrush and other migrants. A highlight will be a video on the Wood Thrush, produced by the Climate Listening Project, documenting the remarkable migration of one Wood Thrush from Forsyth County to Belize. It is an inspiring film. Join the party on Sunday May 22, 4:00-6:30 at the Green Sage Cafe in Westgate Shopping Center for food, music and a silent auction.
Sierra Club Program, Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 PM, "Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service in the Southeast" Danny Bernstein, hiker of over 40 years, will describe the 71 national park units in the SE from the Great Smoky National Park to the 1 square block of Tupelo National Battlefield. The Sierra Club meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Sierra Club programs are free and open to the public.
June Program, Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 PM, "If You Want to Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs!" Dr. James Costa, Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University, will present an ecological appreciation of insects in your garden. Learn how you can help birds by making your garden a place they want to visit. All EMAS programs are free and open to the public. We'll meet in the Reuter Center at UNCA. 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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