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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
Swift Night Out. Join us to watch migrating Chimney Swifts entering a chimney to roost for the night on Tuesday evening, September 29. We will meet on the 5th floor of the Civic Center garage in downtown Asheville at around 6:30 PM. This will be an informal gathering, no presentation but look for Jim Poling or other EMAS members if you have questions. Chimney Swifts use various chimneys in downtown Asheville so there is no guarantee they will use the one behind the garage at the corner of Rankin and Walnut. But they have used it in the past so keep your fingers crossed. It is an amazing site to see thousands - yes, thousands - of Swifts circling the sky and then eventually diving into the chimney.
October 20 Program - Bird Friendly Gardening. Your yard - and the kind of plants in it - matters more than you may know. Native Plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive in a way that non-native plants cannot do. Kim Brand, the Bird-Friendly Communities Project Coordinator for Audubon NC will give you tips on how to change your yard into a bird friendly one. Join us for a fun and educational evening and invite you gardener neighbors. 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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