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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 Garden at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary
Visit the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary to see our Bird-Friendly Garden. Learn about Bird-Friendly Gardening by visiting the Bird-Friendly Gardens page on the EMAS website. You can help birds be more resilient in the face 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, 2014, 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
Sierra Club Program, Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM, "Pollinators, Plants, Toxins and Roundup" Bee City’s Phylliss Stiles presents a discussion of pollinators, the plants they like, the toxins they hate, and the special danger posed by Roundup. She will also report on the latest encouraging positions taken by Home Depot and Lowes.The Sierra Club meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Sierra Club programs are free and open to the public.
EMAS Fall Program, Tuesday September 20, 7:00 PM, Black Bears in Western North Carolina. Join us for a special presentation by Nature Conservancy biologist and bear expert Adam Warwick on the ecology of black bears. Adam will discuss results of research on local bears and the interface between black bears and humans in Western North Carolina. All EMAS programs are free and open to the public. We'll meet in the Reuter Center at UNCA on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. 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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