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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 the one, easy thing individuals can do the help birds. Have fun this winter planning changes to your yard. Our new web page provides all the resources you need.

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
Friday, February 12, 9:00-10:30 AM, Great Backyard Bird Count at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary - Come help count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will meet at the meeting platform at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary at 9:00 AM.
Sunday, February 14, 9:00-10:30 AM, Great Backyard Bird Count at Warren Wilson College - Come help count birds at Warren Wilson College for the Great Backyard Bird Count. We will meet at the gravel parking lot just across the Swannanoa River on the entrance road to Warren Wilson College (Highway 2416).
Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Revision Plan. The Forest Service will continue to accept comments on the plan through early January even thought the initial deadline was Dec 15. For more information, please see the item in the News section on the front page of the Wenoca Sierra Club website.
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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