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Speaker: Sara Gagne
Thursday, Dec. 6th| 7:15 PM| Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.)

Urbanization leads to dramatic changes in breeding bird behavior occurring at multiple levels – the backyard; neighborhood and even city wide. This month Dr. Sara Gagne, Assoc. Professor in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte will share what she has learned from her research related to this issue. Sara’s research focuses on understanding the impact of changes in the urban landscape have impacted birds 1) in the number, type, and characteristics of birds as housing density increases; 2) in response to the amount and spatial arrangement of habitat at the landscape level, and 3) with increasing human population size at the city scale. Although the responses of birds to urbanization are complex, Sara will help us understand how they can be synthesized into a simple framework for bird conservation in urban areas for the benefit of people and nature.

Join us for a fascinating look at our urban landscape and see how birds fit into it, Thursday, December 6th at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.). Refreshments will available starting at 6:45 PM with the program starting at 7:15 PM.

 

Definitive book about the birds of central
North & South Carolina

Mecklenburg Audubon is excited to announce this labor of love by local birders, photographers and illustrators is on sale now. The book is a first of its kind, an authoritative, comprehensive summary of the status, distribution, and historical context of all the birds regularly occurring in the Piedmont of both Carolinas. It includes original historical research never before compiled and published in one source; full accounts of 312 species with additional partial accounts of another 60 species; over 400 color photographs taken in the central Carolinas; and the complete results of the Mecklenburg County Breeding Bird Atlas. (Cost: $45 plus shipping)
Birds of the Central Carolinas has won the national award for Outstanding Educational Materials at the 2018 Alliance of Natural Resources Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) Annual Conference, held in September in New Orleans!
 
This sensational 600-page publication was written by Donald W. Seriff and illustrated by Leigh Anne Carter, who are both employees of the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department, in Charlotte, NC. Congratulations to both on this national recognition for a job well done!
Birds of the Central Carolinas was published through a partnership between The Mecklenburg Audubon Society and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. This publication was entirely funded by donations and all proceeds from the sale of this book are deposited into a fund for future education and outreach efforts on behalf of the conservation in the Carolina Piedmont.
 
Reviewer's Comments
“I am super impressed. What a great collection of information! I particularly like how you provide solid historical records on species that no longer occur in the area, and I like the little touches such as the folk names and the anecdotes.”Jeff Marcus, The Nature Conservancy, NC Longleaf Pine Restoration Director and immediate Past President of The North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society
“This is a beautiful compilation of lots of years of hard work. Great job!!” – Carla Dove, Program Manager Division of Birds, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
“The volume is most impressive and I already have gleaned a great deal of important new information that I hope to impart to future ornithology students about the species in our area.” ... “I will recommend that all my birding friends snap up copies as soon as possible.” William Rogers, PhD, Professor of Biology Winthrop University
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Charlotte Observer interview

 

To avoid shipping charge, you can also purchase the book at monthly meetings. Orders will be mailed out once a week at book rate, so figure on at least 2 weeks for delivery.

 
 
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Order Birds & Beans Coffee from MAS and support habitat conservation for the Wood Thrush and other migrating birds in Central America.
Regular 12 oz. - $14.00
Regular 32 oz. - $25.00
Regular 80 oz. - $56.00
Decaf 12 oz. - $15.00
Decaf 32 oz. - $27.00
Decaf 80 oz. - $58.00
For more information about the different roasts, grind types and Birds & Beans.
To pre-order your coffee for pick-up at the monthly meeting email Jan Fowler at janmfowler@gmail.com and provide the following information: Name, Phone Number, Email address, Number of bags desired, Type of coffee, Grind type, and Size.
 
 
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