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Speaker: Rob Bierregaard
Thursday, Oct. 4th | 7:15 PM| Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.)
Rob Bierregaard, a past MAS president, has been studying and tracking Ospreys since forever, or at least it seems that way. To be more precise, he’s been studying them in southern New England since 1971, the height of the DDT crisis. He is particularly fond of the Ospreys that breed on Martha’s Vineyard. In 2017 he completed his 20th survey the island's Ospreys. The population is now over 90 pairs, which is quite a jump from the 2 pairs on the Vineyard back in 1971.
In 2000 he began tracking the birds by tagging them with satellite transmitters. Then in 2013, while waiting for a young Osprey to reappear at its nest, a friend suggested he write a book about his favorite Osprey. It didn't take long for that seed of an idea to germinate, and about 5 months later, more or less to his own surprise, he had written a book. A children’s book no less – Belle’s Journey.
Like the Ospreys he tracks, Rob will journey back to Charlotte and join us at our October meeting. He will update us on his research as well as tell us about Belle, his favorite Osprey, and her migration journey.
So, join the journey on over to the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.) on Thursday, October 4th to experience an Osprey’s amazing migration. Refreshments begin around 6:45 PM, with the program starting at 7:15 PM. Copies of Belle’s Journey will be available. Pick up one up for your favorite young naturalist.

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)

Want to know more? Check out these reviews.

Review by Scott Anderson of North Carolina Partners in Flight
Reviews by local birders.
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 32oz. - $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 and provide him with the following information: Name, Phone Number, Email address, Number of bags desired, Type of coffee, Grind type, and Size.
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