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The plight of parrots - Mecklenburg audubon's meeting on April 6th.
Thursday, April 6th: (refreshments 6:45 PM; program 7:15 PM)
Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
Wildlife conservation usually begins at home. But what happens when wild creatures are snatched from their native land and mistreated due to misunderstanding of their wild nature? Find out April 6th when Leslie Wieser presents “The Plight of Parrots - From Wild Bird to Human Companion”.

Parrots are intelligent, entertaining and beautiful but their wild traits don’t always mesh well in people’s homes. Come hear how they evolved as pets and learn that while they may be domestic, they are far from domesticated. Come hear about the plight of parrots, meet Leslie and a special guest from her own flock of birds.

Leslie has lived with parrots for over 18 years, has traveled to 8 countries to observe parrots in the wild, served on the Board of Directors of Companion Parrots Re-homed for 11 years, is Director of Human Resources at Discovery Place and is currently the caregiver for 6 parrots of her own.

As usual, refreshments will begin at 6:45 PM with the program starting at 7:15 PM sharp.


Every year, the end of April, local birding teams will be conducting our annual spring bird count. The teams work hard to find as many species & individual birds as possible. The data collected during the count is submitted to eBird and becomes part of a national/international database to help scientists determine the effects of habitat loss and climate change on bird and the environment. The data also helps us locally to determine what areas of our ever-growing county needs protection from development.

This year the MAS Board would like to add another dimension this important annual event – a BIRDATHON! What is a bird-a-thon? It’s a way to raise funds for conservation efforts (locally, nationally and/or internationally). It works much like any other ‘athon’ but in this scenario folks pledge a certain amount for each species seen by a specific team. Knowing they are being supported by other folks will also provide each team another incentive to count birds, knowing their efforts will benefit a con­servation project as well as support citizen science.

Who benefits?
The board has decided to donate the funds from this first Bird-a-thon to the Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) in honor of David Wright. The MAS board believes contributing these funds to CLC will deliver the most immediate local impact to local habitat for birds and other wildlife. Many great birding areas in the Charlotte area are being protected by CLC, so it only makes sense to collaborate with them to help continue and possibility expand this protection.

Who’s Involved?
Each team has a designated area within the spring count circle for which they are responsible. The areas vary in habitat quality, so team leaders have been asked to state a species goal for their area based on their experience. These goals will help donors decide which team they may want to support and what amount they’d like to pledge per bird species. Below is a list of the teams, a brief descrip­tion of their area, and their goal.


Since this bird-a-thon is being paired with our annual spring count it will be a one day affair on Sunday, April 23.

How to support the project
There are several ways to support this project.

  1. You can volunteer to be on a team and participate physically in the count. As member of a team you can solicit donations from friends and family.
  2. If you can’t join a team, you can support a team by donating a certain amount for each species seen by the team or by making a one-time donation. Instructions for doing this are below.

What you need to do
First complete a ‘pledge/donation’ form. You can download the form or you can fill out the form online. This will give us an idea of who is pledging and how much is being pledged. If you print out the form you can bring it to our monthly meeting or send it to the address on the form.

After the Bird-a-thon has taken place, we will post the results in the newsletter, on this website, and announce them at the May meeting. Once the results are in you can submit your donation using one of the following methods.

  1. Mail a check payable to Mecklenburg Audubon Society to: P.O. Treasurer, Mecklenburg Audubon, Box 221093, Charlotte, NC 28222. Please indicate the money is for the Bird-a-thon. (A copy of your original form would be helpful.)
  2. Bring your check/cash to the May or June meeting.
  3. Use the PayPal Donation button below. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to submit a donation. Click on the ‘Donate with a Card’ button at the bottom of the box. Please enter the name of the Team you are supporting where it says ‘Special Instructions’.

The Teams
  1. The David’s Wright Here With Us’s (David’s old area) McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Plant, McMullen Greenway, and Pineville. Goal: 75
  2. City Flickers: Latta Park, Elmwood Cemetery, Stewart Creek Greenway, Marshall Park, CPCC, Bright Walk. Goal: 60
  3. Airport Wrecking-ball Cranes: From the airport to Lake Wylie and south to Shopton Rd. Goal: 85
  4. Steel Creek Waders: West of Pineville to Lake Wylie. Goal: 85
  5. Evergreen-winged Teals: East Charlotte, including Evergreen Nature Preserve and the Mint Museum. Goal: 60
  6. McAlpine Birding Beavers: Southcentral Charlotte, including McAlpine and Briars Creek Greenways, Veteran’s and Chantilly Parks. Goal: 75
  7. Wandering Taylorbirds: Various spots in central and southwest Charlotte. Goal: 80.
  8. Myers Park Warbler Warriors: Freedom, Edgehill and Park Road Parks, and stops in between. Goal: 60


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