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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)
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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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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Birds & Beans coffee logo
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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