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Thursday, May 3rd | Tyvola Senior Center | 7:15 PM
Think about what birds see when they are looking at you. Most appear to have tiny eyes compared to humans. Are we as clear to them as they are to us? Or, perhaps, are they seeing more than we suspect? It turns out that many birds have vision that surpasses ours in acuity, light perception, and color sensitivity. Very intelligent birds such as crows and ravens can even recognize and remember individual human faces.
Mecklenburg Audubon board member Jim Pugh has had a long-term interest in bird brains and bird vision. His presentation will look into the ways various bird species pack excellent visual processing into small spaces. Besides a slide show, Jim promises to have a number of skulls and eyeballs to pass around to illustrate why size is relative.  Bigger eyes can be better, but as we shall see, they require a high-energy diet for their support!
Sharp-eyed birders should arrive early (6:45 PM) for refreshements. The program will begin at 7:15 PM at the Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd.)
ImaginOn | April 13th - May 1st
If you have ever oohed and aahed over any of the photographs in the Audubon magazine or other bird related publications, here is an opportunity for you to see them up-close-and-personal. The 2017 National Audubon Photography Award winners are coming to Charlotte. They will be showcased at ImaginOn in Uptown Charlotte April 13th through May 1st.
For more information about the exhibit and how to enter the 2018 contest.
Canon Explorer of Light Presentation
April 22nd | 2-4 PM
Later in the month, join us agin at ImagiOn for a highly informative presentation by Canon Explorer of Light, Bob Davis. Bob will be presenting insights on how to best capture memorable wildlife photographs, as well as life's everyday moments. The Explorer of Light program is aimed at celebrating the work of outstanding professional imaging creators and inspiring photo professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts – everywhere.
There is a nominal fee ($5/person) for the presentation Purchase your ticket.

Birds of the Central Carolinas

Mecklenburg Audubon is excited to announce this labor of love by local birders, photographers and illustrators will go on sale soon. 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 on sources; 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)

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