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Research Grants

Mecklenburg Audubon is initiating a research grant program in 2019 that will focus on conservation research and education projects related to the general study of birds, bird habitat preservation and restoration of bird populations.

Initially, MAS will issue two grants annually in amounts not to exceed $500 each. Our focus will be on projects proposed by local undergraduate and graduate students. Within the next two weeks we will be advising local college professors of the availability of this program.
We will take grant applications via a MAS web site form. Drs. Larry Leamy and Steve Coggin, who are board members and retired college professors, will serve as evaluators.
Suggestion Box
Suggestion Box
Thursday, December 5th• Tyvola Senior Center • 7:15 PM

Five years ago, Audubon published their Birds and Climate report on how North America’s birds would do during the climate crisis. In that report over half the species did not fair very well. This past October Audubon updated that publication with a new a much more rigorous report titled Survival by Degrees: 389 Birds on the Brink. Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today—an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’ range will shift as climate change and other human impacts advance across the continent. The results are clear: Birds will be forced to relocate to find favorable homes. And they may not survive.

The December meeting will take a closer look at this report and its implications for birds like our iconic and beloved Brown-headed Nuthatch, which may be looking to relocate to the mountains as temperatures rise. Curtis Smalling, Director of Conservation for Audubon North Carolina, will be with us to unpack the findings and discuss how we might prevent the worse scenario.

So, join your fellow bird lovers for an important, informative meeting on Thursday, December 5th at the Tyvola Senior Center. Refreshments will start around 6:45 PM with the program beginning at 7:15 PM.

Audubon’s new report, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, is the most detailed look at the impact of climate change on birds using the latest climate models and bird data available. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool: Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help.
For more specific information about impacts on North Carolina birds download North Carolina Survival by Degrees Brief.
Save the Date - April 17-19, 2020
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Birders from around the state will flock to Charlotte for the weekend of April 17-19 to be part of Audubon North Carolina’s every-other-year pinnacle event known as the “Summit.” The Mecklenburg Audubon Society (MAS) board is working hard to plan ways to welcome our guests, show off our city, and celebrate the birds and habitats that add so much joy to our lives here in the Queen City of Charlotte.
As hosts of the Summit, we will need lots of volunteers from our MAS membership -- to staff the registration table and present “swag bags,” to roll out the red carpet at the welcome reception, and especially to plan and lead two packed days of inspiring bird walks, field trips, and museum and garden outings for non-birding guests. We are in the process of defining volunteer positions and answering questions. Please contact Jim Guyton at or Malia Kline at to find out more about our Summit committees.
The weekend will also feature Friday afternoon workshops and a Saturday night banquet and awards ceremony planned and executed by Network Senior Manager Kim Brand and her team at Audubon North Carolina. WATCH FOR THE BIG REVEAL OF WHO’S COMING AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER!
To mirror the success of the Elisha Mitchell chapter, which hosted the Summit in Asheville in 2018, we will also need lots of MAS members to go online and register for the event. We’re counting on you to help create a royal experience for birders in our beloved Queen City. Thanks in advance for being part of this exciting event.


Give the Gift of Summit Registration
Got any hard to-buy-for-birders or birder wannabes on your gift list? Why not surprise them with the fun and camaraderie of a weekend at the Audubon North Carolina Summit coming to Charlotte April 17-19, 2020?
Here’s all you do:
1) Print out this coupon and fill it in including a personal message of good birding cheer.
2) “Perch” it prominently where your loved one will spot it (without binos) when it’s time to open gifts.
3) Then in early January when the Summit registration opens online, grab your credit card and make good on your “Good For” coupon. Help your special someone sign up to come to a Friday workshop, the Friday night welcome reception and choice of Saturday and Sunday field trips. You can even add on the Saturday Night Awards Banquet so they can dress up, socialize, and share their birding adventures.
You can even make it a couples’ weekend! Register both of you for the Summit and sign up your non-birding love bird for a Bechtler Museum Art Excursion or University of North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Garden Tour, both via the Lynx light rail!
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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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 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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