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David Yarnold, President and CEO of National Audubon Society, recently shared two pieces of Audubon news with Audubon members.

"The first is an Audubon profile in The Wall Street Journal that talks about the importance of the flyways vision and how it?s attracting new resources to support our mission, including a seven-figure challenge match from well-known environmental philanthropist Robert W. Wilson and a six-figure gift from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Oh, and the story starts with a birding trip in Central Park:

"And second, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, has just approved a $1.7 million investment to Audubon to help us create a 36-month, conservation-focused birding ecotourism partnership in the Americas, a significant step in furthering our reach and impact in the places where many of North America?s breeding birds spend the winters.

'Through the course of that project, we?ll build on partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean organizations, including Belize Audubon Society, Asociación Vivamos Mejor and Wildlife Conservation Society in Guatemala, Guyra Paraguay and the Bahamas National Trust, and we?ll leverage our network and Audubon magazine to engage communities and create sustainable jobs that contribute to protection of globally significant Important Bird Areas."

"We?re really excited about where Audubon and our partners are headed together."

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Speaking of migration, planning has begun for a 4-night trip to Dauphin Island, AL to catch early spring
migration along the Gulf Coast, March 29th to April 2nd. If you might be interested in a trip at the very beginning of
April, please let us know – contact Romney Bathurst at or 828-526-1939. Weather is totally
unpredictable, but we were lucky last year and had a super time with great birding! Costs are minimal thanks to the kind
generosity of our members, John and Jennie Stowers, who allow us the use of their Bay-front home, so don’t let that
concern stop you – plan to come on down for fun birding and great fellowship! We will limit total number of participants
to 16, so if you do plan to come, let us know as soon as possible. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per person will hold a
space for you. Checks should be made out to Highlands Plateau Audubon and mailed to PO Box 833, Highlands.

A second spring trip under consideration is a one night outing to Kennesaw Mountain near Atlanta. It is a
migrant trap and spring hot spot, so would provide another opportunity to bone up on and enjoy our neotropical migrants.
Stay tuned for more details on this possibility!
Early Spring Field Trips

Big Bird Box Real Estate Boom!!
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The Christmas Bird Count 2015

    List of birds - Romney Bathurst
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