The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.
May 20 - Birding with Jack Johnston, Botanist, at Dixon Park, Highlands. Meet at Founders Park in Highlands at 7:30 AM. Level trail walking; loaner binoculars available.
May 27 - Birding with Professors Jeremy Hyman & Barbara Ballentine of WCU on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meet at Cashiers Rec Center at7 AM. Roadside birding & easy walking; loaner binoculars available.
June 3 - Birding for beginners and beyond at Cashiers Commons with Russ Regnery, President of HPAS. Meet at the Cashiers Rec Center at 7:30 AM. Easy walking; loaner binoculars available.
June 6- Chapter Pot Luck Dinner at 6 PM followed by a presentation by NC Audubon's Curtis Smalling speaking about "How Our Local Birds are Doing: A Species Rollcall." The presentation will begin at 7:30 PM. Both events are at the Highlands Civic Center, 600 N 4th Street.
June10(Saturday) - Birding in Panthertown Valley with Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director with The Wilderness Society. Meet at 7 AM at the Cashiers Rec Center. Bring water & your camera. Long uphill walk on return leg will be taken slowly!
June 13 - The Charlotte Raptor Rehab Center presents "Birds of the World" at 7 PM at the Highlands Biological Station at 265 N 6th Street. This family-friendly program will feature exotic, non-native birds of prey from all over the world including one of the most elusive owls on the planet.
IMBD is coordinated by Environment for the Americas and celebrates bird migration while bringing attention to the challenges faced by migratory birds. IMBD is celebrated in Canada, the US, Central and South America as well as in the Caribbean at protected areas, parks, community centers, zoos and more. More than 600 events and programs held annually engage the public around migratory birds and ways to conserve them. While HPAS is not a sponsor, we will be participating in the Balsam Trust’s IMBD Festival on May 20th, 10AM – 3PM, at the Jackson Co. Rec Center, 88 Cullawhee Mt. Rd., in Cullawhee. HPAS will celebrate IMBD with a special bird walk with Jack Johnston at Dixon Park, Highlands, on that day (see details in the full schedule in the HPAS Newsletter). Thus you can enjoy a fun outing in the morning and still catch the Festival in the afternoon!
The nest box ad-hoc committee
summaries of nesting results:
Dr. Olga Milenkaya (Young Harris College) refers to the boxes that she has been monitoring during the 2016 season.
Dr. Barbara Ballentine and her student, Traci Ballance - 2016 results as related to the boxes they checked in Macon and Jackson Counties.