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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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Wild Flower Walks!

See the climate forecast map

Saving North Carolina's Climate Threatened Birds

Big Bird Box Real Estate Boom!!
For the article concerning the bird boxes
    and how you might be able to help,
                    Click HERE
Results of The Christmas Bird Count 2015
    List of birds - Romney Bathurst
   Downloadable pdf.
Serving Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin
and Scaly Mountain
in Western North Carolina
Greg Craybas
Highlands Falls partners with HPAS.
                   See article HERE.
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The Dauphin Island trip is full and has a wait list,
but members will still have a chance to do some
early spring birding for migrants on our Kennesaw
Mountain trip in April, overnighting in Atlanta on
April 18th, with birding on April 19th. The Atlanta
Audubon Society says: “Kennesaw Mountain National
Battlefield Park has excellent birding habitat,but is
best known as a rich migrant stopover. It is the best
Atlanta location for observing fall raptor migration
movements.Additionally, the tree lines up and down
the paved road to the summit can yield an exciting
passerine display, especially during migration. This
is one of the best spots east of the Mississippi to see
a migrating Cerulean Warbler.”
Join HPAS for an overnight trip to the Atlanta area
to bird this spring migrant trip and get an early fix
on our returning Highlands birds. We plan to
rendezvous on Saturday, April 18th, arriving by 5 p.m.
to stay at the Hampton Inn Atlanta Town Center –
Anyone interested should contact Romney at
828-526-1939 or
Spring birding in Atlanta awaits.
April 18th - 19th
March 20th
           NEWS FLASH!! 

Jackson County Parks and Recreation sponsor Wildflower walks on Fridays March 20 - May 15 (no walk on April 3). 
This is a wonderful opportunity to put a name to all of the beautiful wild flowers we are blessed with in the mountains.
The phone number to call and register for a walk is: 828-631-2020. Please register for each walk.  The cost is $5 per walk.

314 Species on the Brink
More information and a map
Full schedule of walks.  Printable pdf.
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Oconee Bells, subject of the first walk
                 on March 20th.

The Mystery of Beautiful Males Explained
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