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.
All events are free and open to the public. Birders of all levels are welcome.
May 6 - Birding for beginners and beyond at the Biological Station and Sunset Rocks with Romney Bathurst. Meet at Founders Park in Highlands at 7:30 AM. Small amount of uphill walking; loaner binoculars available.
May 13 - Birding with Ellen & Jim Shelton going to Flat Mountain Road. Meet at Founders Park in Highlands at 7:30 AM. Easy walking on gravel roads & mostly smooth trails; loaner binoculars available.
May 16 - Birds & Beer (or wine or tea) at the Slab Town Pizza in Cashiers. Spirited discussion of birds and birding starting at 5:30 PM and continuing with sandwiches and other pub grub.
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 at 7 AM. Roadside birding & easy walking; loaner binoculars available.
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.