The August 2016
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.
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Franklin Bird Club Events
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Many Thanks to our Sponsor:
The Mountain Garden Club
Audubon North Carolina Blog
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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,
Highlands Falls partners with HPAS.
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More information and a map
The Mystery of Beautiful Males Explained
Serving Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin
and Scaly Mountain
in Western North Carolina
314 Species on the Brink
Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil
nearly half of U.S. birds within this century
Franklin Bird Club
HPAS Places Nesting Boxes
on Cashiers Library Grounds
Christmas Bird Count
Friday, Dec. 18th, 2016
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– The film “A Murder of Crows” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Library in Highlands following a
mixer at 7:00 p.m. Please enter through the back door.
- Birds and Beer (or wine or tea) at the Ugly Dog in Highlands. Spirited discussion of birds and birding
starting at 5 p.m. and continuing with sandwiches and other pub grub.
– “Turtle Conservation” presented by HPAS President Russ Regnery. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at
Hudson Library in Highlands following a mixer at 7:00 p.m. Please enter through the back door.
– A film entitled “Winged Migration” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Library in Highlands
with a mixer at 7 p.m. Enter through the back door.
- Birds and Beer gathering at Slab Town Pizza in Cashiers at 5 pm
- The annual Charlie Davis Memorial Blue Ridge Parkway Outing
September 21-September 25
– Informal hawk watches will be conducted, conditions permitting by Brock Hutchins
during this time. As success is dependent on favorable winds and reports from points east of us, it is essential to give
Brock indication of your interest and email address, as he will need to notify you the day or even night before he goes up
Whiteside Mountain. Be sure to bring water, camera and bins, as the views are great and it can get quite hot up on the
rock lookout. Some patience is required, but the rewards can be awesome – 300 Broad-winged Hawks kettling above is a
pretty cool sight!
– Annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center in Highlands, followed by a presentation on the Golden
Eagle Project by Christine Kelly of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Programs and Outings
for August and September
A very useful website suggested
by Romney Bathurst.
Check it out!
Sunday, September 18th.
Charlie Davis Memorial
Blue Ridge Parkway Outing
The annual Charlie Davis Memorial Blue Ridge Parkway Outing searching for migrating warblers,
vireos, thrushes and raptors on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We leave at 7:00 a.m. from Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in
Highlands. Please pack a light lunch as we will stop at a scenic spot for a picnic and more birding before returning midafternoon.
Bring water and your camera. The Parkway in autumn provides spectacular views and interesting birds even in
less than perfect weather. Little hiking. For
, call Brock Hutchins, 404-295-0663, with questions.