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Audubon Society
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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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
Highlands Falls partners with HPAS.
                   See article HERE.
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More information and a map

The Mystery of Beautiful Males Explained
    Thanks to:
Serving Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin
and Scaly Mountain
in Western North Carolina
Greg Craybas
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
Results

Newsletter Archives
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A very useful website suggested
        by Romney Bathurst.
              Check it out!
Feather Atlas
   HPAS Events for
         May, 2017
          (Not too early to begin planning)
April 2017

2016 Christmas Bird Count
     Article and List
           pdf. file

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.

          
         Complete EVENTS
FOR MAY-SEPTEMBER 2017
                       pdf. file
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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 Trusts 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.
William McReynolds - Nest Box Totals and
data analysis.
Michele Styring - Nest Box Observations
as of March 2017
International Migratory Bird Day