Atlanta Audubon Society Receives Grant from Disney Conservation Fund for Project Safe Flight Atlanta
Atlanta Audubon Society has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of threatened wildlife around the world. The conservation grant recognizes Atlanta Audubon’s efforts to reduce bird-building collisions through Project Safe Flight Atlanta. Grant monies will be used to enhance monitoring and reduce bird-building collisions with the goal of making Atlanta a more bird-friendly community.
The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has granted more than $65 million to projects that help protect the planet and animals in 115 countries around the world. Projects were selected to receive awards based on their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats, and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world.
Atlanta Bird Fest 2017: Going on Now! Register today!
Atlanta Bird Fest 2017 officially kicked off on April 15, featuring more than 20 events running through May 14. Check out the Atlanta Bird Fest events page to learn bout our exclusive field trips, workshops, and other events.
Visit the Atlanta Bird Fest page for more information to register for this month-long celebration of birds and birding!
Lights Out Atlanta is a new program of Atlanta Audubon Society designed to help reduce bird deaths caused by building collisions. Each year, an estimated 350 million to 1 billion birds die in the United States after colliding with buildings. The problem is particularly bad during spring and fall migration.
Lights Out Atlanta is a voluntary program encouraging building owners and residential homeowners to turn off or reduce lighting from midnight to dawn during the peak bird migration periods. Participants pledge to reduce non-essential lighting during peak migration periods of March 15 to May 31 (spring) and August 15 to November 15 (fall). The goal is to create a safe path through Atlanta for migrating birds and to make the City in the Trees a Bird Friendly Community.
Sunday, May 21, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Join as we celebrate our month-long array of Atlanta’s best birding destinations, educational workshops, and other events of Atlanta Bird Fest 2017. Birder, author, naturalist, and professor Dr. Drew Lanham will present his inspiring book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity”—to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today. Copies of The Home Place will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Lanham.
In addition to Dr. Lanham’s presentation, top fundraisers and birders from Atlanta Bird Fest’s Big Day Challenge will be awarded prizes during this fun celebration. The Closing Celebration is free to attend, but we ask that you pre-register to help with our planning.
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