Become an Important Bird Person in Your Community
Saturday, October 28, 9 AM to 12 PM
Atlanta Audubon Society office at Blue Heron Nature Preserve
You’ve heard of the phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Join us on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for a special workshop to learn and practice some of the best strategies and techniques of working at the local government policy level. This workshop w`ill be led by Ted Terry, executive director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Mayor of the City of Clarkston. Ted’s unique perspective as an environmental policy activist and a city-level public servant will guide you through steps that you can take in your own community to move forward more bird-friendly policies and resolutions.
$5 for Atlanta Audubon and Sierra Club members
$8 for non-members
Classroom session: Thursday, November 9, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Atlanta Audubon Society
Field Trip: Saturday, November 11, 8:00 to 11:00 AM
Ready to sharpen your skills identifying those “little brown jobs?” Often skulking, elusive, and confusingly similar, sparrows can make fall warblers seem easy. Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon’s Director of Conservation, will help participants learn more about the many sparrow species that winter in the Atlanta area. A class session held at the Atlanta Audubon classroom will teach participants about distinguishing field marks, foraging behaviors, flight characteristics, and vocalizations that are useful to identification and appreciation of Georgia’s sparrows. Participants will then have the chance to practice their identification skills in the field with a guided trip to find and observe sparrows in their preferred habitat at a local hot spot. (Location to be determined based on eBird sightings.) Potential species include Field, Swamp, Fox, Savannah, Grasshopper, and Vesper Sparrows, in addition to more common resident and wintering species.
Member fee: $45
Nonmember fee: $55
Master Birder in Good Volunteer Standing: $40
Join Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon Conservation Director, for an incredible weekend of birding at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. The second largest refuge in Florida, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge has the distinction of being the home of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the wildlife refuge, and the Canaveral National Seashore. Offering varied birding opportunities, the refuge has recorded more than 310 species of birds. The field trips around the refuge will concentrate on wintering waterfowl and wading birds. There will be opportunities to view other species, such as rails, scrub jays, and other wildlife. The refuge consists of 140,000 acres of salt marsh, freshwater impoundments, brackish estuaries, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, and scrub. It and its surrounding waters offer a sanctuary for an abundance of plants and animals from both temperate and tropical climate zones. It also supports more threatened and endangered animals (21 species) than any other single refuge in the continental U.S., including the Florida manatee, Wood Stork, gopher tortoise, and eastern indigo snake. Combined with the Canaveral National Seashore, the refuge supports the world’s largest population of Florida scrub jays.
A pre-trip orientation meeting and short workshop will be held prior to the trip on Thursday, January 4, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. To give participants the best experience, this trip is limited to 12 people.
Guests are responsible for their own food, travel, and lodging charges. Atlanta Audubon will reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for those who are interested in reserving a room at a group rate.
$250 for Atlanta Audubon members
$225 for Master Birders in good standing (current on membership and volunteer hours)
$285 for non-members (includes one-year membership in Atlanta Audubon)
For more information contact Adam Betuel at email@example.com of 678.973.2437.
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