Stock up on birdseed and support Atlanta Audubon at the same time!
Are the birds eating you out of house and home? If so, take advantage of our great prices and stock up for fall migration at the annual Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Seed Sale. We are proud to offer a variety of Cole’s Wild Bird Feed products, a local supplier of high quality bird feed. You can read more about their products at www.coleswildbird.com. All proceeds support the education and conservation efforts of Atlanta Audubon Society.
ORDER ONLINE at www.atlantaaudubon.org OR by MAIL by downloading the form from the Atlanta Audubon Society website. Order forms will also be available at our monthly meetings. Orders must be received by Sunday, August 19.
Additionally this year, orders of $175 and over will receive a free Project FeederWatch kit for the 2018 - 2019 season. Project FeederWatch is a citizen science project hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in which participants periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Participants receive an instructional kit that includes a bird ID poster, calendar, tally sheet, and instructional materials.
Three Pick-Up Options:
Order by Mail or Online:
You can order online in our store. If you would prefer to mail in your order with a check, please download an order form from our website (or pick one up at our monthly meeting) and send completed form with payment to: Atlanta Audubon Society, Birdseed Sale, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. Orders must be received by Sunday, August 19.
Atlanta Audubon and its partners play an important role in creating bird resiliency in the Southeast. Through our collaborative conservation and engagement programs, we are building places where birds and people thrive. Thanks to a generous gift to Atlanta Audubon from a private donor honoring Doug Downing, we are proud to be able to offer support to a bird-friendly habitat improvement project through the newly established Habitat Restoration Fund.
The Habitat Restoration Fund aims to increase high-quality habitat for birds while also increasing community partnerships and educational outreach. Modeled after our other habitat restoration projects, the Habitat Restoration Fund invites community groups, friends groups, municipalities, and other property managers to apply for this competitive opportunity to receive consulting and services to restore critical habitat. This can include removal of invasive, exotic plant species, installation of bird-friendly native plants, garden/habitat design services, bird monitoring, and community programs.
The application deadline is August 31, 2018. One project will be chosen by committee and announced at the end of October. To learn more about eligibility, criteria, and schedule for this new opportunity, please go to www.atlantaaudubon. org/habitat-restoration-fund.html.
By Dottie Head
Meet Olivia. This fifth grader from Marietta upstaged the birds, including a rare American Bittern, at the Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons at Constitution Lakes bird walk as part of Atlanta Bird Fest 2018, which was Olivia’s and her father Randall’s first-ever bird walk. It was a birthday present for just turned 11-year-old Olivia.
Randall discovered Atlanta Audubon Society and Atlanta Bird Fest through an internet search while looking for the perfect birthday present for his bird-crazy daughter. Olivia’s youthful enthusiasm and exuberance for every single bird spotted was contagious. All of the attendees were completely enamored with her and were eager to help her spot birds just to see her reaction. From Northern Cardinal to Yellow-crowned Night-Heron to the warblers, Olivia was thrilled by them all.
“Olivia was an absolute delight and was so excited about every bird we saw,” says Linda DiSantis, immediate past board chair and an attendee on the trip. “She was an ace at seeing the birds with her rather basic set of binoculars, but when I offered her a better pair she responded, ‘No, I like my binoculars.’”
The bird of the day was a rare American Bittern. Olivia said it was her favorite bird of the day, not for its rarity but for its camouflage. “It was very hard to find because it looked just like a stick poking out of the water,” she said. Olivia says she came to love birds by way of the parrot. Her interest in potentially having a pet parrot led her to research parrots, their habitats, and behavior, which opened up the wide world of birds to her young mind. “I usually watch birds in my backyard or on Kennesaw Mountain,” says Olivia. “You can learn a lot by just watching them.”
Randall reports that he didn’t really know very much about birds at the beginning of the trip. “I was surprised and amazed at how much Olivia knew! I love her passion for learning about birds.” For now, Randall is helping Olivia upgrade her birding gear with a set of Georgann Schmalz bird song CDs. They’re also shopping for a better pair of binoculars. “We can’t wait to see our new birding friends on our next birding adventure,” he says.
Olivia says her favorite part of the bird walk was being surrounded by people who adore birds like she does. She’s considering two career options: avian biologist or actress. We’re pretty sure she will be successful at whichever one she chooses.