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Forsyth Audubon Newsletter
January 2020
      January Chapter Meeting
      Shelley Rutkin will take us on a trip to China for our January chapter meeting with her presentation "China:  Adventures with Birds and Birding."  Shelley has been to China five times.  She has participated in two guided trips, had a short private trip, and explored on her own.  Shelley says it's a land of contrasts and surprises and traveling there is always an adventure.  She will share stories about traveling and birding in China and show photos of some of the 500 species of birds that she has seen in China.  Photo above is Shelley's photo of a male Orange-bellied Leafbird.  

 Our chapter meeting is on Tuesday, January 28th.  Social time begins at 7:00 PM.  Our chapter meeting will begin at 7:15, and Shelley's presentation will start at 7:30.  We meet at the Historic Bethabara Park Visitor Center.  



Bird Walk Leader Training
Sunday, February 16th - 3:00 p.m.
Historic Bethabara Lower Trails

Want to share your love of birds with others? Encourage others to support native plants and support bird conservation? Bird walks with Forsyth Audubon are by-far our most effective way to reach a wide audience. Inspiring members of Forsyth Audubon are encouraged to attend the Bird Walk Leader Training, coming up on Sunday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m.

Our monthly bird walks remain one of the most valuable ways to reach our members and connect with the community!

Please mark your calendar to join me to learn more about becoming a bird walk leader as we walk through Historic Bethabara discussing the value of this role with Forsyth Audubon! We hope to see you there!

To register, please email Jesse Anderson
Count Teams Hone ID Skills
     The Forsyth County 2019 Audubon Christmas Bird Count got off to a soggy start.  But the skies cleared, and teams enjoyed clear skies and mild temperatures for much of the count day.  Twelve teams worked within the Forsyth County count circle, counting every bird they could find. Thank you to each of the count leaders and to Nathan Gatto, our count compiler, for all of their hard work! The Muddy Creek team had excellent views of both juvenile and adult white crowned sparrows.  Brian Radledge was able to convince them to pose for some amazing photos (see above).  A small flock of Horned Larks presented an ID Challenge for the Miller Park/Hathaway Park/Children's Home Team.  The Team heard the flight call first, and caught glimpses of tail feathers and facial markings.  Finally, the flock landed and a positive ID was made!  Each team had stories to tell. Nathan and Sarah Gatto hosted a count dinner where teams compared notes, and shared stories.  This year marks the 120th year of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  It is a wonderful example of Citizen Science in action, a great way to learn more about birds and birding, and is lots of fun!
Team Miller Park/Hathaway Park/Children's Home photo by Craig McCleary

The FA Board Needs YOU!

Forsyth Audubon is fortunate to have dedicated board members who work together to guide the programming and fulfill our mission statement: “To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, their natural habitats for the benefit of humanity and biological diversity”. Your current board includes: Allison Gagnon, member at large, Barb Borucki, member at large, Wendy Hawkins, education committee chair, Heather Moir, communication committee chair, Max Nottke, conservation committee chair, Chuck Thompson, membership chair, Jesse Anderson, past president, Jean Chamberlain, treasurer, Nancy Russo, secretary, vice-president position currently vacant, Don Lendle, president. In addition to the vice-president position, there will be other open positions on the board as current members fulfill their term as of May 2020. The board has appointed a nominating committee: Nathan Gatto, Rob Rogers, and Ga Baliga. They will be working to fill these positions by encouraging members they feel are well qualified to accept a leadership position. Membership on the board is an honor, it is a service, it is an opportunity to learn and grow while enjoying the company of wonderful friends. The most common statement by new members is “I had no idea Forsyth Audubon did so much, that it was involved in so many meaningful activities”. So come and join us! It will be fun, easy, and very worthwhile.  Please contact a member of the nominating committee if you are interested.

                                                                                                      -Don Lendle

Audubon Action Alert
On January 8th, the bipartisan Migratory Bird Protection Act was proposed in Congress.  It is the biggest opportunity in a generation to protect the birds we love, and it couldn’t come at a more important time. Take action today

The link above provides more information and an easy way to send a personalized email to your representative in congress letting her/him know your thoughts. Help protect our birds!

Mark your Calendar:

January 15:  Birds and Beer  Bleu Restaurant 6:00 PM
January 27 - January 31 - Green & Growin' Agriculture Trade Show Greensboro.  For information about schedules of events and entrance fees visit 
January 27:  Monday Bird Walk Horizons Park 9:00 AM
January 28:  Chapter Meeting  7:15 PM  Historic Bethabara Visitor Center
February 4:  Forsyth Audubon Board Meeting - Arbor Acres Club House 7:00 PM  All are welcome to attend
February 8:  Second Saturday Bird Walk Quarry Park  9:00 AM
February 19:  Birds and Beer Bleu Restaurant 6:00 PM



Order "Birding Guide to Forsyth County"!

The fifth edition of "Birding Guide to Forsyth County," by David Disher, is now available. David's book, in a handy 6 x 9 paperback format, compiles documented observations for 280 bird species in Forsyth County. Learn what birds can be seen here and during which weeks of the year you are most likely to see them. Photos of uncommon sightings are included. Information on local birding spots also is included. For $15, this is a great gift for your favorite birder. All profits go to our chapter. Copies are available at Wright's Backyard Birding Center, 3906 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, and at Wild Birds Unlimited, 1589 Skeet Club Rd, High Point.  Copies also are available for sale at our monthly chapter meetings. If you have a smart phone or tablet, download the electronic version available for $4.99 from

Forsyth Audubon T-shirts are here!  They are available now at most of our chapter events, or you can pick one up at Wright's Birding Center during business hours.  There are two different styles to choose from, both with our fabulous brown-headed nuthatch logo.  The soft cotton poly blend shirts are $20.00 and the polyester tech tee with the cool dri wicking fabric is $25.00.  

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