Kim Brand Receives Ramona Snavely Award!
Each year, the chapter recognizes a member for his or her long-time service and involvement in Forsyth Audubon activities with a framed photograph of one of their favorite birds. The award, named after chapter founder Ramona Snavely, was instituted in 2007. This year, Kim Brand was presented with the award at the Christmas Bird Count Zoom gathering on January 1st. Here are chapter president Don Lendle’s remarks:
It was about 13 years ago, I was sitting in the back row of my very first Forsyth Audubon chapter meeting, trying to keep a low profile. Kim Brand was in the front row asking for volunteers to staff the Earth Day Fair table. My hand went up and thus began a long and wonderful professional relationship and friendship. I am quite sure that many people here tonight can trace their involvement in Forsyth Audubon to Kim Brand. She has been and is an inspiration, a leader, a mentor, and a friend to so many at Forsyth Audubon and across the state and country. Her many accomplishments with Forsyth Audubon include numerous conservation projects from Bethania to Habitat for Humanity, Native Plants to renewable energy, Parks and schools, partnering with many other conservation and education groups. She is remembered for strong leadership in the Wood Thrush Migration project leading local members and Smithsonian scientists in search of Wood Thrush and nest sites locally and in Belize. She has served on several committees and Board positions including her current duties on the Nominating Committee. Her leadership and support made possible the formation of the strong EDI committee and the newly formed Advocacy committee. Most everything we do or have done has felt the supportive touch of Kim Brand. It is my honor to present to Kim Brand the Ramona Snavely Award for outstanding service to Forsyth Audubon. Thank you so much for all you do.
Forsyth Audubon Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Forsyth Audubon Society must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our board, volunteers, members, and supporters, in order to achieve our conservation goals, and to “bringing nature home” to all people and all communities. Respect, inclusion and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet.
Landscaping with Natives
Are you ready to plant some natives? Maybe you want to replace a Crepe Myrtle, add a good looking specimen to your yard or cover an ugly bare hill to control erosion. It can be difficult to chose what plants to use if you aren’t familiar with them. Help is here. A new feature on the site shows photos of natives that have been planted in this area. Visit Landscaping with Natives to see photos of natives plants at various stages and seasons, including in bloom, and closeups of the flowers and fruit.
Become an Audubon Ambassador on Climate Change!
Audubon North Carolina is looking for Ambassadors on Climate Change. Can you volunteer five hours a month for the benefit of our birds, other wildlife and people? There are a host of things you can do, and you probably do some of the: take part in Christmas Bird Counts, as bird-friendly native plants to your garden, talk to your neighbors about birds and climate change, write legislators about it. Look for a future Audubon Ambassador workshop soon to learn more about the issue and how you can help. To read a summary of the National Audubon Society’s report on “Birds and Climate Change“
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 www.lulu.com.