April Chapter Meeting – April 27th 7:00 PM

Forsyth Audubon, Blue Ridge Audubon, Cape Fear Audubon and Audubon North Carolina Invite you to a very special evening. It will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Freya McGregor, OTR/L, is the Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her, and she is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.
Birdability:  Because Birding is for Everybody and Every Body!

 We are so honored to have Freya McGregor as our speaker for our April Chapter Meeting.  Her topic will be Birdability.  Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easily. Birdability is a non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to access for birders with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, intellectual or developmental disabilities (including autism), mental illness, being Deaf or Hard of Hearing and other health concerns; and bringing the joy of birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who aren’t yet birders. Learn about why this should matter to you (even if you don’t have an accessibility challenge), ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder, the Birdability Map (and how to submit a Birdability Site Review) and our resources for birders (and potential future birders) with accessibility challenges… because birding is for everybody and every body! Learn more and find resources at

This Chapter Meeting will be held virtually, as we continue to practice social distancing. Register here  This meeting will also be held on Facebook Live (go at 7:00 PM on April 27th).

Jean Chamberlain Receives Snavely Award!

Jean Chamberlain presents a raptor education program

The Christmas Bird Count evening social was highlighted by the presentation to Jean Chamberlain of
the Ramona Snavely Award for 2020.
Jean is a most deserving recipient. A long term member of Audubon Society of Forsyth County she
has contributed in so many ways. A good friend to many, a leader on the Board of Directors, a leader
in the field. She has worked tirelessly on conservation projects such as the Wood Thrush Migration
Study and Native Plant habitat restoration. Her work redesigning and maintaining our Website has
helped greatly to make us professional and friendly.
Jean is a world traveler and a world birder, a student of birdsong, and a devoted bird rehabilitator.
In preparing these remarks I asked several people for their contributions, many responded glowingly.
A story Nathan Gatto told says it well: One day on the Hanging Rock Bird Count, Nathan and Jean
were birding together, Jean kept disappearing and Nathan could not figure out where she went off to.
After the count, Jean explained that she was rehabilitating a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and she stepped
away to feed and care for the healing Cuckoo in the back of her car. Such devotion!
We are very pleased to honor Jean for years of outstanding service to Forsyth Audubon with the
Ramona Snavely Award. Thank you Jean!

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