Forsyth Audubon is always open to opportunities to educate the public at large about birds, birding and bird habitat. Our Education Chair and other chapter members can offer nature walks, photo presentations and children's activities for schools, day camps, church groups, seniors, garden clubs and parks. Contact Education Chair Wendy Hawkins for information and requests. Right: Bill Gifford at Old Richmond School Earth Day.
The chapter also leads a bird walk at a local park on the Second Saturday of every month. There also is a walk on the last Monday of the month. Everyone is welcome, novice or expert, young or old - see our Calendar for walks and times.
- Share Your Love of Birds with Children, Community Groups - See our Volunteer page -
Pilot Mountain Hawk Watch
Each September, Forsyth Audubon sponsors an annual Hawk Watch at Pilot Mountain State Park. We observe and count thousands of raptors, most of them Broad-winged Hawks, as they migrate from their northern breeding grounds. The 2012 Hawk Watch will be September 12-30. Check out our Hawk Watch page.
Each September, thousands of migrating Chimney Swifts stop at roosts in chimneys at older schools, factory warehouses and other public buildings in Forsyth County. The birds are on their way to South America, but they take their time to feed and build up energy for the long trip. Individual roosts can total several thousand birds. In September, the chapter hosts a public swift watch at a location to be chosen by the birds. Our 2015 Swift Watch will be at Northwest Middle School, 5501 Murray Rd., Winston-Salem, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Visit our Swift Watch page for more information.
Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual event sponsored by the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. Across the nation and beyond, thousands of birders and birdwatchers take part, reporting the birds they see to a database maintained by the Lab. In 2016, the count will be held February 13-15. Forsyth County consistently has some of the highest participation both in North Carolina and the entire nation. In 2014, 96 species were reported in the county during the count. The count is fun, and local birders enjoy a little competition with other North Carolina communities.
Jeff Turner Forsyth Audubon Scholarship
The Jeff Turner - Forsyth Audubon Society Scholarship was established in May 2005 in honor of Jeff Turner, who became active in the Audubon Society of Forsyth County and other environmental causes while he was a student at Mt. Tabor High School. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in environmental science, he spent over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, Africa where he focused on environmental issues. Jeff continues to enjoy birding and has over 300 birds on his life list.
- The scholarship may provide a $500 non-renewable scholarship
- Scholarships will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and other college expenses.
- For further information, visit The Winston-Salem Foundation www.wsfoundation.org
- Application deadline: April 1
To receive consideration, applicants must:
- be a graduating high school senior
- attend a Forsyth County high school and reside in The Winston-Salem Foundation’s service area
- demonstrate character and leadership
- demonstrate solid academic skills by achieving a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 through first semester of the 12th grade
- attend an accredited post-secondary four year educational institution
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- demonstrate interest in wildlife or environmental issues as shown through active participation in the Forsyth Audubon Society or through involvement in wildlife or other environmental activities at school or in the community.
2015 Jeff Turner Forsyth Audubon Scholarship Winner!
The 2015 Jeff Turner Forsyth Audubon Scholarship was awarded in the amount of $1000 to Fara I. Marin of Reagan High School. Fara, the daughter of Suzanne Marin of Lewisville and Paul Marin of Tracy, California, will attend North Carolina State University, where she plans to major in Zoology with a minor in Theater. She envisions a career as a zoo veterinarian after her volunteer work with the Forsyth County Humane Society and the VHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the N. C. Zoological Park in Asheboro. At Reagan High School, Ms. Marin earned a 3.87 cumulative grad point average, and was a member of the National Honors Society, the National Science Honors Society and the Nu Delta Alpha National Dance Honors Society. She also was in the Crosby Scholars program and participated in a variety of activities, including theatre productions and drama club, key club, marching band and Gay-Straight Alliance. During her volunteer work at the zoo, she cared for injured birds and other wildlife
Previous scholarship winners:
2014: Jocelyn Gwyn Ganzert, Bishop McGuinness
2013: Rachel Nicole Newsome, R.J. Reynolds
2012: Samantha Morgan Childress, East Forsyth
2011: No award
2010: Catherine Hendren, Salem Academy; Samanth Luu, East Forsyth
2009: Meghan E. Robbins, Mt. Tabor
2008: Christin Asheley Stewart, West Forsyth; Jessica Ann Sink, Mt. Tabor
More Programs and Activities. Watch this space for additional information about our chapter's programs. Also, check the Field Trips section for the lowdown on exciting Forsyth Audubon excursions both local and regional, and check the Calendar for monthly meeting info and important club dates. For information on our Important Bird Areas and local habitat protection efforts, see our Conservation page.
Strategic Plan. The board of Forsyth Audubon developed a Strategic Plan for the period July 2011 through June 2012. The plan focused on four programmatic areas: Conservation, Education, Citizen Science and Advocacy. Most of the activities are ongoing. Take some time to read the plan and get involved in our activities.