Forsyth Audubon volunteers to do quarterly trash cleanups at Historic Bethabara Park under the City of Winston-Salem's Adopt-a-Park and Keep Winston Beautiful programs. Currently, our cleanup focus is on the Mill Creek and wetland areas of the park between Old Town and Reynolda Roads. Four times a year, volunteers meet at the corner of Reynolda and Bethabara Park Roads at 9 a.m. We pick up trash along the park trails and along the roads, and we collect up debris that has gathered in the creek. Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. Trash bags will be available, but you also can bring your own. Of course, we are always looking for birds as we work, so bring your binoculars, too.
As a reward for our efforts, we usually stop at Dioli's afterward for those scrumptious Italian donuts. Our next cleanup coincides with the City of Winston-Salem's Big Sweep on October 8th. Pam Wooten is our cleanup coordinator.
The chapter also works with the Town of Bethania to improve bird habitat at the Walnut Bottoms Preserve. The preserve includes woodlands and open fields along the east side of Muddy Creek. Trails may be accessed from the Bethania Visitor's Center parking lot. Currently, work days focus on maintaining native plants that we have added along the edge of the parking lot and removing foreign invasive plants from areas of the preserve, namely, Multiflora Rose and Calleri Pear. For more about this effort, see our Conservation page about the Bethania Preserves.