Bird-Friendly Communities

Audubon Garden-Bethania

Eight years ago Forsyth Audubon members Shelley Rutkin, Susan Andrews, Lisa Gould and Lois Schneider worked with the town of Bethania to install a Bird Friendly Native Plant Garden at the Bethania Visitor Center.  Since then, through their efforts, the garden has thrived and been enjoyed by all. At this time we are pleased to announce that Michelle Williams, Historic Landscape Coordinator for the Town of Bethania, will be taking over leadership for the care of the garden.  She invites Forsyth Audubon members and others to continue their involvement through work days to be scheduled the third Tuesday of each month between 9 and 11 a.m. Congratulations to all involved for a successful conservation project and thank you for all of your hard work. 

Forsyth Creek Week Grant

Forsyth Audubon received a grant from Forsyth Creek Week for an interpretive sign to educate the public about the value of a rain garden/wetland that benefits birds and other wildlife.  Declining habitat, especially in our urban setting, and climate change threaten many of our bird species. We want to do what we can to sustain what valuable habitat we have, and to encourage residents to create or enhance habitat in their own yards and neighborhoods.  We believe what helps birds, helps people. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Forsyth Audubon is helping to revitalize on e of our own urban neighborhoods for people and birds. 

Habitat Awards Forsyth Audubon Members! 

Forsyth Audubon volunteers, including Don Lendle, were honored at the Habitat annual awards ceremony. Their many hours spent installing Bird Friendly native plants at the Habitat campus and homes were greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to Kim Brand for initiating our partnership with Habitat Forsyth County.
Our work will continue as we partner with Forest Evening Garden Club to bring more landscape beauty and Bird Friendly Yards to Habitat.

Habitat for Humanity and Audubon

Forsyth Audubon continues to be active in this partnership planting Native Plants at the campus and individual homes, offering educational events regarding birds and conservation, installing bird houses, and leading discussions regarding solar energy for Habitat homes.  The rain garden and wetland project  has been a success with the vast majority of plants surviving and thriving through this hot summer.  Plant adjustments will be made this fall as we see the need.  It is functioning as expected to hold storm water and filter it before entering a stream.

All involved have been quite pleased including our bird, butterfly, and pollinator friends.  Another planting is scheduled in October ,exact date pending. We are looking into building a chimney swift tower on the campus, and will expand our educational efforts in the neighborhood.  Plan to join in with your fellow members in these activities. Contact Don Lendle for information or to offer suggestions.

Our recent planting day at Habitat Forsyth was truly a community partnership, with volunteers from Wells Fargo, Habitat Forsyth, Audubon North Carolina, and Forsyth Audubon. This video shows how rewarding these partnerships can be, and the importance of of bird-friendly gardening. Check out the video

Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities is one of five major strategies in National Audubon Society's new strategic plan and will be implemented across the country. Audubon North Carolina has received a $40,000 Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant to expand the Bird-Friendly Communities Program across the state. The goals are to educate North Carolina residents about how they can make an impact in their own backyards and neighborhoods and to give them the tools to do so. Forsyth Audubon's own Kim Brand is Bird-Friendly Communities Coordinator for the statewide effort, and she has been awarded a $10,000 TogetherGreen fellowship to lead a local partnership between our chapter and Habitat for Humanity to revitalize one of our own urban neighborhoods for birds and people.

austintreesOur local efforts will focus on the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood of Winston-Salem just north of downtown. It is a focal neighborhood for Habitat's revitalization initiative. Community partners, including Forsyth Audubon and Habitat, will join forces to create six bird-friendly yards and two public area habitats to provide the range of food sources birds need to succeed during migration, nesting season and throughout the year. In fact, In fact, the work already has begun. In mid-October, volunteers gathered to landscape two yards near Paisley Middle School with bird-friendly native plants provided by volunteers and with funds generously donated by the Little Greens Garden Club. Audubon member Susan Andrews and Habitat volunteer Diane Evans came up with the landscape design. The first-time homeowners are thrilled about the results and ready to be  dedicated caretakers. At right: Volunteer Austin loves trees.

There will be any number of opportunities to become involved in the coming year, so let Kim Brand know if you would like to help. And, the activities will involve more than gardening. For example, we need volunteers to monitor Brown-headed Nuthatch nestboxes that we are putting up at several city and county parks.  At right: We love plants.






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