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.
Our 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.