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Nature Notes - August 2016
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Pearson Audubon Announces Officers

TGPAS  has instituted a new, and possibly improved, administrative structure for 2016-2017. We are pleased to announce that Jack Jezorek will assume the chair position, joined by Lynn Moseley as co-chair and Sarah Gilley as vice-chair.

Each of these positions is for a one-year term, with co-chair moving up to chair and vice-chair moving up to co-chair.
 
The out-going chair will then stay on the board as immediate past chair. The hope is to provide a more structured succession for officers and to allow for more certainty for others who may wish to serve the chapter.
 
Other officers are Judy Hoag, secretary, and Sue Cole, treasurer. These officers are joined on the board of directors by Lynn Burnette, newsletter editor; Stella Wear, field trips coordinator; Tom Wear, publicity; Marie Poteat, chapter archivist; and Courtenay Vass, environmental education coordinator.
 
Please welcome these chapter leaders when you next see them and thank them for their service. This is especially so for Dennis Burnette who has served the chapter so well as co-chair for the last several years. As we implied above, he is not going away – you knew that of course – but will remain on the board as immediate past chair to provide sage advice and will continue to do his wonderful nature presentations for us and for the larger community. Thank you, Dennis!

TGPAS Does Brainstorming!

With a new program year rapidly approaching and upcoming changes to our Board’s administration, TGPAS board members and friends met on Sunday, July 25 ,at the Greensboro Arboretum’s education building to do a litttle brainstorming. 

Jack Jezorek, board chair, asked us to “consider what the chapter has done in the past that was successful, what was not successful,” and, most importantly, to come up with new ideas that will take our chapter into a future of further successes in programs, activities and  membership growth. 

The session produced exciting ideas for new programs and workshops, especially in the areas of education about Chimney Swifts (Audubon Bird of the Year) and invasive plants.  New approaches to increasing member and volunteer involvement and retention were also abundantly offered and will be acted on. 

TGPAS board members encourage all who read Nature Notes to join us in enjoying our programs, walks and other activities. You could be “brainstorming” with us next year.

Opportunity to Volunteer

TGPAS members have the opportunity to volunteer not only for their chapter but also serve the greater Triad community through its Bird Friendly Communities group.
 
Ann Walter-Fromson has been Pearson Audubon’s chapter liaison to the statewide Bird Friendly Communities (BFC) group for the past three years, “I am now offering this opportunity to the board and other folks who’ve been involved with BFC to see if one of you would be interested in filling this role,” she says. “It’s a good way to get connected with BFC programs at the state level and to meet people in the chapter and recruit others for specific tasks.”
 
These duties involve participating in monthly BFC conference calls led by Kim Brand of Audubon North Carolina, recruiting volunteers for projects such as the nursery blitz, the Green and Growin’ Trade Show, and the Innovation Cornerstone garden, coordinating requests for BFC speakers, and keeping our chapter stocked with Bird-Friendly Native Plants brochures and updated and printed lists of nurseries participating in the Bird-Friendly Native Plants program. The monthly conference calls are generally on the third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon.
 
Although she is ready to pass the liaison baton on to someone else, Ann plans to remain active as a speaker and as a volunteer. She will be happy to consult with whoever takes on the role.
 
If you are interested, send an email to Ann at
annwf7@gmail.com.

TGPAS Board Email Addresses

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Sarah Gilley
Judy Hoag
Jack Jezorek
Lynn Moseley
Marie Poteat
Courtenay Vass
Stella Wear
Tom Wear
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Howdy!!

We Hope to See You at the TGPAS 'Meet and Greet' Sunday, August 14

 
As we said in the June Nature Notes, TGPAS folks have limited chances at chapter activities to interact and  to get to know one another better. To counter this dearth of “face time,” the board wants to hold more purely social events, perhaps several times each program year.  The first of these will be held in place of the August Second Sunday Walk.

Instead of walking we'll do some talking---with new members, not-so-active members and with“old hands”. We'll share bird sightings, chat about good places to walk and get in some R&R on a Sunday afternoon..
 
Our Meet and Greet will take place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. On weekends parking is free in all City of Greensboro lots and decks, and so you'll have no problems parking.
 
The chapter will provide light snacks and iced tea, but adult and other beverages will also be available for purchase. If you are new to Audubon or have not attended many chapter functions, come on down to Scuppernong and meet each other as well as some of us long-time members. We “old timers” can answer questions you have about the chapter and its activities. So come on down to spend a pleasant afternoon with fellow Auduboners,  or just stop in to say “Howdy.” We'll be pleased to see you.
 

Time to Spruce up Our Audubon Natural Area

 
By Jim Eldrett, ANA Steward
The Audubon Natural Area in Greensboro continues to buzz with several exciting projects in the pipeline. Meanwhile, a little housekeeping is in order.  You are invited to join us for an hour or two at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4

The hot weather and plentiful rain has the jungle in full encroachment mode.  Please join me in teaching it some manners and reclaiming the trail. Any sharp instrument for cutting foliage will be helpful.

There is an opportunity for someone with some metal working skills to fix the predator guard on the nest box pole near the entrance.

If anyone has a battery powered sander that I can borrow for a week or so, I'd like to continue working on sprucing up our sign, which is a good job for me because it doesn't involve a lot of leg work. I will share that a video opportunity was missed the other day as I was painting the sign and did a slow fall off my chair, ala Arte Johnson. Paint was not spilled, but color was added to my left hip. Hope to see you there!
 
Contact Jim at mooose55@msn.com

Audubon NC Chapter Day Coming Aug. 21
to Haw River State Park

Chapter Day is the annual gathering of Audubon members from all 10 chapters in the state.

Staff and board members from the Audubon state office will also be present and will tell us about projects and issues that are statewide, such as the Bird Friendly Communities project, and plans for the Audubon Pine Island Sanctuary in Duck. Leaders from the 10 chapters across the state will share some of their successes and problems. For example, TGPAS will give an update on our various projects at the Audubon Natural Area, the Downtown Greenway Cornerstone site, and our chapter displays at Price and Lake Daniel parks and the Bog Garden.
 
This is a great opportunity for TGPAS board members, other chapter leaders, as well as those new to Audubon to get better acquainted with Audubon North Carolina staff and Audubon members from across the state. And we’ll be able to walk some of the wonderful trails in the park before and after the meeting. Lunch and snacks will be available for a small charge or you may bring your own.

This is really an informative and fun day, so mark your calendar for Sunday, August 21. For information contact Jack Jezorek at:  suejackj@bellsouth.net. If you have attended Chapter Day in the past you will get registration information from Audubon North Carolina. We will also send more detailed  information in a future e-mail.

Arboretum Nature Walk Report - Butterflies

 By Dennis Burnette
Twenty-four of us (a great turnout!) participated in the TGPAS Second Sunday Nature Walk in the Greensboro Arboretum on Sunday afternoon, July 10. This was a joint outing with the Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society, and our goal was to combine the expertise of both groups to find butterflies and native plants as well as birds.
 
The weather was quite cooperative with temperatures in the upper 80s and a sunny sky with a light breeze. We had moderate success finding butterflies, about a dozen species in total, and everyone seemed to have a good time. 
 
Butterflies have been a bit scarce in the Triad lately, presumably because the dry weather in late June and early July may have caused plants to stop producing nectar. Recent rain seems to have turned that around. Among the butterflies we saw were three Monarch butterflies, at least one of which was a female. Monarchs have been particularly scarce this year, so it was good to see them.
 
Several folks in our group were interested in learning to identify milkweeds, the food plant for Monarch caterpillars. We searched through many milkweed plants along the creek, some still in bloom and others with seedpods. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any caterpillars, but everyone had the opportunity to examine the milkweed plants..
 
We found Pawpaw trees, the host plant for Zebra Swallowtail butterflies, that had fruit on them. This tree species was a first for many folks. One of the nicest sightings was a very fresh and colorful Red Admiral butterfly sipping nectar from Purple Coneflower. See the attached photo.
 
We paid attention to the birds, as well.  We didn’t see anything unusual, but it’s always nice to see the locally common species.

 The congenial group of people, interesting critters, and nice weather combined to make this one of our more successful outings.
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