Best sign of spring: our weekly Greenway walks start in less than a month – April 4!
In the meantime, enjoy the birds at your feeders – and in your yards and gardens and woodlands and meadows and all around us.
You know this is the Year of the Bird.
And from our local writers:
George Ellison’s column about the American Woodcock is especially timely after our walk with Jason Love last month (Smoky Mountain News, March 7-13 issue).
And I hope you never miss one of Barbara McRae’s columns in The Franklin Press on Fridays. She’s done some wonderful columns on our common birds recently, including the not-so-common Ross’s Goose seen by her and others on the Greenway. First sighting in Macon County!
Happy Birding–Jean Hunnicutt
The FBC has hats.
Thanks to Ellen Shelton for handling the order – before she and Jim left for birding in Thailand.
They’re $10 and will be available for purchase at the meeting.
Great Backyard Bird Count–2/16/18 & 2/19/18
by George Kaye
Jason Love, scientist and manager at Coweeta Lab, brought the Audubon Society’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count to the students of Mountain View Middle School in Franklin on 2/16/18 and 2/19/18.
With the help of volunteers from Franklin Bird Club, Highlands Audubon and Southern Raptor Research over 200 middle school students had the opportunity to search for birds around their school grounds.
The students were provided with binoculars, which they enjoyed learning to use. Student record keepers tallied the birds they found . After that, Jason gathered the students in the classroom, where he entered the data on the Audubon E-bird website. They could see what had been sighted via an overhead projector as Jason entered the data.
The Great Backyard Birdcount is a worldwide birding event encouraging anybody to participate. They record all the birds they see, with the purpose of providing scientists with a snapshot of the kind of birds and the number of birds in everyones backyard. With this data, bird populations and changes can be tracked workdwide.
We hope we got students excited about nature, and the world around them.
by Jean Hunnicutt
Jason Love had been scouting for American Woodcocks doing their courting displays and found the most activity at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap.
Tuesday night, 2/20, was set for Jason to take us to experience these magical displays. The display started at dusk and lasted about an hour.