This year, as always, Jean gathered programs with something for everyone, from beginning to experienced birders and from frequent travelers to backyard birders. We met new experts and visited with our favorites at bird club meetings. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of Feb., April, June, Aug., and October.
Monday, October 15–Final Meeting for 2018
Topic: The Greenway: History/Sections/Birds and Other Wildlife
Presented by: Barbara McRae
Of course, Barbara knows our Greenway better than anyone as evidenced by her columns in the Franklin Press. She sees things we might miss – not just birds, but plants and animals and insects. And she was involved with the creation of the Greenway from the start.
This was our final meeting for 2018 and it was a great one. Thanks, Barbara, for making the history of the Greenway come to life and helping us appreciate the many residents of the Greenway.
Topic: “ Through the Lens: Birds, Bears, and More”
Presented by: Ed & Cindy Boos
Many thanks to Ed and Cindy for a great program and sharing their amazing photos and videos with us.
Ed and Cindy specialize in wildlife photography with an emphasis on capturing behaviors. Ed does most of the still photography and Cindy does most of the video photography. Their photography travels have taken them to many parts of North America, as well as Ecuador and Kenya.
Their photos have been published in Birds & Blooms, Carolina Country Magazine, as well as reginal publications. As always, Ed and Cindy’s photography work is not to be missed.
Monday, August 20
Topic: Birding in Thailand with Jim and Ellen Shelton
Jim and Ellen are well known to Franklin birders as frequent leaders of our Wednesday Greenway walks. They have traveled and birded extensively in the United States, as well as countries in Africa, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Presented by: Jim & Ellen Shelton
Topic: “You Better Watch Out, Chimney Swifts Are Coming to Town”
Presented by: Tom Tribble
At our planning meeting early in the year, we discussed building a Chimney Swift tower to place on the Greenway – and it’s going to be a reality!
Barbara McRae has helped us get a donation from Duke Energy for the project and Jim Shelton has agreed to lead the construction effort.
At our June meeting, Tom Tribble, President of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (Asheville area) talked to us about Chimney Swifts and his group’s experience with building and maintaining a tower.–jh
Watching migrating Chimney Swifts enter a roosting site by the thousands is a spectacle that everyone, not just birders, should witness. The Chimney Swift is Audubon North Carolina’s 2016 Bird of the Year, recognized as a focal species, one that helps us understand the opportunities for meaningful conservation action. The Chimney Swift is a familiar sight in the sky over towns and cities, constantly twittering and changing direction as it hunts for insects on the wing, yet rarely recognized.
Tom Tribble is President of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, the Audubon chapter that covers Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and several adjacent counties. Tom has been an Audubon member and avid birder for more than 40 years. He worked for 30 years at the NC Center for Geographic Information & Analysis, the State’s Geographic Information System, retiring in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree from Duke University.
Monday, April 16
Topic: “Birding in Trinidad/Tobago”
Presented by: John & Cathy Sill
Thanks to John and Cathy for a chance to meet and enjoy the colorful birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Their great photos of tropical birds and their description of a stay at the Asa Wright Nature Center was complete with porch viewing possibilities of more than 40 species. The Sill’s birding adventure was organized by Caligo Ventures, Portal, AZ.
Monday, February 19
Topic: “Birds in the Backyard and Beyond”
Presented by: Birder and photographer, Tim Carstens
Thanks, Tim, for a terrific start to our new year. Your backyard–and beyond– photos are an inspiration to the photographer in all of us. Including equipment, birding groups, birding hot-spots, print and online resources sent birders of every level home with new places to bird and ways to improve their skills.