Audubon Meeting to Host Leading National Scientists in North Carolina

Winston-Salem, N.C. (May 2, 2015) – This May, birding enthusiasts, conservation specialists and leading scientists will arrive in Winston-Salem for the Audubon North Carolina Annual Meeting. The event, co-hosted with local chapter Forsyth Audubon, will offer guided trips to Forsyth County’s top birding destinations as well as opportunities to learn from leading bird and climate scientists discussing Audubon’s efforts to preserve birds and their habitats across our state. 

The highlight of the weekend will be welcoming the National Audubon Society’s Chief Scientist Gary Langham to North Carolina. As the lead researcher behind Audubon’s groundbreaking Birds and Climate Change Study, Langham will discuss the latest findings on birds and the impact of climate change in North Carolina and across North America.   

“Since the release of Audubon’s Birds and Climate Report, Audubon North Carolina has been a leading voice on birds, climate change and inspiring North Carolinians to take actions that help protect birds across our state,” said Audubon North Carolina Executive Director Heather Hahn. “We’re honored to have Gary Langham join us for the Annual Meeting to discuss how our organization plans to tackle climate issues from a national perspective.”

This year’s meeting boasts a variety of activities that will appeal to all types of outdoor enthusiasts and bird conservation experts. Programs will include birding trips to some of Forsyth County’s most beautiful birding areas, as well as to Pilot Mountain State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meeting participants can also attend a conservation workshop on how to become involved in advocating for long-term protection of bird strongholds or taking steps to help the the Chimney Swift, Audubon North Carolina’s 2016 Bird of the Year.

The Audubon North Carolina Annual Meeting will be held Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 15 at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center in Winston-Salem with scheduled trips throughout Forsyth County. For more information, visit our website at nc.audubon.org.

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About Audubon North Carolina

With a century of conservation history in North Carolina, Audubon strives to conserve and restore the habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds. Audubon North Carolina achieves its mission through a blend of science-based research and conservation, education and outreach, and advocacy. Audubon North Carolina has offices in Corolla, Boone, Wilmington and Chapel Hill. Learn more at nc.audubon.org and @audubonnc.

Media Contacts:

Karen Fernandez, Audubon North Carolina, kfernandez@audubon.org, 919-929-3899

Mary Alice Holley, BC/DC Ideas, maryalice@bcdcideas.com, 919-864-0428