- May Monthly Meeting
Join us as Kevin Ashley and Starla Rogers from the City of Concord talk about what they’re doing, the challenges they face balancing the interests of the citizens and all the ways our friends in Raleigh make their jobs harder. Kevin Ashley AICP , Deputy Planning Director 33 years of experience in local government and planning consulting in NC and FL Employed by City of Concord[masked] and 2008-present Education: Warren Wilson College BA: Geography/Urban and Regional Planning, Appalachian State University Memberships: American Planning Association, AICP membership since 1992 North Carolina Low Impact Development (NCLID) certified Starla Rogers, Planning and Development Manager 13 years of experience in local government planning Employed by City of Concord since 2006 to present Education: BA: Political Science, Public Administration, Catawba College Memberships: American Planning Association
- April Monthly Meetup
Have you ever wondered what that bug is that hangs around on your porch? Or what critter left some scat in your yard? This FREE app can help you figure out the answers to all your nature ID questions. -PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE- We will begin at 6 pm so we can practice with the app. At this month's meeting we will be exploring the iNaturalist app with Alex Beck from Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks and Mandy Smith-Thompson the City of Concord Environmental Educator. Later in the month the Charlotte Metro Region will be competing in a global bioblitz and we need your participation to win! Come join in on the fun.
- March Monthly Meetup (FREE)
Join CWA for clips from the movie ‘Sustainable’ about farming and discussion with Thomas Moore from Cabarrus County Farm & Food Council. Thomas is a sustainability practitioner and consultant who enables organizations to improve their operating frameworks by offering sustainable solutions that will enhance bottom line performance while providing environmental and social benefits to their employees, customers, and community. He has extensive experience in sustainable community development, supply chain management, food security initiatives, and developing sustainable food systems. Thomas serves as the chair of the Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council. The council focuses on promoting sustainable agriculture in Cabarrus County with support of local farmers, producers, and businesses that use their products; supporting hunger relief education and initiatives; and providing educational and networking opportunities to engage stakeholders in all of the local food processes, including consumers.
- February Monthly Meeting (FREE)
Stacey Jones, one of our new board members, will present on Good Bugs/Bad Bugs that will help you distinguish between insect pests and natural enemies commonly found in yards/gardens. You will gain a better understanding of insects and the important role they play in the environment. Pest control options will be highlighted including organic insecticides. Stacey will bring her insect collection so you can see preserved specimens of common NC insects. Stacey holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Entomology from New Mexico State University. Plants and insects have been her passion since childhood and she has worked with them professionally for 18 years. Stacey started her extension career with the University of Arizona in 2008. She joined North Carolina Cooperative Extension in 2016 as an Area Specialized Agent for Ornamental Crops. Her main focus is on pest management in greenhouse and nursery operations.
- January Monthly Meeting
Patty Masten is a Mecklenburg Audubon Society Board member. As the Conservation Chair for MAS, she is working on a Prothonotary Warbler Nesting Box Project focusing on many different areas in Cabarrus County. The Prothonotary Warbler is a bright yellow vibrant bird with a beautiful song. They are called the “swamp bird” as they nest Primarily in swampy, stagnant water in the Southeast. We are in their primary breeding grounds. Their population is declining and are they on the National Audubon species watch. They can’t find enough cavities to build nests, so Patty is working on installing nest boxes for them for this coming spring breeding season. Please come and listen to her presentation and passion to help these birds.
- Give Thanks for Wildlife Fundraiser
Join CWA at Cabarrus Brewing Company for an evening with friends and enjoy a catered Smoke Pit BBQ dinner, venison chili samplings by local firefighters, a commemorative beer glass with a drink ticket, and live music 'til close. All event proceeds will benefit programs supported by CWA including NC Hunters for the Hungry, Kids in Nature Day, Pollinator garden expansions, and wildlife education and habitat improvement. This is a ticketed fundraiser and tickets are on sale now! There are a limited number of tickets so be sure to get yours before its too late. Visit our website, www.concordwildlifealliance.com, to learn more and purchase tickets.
- November Monthly Meetup
Our meetings are always open to the public. Always feel free to come to anything that interests you! We would love to meet you. Meg Fencil, Sustain Charlotte's Program Director, educates, engages and unites the community through our programs and is actively involved in fostering partnerships within the community and assessing program outcomes. Prior to her work with Sustain Charlotte, Meg designed and implemented original research programs as a U.S. Fulbright grant recipient in Croatia and a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow in Japan. While completing her dissertation research in coastal south Texas, she advocated for responsible coastal management, protection of freshwater flows to estuaries and sustainable fisheries. Meg holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. She taught project-based mathematics to 9th-grade students at West Charlotte High School through Project L.I.F.T. and Ten80 Foundation. An experienced educator at both the university and K-12 level, Meg enjoys developing educational materials and reaching diverse groups of stakeholders in relevant and innovative ways.
- CCFFC Film Event - Sustainable Farming
This event is free, but there are limited seats so please register through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccffc-october-film-event-sustainable-farming-tickets-47902171685 "Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations." A joint event from: Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council, Rowan Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Program, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners, and Concord Wildlife Alliance. A family-friendly event to bring attention to local farming communities and practices. 5:30 pm--Networking with food and drink 6:00 pm--Introduction, keynote speaker, and film 7:45 pm--Raffle and closing comments
We will meet at 10:00 am Clearwater Artist Studio in the back near the green space. Gloves and bags provided. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty! Waterproof shoes, boots are always good as well as gloves if you have them. Water and snacks will be provided. Note from ClearWater Artist Studios Management: we notice a prevalence of poison ivy along the stream this year, and encourage everyone to know how to recognize it; and protect your skin and eyes accordingly! Tuck shirtsleeves into gloves. Have anti-poison ivy soap on hand for immediate washing if you happen to come in contact. Tip: Wash any clothing that contacts poison ivy separately, with Fells-Naphtha Soap in hot water, before combining with other laundry. Plant oils can contaminate a whole load.