What we're about

This group enjoys local (and regional) trips to see wildlife in the Raleigh, Wake County area of North Carolina. We focus on birdwatching, and we enjoy teaching anyone who is new to birding. We welcome visitors to the area who want to attend our trips.

We also volunteer for various events, including river cleanups, prairie management at local parks, nestbox maintenance, helping with events at various parks and museums, and "citizen science" projects (such as Christmas Bird Count and Great Backyard Bird Count).

Wake Audubon has a group for youth (teens 12 - 18); you can read more about the Young Naturalists Group at http://www.wakeaudubon.org/ync.htm as the trips for YN are not posted on this Meetup site.

There is no requirement to join Wake Audubon Society in order to be a member of this Meetup. There is no fee for this Meetup. We encourage you to join Wake Audubon, however, as we depend on member fees to support our environmental projects: http://www.wakeaudubon.org/join.htm Wake Audubon meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh. The meeting is open to the public.

Wake Audubon Society is a member of Audubon NC (http://www.nc.audubon.org) and of the National Audubon Society (http://www.audubon.org). We have a membership of about 1,200 and hold monthly meetings, field trips, bird walks and other activities. Wake Audubon is made up of a diverse group of people with a variety of interests and specialties; we're not just birdwatchers. Wake Audubon members share a common interest in wildlife, nature and environmental conservation: http://www.wakeaudubon.org/what_we_do.htm

Mission Statement: "To foster knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of nature; to encourage responsible environmental stewardship; to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity."

Upcoming events (5+)

Birds and Beer: Part 1 (The Bird Walk)

Umstead Park Lake

Come join Wake Audubon for Birds and Beer! With winter here, what better way to stay excited about birding than to bird and drink with fellow birders. This is a two part event. First we will do a bird walk around Big Lake at Umstead State Park starting at 4 pm on Wednesday January 22, 2020. Afterwards, we will meet at Lonerider brewery at 6 pm to hang out and enjoy a beer. Feel free to attend either or both parts of the event. Please RSVP for the events you plan on attending. This is Part One: The Bird Walk at 4 pm This bird walk will be at Big Lake at Umstead State Park. (NOTE: Use the CRABTREE CREEK entrance on US 70. You cannot reach us via the I-40 entrance!) We will head down towards the lake from the parking area and then follow the powerlines to the Northwest. This is not a paved walk, so make sure to wear appropriate shoes for the weather (boots if it has been raining). If you have a spotting scope it could be helpful for looking at waterfowl. Meet at parking for Potts Branch trailhead (see google maps link). We will be in the southern most loop of the parking lot. Go past the visitor center and follow the road to the end for the last parking lot. Notes: This is strictly a scheduled gathering. Alcohol and food will not be provided, but may be purchased from the brewery.

Birds and Beer: Part 2 (The Beer)

Lonerider Brewing Company

Come join Wake Audubon for Birds and Beer! With winter here, what better way to stay excited about birding than to bird and drink with fellow birders. This is a two part event. First we will do a bird walk around Big Lake at Umstead State Park starting at 4 pm on Wednesday January 22, 2020. Afterwards, we will meet at Lonerider brewery at 6 pm to hang out and enjoy a beer. Feel free to attend either or both parts of the event. Please RSVP for the events you plan on attending. These events are open to anyone who is interested. This is Part Two: The Beer We will meet at Lonerider Brewery ( 8816 Gulf Ct #100 · Raleigh, NC ) to share epic tales of birding with each other. Like that time you saw the majestic mourning dove on a power line silhouetted by a spectacular sunset! This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow birders and also learn more about Wake Audubon Society. If you are new to birding, or don't know a thing about it, but like the idea of having a beer and learning, then come out and join us. The inside seating might be limited so please bring a jacket just in case you want to get more room outside. For those of you into man made metallic birds, we will be directly under the final approach path for runway 23 R at RDU! Notes: This is strictly a scheduled gathering. Alcohol and food will not be provided, but may be purchased from the brewery.

Joyner Park FRIDAY 2020-01-24

E Carroll Joyner Park

Join Wake Audubon for a free birdwalk at the 117-acre E Carroll Joyner Park, on FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020, from 8:00 to about 10:00 a.m. (Moved to 1-24 because Wake Audubon needs volunteers on 1-25 and 1-26 for Astronomy Days. ) Leader is Erla Beegle ([masked] or[masked]) The address is 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest (one mile east of Capital Boulevard and three miles north of 98/Capital interchange). Turn right (east) on Harris and follow Harris Road for about a half-mile and the park appears on your right. Note that the "commuter traffic" is heading SOUTH on Capital, and most of us drive NORTH to get to the park. Plan on walking about 2 miles (mostly paved, but a couple of grassy sections) as we explore the park and look for birds and other wildlife. The park is open dawn to dusk so you can arrive earlier than 8 am (another way to beat the traffic.) http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/joyner-park.aspx Ebird information on birds sighted at Joyner: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1057149 E Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC (meet in main parking lot) Note: Park has construction going on. A lot of habitat is disappearing. PS Thanks for joining our WAS Meetup. We hope you will help us by joining Wake Audubon Society - a chapter of National Audubon! = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Our Wake Audubon walks are free and open to the general public. Children are welcome at most events when accompanied by an adult. Some trips require a reservation OFF MEETUP due to limited signup. Thank you for your interest in birding with others. Our Meetup is FREE to you and supported by Wake Audubon. We hope you will support us by joining Wake Audubon Society ($20 per year) and by donations and by volunteering. See http://wakeaudubon.org/support/ for more information.

Wake Audubon Booth at Astronomy Days 2020-0125

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Wake Audubon Booth at Astronomy Days January 25 and January 26, 2020 Astronomy Days - Volunteers Needed! Time: Sat, Jan 25, 9am - 5pm and Sun, Jan 26, Noon - 5pm Place: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC Description: Wake Audubon Society will table both days. Volunteer shifts to be published, probably a morning and an afternoon shiftNote: Ernie needs your name, phone number, and preferred day and time to volunteer. Note: We will let you know where the booth is when you contact Ernie. This is a big event so there will be booths on all four floors in BOTH buildings. (They will give out floor maps that day, too.) on Saturday, and one shift on Sunday for 1 to 5. Our booth topic will be Birds of the Constellations. We will show you what to do. This is lots of fun and wonderful outreach for Audubon. Contact Ernie Hahn at [masked] to volunteer. Note: Ernie needs your name, phone number, and preferred day and time to volunteer. Note: We will let you know where the booth is when you contact Ernie. This is a big event so there will be booths on all four floors in BOTH buildings. (They will give out floor maps that day, too.)

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