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 birders. 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 (4+)

Wendell Community Park 2022-0709

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BIRDWALK: Wendell Park Birdwalk Birding With Frank

Birdwalk on SATURDAY JULY 9, 2022, 8:30 am to approximately 10:30 am at Wendell Community Park, 601 West 3rd Street, Wendell, NC
Leader is Frank Doherty ( [masked] )

RSVP on Meetup opens about the start of the month. This is to give everyone who receives the Wake Audubon e-newsletter a chance to get on the RSVP and to prevent someone from signing up weeks ahead and THEN not going because they forgot!

Technically, an RSVP is not required for this birdwalk, but it is helpful.

Note: at times there is an event at the park and thus an entrance fee -- tell them you are there for the free birdwalk to avoid the fee! But, you might have to pay the fee anyway, since we have to park inside the park these days due to construction.

There is construction at the park entrance, so drive up near the Community Center and park in the grassy field on the left. Look for people with binoculars.

This birdwalk repeats on the second Saturday of most months. Check Meetup and wakeaudubon.org calendars for updates.

Wendell Park has unpaved trails that lead us through woodlands, mowed areas, and a boardwalk overlooking a marsh with baldcypress. It is one of our easternmost Wake County hotspots, and just a short drive to the Turnipseed Preserve (which is open on weekends throughout the year and each day in the summer).

NOTE: This walk is not conducive for Birdability attendees. Trails are not paved and there are rough and steep areas. Watch your step, wear sturdy shoes, and pack water. Can be muddy after heavy rain. Lots and lots of non-fire ants; wear CLOSED-TOE SHOES, socks, trousers.

Wendell Park ebird hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L5460345
Previous list from April 2022 (36 species total)

Thanks, Frank, for volunteering to be the trip leader each month!

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 Meeting: Pollinator Conservation in North Carolina

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ZOOM AND In-Person!
Meeting for Wake Audubon: Pollinator Conservation in North Carolina
Tuesday, JULY 12, 2022 FROM 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Pollinator Conservation in North Carolina
Our native pollinators are in trouble. How can we help? Gabriela Garrison, Eastern Piedmont Habitat Conservation Coordinator for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, will present fun facts about native
bees in North Carolina as well as outline current statewide pollinator conservation efforts and initiatives.

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  • Museum of Natural Sciences (121 W. Jones St., Raleigh), William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center (4th floor). Someone will be at the entry door between the globe and the Daily Planet Cafe from 7 - 7:45. Masks are optional but encouraged for anyone who is not vaccinated or at high risk. If you feel unwell, please stay home and enjoy our presentation over Zoom. Refreshments provided.
  • Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83137865298 Password: 4Birds.
  • Please note: Room and location could change. Check back

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Wake Audubon Meeting, second Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 pm to about 9:15 pm.

Free and open to the public, and we hope you will help us by joining Wake Audubon and National Audubon!

Member fees are just $20 per year to renew with National Audubon.

Questions? Contact Erla Beegle ([masked] or[masked]) = *Last updated[masked] by LEBeegle

Early Birders at Prairie Ridge (NO LEADER, 2022 07-15)

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Early Birders welcome at Prairie Ridge Ecostation on :
Friday JULY 15, 6 AM or any time thereafter!
Leader: NONE. Bird on your own or with people you meet.
Address: 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh. Do NOT park outside the gates.

The Prairie Ridge staff are opening the gates ^ EARLY *, ONE FRIDAY A MONTH, so that birders can come enjoy early morning birding.
And yes, you can arrive ANY TIME from open to closing (4 pm).
For more information see: https://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/early-birds-at-prairie-ridge-2/

The normal hours of operation for Prairie Ridge Ecostation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm (closed on Sunday and Monday) and closed on most state holidays. Please CONFIRM that there are no delays to the opening date and time by visiting their web site!

Please note that there is no official birding program happening,
Assume no facilities will be available.
See their web site for maps and other information

Follow along on Facebook @prairieridge

You can RSVP here but remember, there is NO LEADER for this outing.

NOTE: Prairie Ridge is NOT a Birdability site; it has all soft trails.
It is best to wear long sleeves and boots for your visit.
NO DOGS are allowed at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.
The restrooms in the building near the Purple Martin houses might be open. I believe the birdfeeders have been taken down until further notice.

Hope to see some birders out nice and early! : )

Hilltop-Needmore Park (North), 2022-07-16

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Free Birdwalk with Wake Audubon at Hilltop-Needmore Park
Location: Hilltop-Needmore Park, 4621 Shady Greens Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Leaders: Larry Zoller, Mike Maier, Kyra Thurow Bartow
Date: Saturday, JULY 16, 2022
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 am
Join us for a Wake Audubon birdwalk at Hilltop-Needmore Park on the third Saturday of every month (check here for updates).

Registration is required. *RSVP will open once the newsletter is out, near the start of the month.

Ebird hotspot site: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L16295752
The April 2022 list had * 41 * species!

(Note: confirm location by using Meetup for walk location)
Photos from our February walk: https://www.meetup.com/Wake-Audubon-Meetup/photos/32146273/

We will meet at the lower end of the old Club House parking lot. Look for a "Bird Walk Here" sign. We will start promptly at 8:30 am regardless of the weather and should finish by 10:30 am. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on the wet grass fairways. There is some elevation change but we will not be moving quickly as we stop frequently for birds. No birding experience is necessary. Bring your binoculars and a bird guide if you have one. The walk is not recommended for children under 6. Please leave your pets at home.

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