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+)

Science Cafe: Beekeeping in the City 2019-07-25

The Daily Planet Cafe

Beekeeping in the City - a Science Cafe talk sponsored by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm (arrive earlier for a seat and if you want to buy dinner or a drink). The talk is free. Daily Planet Cafe, 11 West Jones Street (next door to the Nature Research Center and Museum of Natural Sciences). Enjoy this brief presentation and discussion about beekeeping in urban environments. In this Science Café, we will learn about this exciting hobby from a practical standpoint. Find out what it takes to get started with bees, but more importantly what it takes to be an ethical, neighborly, and successful urban beekeeper. Urban beekeeping poses several unique challenges that need to be considered and mitigated, but keeping these beneficial insects can also be surprisingly rewarding! "Bee Downtown" is a startup that provides one-of-a-kind employee engagement and leadership development through year round programming at corporate campuses. All of the programming and engagement is facilitated at beehives which are placed and maintained by the Bee Downtown staff on the company’s campus. Bee Downtown currently maintains about 200 hives in the Raleigh/Durham area and Atlanta, Georgia for some of the biggest companies in the world, including Delta, Chick Fil A, SAS, COX Enterprises, Georgia Power, Burt’s Bees, AT&T and many more. ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Ben Dictus is Bee Downtown’s Lead Beekeeper for all of North Carolina. He has a degree in biology from Lawrence University, a masters degree from Bowling Green State University, and is completing a PhD at North Carolina State University in Higher Education Administration. Ben started beekeeping in 2015 while working for Eurofins Agroscience as a member of the beekeeper team, where they performed research on hives with colony counts exceeding 1000. In addition to keeping all of Bee Downtown’s North Carolina hives, he also keeps personal hives. URBAN AGRICULTURE SCIENCE CAFÉS: (past) May 9: The Local Food Movement (past) June 27: From Pears to Paw Paws: How to Grow Fruit in Your Backyard July 25: Beekeeping in the City August 8: Create Your Own Backyard Hen Habitat For more information: Katey Ahmann[masked] [masked] This event is not affiliated with Wake Audubon, but we are happy to advertise it.

Joyner Park Birdwalk 2019-07-27

E Carroll Joyner Park

Join Wake Audubon for a free birdwalk at the 117-acre E Carroll Joyner Park, on SATURDAY, JULY 27, from 7:30 to about 930 a.m. Leader is Erla Beegle ([masked],[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. 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. 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!

Optically Speaking 2019-0803

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Optically Speaking, (Binoculars and Spotting Scopes) Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. John Gerwin will cover anatomy, costs, and care of binoculars and spotting scopes. We’ll spend the first couple hours in the Research Lab classroom of Prairie Ridge Ecostation, discussing optics in detail, then move outdoors to try out a dozen or more binoculars at the bird feeders. Please bring any binoculars that you can. We’ll take time to discuss these and compare. Leader: John Gerwin ([masked]). It's summer: Pack cold water and a snack. Restrooms available.

Science Cafe: Create Your Own Backyard HEN HABITAT, 2019-0808

CREATE YOUR OWN BACKYARD HEN HABITAT - a Science Cafe talk sponsored by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm (arrive earlier for a seat and if you want to buy dinner or a drink). The talk is free. Daily Planet Cafe, 11 West Jones Street (next door to the Nature Research Center and Museum of Natural Sciences) SCIENCE CAFE: CREATE YOUR OWN BACKYARD HEN HABITAT Thursday, August 08,[masked]:00pm - 8:30pm SCIENCE CAFÉ SERIES — URBAN AGRICULTURE Join us to learn about the art of raising chickens. Owning backyard chickens could easily be in your future! In this Café, you will learn the best ways to easily manage the feeding, watering, cleanup, egg collection and other chicken issues in a way that will allow you to incorporate chickens into your urban lifestyle … even allowing for safely taking two-week vacations (without a chicken-sitter). ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Frank Hyman is an author and DIY carpenter, metalworker and designer. He has had hands-on experience with a variety of both domestic and wild animals and currently focuses on the science of raising of backyard chickens. His writings include the Coop Builder and Chicken Feed Café columns for Chickens magazine. Because of its popularity, his new book, “Hentopia,” is now entering a second printing, having sold out the first 13,000 copies in only a month. URBAN AGRICULTURE SCIENCE CAFÉS: (past) May 9: The Local Food Movement (past) June 27: From Pears to Paw Paws: How to Grow Fruit in Your Backyard (past)July 25: Beekeeping in the City August 8: Create Your Own Backyard Hen Habitat For more information: Katey Ahmann[masked] [masked] This event is not affiliated with Wake Audubon, but we are happy to advertise it.

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