The Big Sit occurs this Sunday, Oct. 9!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Bird Watcher's Digest organizes a "Big Sit" every year.  The idea is simple: find a good spot for birding and identify as many birds as possible from inside a 17 foot diameter circle within a 24-hour period.  Many get up before dawn to catch birds migrating through and stay until after dark!  Check out the Bird Watcher's Digest website for folks nearby  that you might join!  If you plan on attending late however, make sure you are quiet when approaching.

Want to learn More about the NC Birding Trail?

If you have a group who would like to learn more about the NC Birding Trail, we are available to give talks at events.  Talks can cover a variety of topics, including:

  • History of the Birding Trail in North Carolina

  • Economic Benefits of Birding

  • Recent Projects

We can also attend festivals, gatherings, and other activities with an informational display and be available to answer questions.

If you would like more information, please contact Scott Anderson.

Lena Gallitano is Biking for the Birds!

From Audubon North Carolina: Lena Gallitano is a true friend of NC's birdlife. Right now she is biking 500 miles across NC as part of Cycle North Carolina and she's turned her ride into a fundraiser for Audubon NC.


To read more about Lena's travels, visit the Audubon NC website.  Here's her latest update from the road!

SEANET Volunteers Needed in North Carolina

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is starting up in North Carolina, and they are looking for volunteers.  SEANET is a "citizen science program that brings together interdisciplinary researchers and citizen scientists in a long-term collaborative effort to identify and mitigate threats to marine birds".  Volunteers donate time walking sections of beach to record information on beached birds.  Unfortunately, the first organization meeting has passed, but stay tuned, there will be others.  You can check out the announcement for the first meeting, email John Stanton, or check out the SEANET blog for more information.

Flock to the Rock - Sept. 24-25 at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock is holding it's 3rd Annual Flock to the Rock Festival in September.  The festival draws birders from all over, and provides an advertising opportunity to local businesses.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact More details below:
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is hosting its 3rd Annual Flock to the Rock on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Chimney Rock is an official site on the North Carolina Birding Trail and a premier destination for birding in Western North Carolina.
Local birding expert Simon Thompson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville, along with a number of area ornithologists, will lead walks and specialty workshops throughout the weekend. On Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to view and learn about rehabilitating non-releasable Birds of Prey from Balsam Mountain Preserve. Kids can get in on the fun too, with activities like kids’ bird walks and owl pellet dissection. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen flying over the Park on their way to southern wintering grounds. There is no additional charge with park admission for all Flock to the Rock events and activities. **Please help us promote this event by posting it on your website, newsletter, Facebook, etc. Contact me for more info and a schedule of events.
Call for Vendors and Workshop or Bird Walk Leaders:
Birding organizations are invited to set up a booth (at no cost to you) to share information about your club and your work in the birding community. Also, Chimney Rock is seeking experienced birders to lead workshops (such as Beginner Birding, Bird-friendly Backyard, & others) and guided bird walks at the Park. Up to 1,000 people or more are expected to visit the Park each day during this event, so this is convenient, free exposure for your organization!

If you or your organization is interested in participating as a vendor (at no cost) or workshop/bird walk leader, please e-mail me for more info at Please include the name of your organization & your area of specialty. If you know of someone else who would be interested, please forward to them.