May meeting: hummingbird movie at Ecology Auditorium!

To celebrate the launch of National Audubon's new citizen science project "Hummingbirds at Home" (, Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is screening the film "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Ecology Building Auditorium at the University of Georgia. Free on-campus parking is available outside the Ecology Building.

Discover life launching a partnership with Sandy Creek Nature Center to study moths

Discover Life is launching a partnership with Sandy Creek Nature Center to set up a citizen science study site, for studying moths and other natural history.  Birders may find it interesting to get up just one extra hour earlier before dawn, to come witness the amazing natural history of moths (which as both adults and as larvae are some of the primary food for many carnivorous birds!).  The diversity of moths way outstrips the diversity of birds... over 900 species of moths have been identified in Clarke County after monitoring for only three years!

ORAS April speaker: Georgia's Important Bird Areas program coordinator Charlie Muise

The coordinator of Audubon’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) program in Georgia will demonstrate the critical need for establishing and protecting areas for wild birds at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Longtime state IBA Coordinator Charlie Muise will also provide fresh information about important activities under way in Audubon’s IBA program in Georgia, including bird banding at Panola Mountain State Park and the Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area, the effects of prescribed fires on bird habitat, and problems with cats on Jekyll Island.

See "The Lost Bird Project" at the EcoFocus Film Festival!

On Saturday, March 23 at 1:30pm,  The EcoFocus Film Festival is screening "The Lost Bird Project" , documenting an innovative, moving and humorous art project to commemorate five extinct North American bird species, at Ciné in downtown Athens. The filmmaker (Deborah Dickson) and artist (Todd McGrain) will be joining us via Skype for a Q&A after the film.

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Apply for an ORAS small grant!

ORAS wishes to support a student, teacher, individual, or group conducting research, designing outreach or educational activities, or undertaking habitat improvement that will benefit birds and other native wildlife in the Athens area. Awards are typically in the region of $300.


Successful applicants are expected to write a short report for our monthly newsletter and/or to give an oral presentation of 30min – 1hr at one of our monthly speaker meetings. The proposal should be 2-3 pages in length (single or 1.5 spaced), and should describe how the project will benefit birds, wildlife, and the Athens community. It should also contain an itemized list of supplies that will be purchased with the grant money. Please email applications to ORAS President Richard Hall,


The deadline for receipt of these proposals is April 1st 2013.


More than just bird food - learn about our local moths!

 ATHENS – University of Georgia ecology professor John Pickering will share his knowledge about the often-unseen populations of moths in Northeast Georgia at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Pickering, an associate professor in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology, will speak on the topic, Join the Dark Side of Life – The Fabulous Diversity of Local Moths.

Athens Christmas Bird Count this Saturday!

Please join us for the Athens Christmas Bird Count this coming Saturday. It's not too late to sign up  - please contact Mary Case (secretary"AT" if you're interested. Even if you can't join us on the day, be on the lookout for unusual species in the Athens area between 12th and 18th, as they all count towards our count week total. Happy counting, and happy holidays!