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!

Field Trip to Phinizy Swamp/Merry Brothers

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will host a field trip to
Phinizy Swamp and the Boral (formerly Merry Brothers) Brick Yard
Ponds in Augusta-Richmond County.  We will be leaving from the
Wal-Mart parking lot on the East side of Athens at 6:00AM on
Saturday December 8th.  We will try to carpool as much as
possible.  For those that would like to meet us there we expect
to arrive in the parking area of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in
Augusta around 8:00AM.  We expect to arrive back in Athens

ORAS Meeting this Thursday Nov. 1

This Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Nature Center, the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is pleased to have Dr. Betty Jean Craige as our speaker.  She will present "Bird Brains: How Cosmo, a Parrot, Has Awakened Us to the Intelligence of Animals." Dr. Betty Jean Craige is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. She has published 17 books in the fields of literature, politics, art, and history of ideas, among them a biography of ecologist Eugene Odum. Her most recent book is Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot.

Meet the vultures of the ACC landfill this Sunday!

Bird Walk at the Athens Landfill

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 8:00am

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, in conjunction with the Athens-Clarke County Landfill, will be hosting a special Sunday birdwalk at the landfill on October 21st.  The landfill is a new rotation in our schedule, and this year's spring trip there was spectacular as there is rich and diverse habitat.  In particular, we are hoping for migrating fall Sparrows.  We will be meeting about a quarter mile inside the gate off of Lexington Road.

Our bird walks are open to the public.  We typically run 3-4 hours though birders may leave at their convenience.  Easy to moderate walking.  Please dress for the weather, wear practical shoes, bring insect repellent and snacks/water as desired.

Sandy Creek Nature Center 28th Annual Birdseed Sale

28th Annual Birdseed Sale
Here's your chance to support a great cause AND your avian friends! Plan to buy your fall and winter supply of birdseed from our partners at the Sandy Creek Nature Center. As always, they have a great range of items to choose from. They will even deliver it to your door if your total is over $50.00. This is one of their annual fundraising events, and they deserve our support for hosting our Audubon group in their facility each month. Consider becoming a member and get their discount on the seed order.  Choose one of four easy options to place your order:

Birds of Honduras meeting and fundraiser a great success!

Our first speaker meeting of the fall kicked off in style, with almost 70 people attending our September speaker meeting, social and fundraiser to hear Robert Gallardo talk about the amazing wildlife of Honduras. The goal of the fundraiser was to support the publication of a field guide to the birds of Hondruas, and artist John Sill was also present to showcase some of his beautiful plates. Please join us next month for our annual fall potluck and hear Professor Bob Cooper talk about birds and climate change!

L-R: Robert Gallardo, John and Cathryn Sill, Bob Cooper, Mark Freeman, Carole Ludwig and Richard Hall

Wine and cheese reception, and silent auction in full swing.


September 8 Birdwalk at the State Botanical Garden

The State Botanical Garden was full of both birds and birders.  An ORAS birdwalk with 15 participants including John and Mai Whigham, John and Judy Willis, Laura Steadman, Steve Duke, Jim Hanna, Mary Case, Alison Huff and Ed Maioriello met other Athens birders Richard Hall, Mirko Basen, Krista Gridley, Rachel Cass and Steve Holzman who were scouring the gardens for everything with feathers.

The birds were not too cooperative for photos, but good looks were had at Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great-crested Flycatcher and plenty of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.