Piedmont Bird Club in its 80th year

Piedmont Bird Club members look for warblers and spring migrant birds during an outing at a member’s property in Randolph County.

The Piedmont Bird Club, formed in 1938 to raise awareness of the threats posed to birds by outdoor cats, is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

It is also the Year of the Bird as 2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter or offer for sale or purchase any migratory bird or the parts, nests or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid federal permit.

From the earliest days, the club has engaged in and promoted a variety of activities: A club library, bird house contests, Junior Bird Walks, Junior Audubon Clubs, scrapbook contests with area schools, land preservation, establishment of scholarship and memorial funds.

The club was instrumental in having Greensboro declared a bird sanctuary in 1945.

The club takes field trips, monitors and collects data on bluebird nest boxes, conducts monthly meetings, offers mini-grants, has received many honors and awards over the years, and currently has more than 140 dedicated members.

It has participated in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count since 1943 and the Audubon Spring Bird Count since 1957.

This year the club will hold a Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 15. Teams will count birds in assigned areas within the designated 15-mile circle. Results will be submitted to National Audubon Society and recorded in a national database made available to citizens and researchers. To sign up, contact Elizabeth Link at 336-273-4672 or elizlink04@gmail.com.

To learn more about the club, visit www.piedmontbirdclub.org.

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