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September 2009 Flicker Flashes Birmingham Audubon Society Newsletter

September 2009 Flicker Flashes Birmingham Audubon Society Newsletter

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Volume LXII, Number 1 September 2009
President’s Message
Maureen Shaffer 
"Desire to make a difference." This remark snaggedmy attention immediately. It was the opening phraseof comments made recently by former President Wil-liam J. Clinton, in recognition of our country's spirit of volunteering. It is particularly apt because BAS wasfounded as a volunteer organization and continues togrow and flourish as one.For over 60 years, BAS volunteers have given their collective energy, time and resources to make a dif-ference through our programs, activities andfield trips designed to observe, understandand protect our native birds and their habitats. Right now, we are in an excit-ing period of growth. Since January,our Board of Directors has spentmany hours working together todevelop a strategic plan for thenext five years of BAS. One result of this planning was the decision to hirean Education Director. This will make areal difference in our ability tooffer educational programs inthe schools and in the field.Much has been written recentlyabout our young people being cut off from outdoor activities, and becoming more and more out of touchwith wild places and wild things. BAS is committed tomaking a difference in the lives of children, by con-necting them to the natural world. In this issue of 
Flicker Flashes
, you can read about our educationalprograms, field trips and activities, all designed toconnect people of all ages to the natural world.One of the most important concerns identified in our planning process was the urgent need to get more of our members involved in our programs, both as par-ticipants and as active volunteers. As president, Iconsider this to be one of the most important itemson my list of goals for my presidency. Over the com-ing months, we will be working on a variety of waysto communicate more effectively with our members,including a complete overhaul of our website, a newlook for 
Flicker Flashes
, and an email newsletter of-fering trip reports and reminders about coming activi-ties, as well as alerts about important environmentalissues.I begin my presidency with a sense of urgency.There are so many issues that demand our attention,so many threats to Alabama’s unique and preciousnatural heritage. Actions taken now, or not taken,will determine the kind of world we leave to our children and grandchildren. If ever there was atime when it is imperative to make a difference, thattime is now.In closing, permit me this personal message;This is the beginning of a journey which Inever could have imagined - assum-ing the Presidency of an organi-zation that I love dearly and for whose members I hold a deepaffection and esteem. Through myyears as a BAS volunteer, there have been so manypeople, both among the living and those who havepassed on, who have made a tremendous differencein my life. My hope is that my contributions will makea difference to the organization and people who havegiven so much to me. I speak for all of our BASBoard Members in urging you to join us in our impor-tant mission. We have the desire, now let's make adifference.Thank you,Maureen Shaffer 
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April 10 through July 28, 2009
Wood Storks
Swallow-tailed Kites
have been seen on several occasions in south Alabama dur-ing the month of July. Also, a breeding pair of 
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
were seen near Uniontown 3 July by GregHarber and Dana and Stan Hamilton.A pair of 
House Wrens
seen by Martha and Bob Sargent at Clay 10 July bringing up the question of “How they willfit in with other cavity nesters?” There are not many breeding records for this wren in Alabama.Birding at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center was very productive on the morning of 23 April. Greg Jackson’s list wasquite impressive: Four vireos including
Several thrushes; Fourteen warblers, most of them singing; high-lights being
Nashville, Cerulean, Blackburnian,
Blackpoll; Summer 
Scarlet Tanagers;Rose-breasted
Blue Grosbeaks; Indigo Bunting (several males),
Baltimore Orioles.
Thechanges at RMNC are sure to make this a very popular area for birding in the future.
Other sightings were:
Eurasian Collared-Dove (heard);
Also, one other later time in Cahaba Heights, Vestavia (HW).4/20
Lesser Yellowlegs; Solitary, Least, and Upland Sandpipers (7);
Shelby County (GJ).4/28
Glossy Ibis;
Wheeler Refuge (DC).5/6
Anhinga (3); Mississippi Kite;
Shelby County (AC, HW).5/7
American Avocet (2 in alternate plumage!);
Lake Purdy (GJ).5/16
Mourning Warbler (singing);
Madison (SMcC (#300 big year bird), DeC).6/29
Osprey (24+);
Observed during a period of several weeks,Guntersville Lake (JG).7/22
Laughing Gull (juvenile, 2
Mountain Region, no recent gulf storms?);
Lake Purdy (GJ). 
Song Sparrow (further evidence of this bird’s range expanding);
Roebuck Springs (HW, MLM).7/28
Wood Stork (juvenile);
Wheeler Refuge (DC).
Contributors:Please submit sightings for October 
at least five days before the September 1
deadline to:Ann Miller, 520 Yorkshire Drive, Birmingham, Al. 35209
Alice ChristensonDwight CooleyDean CuttenJerry GreenGreg Harber Stan and Dana HamiltonGreg JacksonSteve McConnellMary Lou Miller Bob and Martha Sargent
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September Monthly Meeting
Preserving the Places that Matter Presented by Wendy Jackson
Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.Birmingham Zoo Auditorium
Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in thefield of real estate with fourteen of those years spentin the acquisition of land that has been deemed conser-vation worthy. Since joining the Freshwater Land Trustin 2001, Wendy has worked to establish projects suchas Red Mountain Park, the Turkey Creek Watershedconservation project, and the Five Mile Creek Green-ways project. During her tenure as Executive Director,the Land Trust has preserved over 5,000 acres of landthat protects more than 90 miles of rivers and streamsin Jefferson County. She has helped secure over $20million in gifts of land, cash and other contributions.For the 1,100-acre Red Mountain Park, Wendy securedthe largest gift in U.S. Steel Corporation’s 100 year his-tory. U.S. Steel pledged $10.5 million in land discountsand cash to the Land Trust to create one of our nation’slargest urban parks, right here in the heart of Birming-ham.Under Wendy’s leadership, the Land Trust was namedthe 2005 Charitable Organization of the Year by theAssociation of Fundraising Professionals. Wendy hasbeen recognized across the state for her businesslikeapproach to conservation and her unique ability to bringdiverse partners together for the benefit of conservation.She is the 2005 recipient of the James Dockery Envi-ronmental Leadership Award which is presented to indi-viduals who have played a leadership role in preservingthe South’s environment.
The Mission of the Freshwater Land Trust is the ac-quisition and stewardship of lands that
enhancewater quality and preserve open space
. It acquires,conserves and connects open spaces deemed criticalfor the protection of rivers and streams and providesrecreational opportunities for the community. TheFreshwater Land Trust takes a non-advocacy, busi-ness-like approach to its conservation efforts. The LandTrust works with governments, corporations and privatelandowners to find win-win solutions that protect boththe land and the interests of the landowner while simul-taneously allowing our community to grow economi-cally.
Come Early for Refreshments and Conversation! 
Dick MillsV.P. Programs
Birmingham Audubon Society is offering the following shirts for purchase. The BAS logo, shown below, will be em-broidered on the left side of the shirt in color. Visit the BAS web sitewww.birminghamaudubon.orgfor a link to pic-tures of the shirts including sizes available and color selection.The shirts will be for sale at the September monthly meeting, or you can place an order by contacting Jean Folsom at jkfolsom@gmail.com.
Ladies 100% Pima Cotton Knit Shirt
Cost w/tax & logo
Adult's (Men or Ladies) 100% Pima Cotton Knit Shirt Cost w/tax & logo $25Ladies Long Sleeve Denim Shirt Cost w/tax & logo $21Adult's Long Sleeve Denim Shirt Cost w/tax & logo $21
Knit shirts are available in the following colors:Banana, Black, Blue Surf, Blueberry, Burgundy, Cinnamon,Dark Green, Ivory, Light Pink, Navy, Red,Seafoam, Stone, and WhiteDenim shirts are available in faded or ink blue

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