Upcoming Events
Birding Events

Blue Ridge Audubon's Saturday morning field trips are open to all. We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask.

Many thanks to the guides at Ventures Birding
for leading our outings.

November 13, 9 a.m.

November 20, 9 a.m.

December 4, 9 a.m.

December 11, 9 a.m.

Blue Ridge Audubon
Program Meetings
There will not be a November program this year.
All past programs can be watched at your leisure on our Facebook page

Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, Feb 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Our board meetings are open to everyone. Email us if you'd like to attend:

Audubon NC Chapter Day
Monday, Nov 15 at 7 p.m.

You can contact Blue Ridge Audubon with questions or concerns at our email address:
Blue Ridge Audubon News
Dear friend,

We're very excited to share the news about the great press coverage that UNCA Audubon, Blue Ridge Audubon and the Coalition for a Bird-Friendly Asheville received in the October 6 issue of Mountain Xpress. The article covered the wonderful work being done to make Asheville safer for migrating birds through a "lights out" initiative. This effort has been spearheaded by a committed group who have spoken before the Asheville City Council about this issue. The project’s aim is to protect birds from window strikes with the implementation of measures to support their safety during their migrations through bird-safe window treatments and a lights-out commitment.
A special shout out goes to UNCA Audubon president Sarah Branagan and to Paulina Jones, UNCA student who collected data on bird window strikes on campus. They're both featured in the article. Please take the time to read the article and appreciate the work these students and others are doing to make a safer city for birds a reality.

Thanks to Alan Lenk for providing the Rose-breasted Grosbeak cover photo.
Paulina Jones (left) and Sarah Branagan.
Solid Air-Invisible Killer
Dr. Daniel Klem
That’s the sound of a bird hitting your window, and it’s been going on for far too long. At the same time, Daniel Klem, Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, has been following and researching the “glass-and-bird scene” for nearly a half century, and the response to his work over the years has evolved, from openly dismissive to currently valued and sought. Now, Dr. Klem has provided us with a narrative of the cause combined with tested solutions in Solid Air – Invisible Killer: Saving Billions of Birds from Windows (2021, Hancock House).The book’s contents progresses from how birds see, to the enormity of the glass-impact problem, to the sad autopsies of the victims, and the seriousness of convincing the public about the extent of the problem.

Readers of this substantive book should fight the temptation of rushing to chapters 9, 10, and 11, chapters which outline solutions, legal remedies, and citizen action, in the same way that readers of a murder-mystery should avoid skipping to the last pages of such a novel. Skipping to the end may provide you “the answer,” but the reader should really appreciate the crime first, the evidence, and the sleuthing involved before reaching the conclusion. Klem does just that.
Indeed, Klem’s chapter 8, “Getting the Word Out – Transforming Education into Action” is a particularly vital piece of the narrative – and of the science – how so many people, professional and otherwise, have contributed to the possibility of establishing a satisfying set of solutions to this problem.
 If you are seriously interested in the glass-and-bird subject, this book’s an absolute must. 

This article is from the October 2021 Birding Community E-Bulletin, an email newsletter concerning birds, birding and bird conservation. Co-edited by Paul Baicich and Wayne Petersen, it’s full of up-to-date information. Check out past issues and subscribe here:
Audubon North Carolina
Chapter Day
It's not too late to register for Chapter Day!

This Monday, November 15th at 7 p.m., join Blue Ridge Audubon along with other chapters from across for an evening of inspiration and advocacy planning! We’ll share stories about our biggest wins for birds over the past year and plot a path forward for even bigger victories in 2022.

AGENDA, 7-9 p.m.
Welcome – Kim Brand
Chapter Celebration – chapter leaders facilitated by Mary Abrams
Audubon for the 2020s – Andrew Hutson
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Audubon: A Conversation with Jamaal Nelson
Register now:
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary Alert
Good News! Soon your car will not drop into that hole upon entering the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Blue Ridge Audubon is getting the paved parking lot redone. Paving will begin sometime in November and the parking lot will be closed for 4-5 days. When we know the dates, we'll post on our facebook page and send a notice to the listserv.
Burton Street Birding Backpacks 
By Susan Richardson
During the month of October, after a reopening of the Burton Street Community Center in Asheville, Blue Ridge Audubon donated kids’ backpacks filled with binoculars and birding guides. Children from under-served communities participate in after-school programs and, although they have held bird outings in the past, they now have new supplies to use for future birding activities.
Blue Ridge Audubon also provided materials in English and Spanish for birding-themed sheets to color and other adventures. Funding for this initiative was provided primarily from an Audubon Collaborative Grant and also from donations from our membership. Thank you for supporting our ongoing efforts to reach out to our local communities and share our love of birds and nature!
Beaver Bits
Text and photos by Jay Wherley

In November, birders at Beaver Lake can still hope for a sighting of small colorful birds – both Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers are possible in the month. Finch irruption is forecast to be lower than last year; a repeat of the November 2020 Evening Grosbeak in the sanctuary seems unlikely.

Of the seventeen species of ducks seen in November at Beaver Lake, the most confusable species are probably Greater vs Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck vs Surf Scoter, and Common vs. Red-breasted Merganser. Study up on those differences and we will check back in December with waterfowl sightings.

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Notable recent sightings at Beaver Lake include Northern Shoveler and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Wilson’s Warbler, Beaver Lake, December 2015
Orange-crowned Warbler, Beaver Lake, November 2019
About the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter
Blue Ridge Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in western North Carolina.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are
tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law.

Raven's Nest Editor: 
Marianne Mooney
Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter
PO Box 18711
Asheville, NC 28814

Blue Ridge Audubon's mission is to protect birds and the places they depend on. We believe that a world in which birds thrive is a world that benefits all living things.

Our vision is a vibrant and just community where the protection of birds and our natural world is valued by everyone.
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