Winston-Salem to Host Spring Meeting
April 28–29 2017

Karyl Gabriel

Mark your calendars for the spring 2017 Carolina Bird Club meeting on April 28–29 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina! The North Carolina Piedmont is a great place to be for the spring migration. We will explore a variety of piedmont and pre-mountain habitats in and around Winston-Salem, including many on the NC Birding Trail and Pilot Mountain, which is designated as an Important Bird Area. Full-day outings will even explore parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The last meeting in Winston-Salem was held in 2010 when participants tallied 127 species, including over twenty warbler species.

Joan Collins will be our featured speaker on Saturday evening. A passionate birder and ear-birder, Joan is a writer and speaker on ornithology topics for many organizations and programs, a New York State licensed bird guide and owner of Adirondack Avian Expeditions. She is active in conservation and climate change work with a special love for the Bicknell's Thrush and Gray Jay. Joan is currently president of the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) and editor of NYSOA's newsletter New York Birders. Joan also belongs to the Adirondack 46ers, an intrepid group of hikers who have climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks over 4,000 feet. The 46ers are dedicated to environmental protection and educating the public on the proper use of wilderness areas.

Home base for the weekend will be the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center in the heart of Winston-Salem (420 High Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101), with easy on / off access to Business Route 40. The conference center has a 3-Diamond AAA rating, is NC Green Travel Certified and features free parking, business center and fitness center. The Bayberry Bistro on site specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service; guests can also have a drink at the bar. The Hawthorne Inn is conveniently located close to interesting downtown dining and cultural attractions for birders and their non-birding companions alike—minutes away from historic Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and within easy driving distance of historic Bethabara, Reynolda House and its Museum of American Art and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Old Salem is the first Moravian settlement in the NC Piedmont founded in 1766.

Rooms at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center may be booked by calling (800) 972-3774 and asking for a room in the Carolina Bird Club block. Room rates are $95 per night (excluding NC state tax of 6.75% and occupacy tax of 6%) and include a complimentary hot breakfast. This rate is good until March 4, 2017; please note that reservations made after the March 4, 2017 cut-off date are not guaranteed the CBC rate and are subject to space availability. All the rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator, coffee-maker, free WiFi and hairdryer.

We will have sessions both Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday evening will feature a buffet dinner at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center followed by a program and CBC general meeting. The buffet is priced at $28 per person.

With beautiful scenery and birds, unique birding experiences, skilled leaders and a pleasant atmosphere, this will be another memorable CBC meeting! You'll find the registration information and trip descriptions in the next Newsletter.