Birding Club

Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation, and we are lucky enough to have an entire 2,100 acres at our disposal. The Greenway Birding Club will use the Greenway as its home base, exploring the wide variety of bird life found here, while also venturing into North and South Carolina. We welcome all levels of birders, so whether this is your first time picking up a pair of binoculars or you can name every bird in North America, join us on one of our outings to help us identify some birds!

Meet September through May
Scheduled monthly bird walks at the Greenway and surrounding areas
Spur of the moment walks posted through our Facebook group
Report bird species sightings to Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology

Upcoming Outings:
See below as well as our Facebook page for upcoming outings. Email [email protected] to be added to our email distribution list.

1/20: Carolina Raptor Center Outing

Breeding Bird Monitoring

There are 45 bluebird nestboxes strategically placed throughout the Anne Springs Close Greenway at three locations: the Nature Center, the Field Trial Barn, and the Dairy Barn.  In the 2016 breeding season, 34 of the 41 nestboxes had nests built in them by mating bluebird pairs. Each nestbox is monitored, with minimal disturbance to the birds, on a bi-weekly basis over a span of 22 weeks (March 15-August 21). Volunteers record observations and send their documentation for data entry into NestWatch website via Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Thank you to this year’s volunteers:

Dick Metzler
Bob Olson
John Marklewitz
Annie Baker
Lance Brockmeier
Jim Johnston
Pamela McGourty
Charlotte Morley
Lyle Sandlin
Iona Yanutola
Tom Anderson
Elizabeth Rockholt
Pam Mulvaney

About this year's report:

Below is the 19th annual report of our monitoring of breeding birds on the Greenway.  As we have for the past 9 years, our data was reported to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology via the NestWatch website so the Greenway data can be used as part of a continent-wide base of birding data. 

Due to heavy predation, the number of successful fledgings dropped 33% from past years from an average of 45% to 30%.  We have begun a program to install predator guards on the nest boxes which will help with this problem for future years.

We have a dedicated group of volunteers who conduct this survey each spring and summer.