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Bird-Friendly Gardening Lecture set for January 16

Contributed • Jan 9, 2020 at 9:46 AM

Tom Tribble, past president of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society in Asheville, will discuss Bird-Friendly Gardening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Kingsport Higher Education Center, 300 West Market Street, Kingsport. Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), this program is free and the public is invited. 

For over 100 years, Audubon has focused on making the world a better place for birds. Today, birds face serious threats from habitat loss and climate change. With increased development and population growth, there are fewer undeveloped areas for our migratory and resident birds to find food, shelter and a place to raise their babies.

The single, easy action that individuals can take to help birds is to make their own yard more bird-friendly by planting native plants. Learn about the native plants and actions you can take to make your yard a haven for birds.

An avid birder and Audubon member since 1975, Tom Tribble served six years as president and is now Immediate Past President of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, which covers parts of six counties in western North Carolina.

Over the years, Tom has spent much time facilitating bird walks for groups ranging from local Boy Scouts to faith groups and garden clubs. Through projects and numerous presentations, he has engaged churches, schools, civic groups and local businesses on the impact of climate change on birds and the importance of planting bird-friendly natives.

He drives outreach to local plant nurseries through Audubon NC’s Bird-Friendly Native Plants program, and he leads a regional volunteer effort to document the responses of nuthatches to climate change. In recognition of his exceptional work as an Audubon volunteer, Tom was honored with National Audubon Society’s 2017 Atlantic Flyway William Dutcher Award and Audubon North Carolina’s 2018 “Volunteer of the Year” Award.

Tom worked for 30 years at the NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the State's Geographic Information System, retiring in 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from Duke University.

For more information, call 423-348-6572 or e-mail [email protected]

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