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SAPS hosting ‘bird-friendly gardening’ lecture Thursday

Submitted by Joy Moore • Jan 13, 2020 at 10:54 AM


Tom Tribble, past president of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society in Asheville, will discuss “Bird Friendly Gardening” at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Kingsport Higher Education Center in downtown Kingsport.

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS), the program is free and open to the public.

For over 100 years, Audubon has focused on making the world a better place for birds — protect birds and you protect the earth. 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, Tribble served six years as president and is now immediate past president of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, which covers parts of six counties in Western North Carolina. Over the years Tom has spent much of his 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 business 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 North Carolina Center for Geographic Information & Analysis, the state’s geographic information system, retiring in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a masters from Duke University.

The Kingsport Higher Education Center is located at 300 West Market Street in Kingsport. To learn more about the program or the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, call (423) 348-6572 or email sapsinfo@embarqmail.com.