SAPS – Southern Appalachian Plant Society


Here are some links sent by Tom Tribble, our last excellent speaker on bird-friendly gardening:

·      Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society  – Bird-Friendly Gardening page

·      NC Audubon

·      National Audubon Plants for Birds


January Program

Bird-Friendly Gardening Tom Tribble

Past President,
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Asheville

7 pm, Thursday, January 16

Kingsport Higher Education Center, 300 West Market Street, Kingsport TN

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 NC. 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 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 NC 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 Master’s degree from Duke University.