Latin: Strix varia
Protecting critical habitat for birds and other wildlife.
"Why do birds matter?” is one of those questions like “What is love?” or “Why are we here?” or even “Is there a God?” Unanswerable, I think, by logic. One could cite facts like, birds eat lots of harmful insects, charm us at our feeders, or challenge us to learn their field marks, molts, and names both common and scientific. But perhaps the answer lies deeper. Since the beginning birds have lifted our eyes to the skies. They’ve shown us we’re not gravity’s slave, that flight is possible and limitless. It can hover and soar, dive and display, and take us from one end of the planet to the other in a single, impossible burst of energy and purpose. Inspiration is the gift birds have given us from the start. But now they give us a question as well. Like the canary in the mine, they hold the planet up to us like a mirror and ask: “Can you not see that if we pass away, soon you will as well?” That’s a good question, and since birds pose it, they matter a lot."
—Wes Craven, Hollywood director
This list is not a comprehensive survey of all birds at Dogwood Canyon Audubon center; it includes birds that you may see or hear in different habitats and at different times of the year.
Learn more about our resident non-releasable birds and birds of conservation concern.
We offer summer camp, kayaking programs, birding classes, guided hikes, and more.
Come join our staff and help us carry out our efforts to conserve and restore natural ecosystems to benefit both humanity and the earth’s biological diversity!