Don't let the name throw you off. The Duluth Audubon Society is issuing a call-out to birders throughout the Twin Ports area. They're looking for new ideas, fresh faces and volunteers willing to share their love of birds with others. One immediate need is for a local birder to guide birding walks in Superior.
"It's called the Duluth Audubon Society, but it's a community separated by a river," President Josh Bailly said. "They (the birds) couldn't care less about political boundaries."
The Duluth Audubon Society has been educating the public, protecting habitat and enjoying birds since 1972. In addition to monthly programs, members host community activities like beach cleanups and Boulder Big Birding Day. They also offer weekly Warbler Walks, guided by experts, on Park Point and the Western Waterfront Trail in Duluth.
The group's leaders envision more: an outreach display at local events, on-the-ground conservation projects, guided birding walks in every community and a regional Twin Ports birding festival.
"We have a well-established track record of bird conservation. We're a long-term, stable chapter," Bailly said. "The sky's the limit."
What they need are people willing to jump in and help, whether they choose to become members or not.
"We're more interested in getting things done than membership," Bailly said.
When he first joined the society, Bailly helped spearhead a 2012 forest restoration project on a 20-acre site near Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo along Kingston Creek.
"I couldn't have done it on my own; I needed the Duluth Audubon Society," Bailly said. "It worked. The restoration there is doing beautifully."
He let his membership lapse under life pressures like returning back to school and fatherhood. Two years ago, Bailly rejoined the nonprofit.
"With new leadership in the last couple of years, DAS is making a concerted effort to reach out to more folks, grow our membership and engage with conservation and the community in a new way," he said.
Everyone is invited to tap into events and activities already in place, and to join efforts to take the nonprofit to a new level of activity.
Visit duluthaudubon.org or the Duluth Audubon Society Facebook page. Bailly also encouraged residents to contribute to biodiversity science with their cellphones via inaturalist.org.