The late Sue Wells was a driving force in the creation of High Country Audubon Society and served on the Board of Trustees until 2010.
Sue was born in St. Cloud, MN in 1938. She moved to Northbrook, IL in 1963 where she and her husband, Ralph, raised their three children. They later maintained a home in Sugar Mountain, NC and became involved in HCAS activities.
All who knew Sue appreciated her as a woman of warm spirit and great wit who lived her life “looking for a string of small satisfactions, tossed like sequins on the fabric of everyday life,” as her favorite quote so poignantly expressed. She loved birds and Beethoven, gardens and dogs, Scrabble and Spain, poems and odes, golf and grandchildren, family and French horns, motherhood, scholarship, friendship and being married to Ralph for 51 years.
In 1989 Sue was instrumental in creating the National Bird-Feeding Society and led the movement to help make backyard bird feeding the successful hobby it is today.
Kristen Content & Ralph Wells
The Sue Wells Research Grant has been awarded this year to Kristen Content, a graduate student at Appalachian State University. Kristen is working under the guidance of HCAS member Dr. Lynn Siefferman and is looking at the relationship between bird personality and avian stress hormones in Tree Swallows. She has been monitoring 107 active nest boxes at Valle Crucis and Meat Camp.
Congratulations, Kristen! We look forward to hearing about the results of Kristen's research at a future HCAS meeting.