Save the date: Birding in Cuba!
Cuba hosts a diverse list of birds, including the world's smallest bird - the Bee Hummingbird - and about 2 dozen endemics. Join us at the Audubon Afternoon on September 20, 3 to 5 p.m., for Dixie Sommers' presentation on her birding visit to Cuba in February 2015. She spent 2 weeks on the island, traveling to many locations to see tiny hummingbird, the Cuban Trogan, the Cuban Emerald, the Cuban Tody, Giant Kingbird, Stygian Owl, and 150 more species. In addition to sharing her photos of birds, Dixie will give you a taste of Cuban sights and how Cuban's live today.
Glenda Booth Appointed to Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
Governor Terry McAulifee appointed Glenda Booth to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation to represent the Eighth Congressional District. The Foundation manages the Virginia Land Conservation Fund. One function of the Foundation is to make matching grants to holders and public bodies for purchasing fee simple title to or other rights, interests or privileges in property for the protection of ecological, cultural or historical resources; lands for recreational purposes; lands for threatened or endangered species, fish and wildlife habitat; natural areas; and agricultural and forest lands and open space. The governor appoints a member from each of Virginia's 11 Congressional districts.
Glenda is a former ASNV Board member and Vice President and currently chairs the chapter's advocacy efforts. She is also president of the Friends of Dyke Marsh.
NatureFest in Runnymede Park
195 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA
Sunday, September 27, 1-5 PM
This annual event celebrates the uniqueness of Runnymede Park. It's fun, educational, and family-friendly with live animals and hands-on activities at every station.
Our theme this year is "There's No Place Like Home." Audubon at Home and Fairfax Master Naturalists will be participating along with other ASNVers at the Birding station. Stop by and say Hello. For more information, contact Carol Hadlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Opportunities to Address Climate Change
September 24, 10 a.m., People’s Rally for Climate Justice, on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, Washington, DC, a gathering in support of Pope Francis who will address Congress that day.
September 28, 5 p.m., Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, listening session on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. For information, see http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan. National Audubon urges Auduboners to support President Obama's plan and Virginia's efforts to implement it. We can urge state officials, executive and legislative branch, not to backtrack or block the plan.
Encourage Congress to Make the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent
The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, an entity that has helped preserve natural resources for 50 years, will expire on September 30. National Audubon urges Auduboners to email members of Congress and urge them to support a permanent authorization of the Fund. Visit this NAS site for a sample letter: https://secure.audubon.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1945
Urge Congress to Protect Migratory Birds
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) has supported 451 conservation projects on more than 3.7 million acres of critical bird habitat, helping birds like the Canada warbler and declining species such as the cerulean warbler, long-billed curlew, and red knot. Congress is now deciding whether or not to continue the program. Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3) and Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives, H.R. 2957, to reauthorize the NMBCA until 2020. Senator Ben Cardin (MD) has introduced a companion bill, S. 520. Auduboners can urge our federal representatives and senators to support these bills. You can find your representative at www.house.gov and our two U.S. senators, Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine at www.senate.gov.
Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count Scheduled
Join us for the 34th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count. This year the count will be on Sunday, December 20th. Keep your eyes peeled on the web site and Potomac Flier for updates.
New to the count or just want to brush up on your survey skills? Join us for our FREE CBC Workshop. You will learn about what we do during CBCs, where the data goes, how we count birds and how to hone on your counting skills. The workshop will be on Sunday, November 1st at 2 PM (note: this is the ‘Skins bye week) and will be at the NWF building, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr, Reston. Light refreshments will be served.
Little Brown Jobs
Have you been wondering about all those “little brown jobs” in your backyard? Could you use a little help distinguishing between the House Finches and the Pine Siskins? Song Sparrows and Savannah Sparrows? This workshop will concentrate on identification skills for some of the finches, sparrows, and other similar birds in our region
Birding in Costa Rica
March 19-26, 2016
With nearly 900 recorded bird species, this little country gives you the best bang for your birding buck. Support sustainable, bird-based tourism while exploring the Central Pacific’s Palo Verde National Park and the Tempisque River where we may see aquatic bird species such as Roseate Spoonbills, Boat-billed Heron, Little Blue Heron, and Bare-throated Tiger Heron.
March for Climate Change
September 20, 2015
Many environmental and faith groups plan to march on Washington on September 20 when the Pope visits. The National Audubon Society views climate change as the most serious threat to the planet, to all of our natural resources.
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- What is a Healthy Forrest? Joe Marx will examine what a healthy, Mid-Atlantic U.S. forest might look like and whether our forests can be healthy given today’s threats like invasive plants and climate change. Birds needs habitat, especially trees and forests. September 16, 7:30 p.m., Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, the American Horticultural Society, the Fairfax County Tree Commission, Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Fairfax Master Naturalists.
- The Bird Feeder in Reston offers a 10% discount to current ASNV members, good on all purchases excluding optics and sale merchandise. When you visit, just tell them you are a member of ASNV and ask for the discount.
- Works Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes. Beginning in early May, National Audubon will be hosting a “scavenger hunt” on Audubon Works. By completing the scavenger hunt, you’ll get to know all of the great features of Works—and be entered into a sweepstakes for our grand prize (to be announced, but we think you’ll like it). Be on the lookout for more details, and make sure you’re a registered user of Works -- only people registered for Works in advance will be eligible for the sweepstakes!
See the calendar (at right) for more events.
Counts and Surveys
The table below has links to various counts and surveys in which ASNV participants participate along with upcoming dates. The links on the left point to pages with additional information about the count—often including links to compiled data from previously held counts.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Annual Butterfly Count
|December 20, 2015
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly