Save the Date: Post Holiday Audubon Afternoon
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
National Wildlife Federation Building
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Join us for Paul Napier’s presentation on “The Cape May Raptor Banding Project” that will cover a brief history, some impressive Project statistics, the Project’s contributions to science projects, and portraits and facts about the raptors banded. There will be lots of great close-up photographs.
Paul Napier has been banding raptors since 1988. He started out as a bird watcher, then discovered raptors and never recovered. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad in order to learn more about the many exciting birds of prey that share our environment. Paul has been President of the Cape May Raptor Banding Project since the early 2000s when Project founder and noted raptor expert William S. Clark retired.
Sign Up for the 34th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
December 20, 2015
The Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 20th. The count circle is around Centreville and includes Manassas Battlefield, parts of Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas south of Dulles Airport, and many stream valley parks and undeveloped locations from Clifton to west Fairfax City. A hot lunch will be served to participants. Birders of all skill levels are needed..
Audubon's Hog Island Educator's Week Scholarship
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week, July 17 to 22
Application available Nov. 5 Deadline Feb. 15
Do you know an exemplary science teacher? Please encourage him or her to apply.
ASNV is providing a full scholarship and transportation costs to a week long educators camp in Hog Island Maine, July 17-22, 2016.
Last year’s scholarship recipient, Kate Sydney of Arlington’s Glebe School, said about Hog Island,
It has been a busy summer for me. Of course, the highlight of summer was my time on Hog Island! It was an amazing professional development experience and I would recommend it to any science teacher. There are definitely some pieces that I learned and hope to build in to my work with students this year. ... Thank you all for providing this great experience!!
For details about Hog Island and this year’s camps for teachers and other programs see the website: http://hogisland.audubon.org
The application form can be found here..
Get Ready for the State Legislature
December 5, 2015
You can learn all about environmental issues expected in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly at the Virginia Conservation Network's General Assembly Preview. Experts will address issues like the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the Virginia Coastal Protection Act.
Fairfax County, State of the Environment:
January 12, 2016
On January 12, you can express your views on the state of the environment in Fairfax County when the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing at 7:30 p.m. in conference rooms 2 and 3 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia.
Stop Coal Ash Leaks and Discharges
December 8, 2015
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing on Dominion Power's Possum Point power station coal ash ponds on December 8, 7 p.m., at DEQ's offices, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193. Dominion has applied for a permit, according to DEQ, to "allow the release of treated industrial wastewater and stormwater into a water body."
Influence Local Policy
The city of Falls Church is seeking volunteers to serve on several boards and commissions. Visit www.fallschurchva.gov/BC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-248-5014. The November election of new officeholders in most northern Virginia jurisdictions could open up appointment opportunities for Auduboners and other conservation-minded people.
Belvoir and Birds
Fort Belvoir is proposing to demolish several existing structures, clear land and construct new housing on the lots immediately adjacent to Huntley Meadows Park and Dogue Creek. Belvoir documents indicate that these plans could have some impacts on bald eagles and other birds. You can read the supplemental EIS here. Auduboners should express their comments on the plans.
Fones Cliff to Be Developed
Last month, we reported that the Richmond County Board of Supervisors was considering a proposal to develop 1,000 acres as a luxury golf course resort known as Fones Cliffs, an important site for migrating birds and an especially important site for bald eagles and other birds on the shoreline of the Rappahannock River. Despite the concerns of conservationists around the state, the Board voted four to one to approve the rezoning. According to media reports the only dissenting vote was cast by the supervisor in whose district the resort will be built.
Get Better Conservation Results Out of Richmond
Now that Virginians have elected state senators and delegates, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (LCV) seeks people to be conservation contacts for state legislators.
Action team members meet with their legislators throughout the year, in their home districts and in Richmond to discuss environmental issues. By building a constructive relationship with legislators, the result is an elected official far more receptive to a friendly and familiar messenger and their message, say LCV staffers.
To sign up to be an action team member or for more information, contact Virginia LCV’s Advocacy Coordinator, Becca Summers at email@example.com..
Amazon Smile Donates to ASNV
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support ASNV every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our chapter..
- 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.
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
We will resume in April