The Annual Migratory Bird Count for Occoquan Bay NWR will be held Saturday, May 12. Jim Waggener leads the count and is looking for volunteers.
Application Due May 1
Thanks to a grant from the National Audubon Society’s Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants, the Audubon at Home program is eager to work with faith communities to create wildlife sanctuaries on their properties. Click here to see an overview with a link to the grant application.
Over a third of the 99 Audubon at Home Ambassadors gathered on February 17 for the third annual Ambassador Brunch at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, where ASNV also has its office. Sporting color-coded tags identifying their county, AAH Ambassadors from Arlington/City of Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties mingled to share experiences and a delicious potluck meal.
Although human use accounts for the greatest loss of our natural landscape in Northern Virginia, deer run a close second in the disappearance of vegetation, not only in natural areas, but in home landscapes as well. (Copied with Permission from Plant NOVA Natives campaign.)
ASNV recognized Bob Shipman for his eleven years as compiler of the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, from 2007 through 2017. Over the eleven years, 1,071 observers participated, spending 1,811 hours looking for birds in their assigned areas, 32 hours owling, and 15 hours at feeder watches. They counted 241,735 individual birds.
The Northern Virginia Bird Survey is held annually in June. Carolyn Williams leads the effort. Many thanks to all who participated in the 2017 survey! 42 volunteers, including 6 new to the NVBS, covered 523 survey points and counted 7,394 birds representing 95 species. Survey results are available here.
An escape to warm, sunny Cuba with ASNV from December 6-15, 2017 was just the thing for eight intrepid birders. Led by Cuban ornithologist Alejandro Llanes Sosa and a Cuban government guide, we covered 1,315 miles in a comfortable Chinese Yutong bus, thanks to careful driver Joel. We observed 136 species, including 21 Cuban endemics and 15 regional endemics.
The 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on December 17, 2017 was very successful. The day turned progressively warmer as 116 people scoured woods, lakes, fields and ponds counting 88 species (second highest species count ever) and 33,465 birds (highest number ever).
Congratulations to Jim Waggener and his group of citizen scientists for another important milestone to preserve and share the tens of thousands of data that has been collected in the Occoquan region count circle.
We have updated our Northern Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Area bird checklists. Both are available here including information on their use and how they were created. The checklists now use the newest information from the American Ornithological Society (AOS). These include changes in common and scientific names, splits and “lumps” of species, and changes in the order in which the species are presented.
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