Delaware Bay Final Trip Report
May 29-31, 2015
Leader: Ray Smith
Our trip to the Delaware Bay this year started Friday afternoon with a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park. We started at the Point because the tide was coming in fast and we wanted to try to see both the Least Tern and the Piping Plovers which were nesting on the beach before tide got too high. We just made it and saw both . They are both endangered species. We also saw American Oystercatchers and a lone Brant Goose. A stop at the visitors center produced Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers.
Auduboners Can Elect Conservation-minded Officials
Over the next four months, many candidates for local and state offices will be meeting constituents, participating in candidate forums and seeking votes. Elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues. Local government officials in Virginia make many land use decisions that impact the environment.
The House of Representatives Has Attacked Birds
The House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Fairfax County Parks Budget, Staffing Unbalanced
For many years, ASNV has advocated that Fairfax County give a higher priority to creating and restoring natural resource parks like Huntley Meadows in its budgeting and staffing. On June 2, Kirk W. Kincannon, Director, Fairfax County Park Authority, provided us with these statistics for fiscal year 2016. These numbers demonstrate what a challenge this is. You might share these with candidates for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and ask them to appoint Park Authority Board members who will bring better balance to our local parks policy.
Those of you in other jurisdictions could ask your parks department to provide similar statistics.
Park Planning Begins for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started the public master planning process for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs is now underway and the public is encouraged to participate. It is located at the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs School Roads.
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.
For more information, visit
National Audubon President on Climate Change Activities
At the board of director’s meeting last weekend in Alaska, the board and staff were impressed by all the great work chapters are doing on climate. To date, more than half of all Audubon chapters have taken climate action. That is pretty impressive stuff.
- 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
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly