This past February, a very unusual Northern Cardinal was spotted in Erie, Pennsylvania. Its right side is brilliantly red, while its left side is a modest brown, with both sides perfectly split down the middle. The reason for the color split is remarkable; the left side is biologically female, while the right side is biologically male. Genetically, the two halves are as closely related as brother and sister.
Turkey vultures, also known as turkey buzzards, are a common sight throughout the state of Virginia. As one of the most widespread birds in the western hemisphere, their range extends west to California and south to the tip of South America. Turkey vultures are often seen gliding on thermals, buoyed by a wingspan that can reach up to seven feet.
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We are making up to $3,300 available to winning applicants for projects that protect or improve habitat for birds, butterflies, other wildlife and/or native plants in the chapter’s territory. Individuals, non-profit organizations and public schools are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more.
Kirk Treakle, Head Librarian at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, is this year’s winner of the ASNV Hog Island Scholarship. The scholarship provides transportation, tuition, room, and board to “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” at National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp in Maine.
ASNV has awarded three $500 Youth Education mini-grants to help applicants connect youth to birds. Blue Ridge Middle School in western Loudoun County will use the funds to expand the native plant garden in its outdoor classroom and to conduct citizen science to determine whether more native birds are attracted as a result.
ASNV has awarded Conservation Grants totaling $4000 to assist applicants in improving or protecting habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife
Thanks to a very successful Annual Appeal Fundraising campaign this year, ASNV was able to award two scholarships to Audubon's "Educators Week" at Hog Island in Maine this summer. Arlington Public Schools autism specialist Deborah Hammer and Prince William County Public Schools science teacher Amanda Hoeschler will deepen their knowledge of environmental education and citizen science
Imagine a beautiful and near-deserted island, offering stunning views, invigorating hikes, abundant birds and wildlife, puffin sightings, and scrumptious meals all week long. (Yes, ample desserts too.) This island was my home during a magical week of camp!