The Chesapeake Bay provides the ecological, cultural and historic foundation of our region. To understand the bay, its seasonal narration, complex history and stewardship needs each of us should be grounded in this place. For over 150 years, our stewardship of the bay region has been disrespectful to the complex natural systems. Water quality, indigenous species, and even people living around the bay have suffered from the impacts of mistreatment. With increased public awareness, public policy has slowly changed, and some progress has been made. Join Dr. Tom Wood on this experiential learning weekend to explore this national treasure.
Late summer is a great time to find a variety of butterflies in our region. Join Larry Meade for a workshop in the field where we will find and learn how to identify various butterflies. We will also learn about their host plants and migration patterns. While butterflies will be the main focus of our trip, we will also pay attention to birds, dragonflies, reptiles and whatever else we find interesting.
Join us on Thursday, September 26 for Stacia Novy’s presentation on birds-of-prey. She will discuss flight characteristics, identification and migration patterns, focusing on raptor species of the East Coast region. The presentation will be followed by a field trip to Waggoner’s Gap, PA on Saturday, September 28 for a day of hawk watching. We’ll apply knowledge learned in the workshop by observing kettles of Broad-winged Hawks, falcons, and other migrant raptors making their way south for the winter.
Are you new to birding and want to learn more or just want to dig deeper into the subject? Then this class is for you! This course is designed to include beginners, but it is by no means restricted to them.
Aren’t you delighted when you spot a tiger swallowtail in your garden or a monarch butterfly on your local patch of milkweed? Most of us are and we like to broaden our butterfly recognition as well. Our July butterfly walk is the perfect opportunity to identify and learn about some of the many amazing butterflies we have in Northern Virginia.
Marine birds have feathers, and marine mammals breathe air. But in almost every other way, these ocean denizens bear almost no resemblance at all to their counterparts on land. Registration is still open for the field trip portion of this class, which introduces participants to the identification, foraging strategies, behavior, and nesting/breeding ecology of marine birds and mammals typical of the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
Bring Dad on this father’s day walk to enjoy the cool path down to the stream to look for our breeding bird residents. Sponsored by The Reston Association, the Bird Feeder of Reston, and ASNV.
Please join us for an exciting Audubon Afternoon, when Secret Garden Birds and Bees will present “Raptors of Virginia, Maryland and DC.” Secret Garden will bring five live raptors for us to see and photograph, including a Red-tailed Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk.
Marine Birds and Mammals of the Southeastern United States, Two-session Workshop and Optional Field Trip
Marine birds have feathers, and marine mammals breathe air. But in almost every other way, these ocean denizens bear almost no resemblance at all to their counterparts on land. This workshop introduces participants to the identification, foraging strategies, behavior, and nesting/breeding ecology of marine birds and mammals typical of the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
The fields of this area abound with sparrows, hawks, and butterflies. Join leader Larry Meade to find them all. Sponsored by ASNV.
We’re on the look for dickcissels and meadowlarks in this park where they have nested in previous years. Join leader Toby Hardwick to enjoy the fields and woods of this great location. Sponsored by ASNV.