Please join us on Sunday, March 24 for an Audubon Afternoon at the National Wildlife Center in Reston. Ashley Kennedy, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, is an entomologist who has used her own research and photos provided by citizen scientists from around the country to determine what types of insects various types of birds eat.
Late March can offer spectacular birding, marking a transition between winter and spring, Many of our winter birds, such as waterfowl and sparrows, are still around, but they are joined by early migrants returning to breeding territories. In this workshop we will discuss birds that occur here at this time of year, with a special focus on species that are migrating into our region and their arrival dates. An ancillary field trip offers a chance to encounter many of these birds in their natural settings.
Back by popular demand! Do you love birds? wildflowers? frogs? fungi? or some other aspect of nature? Do you ever think you might like to share that love with others in an organized way, but are not sure how to do it? If so, this workshop will answer a lot of questions and give you good tips on how to be a successful leader.
New location and instructor! Spend a full day learning bird song in the field and on the trails with birding expert Greg Fleming. Some basic birding knowledge is a prerequisite, such as being able to identify some common local birds by sight. Bring a bag lunch, we'll be out in the field all day but will break for lunch at Leesylvania State Park. This class will fill up quickly!
Greg is a wildlife biologist who has spent most of his career performing bird surveys on eight different military installations in the Eastern and Central U.S. He has recorded 775 bird species in the ABA area and over 1,600 in North America, including the first ever sighting of Cinnamon Teal in Virginia, a feat that earned him recognition by the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Throughout his career, he has had a primary interest in habitat management for at-risk birds, as well as other wildlife.
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.
We’ll meet and then drive to the various Reston lakes to check for waterfowl at a number of locations. Let’s hope for open water this year! Sponsored by The Reston Association, the Bird Feeder of Reston, and ASNV.
Getting there: Take Reston Parkway north from the Dulles Toll Road and turn right on Baron Cameron Ave.Meet in the parking lot for the tennis courts on Village Road, north of Baron Cameron Ave.
Waterfowl on the lake are always changing—or at least those we can see change in their variety. And the resident eagles should be busy. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
Getting there: Entrance is off Route 123, south of Burke Lake Road.Follow signs to Park, turning left at second traffic light past Burke Lake Road.Take an immediate left in the park, then meet at the lot on the right (near the mini golf course). 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, 22039.
ASNV will conduct its Winter Waterfowl Count Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10. Volunteer teams will survey the Potomac River from Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun County south to Quantico Marine Base in Prince William County.
Winning images from the 2018 National Audubon Society annual photography contest, chosen by Audubon judges from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces, are coming to Northern Virginia. The photographs will be displayed next month at Reston’s Walker Nature Center in an event co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.
GBBC provides a snapshot of where birds are in real time. It’s spontaneous; unlike Project Feederwatch, you’re not restricted to your own backyard or to a particular feeding area, and there is no commitment to 2 specific days every week for 6 months. You can count anywhere, for as little as 15 minutes or as long as a walk through a park. This workshop will teach you how to count and how to report your count, and we’ll do some “real time” practice.
Join Greg Butcher, ASNV board member and migratory species coordinator for U.S. Forest Service International Programs, for an introduction to waterfowl identification. Get to know many of the species that winter in the open waters of our region.
On this short walk we’ll stroll by the edge of Lake Newport and then walk through the woods and fields surrounding the Chapel. Meet leader Jean Tatalias in the parking lot. Sponsored by ASNV.
Getting there:From Route 7, go west on Baron Cameron Ave, and turn north on Village Rd. (opposite Lake Anne Village Center). Make an immediate right onto Brown’s Chapel Rd. and park by the ball field. 1575 Brown’s Chapel Road
The Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place Sunday, December 16th. The center of the 15-mile-diameter count circle is near the intersection of Routes 28 and 29 in Centreville. Birders of all skill levels are needed. For more information, go here.
The woods to Snakeden stream are lovely for an autumn walk. Join leaders Robin Duska Huff and Kristine Lansing to enjoy a fall birding morning. Sponsored by ASNV.