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Making the Connection – Connecting Important Bird Areas Across the Hemisphere Through Birds

Mason Neck State Park

Matt Jeffery - Photo by Sam Schaen

Matt Jeffery - Photo by Sam Schaen

The September 2016 Audubon Afternoon served as an introduction to the Lower Potomac Important Bird Area (IBA), and the key habitat and resources it provides to migrating bird populations.  ASNV has “adopted” this IBA, which stretches south along the Virginia side of the Potomac River from Alexandria to Stafford County, and has been identified as an important bird area because of the habitat it provides for a number of species at risk, including Bald Eagles, a number of Neotropical migrants, and wintering waterfowl. 

Firends of Mason Neck State Park and Reinhardt Gray at the Audubon - Friends Meeting - Photo by Tom Blackburn

Firends of Mason Neck State Park and Reinhardt Gray at the Audubon - Friends Meeting - Photo by Tom Blackburn

We kicked off our conservation efforts with a talk by Matt Jeffery from the National Audubon Society.  Matt is Deputy Director of the International Alliances Program, and has been with Audubon since 2006.  He has more than 16 years of experience in the environmental conservation field. He has worked closely with and managed projects in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, Panama, Belize, Bahamas, Argentina, and Paraguay. His focus has been the protection of Important Bird Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically those concerning Neotropical migrant bird populations. 

Matt Jeffery Discussing Wood Thrush Habitat - Photo by Sam Schaen

Matt Jeffery Discussing Wood Thrush Habitat - Photo by Sam Schaen

During his presentation, Matt showed how inter-related the habitats in Central and South America are to the North American habitats and how destruction of habitat in one area impacts the number of birds in the other.

This program was co-sponsored by the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.

Earlier Event: September 9
Occoquan Regional Park
Later Event: September 14
Meadowood Survey