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.
The next Audubon Afternoon will be held on September 30 from 3 to 5 PM, with informal gathering starting at 2:30. It will be held in the auditorium/cafeteria at the National Wildlife Federation. Our program will be provided by Secret Garden Birds and Bees, which will present “A Year in the Life of an Owl.”
Elections for Officers and Board of Directors will be held at our Annual Meeting on Sunday June 10, 2018.
Australia is known for its unique wildlife, and its birds are no exception. We are lucky enough to have Tim Low speaking to us about the birds of Australia and the origin of the world’s songbirds (fresh from his talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!)
Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird
Just in time for Halloween! Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States turkey and black vultures may be increasing in number.
Challenges of Bird Illustration - John Anderton
Local artist John Anderton shares original artwork and discusses the diverse challenges of bird illustration, both within a historical perspective and with reference to his current project with the Smithsonian Institution’s Migratory Bird Center.
Acclaimed nature photographer, Bob Schamerhorn, presents “Attracting Birds with Water" Please join us for this special program at our Annual Membership Meeting. We’ll also have a silent auction, refreshments and Birdathon awards.
Please join us for a book talk by Pete Marra, co-author of Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. Pete Marra, Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Program will be discussing his recent book. Books are available for pre-order.
Mason Neck State Park
ASNV has “adopted” an IBA, which stretches south along the Virginia side of the Potomac River from Alexandria to Stafford County. We kicked off this conservation effort 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.
On March 6, Amy Johnson gave a presentation, “Virginia Working Landscapes: Connecting communities for grassland bird conservation and research”. It focused on her research and the excellent work being done by VWL.
On January 10, 2016, Paul Napier gave a presentation on “The Cape May Raptor Banding Project” covering a brief history, some impressive Project statistics, the Project’s contributions to science projects, and portraits and facts about the raptors banded. There were lots of great close-up photographs.
Cuba hosts a diverse list of birds, including the world's smallest bird - the Bee Hummingbird - and about 2 dozen endemics. Dixie Sommers gave a presentation on her birding visit to Cuba in February 2015. She spent 2 weeks on the island, traveling to many locations to see tiny hummingbird, the Cuban Trogan, the Cuban Emerald, the Cuban Tody, Giant Kingbird, Stygian Owl, and 150 more species.
For 25 years Jim Waggener has lead comprehensive surveys that document biodiversity in the Occoquan Bay Count Circle. His presentation focused on the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants that have painstakingly been documented since 1989, emerging trends, the importance of citizen science and glimpse into the future of the program.
Ray and Anne Smith recently returned from a VENT birding trip to New Zealand that covered both of the main islands and many of the surrounding smaller islands. They found it so interesting and enjoyable that Ray agreed to give us a talk about the experience.
At our June 15 meeting, presenters, Fred Briggs, founder and CEO of the company, and Ted Markson, CTO at Vektortek, discussed the development and manufacturing of tracking devices for the wildlife research biologist. By piggy-backing on a worldwide cellular network, they are able to offer new opportunities to collect and distribute data that were previously impossible or cost-prohibitive with satellite solutions.
Greg Butcher presented “Virginia’s Tropical Connections,” focusing on Neotropical migratory birds. Greg is the Migratory Species Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs. More than one-third of the bird species in the US (over 350 species) migrate to Latin America and the Caribbean each year. The migratory species program works with a broad range of partners throughout the world to conserve habitats and populations of birds, bats, butterflies, and dragonflies.
A passionate advocate for sound environmental stewardship, Claudia has been Reston Association's Natural Resource Manager for over thirty-two years. She spoke about some of the challenges of her position and some ways Reston has worked to control invasive plant species, control animal populations and manage a diversity of opinions about how to do so in her community.
Dr. David Luther, an ornithologist at George Mason University, spoke about his research examining how bird songs have evolved to stand out in the presence of loud background noise, such as the cacophony of birds singing in the dawn chorus in the Amazon rainforest, or the “noise pollution” of urban rush hour traffic.
ASNV’s annual membership meeting was held on June 9. The featured speaker, Fred Atwood, gave a fascinating presentation entitled "The Ends of the Earth: Hudson Bay, Svalbard, Antarctica" about polar wildlife and the spectacular scenery of the polar regions.
Bruce Peterjohn, Chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory for the US Geological Survey, spoke about western hummingbirds in the eastern United States. Bruce has been banding hummingbirds in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006