The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding day sponsored by Bird Watcher's Digest and Swarovski Optics. This family fun event was founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club to promote birds and the birding community.
ASNV members have the opportunity to participate in the third and final planting day at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. September 19. Meet at Dyke Marsh next to the Haul Road trail. The National Park Service will provide tools, gloves, and water.
On February 25, 2018, Dr. Sarah Luttrell will talk about her work on evolution and speciation in the marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris). Dr. Luttrell studies how evolution works by studying subspecies of birds. She will examine how comparing multiple traits like plumage color, size and shape, vocal behavior and genetics in marsh wrens has revealed an exciting pattern of evolution in this bird.
The ASNV Winter Waterfowl Count will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018. Volunteer teams survey the Potomac River from Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun County south to Quantico Marine Base in Prince William County. Several important inland ponds, lakes, and marshes are also surveyed.
Interested in the unprecedented impacts humans are having on the natural world? Please join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) for a free talk with the co-editor of “Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans,” John Kress, curator of botany at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
It’s time to sign up for the 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count! Birders of all skill levels are needed in the field and as feeder watchers. The count circle comprises Centreville and includes Manassas Battlefield, parts of Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas south of Dulles Airport, as well as many stream valley parks and locations from Clifton to west of Fairfax City.
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.
Spring is for the birds! Are you looking for a fun way to jazz up your spring birding? Look no further than the ASNV Birdathon. Get together two to five of your best birding buddies and set off into northern Virginia to identify as many species as possible in 24 hours!