Upcoming Audubon Afternoon
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.
Past Audubon Afternoons
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.
Acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman shares stories about her travels and cutting-edge research on the newly discovered brilliance of birds.
Every society on earth has myths and legends about owls. What people believe about owls makes a difference in how they protect and conserve owls. So, what do people really believe?
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.
Mike Lott is our Regional Coordinator for the Breeding Bird Atlas in Northern Virginia, and he will speak to us about the history and purpose of the Atlas.
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.