Upcoming Audubon Afternoon
Please join us our Annual Membership meeting. In addition to the wonderful program described below, we will also be holding elections, distributing Birdathon awards, and there will be a silent auction. Light refreshments will be provided.
Past Audubon Afternoons
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.
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.