Calendar of Events
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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.
Join us for the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count (36th for ASNV). We are looking for people to count in the Manassas Battlefield area, Bull Run, and Manassas City areas as well as around Centerville, south of Dulles Airport, and Chantilly.
Bob Mumford will present Beautiful Bhutan with some of his excellent photos (mostly birds, but a few others as well) from his recent trip to this small Himalayan country with a “National Happiness Index.”
Surely the waterfowl have arrived in numbers and we can view them on the Lake and the woodland path that follows its shoreline. Marc Ribaudo leads. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
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.
Winter is a great time to improve your birding skills. Birds are easier to find since there are no leaves on the trees. In addition, winter brings a wide variety of ducks and geese. Several species of hawks and sparrows also call our region home during our coldest months.
The quarry is a great place to find waterfowl in winter. The woods and lake shore offer good habitat for other winter species, including resident red-headed woodpeckers. Toby Hardwick leads with Rick Purvis co-lead. Sponsored by ASNV.
Join ASNV in preparation for their annual Winter Waterfowl Count. This field workshop will help hone your identification skills. Meet up at the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge.
One of our newer additions of places to bird. Join Lead Phil Silas and co-lead Jean Tatalias as we scout the lake and surrounding park trail. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
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.
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.
Want to know more about Golden-winged Warblers and Loggerhead Shrikes? So does the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Among their other responsibilities, DGIF has an active and vibrant nongame bird conservation program.