Calendar of Events
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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.
Join Greg Butcher for an introduction to waterfowl identification. Get to know some of the many species that winter in the open waters of our region. The workshop costs $20.
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.
Tom Nardone leads the walk at this popular winter birding trail through woods along the lake and past open territory as well to get a broad habitat range. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Bird Club.
Meet at Lake Newport and carpool or caravan to the other Reston lakes, looking for winter waterfowl. Waterfowl are often the highlight of winter birding, when their variety is far greater than for our summer residents. Sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder of Reston.
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.
Huntley’s marshes and woodlands are great for birding any time of year. Join leaders Tom Nardone and Dixie Sommers on this walk sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
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.