Climate Change and Birds
On September 9, the National Audubon Society will issue a new study detailing how a changing climate and global warming are affecting North America's birds and where. "The public release of this science will mark the launch of Audubon's climate initiative, which aspires to create a greater demand for change on the climate issue by tapping into people's passion for birds," say NAS officials. Let's let the new Virginia Commission know.
Arlington Park at Risk
An article in the June 27 Washington Post reported that the Arlington County School Board wants to use parkland to build a school, triggering protests from park advocates. Post reporter Michael Alison Chandler wrote, "Advocates for open space in Arlington are organizing a campaign to quash a proposal by the Arlington School Board to build a new elementary school on parkland next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Huntley Meadows Wetland Restoration Completed
After 22 years of planning and 60 public meetings, the $3 million wetland restoration at Huntley Meadows Park is done, but the work has just begun says former ASNV Board member and staffer, Kevin Munroe, now Huntley Park Manager. The Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a grand opening on May 10.
FWS Revisits Eagle "Take Permit"
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting and receive comments on August 7 at the South Department of Interior building, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. on revising what they call their "eagle nonpurposeful take" permits, such as kills by wind turbines. You can get more information on the proposal here.
Greenbriar Commons Park Master Plan
The Fairfax County Park Authority held a public meeting on a draft master plan for Greenbriar Commons Park in Fairfax County on June 24 and will receive comments for 30 days.
The park, at 13007 Point Pleasant Drive, has a number of existing park elements which are proposed to remain including a sand volleyball court, a playground and an open play area. The plan proposes a new picnic shelter to be located near the Point Pleasant Road frontage of the park. Send correspondence to Pat Rosend, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority, Planning and Development Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406, Fairfax, Virginia 22035. For more information, call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.
Tar Sands and Birds
The National Wildlife Federation has published a new report, Migratory Birds and Tar Sands, explaining that the destruction of tar sands oils extraction and forest and land fragmentation in Alberta is adversely affecting the breeding habitat for many birds, including millions of songbirds and waterfowl depend on. You can read more here. You may wish to share your views with the Obama Administration and your U.S. senators and representatives.
How Did They Vote?
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has issued its 2014 General Assembly Conservation Scorecard which rates state legislators on their conservation votes. You can find it at valcv.org.