July 2015

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  • President's Corner
  • Advocacy Update
  • Delaware Bay Final Trip Report
  • Field Trips - Bird Walks
  • Other News

Conservation Counts

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing wildlife surveys at two of Northern Virginia's best birding spots. Surveys alternate between Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck.

Each survey is limited to four participants, and reservations are required. More information is available on the ASNV website.

Contact Jim via email or phone (703-567-3555) for more details or to reserve your space.

General Surveys

Meadowood on Mason Neck

  • July 15
  • August 12

Occoquan Bay NWR

  • July 29
  • August 26

Butterfly and Dragonfly Surveys

The butterfly/dragonfly surveys started up in April. The time is 8:30am - 12:00pm. The location and dates for July are:
  • Metz Wetlands - July 3
  • Occoquan Regional Park - July 10
  • Occoquan Bay NWR - July 17
  • Meadowood - July 24
  • Metz Wetlands July 31

Make a Difference!


E-Activist Network.

The National Audubon Society invites all Auduboners to join their e-activist network. When you subscribe to their newsletter, you'll receive alerts about important Congressional actions and information about how you can affect legislation by contacting your Members of Congress.

Climate Change.

We also need passionate volunteers across Virginia who can help us persuade our U. S. senators to support a strong climate change bill. If you would like to help us make a difference with climate change and other important issues, please contact Glenda Booth.

Audubon at Home.

People-oriented volunteers are needed to help spread the word about the Audubon At Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program at community and regional events. We schedule the dates, provide all the materials, and brief you on our message -- you supply the enthusiasm!
To volunteer or for more information, contact info@audubonva.org.

President's Corner

Coming home from an early morning walk, I surprised a (very) young robin in my yard, probably on its first day out of the nest – stubby little tail, not really flying yet, trying to scoot away from me between the asters and azaleas. Boy, did that cause a ruckus! Papa robin swooping through and trying to head me off, squawking alarms, crown feathers raised. And then the cardinals started in too, and then the wrens, on general principles, enough to wake the dead. It is a wonder to me that these birds have the energy to make it through multiple broods in a season. Calm down, I want to say, it’s only June, there’s a long way to go, and anyway I’m on your side - but no.

Reminder that the National Audubon Society convention is coming up July 10 through July 12, at the Lansdowne resort in Leesburg. For more information, and to register, go to http://www.audubonconvention.org/. The convention planners could still use a few volunteers to assist with welcoming guests, setting up meetings, arranging packets, and many other tasks. There are some reciprocal benefits to volunteering, including the opportunity to attend part of the convention free. If you are interested, please send an email to Pam Nicholls prnicholls@aol.com or Lynn Tennefoss at ltennefoss@audubon.org with your name, email address, and phone number.

And if you haven’t been out in your yard after dark recently, take the time now to see the fireflies putting on their show. Magical.

Have a good month.
Carl Kikuchi

Advocacy Update

Auduboners Can Elect Conservation-minded Officials

Over the next four months, many candidates for local and state offices will be meeting constituents, participating in candidate forums and seeking votes. Elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues. government officials in Virginia make many land use decisions that impact the environment. Read more...

The House of Representatives Has Attacked Birds

The House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read more...

Fairfax County Parks Budget, Staffing Unbalanced

For many years, ASNV has advocated that Fairfax County give a higher priority to creating and restoring natural resource parks like Huntley Meadows in its budgeting and staffing. On June 2, Kirk W. Kincannon, Director, Fairfax County Park Authority, provided us with these statistics for fiscal year 2016. Read more...

Park Planning Begins for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started the public master planning process for Patriot Park North at Willow Springs is now underway and the public is encouraged to participate. It is located at the corner of Braddock and Willow Springs School Roads. Read more...

National Audubon President on Climate Change Activity

At the board of director’s meeting last weekend in Alaska, the board and staff were impressed by all the great work chapters are doing on climate. To date, more than half of all Audubon chapters have taken climate action. That is pretty impressive stuff. Read more...

March for Climate Change

Many environmental and faith groups plan to march on Washington on September 20 when the Pope visits. The National Audubon Society views climate change as the most serious threat to the planet, to all of our natural resources.

For more information, visit http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/moral_march.

Delaware Bay Final Trip Report

May 29-31, 2015
Leader: Ray Smith

Red Knot and GroupOur trip to the Delaware Bay this year started Friday afternoon with a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park. We started at the Point because the tide was coming in fast and we wanted to try to see both the Least Tern and the Piping Plovers which were nesting on the beach before tide got too high. We just made it and saw both . They are both endangered species. We also saw American Oystercatchers and a lone Brant Goose. A stop at the visitors center produced Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers. Read more...

Field Trips - Bird Walks


Twin Branches Trail, Reston, VA

This trail goes through stream valley and mature forest, and surprises often turn up here. Jenny Vick will lead. Sponsored by the Bird Feeder of Reston and the Reston Association.

Getting there: From I-66 west, to exit 60 to go north on Rte 123. Turn left on Hunters Mill Road/ Route 674. Turn left on Lawyers Road, Route 673. Turn right on Twin Branches Road. Park along Glade Drive near the intersection with Twin Branches. Meet at the corner.

Sunday, July 12

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, VA

Along the wetlands we’ll try to catch some fall migrating shore birds and enjoy this rich habitat of woods, wetland, and stream. Harry Glasgow leads.

Getting there: From I-195, take Route 1 south for 3 miles. Turn right on Lockheed Blvd. and in 0.5 miles turn left into park entrance. 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Meet in parking lot.

Saturday, August 1

8:00 AM

Lower Glade Stream Valley, Reston, VA

Transition time in the Glade--the intensity of nesting is over; preparation for migration is still to come. Join Joanne and David Bauer for a different view of the birds that inhabit the Glade.

Getting there: From I-66 west, to exit 60 to go north on Rte 123. Turn left on Hunters Mill Road/ Route 674. Turn left on Lawyers Road, Route 673. Turn right on Twin Branches Road. Park near intersection with Glade Drive and meet leaders at the corner.

Sunday, August 9

7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

We’ll take advantage of an early-opening day to stroll the gardens, looking for birds, but also appreciating the flora. The gardens have a native tree section, some wetland, and some woods, as well as open terrain. Entrance fees apply: $5.00 general and $2.50 senior. Jean Tatalias and Catherine Kubo lead.

Getting there: The gardens are located off of Beulah Road, between Route 7 and Route 123, south of the Dulles Access Road. From the Beltway, take Route 7 toward Tysons Corner. Drive 4.5 miles west on Route 7, turn left onto Beulah Road and drive 2.5 miles to the gardens entrance on the right. Meet in the visitors center.

Sunday, August 23,

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Entrance fees apply.

Recurring Field Trips

Several parks in the area have established year-round weekly birdwalks. These walks are not run by ASNV, but may be of interest to ASNV members.

Location Time Leader

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve

2nd Saturday every month, 8:00 AM

Various www.bansheereeksnp.org

Dyke Marsh

Sundays, 8:00am


Eakin Park

Mondays, 7:00 AM March-Nov.,
7:30 AM Dec - Feb

Carolyn Williams

Great Falls, Virginia

Sundays, 8:00am


Huntley Meadows Park

Mondays, 7:00am (Mar-Oct)
8:00 am (Nov-Feb)

Harry Glasgow

Occoquan & Meadowood Wildlife Surveys

Monthly Scheduled Wednesday mornings.

Jim Waggener

Various Locations

Twice weekly walks, including most Saturdays

Northern Virginia Bird Club, http://www.nvabc.org/trips.htm


Other News

Bird Feeder in Reston

The Bird Feeder in Reston This store offers a 10% discount to current ASNV members, good on all purchases excluding optics and sale merchandise. When you visit, just tell them you are a member of ASNV and ask for the discount. Read more...