June 2018

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  • President's Corner
  • ASNV Officer and Board of Director Candidates
  • Upcoming Classes
  • Audubon Afternoon
  • Take Action
  • Bird Walks
  • Recurring Bird Walks
  • Other News

Conservation Counts

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing natural resource 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. From April through October, surveys are conducted primarily for butterflies and dragonflies at those two locations and two others—Occoquan Regional Park and Julie J. Metz Memorial Wetlands Preserve.

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

Contact Jim for more details or to reserve your space.

Meadowood on Mason Neck

(7:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • June 13

Occoquan Bay NWR

(7:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • June 27

Butterfly and Dragonfly Surveys

(8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
  • June 1 - Occoquan Regional Park
  • June 8 - Occoquan Bay
  • June 15 - Meadowood
  • June 22 - Metz Wetlands
  • June 29 - Occoquan Regional Park

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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 elected officials to support actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 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 the ASNV office.

President's Corner

Join us for our Annual Meeting and Audubon Afternoon on Sunday, June 10, at the National Wildlife Federation Building in Reston. Business meeting begins at 3:00, and then John Shafer will be talking to us about raptors and raptor identification. See below. Come at 2:30 to catch up with old friends.

Congratulations to the six recipients of funds under the National Audubon Society Plants for Birds Burke Grant program. The funds were awarded by/through our Audubon at Home program and the Plant NoVa Natives campaign, and will be used by the six faith communities to purchase native plants to create demonstration wildlife-friendly gardens. Click here for more information.

A huge thank you to Sam Schaen and Marilyn Gaizband, who have been our dedicated and utterly reliable Webmaster and Newsletter Editor through thick and thin for eight years, and who are now leaving the area and passing their stewardship on to new volunteers. Thanks to their enthusiasm, energy, and expertise, we’ve been able to make many, much-needed upgrades to both the website and the Potomac Flier, and they leave us in much better shape than they found us. They promise to stay in touch, and to continue to share their photographs.

Kudos to Glenda Booth for an excellent article on Loggerhead Shrikes on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries web page. Her piece features research by Sergio Harding, who was a recent ASNV Audubon Afternoon speaker.

Have a good month.
Carl Kikuchi

ASNV Officer and Board of Director Candidates

for Consideration at the
June 10, 2018 Annual Meeting

Elections for Officers and Board of Directors will be held at our Annual Meeting on Sunday June 10, 2018. Following are our candidates.


  • Tom Blackburn, President
  • Greg Butcher, Vice-President
  • Joanne Bauer, Secretary

Board of Directors

  • Gerry Abbott
  • Roger Di Silvestro
  • Connie Ericson
  • Doug Everhart
  • Dixie Sommers. (Re-election, second term)
Bios for the new candidates can be found on the ASNV website.

Upcoming Classes

Butterfly Identification Workshop
Jun 25, 2018

The sight of butterflies fluttering around on a warm day is one of the most iconic signs of summer. These beautiful insects usually only live for a few weeks as adults, but they make quite an impression while they are in their full glory.
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Identifying Shorebirds Workshop
Aug 16, 2018

Join Marc Ribaudo for an evening class and accompanying field trip that will cover Identifying Shorebirds. The class is recommended for anyone who would like to tackle shorebird identification on their own.

We will spend an evening in the classroom covering identification tips for shorebirds that can typically be seen in our region. Emphasis will be on shorebirds that pose the biggest identification challenges, such as peeps. On the Saturday following the class we will visit Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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Audubon Afternoon


June 10, 2018, 2:30 – 5:00
National Wildlife Federation Building
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

Here’s your opportunity to learn more about raptors! John Shafer will share some of his photos of raptors, including photos in different stages of development, the better to help you identify, age, and sex these fascinating, uniquely adapted birds. He’ll also share personal stories, research, and current theories on habitat and behavior to enhance your appreciation for these birds in the wild.

John Shafer is a Board Member with the Cape May Raptor Banding Project, and has been volunteering with the Project for 25 years. He brings that wealth of experience to his talks as a natural history interpreter and field trip leader.

This will also be our Annual Membership meeting, and we will be conducting elections for Officers and Board of Directors. We will also be announcing Birdathon prize winners!

Take Action

Elect Conservation-minded Officials

Primaries will be held around the state on June 12 for many offices, primarily local and federal. On November 6, Virginians will elect 11 members to the U.S. House of Representatives and one person to the U.S. Senate.

To learn who is running, visit the State Board of Elections site. Be sure to note deadlines for registering and voting absentee.

Campaigns provide advocates opportunities to learn candidates’ views and proposals and opportunities to influence them. Click here for the scorecard for how members of Congress voted on conservation legislation.

Virginia Environmental Assembly

Virginia conservation leaders will gather on September 7 and 8 in Williamsburg at the College of William and Mary for the annual Environmental Assembly, an opportunity to learn about key issues and strategize with allies on how to address environmental threats. Hosted by the Virginia Conservation Network, of which ASNV is a member. For more info, email admin@vcnva.org or call 804-644-0283. Note to advocates: To reduce your carbon footprint, take the train to Williamsburg.

Bird Walks

Walker Nature Center/Snakeden Stream Valley, Reston, VA
Sunday, June 10 - 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Enjoy the woods and the stream bed areas which are rich in bird life. Sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder of Reston.

Getting there: From VA-267 W/Dulles Toll Road take exit 14 (Hunter Mill Road/VA-674). Turn left onto Hunter Mill Rd (VA-674), right onto Sunrise Valley Drive, left onto S Lakes Drive, left onto Twin Branches Rd. Then take third right onto Glade Drive. Meet at the Nature House at 11450 Glade Drive in Reston.

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria, VA
Sunday, June 24 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Remember there’s a walk every Sunday at Dyke Marsh along the Potomac shore and through the woodlands. Ospreys and eagles usually abound. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh.

Getting there: From Alexandria, take GW Parkway south. Cross I-495; continue 1.2 miles to Belle Haven Park entrance on the left. Meet at the south parking lot. 6401 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, 22307

Buttermilk Creek Trail, Reston, VA
Sunday, July 8 - 7:30 to 10:30 AM

We’ll try to keep cool as we go through the woods and watch for birds, maybe feeding hatchlings. Sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder of Reston.

Getting there: From the Dulles Toll Road West, exit north on Wiehle Avenue. Go about 1.5 miles to the second entrance to N. Shore Drive on the right. At the intersection of N Shore with Ring Road, turn into the parking lot for the swimming pool and tennis courts. 11032 Ring Road, Reston.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Bristow, VA
Sunday, July 22 - 8:00 to 11:00 AM

Join leader Toby Hardwick at this park to look for the dickcissels and grasshopper sparrows that have been spotted in this field, farm, and woodland habitat park. Sponsored by ASNV.

Getting there: From I-66, take Rte 234 south (exit 44). Travel 4.5 miles and turn right onto Rte 28 (Nokesville Rd). Travel 1.5 and turn left onto Rte 619 (Bristow Rd). Travel 0.25 mile and turn right onto Iron Brigade Unit Ave. The parking lot is located on the left at the traffic circle. 10708 Bristow Rd, Bristow VA 20136.

Great Falls National Park , Great Falls, VA
Sunday, August 5 - 8:00 to 11:00 AM

Why not join the weekly Sunday walk at Great Falls? The trail is mostly through wooded areas and great for woodpeckers. Plus there are the river overlooks. Sponsored by the park.

Fee is $5.00 per person or use a National Park Pass

Getting there: From I-495, take exit 44 for route 193 west; continue 4 miles. Turn right on Old Dominion Drive. 9200 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22102. Meet in front of snack/concession stand at the Park Visitor Center.

Recurring Bird Walks

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

Other News

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.
1675 Reston Pkwy, Ste J, Reston, VA 20194. (703) 437-3335