Wildflowers & Pollinators at Riverbend Park
Thursday, May 9, 8:00-11:00 AM
No charge, reservation required. The focus today will be on Zebra Swallowtails and Bees. Contact Sheryl Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (c) 703-400-8225 or (h)703-860-8273. Meet at the Visitor Center patio.
Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Ft. Belvoir, VA
Saturday, May 11, 8:00-11:00 AM
Ken Rosenthal is a Naturalist at Walker Nature Center in Reston. He will lead the exploration of this 1,200 acre refuge which includes wetland and deciduous forest, offering opportunities for migrant and resident songbirds, shore birds and waterfowl.
We will meet in the Refuge parking lot on the right just before Tulley Gate on Pohick Road. You shouldn't need ID since we will not actually enter the installation, but bring a photo ID with you just to be safe.
Getting there: From points north and east, take I-95 S to exit 166A and follow VA-286 S/Fairfax County Pkwy to U.S. 1 N. Go left on U.S. 1 N, and turn right onto Pohick Road.
From points south, take I-95 N to exit 161, and merge onto U.S. 1 N. After 5.5 miles, turn left onto Pohick Road.
NEW!! Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Piney Grove Nature Preserve,
Sussex Co, VA
Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12
Cost: $20, plus lodging and voluntary donation to Nature Conservancy.
Registration required, $20 fee must accompany registration.
We will visit the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve in Sussex County for a guided walk to Virginia's only breeding area for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. We plan to travel Saturday morning and do some afternoon birding at the Great Dismal Swamp, where Swainson's Warblers nest. We will spend the night at the Airfield Conference Center, where comfortable Executive Suites run $63/single, $76/double. We'll meet our guide at Piney Grove early Sunday morning to be at the nesting site when the birds begin to leave their nests to feed their young. At this time of day and this time of year, woodpecker sightings are very likely. Depending on the length of the walk we may visit another local site before heading home. The Nature Conservancy limits group size to 10 participants.
Note: A second guide has been secured, and there are still a few spaces available in the second group.
Register and pay online or send check to ASNV office, 11100 Wildlife Drive, Reston, VA, 20190. Additional information will be provided when registrations are received.
Thompson Wildlife Management Area
Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 AM- early afternoon
Does your heart beat faster at the prospect of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, Cerulean, Hooded and Kentucky Warblers? If so, join Carol & Jay Hadlock and we'll throw in trilliums and other spring wildflowers for good measure.
Getting there: We will carpool. Meet at the Newgate Shopping Center, at the intersection of Rt. 29 and Rt. 28 in Centreville. The shopping center is in the northwest quadrant of the intersection and can only be accessed from Rt. 29, just west of the intersection.
Limit 10. Call Carol & Jay at 703-437-7451. Lunch at the Apple House, Dutch treat, optional.
Important notice: Virginia DGIF requires a permit to enter all state wildlife management areas. This can be a daily use permit, an annual permit, a valid freshwater fishing license or a hunting license. A daily permit can be purchased for $4 and you must have the permit with you while on the property. Go to the DGIF website to find where the permits are for sale near you, or purchase online, and make sure you have one and have it with you if you plan to go on this trip.
Wildflowers & Pollinators at Fraser Preserve, Gt. Falls, VA
Thursday, May 16, 8:00-11:00 AM
No charge, reservation required. We will look for the State Champion American Elm tree and learn what makes it so special. Contact Sheryl Pollock at email@example.com or call (c)703-400-8225 or (h)703-860-8273.
RESCHEDULED! Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Loudoun County
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30-10:30 AM
Snow stopped us once, but this park is worth trying again. Jenny Vick and Bill Brown have been scouting this new park for some time and are ready to introduce birders to the interesting things that can be found here. The habitat is mostly riparian woods along the Potomac Heritage Trail. Meet in the parking lot.
Getting there: Traveling on Rt. 7 towards Leesburg, turn right (north) on Landsdowne Blvd. After about a quarter mile, turn right onto Riverpoint Dr. and right again on Squirrel Ridge Place. As you approach the end of the cul de sac, turn right and then left again to reach the parking lot.
Wildflowers & Pollinators at Bles Park, Loudoun Co. VA
Thursday, May 23, 8:00-11:00 AM
No charge, reservation required. Butterflies and dragonflies and the plants they favor will be the theme for this walk. Contact Sheryl Pollock-see May 16 above.
Delaware Bay Weekend FULL
Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26
Family Bird Walk in Herndon
Saturday, May 25, 8:00-10:00 AM
The second in our series of family bird walks will take place at Runnymede Park in Herndon, where we'll look for birds in the woods, along the streamside, and in a meadow. The walk is geared toward families with children aged 10 and older, and will help new birders identify and learn about resident birds and those that come in the summer to breed. Bring binoculars and curiosity.
Runnymede Park is located at 195 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon VA.
Lower Glade Stream Valley, Reston, VA
Sunday, May 26, 7:30-10:30 AM
This is one of Reston's birding hotspots, and for leaders, Joanne & David Bauer, it's their backyard. Join them for a morning of fine birding.
Getting there: From Reston Parkway, take Glade Dr. to the intersection with Twin Branches. Park along Glade Dr. Meet at the corner.
Clark's Crossing, Vienna, VA
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30-10:30 AM
Join Carol & Jay Hadlock to walk a stretch of the W&OD Trail looking for Indigo Buntings, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Yellow-Breasted Chats and spring warblers.
Getting there: Clark's Crossing Rd. is off Beulah Rd. about halfway between the Toll Rd. and Maple Ave.
Wildflowers at Meadowlark Gardens, Vienna, VA
Thursday, May 30, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Entrance fee, reservations required. Contact Sheryl Pollock-see May 16 above.
Meet at the pit inside the gardens.
Buttermilk Creek, Reston, VA
Sunday, June 9, 7:30-10:30 AM
With meadow, forest and the backside of Lake Fairfax, this walk in spring always produces lots of birds.
Getting there: From Baron Cameron Ave. (Rt. 606) in Reston, go south on Wiehle Ave., turn left on North Shore Dr. and at the intersection with Ring Rd., turn into the parking lot for the pool and tennis courts.
Family Bird Walk in Reston
Saturday, June 15, 8:00-10:00 AM
In our third family bird walk we will explore the woods and stream valley around Reston's Nature House. The walk is geared toward families with children aged 10 and older, and will help budding naturalists identify and learn more about our beautiful local birds. Bring binoculars and curiosity.
Meet at the Walker Nature House at 11450 Glade Dr., Reston
Wolf Trap Park, Vienna, VA
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 AM
The grounds crew and many volunteers have completed a loop trail around this 135-acre park, which includes wetland, dry upland forest, rocky stream valley, open meadows and beautiful native plant gardens. If you have only ever been to Wolf Trap for the performances, it's time to explore the amazing natural area that surrounds the Filene Center. Bill Brown will lead this walk. Meet in front of the Maintenance compound.
Getting there: From Rt. 7, take Towlston Rd. to the park. Turn right at the first entrance to the lower parking lot and go all the way to the end. From Vienna, cross the Toll Rd., go past the main entrance to the Filene Center, and turn left into the lower parking lot.