Wolf Trap Park, Vienna
Saturday, May 10, 7:30-10:30 AM
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a walk through the wetland and ridges of this beautiful park. Jean Tatalias and Margaret Grieshaber will co-lead.
Getting there: The park is located at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Meet the leaders in the north end of the park, in the parking lot on the east side of Trap Road.
Bright Pond, Reston
Sunday, May 11, 7:30-10:30 AM
Treat Mom and yourself to an early morning visit to one of Reston's birding hotspots. Spring migrants will be singing especially for all the moms in the group.
Getting there: From Baron Cameron Ave. in Reston, take Reston Parkway north. Turn right on Bright Pond Lane and go the cul de sac to park and meet the leader.
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Piney Grove
May 15-17 (Thursday-Saturday)
Cost: $20 to ASNV, plus lodging and meals. Signup online here.
Once again this year, 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 will spend two nights at the Airfield Conference Center, where comfortable Executive Suites run $65/single, $78/double per night. On Thursday, after arriving at the Conference Center and checking into our rooms, we will bird the wetlands at the mouth of the James River, at either Chippokes Plantation State Park or Hog Island WMA. On Friday, we plan to visit the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, where Swainson's Warblers nest, and other neo-tropic migrants abound. On Saturday we will rise early for our visit to Piney Grove, where we hope to spot the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers feeding their nestlings. Our Nature Conservancy guides will provide a highly informative introduction to both the woodpecker's life history and The Nature Conservancy's program to restore a healthy breeding population to the area.
The Nature Conservancy limits group size, so sign up soon with the ASNV office. Additional information will be provided.
Thompson Wildlife Management Area, Linden, VA
Wednesday, May 21, 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. The trilliums may have faded, but the birds will make up for them.
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 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (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.
Lower Glade Stream Valley, Reston
Sunday, May 25, 7:30-10:30 AM
Joanne and David Bauer will lead this walk through their "backyard." Always something good here.
Getting there: From Reston Parkway, take Glade Drive east to Twin Branches. Park along Glade Dr. and meet the leaders at the corner of Glade and Twin Branches.
Clark's Crossing, Vienna
Wednesday, May 28, 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 is off Beulah Rd. about halfway between the Toll Rd. and Maple Ave.