Audubon at Home welcomes new Program Assistant Jill Spohn, who is an Audubon at Home Ambassador and Fairfax Master Naturalist.
This month's Potomac Flier is out! Click here to read it.
The Spotted Owl just can’t get a break. Endemic to old-growth forests in the Pacific North west, the endangered owl’s population was already declining due to deforestation, but now they have been forced to accommodate an inconsiderate guest: Barred Owls. Native to the eastern half of North America, the Barred Owl’s territory has been expanding westward since the turn of the last century.
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia sponsors a Birdathon every spring. We send out a bunch of teams whose goal is to see as many species as possible in a 24-hour period and to raise money for our programs. Read on to find out the best tips and tricks for spotting as many species as possible, and learn why now is the best time to go out birding.
ASNV is primarily a volunteer-driven organization. We rely on people like you to carry out most of our organization’s functions.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help support birds and the environment, check out the following opportunities. If you are interested, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have other ideas about projects you’d like to undertake, let me know about those too.
Birdathon 2019 is underway! How does it work? Like a walk-a-thon, Birdathon participants collect pledges from friends and family. Then, during any 24-hour period between April 19 and May 19, participants record how many species they can identify. The more species they identify, the more funds they raise! Birdathoners also import their data into eBird, an online database of bird observations run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
We are making up to $3,300 available to winning applicants for projects that protect or improve habitat for birds, butterflies, other wildlife and/or native plants in the chapter’s territory. Individuals, non-profit organizations and public schools are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more.
The Potomac Flier for April is out! Click here to read it.
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!
In February, nine ASNV participants traveled to Panama for a birdwatching tour. Gerry Abbott, the ASNV coordinator, worked with Holbrook Travel for travel and tour arrangements. Kristine “Kris” Lansing, a local participant, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Hello spring and summer gardening! As you buy, remember that native plants supply critical nutrition for birds and other wildlife. A list of local native plant sales can be found here. And please, no invasives! Besides from being nutritionally deficient themselves, invasive plants smother native plants, creating environmental food deserts. A list of invasive plant species to avoid can be found here.
Kirk Treakle, Head Librarian at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, is this year’s winner of the ASNV Hog Island Scholarship. The scholarship provides transportation, tuition, room, and board to “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” at National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp in Maine.
Please join us on Sunday, March 24 for an Audubon Afternoon at the National Wildlife Center, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive in Reston. Ashley Kennedy, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, is an entomologist who has used her own research and photos provided by citizen scientists from around the country to determine what types of insects various types of birds eat.
This past February, a very unusual Northern Cardinal was spotted in Erie, Pennsylvania. Its right side is brilliantly red, while its left side is a modest brown, with both sides perfectly split down the middle. The reason for the color split is remarkable; the left side is biologically female, while the right side is biologically male. Genetically, the two halves are as closely related as brother and sister.
The 37th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on December 16, 2018 had 115 hardy birders doing their best to count 13,562 birds. Read on for a link to the full results!
Are you an educator who would like to learn practical approaches to environmental education in a wonderful outdoor setting? Apply now for ASNV scholarship to attend National Audubon Society’s Educator’s Week at its Hog Island Camp in Maine!
Thanks to all our generous donors, we have reached the fundraising goal for our Annual Appeal.
The ASNV Communications Team welcomes Elise Brosnan and Lisa Mackem, two writers who will be contributing to the communications effort moving forward.
Turkey vultures, also known as turkey buzzards, are a common sight throughout the state of Virginia. As one of the most widespread birds in the western hemisphere, their range extends west to California and south to the tip of South America. Turkey vultures are often seen gliding on thermals, buoyed by a wingspan that can reach up to seven feet.
The 37th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, held December 16th, was highly successful. Occasional rain was not too great a deterrent, and the day was relatively warm as about 120 people scoured woods, lakes, fields, and ponds counting about 65 species and several thousand individual birds.