We are still accumulating the figures for our 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on December 17, 2017. The day turned progressively better as more than 100 people scoured woods, lakes, fields and ponds counting approximately 80 species and 20,000 birds.
Congratulations to Jim Waggener and his group of citizen scientists for another important milestone to preserve and share the tens of thousands of data that has been collected in the Occoquan region count circle.
A reminder this holiday season that you can designate the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia to receive a portion of the proceeds of purchases you make through Amazon Smile. Click here to learn more!
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018
Each summer Audubon Society of Northern Virginia offers a full scholarship and transportation to “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” at National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp in Maine. Applicants must be classroom teachers, specialists, or school administrators working in: Alexandria City, Falls Church City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William counties.
November 3, 2017 (time and location TBA)
Audubon-at-Home Ambassadors visit properties at the request of homeowners to provide advice on planting natives, removing invasives, and other wildlife habitat improvements. In the training session, you will learn about the program, the role of Ambassador, and resources that will help you research and advise clients on native plants and other habitat improvements.
We have updated our Northern Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Area bird checklists. Both are available here including information on their use and how they were created. The checklists now use the newest information from the American Ornithological Society (AOS). These include changes in common and scientific names, splits and “lumps” of species, and changes in the order in which the species are presented.
Five birders enjoyed an ASNV bird walk at Mason Neck State Park on a beautiful August 27 morning, with views of Belmont Bay and the Bayview Trail.
Imagine a beautiful and near-deserted island, offering stunning views, invigorating hikes, abundant birds and wildlife, puffin sightings, and scrumptious meals all week long. (Yes, ample desserts too.) This island was my home during a magical week of camp!
Many thanks to Northwest Federal Credit Union for their donation of $2,324 to ASNV! ASNV is a Community Partner of NWFCU, and this donation distributed over $11,000 to five of NWFCU’s Community Partners as part of NWFCU’s 70th Anniversary celebration.
Although human use accounts for the greatest loss of our natural landscape in Northern Virginia, deer run a close second in the disappearance of vegetation, not only in natural areas, but in home landscapes as well. (Copied with Permission from Plant NOVA Natives campaign.)
Our Audubon at Home program has a great new addition! Cathy Blowers is taking over management of the program from Barbara Tuset who is moving out of the area.
Up for a comprehensive course on creating wildlife habitat? We recommend Landscape for Life. Note that space is limited, registration is required and the fee is $60.
As properties are certified as Wildlife Sanctuaries we register the sanctuary and capture associated information including location, acreage, property type and jurisdiction to display the results with our GIS Mapping Application.
Are you interested in learning more about birds? Do you want to learn how to create bird-friendly habitat in your yard or community? Maybe you would like to organize a bird walk or nature hike for your neighborhood, youth group, school or retirement community? ASNV volunteers are available to speak on these and other topics.
On Friday, April 28, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) honored Jim Waggener and his group of volunteers who have been documenting wildlife presence and diversity in the Occoquan Bay area for almost 30 years by dedicating a bench at one of the survey sites in the Meadowood Special Recreation Area on Mason Neck.
December 6-15, 2017
We still have 3 slots available on ASNV’s Cuba birding trip, December 6-15, 2017. Visit Havana, the Zapata Peninsula, the north coast at Caya Coco, and places in between. You’ll encounter many of Cuba’s 25 endemic birds, wintering migrants, and many more. You’ll also see Hemingway’s home near Havana and plenty of 1950’s cars!
On Wednesday, April 26, Northwest Federal Credit Union donated $250.00 to the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia in honor of National Audubon Day.
Michele Sullivan, a 5th grade teacher at Mantua Elementary School, has won the 2017 Hog Island, Maine Scholarship for Educator’s Week! The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia annually awards this scholarship to the educator in all of northern Virginia who designs the best plan for bringing conservation education to students outdoors.
Belize and Guatemala yielded many beautiful birds and interesting Maya archeological sites for the birders who joined ASNV’s tour with Holbrook Travel in late March.