ASNV is pleased to announce that Centreville Elementary School has won this year’s ASNV Conservation Grant. The school plans to revitalize a walking trail and natural vernal pond. The vernal pond suffers from run-off, consequently, salamanders which used to spawn there have disappeared. Students plan to add native plants to improve stream filtration while also attracting native bird and amphibian species.
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia provides speakers, staffs tables at events and/or provides materials for organizations interested in our mission and programs. Please use this link to make your request and submit it at least two weeks before your event.
We will follow up with you within 3 business days to schedule stating whether or not we can meet your request and to discuss details to ensure a successful event.
Given how much of the planting in Northern Virginia is done by landscaping professionals, Plant NOVA Natives, which is Audubon at Home’s outreach partner, is sponsoring a conference to educate landscape professionals on the value of native plants. If you know any landscape designers, architects, or other landscape professionals who might be interested, please point them to this invitation.
In July, 2015, two Peregrine Falcon chicks were found on Market Street in Reston Town Center (RTC). They were taken to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and safely released into the wild. No one realized Peregrine Falcons nested in Reston but the chicks prompted a discovery that two adult peregrines were nesting in RTC. The pair has continued to nest there for five years.
Brown-headed Cowbirds love cows. True to their name, they can often be found alongside herds of cattle or horses, eating insects that much larger animals flush from the grass. Historically, Brown-headed Cowbirds followed bison herds across the Great Plains, but the spread of livestock farming has expanded their range across North America.
The Audubon at Home program is happy to announce that the Reston Association's Central Services Facility (CSF) native plant garden has achieved certification as a Wildlife Sanctuary. RA developed this 3 acre site to serve as a demonstration site to educate Metro developers on how native plants can be integrated into areas near Metro stations.
Are you new to birding and want to learn more or just want to dig deeper into the subject? Then this class is for you! This course is designed to include beginners, but it is by no means restricted to them.
ASNV member Randy Streufert photographed a Carolina Chickadee driving off a Downy Woodpecker from the chickadee’s nest box. You can see Randy’s remarkable photos, which were taken in just over one second, in the slideshow below.
A few years ago, while I was at the dentist’s, I looked out the window and saw a welcome distraction: a Northern Mockingbird landed on a telephone pole, jumped a few feet in the air, and then gracefully fluttered back down. It repeated this behavior for several minutes.
Most birdwatchers start out feeding birds in their backyard or at the duck pond. During spring migration, we all get excited by warblers and orioles and tanagers. But there’s a whole other world out there – the ocean! And ASNV has found the perfect ocean interpreter – Chris Haney. Chris has been a professional marine biologist for decades and also an avid birdwatcher basically all his life.
The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations has named conservation advocate and long-time ASNV member Catherine (Cathy) Ledec as the County’s Citizen of the Year. Cathy’s dynamic volunteer leadership includes several Fairfax County Park Authority programs and other volunteer efforts across Fairfax County.
Audubon at Home welcomes new Program Assistant Jill Spohn, who is an Audubon at Home Ambassador and Fairfax Master Naturalist.
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.