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.
The first edition of the Audubon at Home Newsletter was emailed to AAH clients and volunteer ambassadors on November 30th. It is aimed at those interested in gardening that is designed to make a difference for wildlife by creating habitat one property at a time.
Places on ASNV’s eight-day, seven-night Panamanian birding adventure are disappearing fast and down to the last two. The trip includes two nights at the Canopy Tower, three nights at Canopy Lodge, and two nights at Gamboa Rainforest Resort. See a sample of Panamanian bird life at the Canopy Lodge’s new live Panama Fruit Feeder Cam.
Audubon at Home seeks a volunteer driver to pick up supplies from the ASNV office at National Wildlife Federation in Reston, to deliver them to a designated ambassador for tabling events in Fairfax or Arlington County, and to pick up unused supplies afterwards for return to ASNV in Reston.
The easiest way to name a bird is to have it name itself! We know these six Virginia birds by names derived from their calls.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center estimates that between 365 million and 998 million birds die in the United States each year from collisions with windows. Fortunately, homeowners can accident-proof their windows in multiple ways.
Sign up soon for ASNV’s eight-day, seven-night, Panamanian birding adventure, including two nights at the Canopy Tower, three nights at Canopy Lodge, and two nights at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
With ASNV funding support, the Friends of Dyke Marsh have completed the purchase and planting of native flora in a 0.65-acre area along the Haul Road, the main trail through the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, which lies along the Potomac River a mile south of Alexandria, Virginia.
More than seventy owl enthusiasts assembled at the National Wildlife Federation building in Reston on September’s last Sunday to take a close look at owls. The ASNV Audubon Afternoon program “A Year in the Life of an Owl” allowed participants to see and photograph four owl species up close—Great Horned, Barred, Barn, and Screech, all trained to perch on the gloved hands of staff instructors from Secret Garden Birds and Bees, a group that helps rehabilitate injured owls and other birds.
ASNV needs volunteers to help spread its message about enjoying and protecting our birds and natural resources.
Audubon at Home (AAH) seeks a volunteer to coordinate—via Internet and telephone—requests for tabling events and AAH speakers.
Do you have database and/or application configuration experience? The Audubon at Home program could use your help!
Identifying shorebirds in the field is one of the more challenging activities for birders. Interest in meeting that challenge must be keen, however, because a recent ASNV class in shorebird identification, held at Fairfax High School August 16, sold out all seats.
Owls are our nocturnal neighbors, leading secretive lives in woods and fields around us. Rarely seen during the day, they can be hard to spot at night. Here are 12 things to know about these elusive birds.
The Trump administration is seeking to change the Endangered Species Act in ways that will diminish 45 years of protections for jeopardized species and remove habitat protections that keep roads, pipelines, oil wells, and other development out of diminishing wildlife habitat. The administration says it is streamlining the law, but in fact it is threatening to turn the nation into a corporate-driven endangered-species factory.
Even if you have not visited the Prince William County landfill, you may have heard that it is a magnet for Bald Eagles, among other birds, including clouds of gulls. You can stand at a random spot and count more than 20 adult eagles at a time. Bit of a shame, really, that we have pulled Bald Eagles back from the brink of extinction, thanks largely to federal protective laws, only to have then turn into connoisseurs of rubbish.
ASNV on July 13th submitted comments to the National Park Service regarding plans for repair and reconstruction of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This construction could have negative effects on bald eagles nesting near the parkway.