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 Potomac Flier for March is here! Click here to read it.
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.
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.
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.