Help Save the U.S. Endangered Species Act

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.

Bald Eagles Down in the Dumps?

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.

Delaware Bay Final Trip Report

At about 3 p.m. Friday we arrived at Cape Henlopen State Park, where we walked the beach along the bay. Officials had roped off part of the beach, excluding people for the protection of endangered Least Terns and Piping Plovers nesting there along with threatened Oyster Catchers. Using scopes, we saw Piping Plovers, Oyster Catchers, many Laughing Gulls, and various shorebird species.

Thanks to Northwest Federal Credit Union

Many thanks to Northwest Federal Credit Union for its very generous gift of 100 Backyard Birds of the Mid-Atlantic folding guides.  In addition to use in support of ASNV’s Youth Education Programs, the guides will be used in conjunction with Celebrating Birds, a summer-long, family-focused program investigating the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of birds. 

Youth Education Mini-grants

ASNV has awarded three $500 Youth Education mini-grants to help applicants connect youth to birds. Blue Ridge Middle School in western Loudoun County will use the funds to expand the native plant garden in its outdoor classroom and to conduct citizen science to determine whether more native birds are attracted as a result.