Conservation Grant Winner!

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.  

Speaker and Tabling Requests

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.

Plant NOVA Natives Conference on August 7, 2019

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.

Recovery of the Peregrine Falcon – A Conservation Success Story

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. 

Why You Should Add “Pelagic Trip” to Your Vocabulary

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.

May Bird of the Month: the “Sparred” Owl

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.

Birdathon 2019: When is Peak Landbird Migration in Northern Virginia and Washington DC?

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.

We Need Your Help!

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 and if you have other ideas about projects you’d like to undertake, let me know about those too.

Calling all Birders: Birdathon 2019!

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.