Audubon Afternoon: A Sojourn with Owls

Audubon Afternoon: A Sojourn with Owls

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.

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.