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.

ASNV Recognizes Bob Shipman

ASNV recognized Bob Shipman for his eleven years as compiler of the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, from 2007 through 2017.  Over the eleven years, 1,071 observers participated, spending 1,811 hours looking for birds in their assigned areas, 32 hours owling, and 15 hours at feeder watches. They counted 241,735 individual birds.

Hog Island Scholarship Winners

Thanks to a very successful Annual Appeal Fundraising campaign this year, ASNV was able to award two scholarships to Audubon's "Educators Week" at Hog Island in Maine this summer. Arlington Public Schools autism specialist Deborah Hammer and Prince William County Public Schools science teacher Amanda Hoeschler will deepen their knowledge of environmental education and citizen science

AAH Ambassador Brunch

Over a third of the 99 Audubon at Home Ambassadors gathered on February 17 for the third annual Ambassador Brunch at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, where ASNV also has its office. Sporting color-coded tags identifying their county, AAH Ambassadors from Arlington/City of Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties mingled to share experiences and a delicious potluck meal.

Youth Education Grant

Do you support or want to develop a program to connect youth to birds? ASNV is pleased to announce a new grant program for youth education (preK-12). For this inaugural year, all types of requests will be considered: field trips, speaker and admission fees, equipment, transportation, plants, etc. Up to 25% of the grant may be used to cover administrative costs.

ASNV Trip to Cuba

An escape to warm, sunny Cuba with ASNV from December 6-15, 2017 was just the thing for eight intrepid birders. Led by Cuban ornithologist Alejandro Llanes Sosa and a Cuban government guide, we covered 1,315 miles in a comfortable Chinese Yutong bus, thanks to careful driver Joel.  We observed 136 species, including 21 Cuban endemics and 15 regional endemics.