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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. 

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.

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.