Please join us on Sunday, March 24 for an Audubon Afternoon at the National Wildlife Center, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive in Reston. Ashley Kennedy, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, is an entomologist who has used her own research and photos provided by citizen scientists from around the country to determine what types of insects various types of birds eat.
The Potomac Flier for March is here! Click here to read it.
Thanks to all our generous donors, we have reached the fundraising goal for our Annual Appeal.
The ASNV Communications Team welcomes Elise Brosnan and Lisa Mackem, two writers who will be contributing to the communications effort moving forward.
The easiest way to name a bird is to have it name itself! We know these six Virginia birds by names derived from their calls.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center estimates that between 365 million and 998 million birds die in the United States each year from collisions with windows. Fortunately, homeowners can accident-proof their windows in multiple ways.
Sign up soon for ASNV’s eight-day, seven-night, Panamanian birding adventure, including two nights at the Canopy Tower, three nights at Canopy Lodge, and two nights at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.
With ASNV funding support, the Friends of Dyke Marsh have completed the purchase and planting of native flora in a 0.65-acre area along the Haul Road, the main trail through the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, which lies along the Potomac River a mile south of Alexandria, Virginia.
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.
Identifying shorebirds in the field is one of the more challenging activities for birders. Interest in meeting that challenge must be keen, however, because a recent ASNV class in shorebird identification, held at Fairfax High School August 16, sold out all seats.
Owls are our nocturnal neighbors, leading secretive lives in woods and fields around us. Rarely seen during the day, they can be hard to spot at night. Here are 12 things to know about these elusive birds.
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.
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.
ASNV on July 13th submitted comments to the National Park Service regarding plans for repair and reconstruction of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This construction could have negative effects on bald eagles nesting near the parkway.
There’s one important item missing from this month’s President’s Message—when Carl Kikuchi thanked our retiring board members for their service he forgot to mention that he also is leaving us. That oversight is no surprise for a guy who never sings his own praises and who, sadly for us, is migrating permanently to join his flock in Arizona.
Plastics are an increasing threat to our environment. Birds are jeopardized too: an estimated 1 million sea birds die each year from ingesting plastic. In our throw-away culture, millions of plastic bottles and bags are simply tossed away yearly, without any thought to their environmental impacts.
Funded in part by contributions from the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV), 35 volunteers assembled at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on May 9 and June 9 to plant some 2,000 native trees and plants on a 0.65-acre site previously overwhelmed by non-native or invasive plants such as English ivy, mile-a-minute and stiltgrass.
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.
Have you heard the one about Franklin opposing the Bald Eagle as national symbol? Well, it may not be true. The Bald Eagle has ranged widely across U.S. coins, paper currency, and government stationary for more than 200 years.