November 2013
In This Issue
Christmas Bird Count
Adult Education
Field Trips - Bird Walks
Advocacy Update
Other News
Conservation Counts
Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing wildlife surveys at two of Northern Virginia's best birding spots. Surveys alternate between Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck.

Each survey is limited to four participants, and reservations are required. More information is available on the ASNV website.

Contact Jim via email or phone (703-567-3555) for more details or to reserve your space.

General Surveys

Occoquan Bay NWR
  
  • October 30 
  • November 27      
Meadowood on Mason Neck 
  • November 13
  • December 6     
Eakin Park Bird Walk
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (FCPA) sponsors weekly bird walks along the Accotink Stream Valley. Mondays,
7:00 AM March-Nov.;
7:30 AM Dec - Feb.


Help make a difference!
Volunteer
 
E-Activist Network. The  
National Audubon Society invites all Auduboners to join their  e-activist network. When you subscribe to their newsletter, you'll receive alerts about important Congressional actions and information about how you can affect legislation by contacting your Members of Congress.

Climate Change.
We also need passionate volunteers across Virginia who can help us persuade our U. S. senators to support a strong climate change bill. If you would like to help us make a difference with climate change and other important issues, please contact Glenda Booth.

Research Plant Value to Wildlife. ASNV is looking 
for a Virgina master naturalist, or other interested volunteer, willing to research the wildlife value of specific native plants. 

More information about these and other opportunities can be found here.

Audubon at Home. People- 
oriented volunteers are needed to help spread the word about the Audubon At Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program at community and regional events. We schedule the dates, provide all the materials, and brief you on our message -- you supply the enthusiasm!

To volunteer or for more information, contact info@audubonva.org.
 
Audubon Afternoon
Sunday, December 8, 5 p.m.
Finding Balance:  It's Not Easy Being Green
By Claudia Thompson-Deahl

 

Members and friends, please join us at ASNV's quarterly meeting on Sunday, December 8 at 5pm for "Finding Balance: It's not easy being green," a presentation by Claudia Thompson-Deahl about the challenges of co-existing with wildlife in a suburban community. A passionate advocate for sound environmental stewardship, Claudia has been Reston Association's Natural Resource Manager for over thirty-two years. During those years she has addressed contentious environmental issues from stream restoration to public safety as opportunities to engage residents with nature.


Claudia's mother blamed a fourth grade nature camp for igniting her burning desire to learn more about the environment - a light that has never burned out. Claudia is a graduate of West Virginia University and is currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech in the Executive Masters of Natural Resources in Global Sustainability program. She is a licensed raptor bander, a Certified Arborist, and a charter member of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Her many accomplishments include: recognition in the Congressional Record for environmental work; Community Service Award from Reston Community Association; recognition by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for environmental work; Friend of the Trees Award from the Fairfax County Tree Commission; Friend of the Forest Award; and Best of Reston Award in 2005



Christmas Bird Counts
Time to Sign Up for our Annual Manassas-Bull Run Bird Count - Sunday, December 15th

 

Our annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 15th.  Our count circle is around Centreville and takes in Manassas Battlefield, parts of Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas south of Dulles Airport, and many stream valley parks and undeveloped locations from Clifton to west Fairfax City.  We need people in all of these areas.  As in the past, we'll be offering a hot lunch to participants.  We have had good turnouts the past couple of years, but we still need new volunteers. 
 
Those of you who participated last year will be contacted by your sector leader in the near future to ask about this year.  If you don't hear from your sector leader, or if you would like to be in a different sector, contact the ASNV office at the address below.  Also, this year, we will be offering an opportunity for feeder watchers.  If you or someone you know lives within the count circle and cannot go out on the count, he or she can sit inside and count the birds that come to a feeder on count day as an alternate way to participate. 
 
If you are new to CBCs and want to volunteer, contact the ASNV office by e-mail info@audubonva.org, or call 703-438-6008.  More information will be provided in next month's newsletter.


Adult Education
The Lost Art of Birding By Ear - FULL

We often hear many more birds than we see.  Hidden in dense foliage or brush, their songs tease us.  If only we could identify their songs!  But, for most of us, learning bird songs is difficult.  Until now.
This workshop will concentrate on teaching you to identify some of our winter resident birds by their vocalizations.  Dr. Larry Underwood, author of the iKnow Bird Songs app, will help you learn to tell the Northern Flicker from the Pileated Woodpecker, the House Finch from the Purple Finch, just by listening.  We'll also explore specific techniques that make learning bird songs possible, easy, and downright fun.

Call ASNV at 703-438-6008 to be wait-listed.

Classroom:  Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Field Trip:  Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members.  

 

Volunteers Wanted

 

Do you love learning more about birds, native plants, and important native species? The education committee is looking for volunteers to help with setting up classes for the LEAP program. Work with knowledgable birders, Master Naturalists to coordinate Educational classes for ASNV members and the general public. Get to know the teachers. Learn about the logistics of class scheduling and pricing policy. Contact: Mary McLean, ASNV Ed. Committee. marydmclean@verizon.net or 703-966-2047    

 

 
 
 
Field Trips - Bird Walks
Lyndora Park and Broadlands Wetlands, Ashburn

Wednesday, November 13, 8:00 AM

ASNV's Bill Brown and LWC's Joe Coleman will lead a walk through two small but birdy parks in Ashburn. This is your chance to discover some out-of-the-way parks that offer a good variety of birds throughout the year. For more information, call Bill Brown at 703-568-8331.

Getting there: Meet at Lyndora Park, 43624 Lucketts Bridge Cir., Ashburn, VA 20148 at 8:00 AM. (Click here for map.) 

 

Bright Pond, Reston

Sunday, November 17, 7:30-10:30 AM

Jenny Vick will lead this walk though one of Reston's hotspots, looking for winter arrivals.

Getting there: From Baron Cameron Ave. in Reston, take Reston Parkway north. Turn right on Bright Pond Lane, park around the cul de sac and along the street.

 

Riverbend Park

Wednesday, November 20, 8:00 AM

Walk along the Potomac, upstream and down, with Jay and Carol Hadlock. We'll be checking the river and the woods for winter arrivals. Beginners are welcome.

Getting there: From Rt. 193 east of the village of Great Falls, take Riverbend Rd. to Jeffery Rd. and turn into the main park entrance. Meet at the boat ramp.

 

Advocacy Update
Conservation Depends On You

Vote for Conservation-minded People

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters  has posted endorsements for the November 5 election in their Conservation Newsletter.

 

Election Information, November 5 General Election in Virginia

What's on the ballot? Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Member House of Delegates, and more, depending on where you live.    

Important Dates
Oct. 29
5 p.m.
Last day to apply for an absentee ballot. Get application in libraries or from your local government's website
Nov. 1 Last day to vote "absentee" in-person
Nov. 5
6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election Day.  Mailed absentee, voted ballots must be received by local Elections Board by 7 p.m.

    

Information: click here to find what's on the ballot, deadlines, and other voting information.  

Speak Up to Reduce Carbon Pollution

 

Several Northern Virginia and other Auduboners will speak at a November 7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public listening session on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.  The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at EPA headquarters in Washington, D. C.

 

This is one of 11 public listening sessions across the country to solicit input about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.  "Power plants are the nation's largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one third of all greenhouse gas pollution in the United States," says an EPA press release.


It continues:  "The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions. Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way."The feedback from these 11 public listening sessions will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available. The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal, by June 2014. 


"For more information on these sessions and to register online, go
here.  For those who cannot attend these sessions, input can be e-mailed to
carbonpollutioninput@epa.gov by November 8, 2013.


More information about EPA's carbon pollution standards for the power sector can be found  here.

National Audubon is urging many Auduboners to speak.  You can sign up

here.   

 

Preview of the 2014 General Assembly
 

Conservationists will meet on December 7, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Virginia state capitol building for a preview of the 2014 General Assembly session at a meeting sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Network.  More info... 

 

Other News
Take Back the Forest

Next spring there will be a HUGE push to control invasive species in Fairfax County parks & Take Back the Forest.  Over 500 volunteers will work to remove invasive plants, replant native plants, and restore local forests back to health.  All volunteers will get a free t-shirt. We invite young artists from Fairfax County (ages 12-18) to design artwork for a t-shirt that captures our theme of Take Back the Forest.  We are open to your creativity and ideas!  A panel of judges will select the winning design from the pool of contest entries. The winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to REI and a t-shirt displaying their design. Entries are due before 5pm on January 10th, 2014.  More info...

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