November 2017

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  • President's Corner
  • Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
  • ASNV Accepting Applications Now For Educator Scholarship
  • Take Action
  • Bird Walks
  • Recurring Bird Walks
  • Cuba Trip - Still Some Slots
  • Other News


Conservation Counts

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing natural resource 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. From April through October, surveys are conducted primarily for butterflies and dragonflies at those two locations and two others—Occoquan Regional Park and Julie J. Metz Memorial Wetlands Preserve.

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

Contact Jim for more details or to reserve your space.

Meadowood on Mason Neck 

(7:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • November 15
  • December 6

Occoquan Bay NWR 

(7:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • November 29
  • December 20 (Last survey of 2017)

Butterfly and Dragonfly Surveys 

To resume in April 2018.

Make a Difference!  
Speak up!


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 elected officials to support actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you would like to help us make a difference with climate change and other important issues, please contact Glenda Booth.

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 the ASNV office.

President's Corner

So I am in the library looking for a new book and come across a crime novel, The Birdwatcher, by William Shaw.  Of course I have to read it.  Set in England instead of North America, but birders are the same everywhere.  (The detective is supposed to be taking in homicide clues - but was that a Pomarine Jaeger he just saw swooping over the beach?)  Actually, it turned out to be a pretty good book.  We should have more books like this, featuring birders and birding, don’t you think? 
Meantime, our cold weather birds are arriving for the season.  My wife spotted a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the backyard.  On another day, I had a Hermit Thrush.   Can a hard freeze and winter waterfowl be far behind? 

Join me in congratulating Glenda Booth, our Advocacy Chair, for being recognized with the Fairfax County 2017 Environmental Excellence Award.  Well deserved – in addition to all she does for us, she is President of the Friends of Dyke Marsh, and has been instrumental in obtaining funds for Dyke Marsh restoration. 

Reminder that our annual Manassas/Bull Run Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Sunday, December 17.  For more information, and to register, click here.

And Save the Date - our Post Holiday Audubon Afternoon will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Bob Mumford will be presenting “Beautiful  Bhutan,”  featuring birds and other wildlife.  Watch for more information on our website. 
Have a good month.
Carl Kikuchi      

Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count

Sign Up the 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count!

The Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 17th.  The count circle is around Centreville and includes 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.   A hot lunch will be served to participants.  Birders of all skill levels are needed. 
If you participated last year your sector leader will be in touch soon.  If you don’t hear from your sector leader, or if you would like to be in a different sector, contact Bob Shipman.  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 or yard on count day as an alternate way to participate. 
Signing up is easy! Just click here.  Looking forward to seeing you in the field!.


ASNV Accepting Applications Now For Educator Scholarship

The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia is taking applications from public school educators for an all-expenses paid week of professional development plus transportation to National Audubon Society’s Hog Island Camp in Maine. This year’s “Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week” occurs July 15-20, 2018. Highlights include ospreys, bioluminescent sea creatures, and boat trips to nearby islands, including to a puffin colony. Applicants must be public classroom teachers, specialists, or school administrators working in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, Leesburg or the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William or Stafford.

Application at: http://audubonva.org/hog-island-scholarship
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Questions? Email ASNV Youth Education Chair Stacey Evers.
Hog Island Puffin

Take Action

Elect Conservation-minded People

 Elections matter.  On November 7, Virginians will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates.  This election is a prime opportunity to influence state environmental policy. 
 To learn more, including candidates who have filed, click here

 Speak Out on the Lake Fairfax Park Master Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority conducted a public planning process to update the master plan for Lake Fairfax Park on November 1. 

This 482-acre park is located in Reston, Virginia. Additional parcels and structures have been added to the park since the existing park master plan was approved in 2001. FCPA says, “This public process will help determine land use recommendations focused on the features of the added property and evaluating existing facilities to see if they are still meeting current needs.”
You can still comment via email at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. The comment period closes on Friday, December 1, 2017, 30 days from the public information meeting.

The park features include a 20-acre lake with fishing, the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole, boat rentals, carousel, athletic fields, picnic shelters and picnic areas with grills, a playground, restrooms, campgrounds, trails and a skate park.
You can learn more about the planning process for Lake Fairfax Park here.

Get Ready for the State Legislature

State legislators are now getting their bills ready for the 2018 General Assembly to convene in Richmond in January.  You might want to suggest some bills to your state delegate or senator.

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Local Budgets Set Priorities

Our local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, building and development and more.  Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets

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Bird Walks

Lower Glade, Reston, VA
Nov 12, 2017
7:30am – 10:30am

We always enjoy this area nestled along the creek as the trees turn color and our winter residents can be seen in the thinning canopy. Sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder of Reston.

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Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Centreville, VA
Nov 15, 2017
8:30am – 11:00am

Come check out this new bird walk location along the stream in this Fairfax County Park.  Phil Silas leads. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.

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Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA
Nov 29, 2017 
8:30am – 11:30am

Dixie Sommers leads this walk where we’ll check out the river and then walk through the woods and marsh.  We should be seeing winter waterfowl arriving in our area. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.

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Manassas—Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
Dec 17, 2017 
7:30am – 11:30am

Join us for the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count (36th for ASNV).  We are looking for people to count in the Manassas Battlefield area, Bull Run, and Manassas City areas as well as around Centerville, south of Dulles Airport, and Chantilly.

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Recurring Bird Walks

Several parks in the area have established year-round weekly bird walks. These walks are not run by ASNV, but may be of interest to ASNV members. They can be found here.                          

Cuba Trip - Still Some Slots

We still have 3 slots available on ASNV’s Cuba birding trip, December 6-15, 2017.  Visit Havana, the Zapata Peninsula, the north coast at Caya Coco, and places in between.  You’ll encounter many of Cuba’s 25 endemic birds, wintering migrants, and many more. You’ll also see Hemingway’s home near Havana and plenty of 1950’s cars! 

Our trip is through Holbrook Travel. Details and how to sign up are here. Wondering about the President’s change in U.S. policy toward Cuba?  Holbrook reviews the details here.    

Photo: Cuban Green Woodpecker - Dixie Sommers

Other News


Bird Feeder in Reston

This store offers a 10% discount to current ASNV members, good on all purchases excluding optics and sale merchandise. When you visit, just tell them you are a member of ASNV and ask for the discount. 
1675 Reston Pkwy, Ste J, Reston, VA 20194. (703) 437-3335