Travel with ASNV to Pt. Pelee in Spring 2010


Reservations are now being accepted for an upcoming ASNV trip to Pt. Pelee, Ontario, Canada, May 6-9, 2010, with Nolan Britt. Every spring, this birding hotspot attracts birders from all over the country. Because it is a peninsula that extends into Lake Erie, it is the first landfall for migrants that have made the long, over-water crossing. Nolan has birded there several times and is eager to share his knowledge of the birds and the area with fellow ASNV birders.

May 6 will be a travel day before we spend two-and-a-half days birding (Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning). During our birding days, we will cover the peninsula and nearby wetlands. We will also spend an evening watching American woodcocks display. We'll return to D.C. on Sunday afternoon, May 9.

Cost for the weekend is $225 plus individual airfare, lodging and meals. We have reserved a block of rooms at a group rate of $125 per night for 1 Queen bed and $135 per night for 2 Queen beds. Single travelers can reduce their cost if willing to share a 2-bed room.

For further details and to receive a reservation form, please contact mailto:carol_inawren@verizon.net.


Upcoming Field Trips


Registration is not required unless noted. Contact the ASNV office at 703-256-6895 or info@audubonva.org for more information. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Visit our website for more information about these and other upcoming field trips.

Hawk Watch at Washington National Monument State Park, MD

Saturday, October 3, 9:15 AM
Join Nolan Britt for a day of hawk watching at a new location for ASNV. The viewing area around the tower is small, so the trip will be limited to 6 people. Nolan plans to stay until 5 or 6 PM, but watchers may leave as early or late as you like. There are restroom facilities near the parking lot. Bring food, drink, sunscreen and sunglasses. A warm jacket for the cool morning temperatures would be advisable.

Getting there: Take the Beltway to I-270 N, then the exit for I-70 W. Take exit 49 for US Alt-40/State Parks. Take a left at the light. After 9 miles, turn right on Washington Monument Rd (South Mountain Inn will be on your left.) After a mile, pay the fee at the deposit box (honor system). Continue to the top of the hill and park in the large lot. If you arrive after 9:30 AM, meet at the top of the tower. Signs are easy to find from the parking lot, about a 0.2 mile walk.

Registration required: Please sign up at info@audubonva.org or call 703-256-6895.

Family Birdwalk, Brown’s Chapel, Reston

Saturday, October 10, 8:30-10:30 AM
Share the beauty of birds with your entire family. This outing --designed especially for families with kids 6-12 years old --will involve an easy walk along park and woodland trails. We will learn to identify and appreciate birds commonly seen around here in the fall. Come with lots of questions, and bring binoculars if you have them. Bill Brown will lead.

Getting there: From the corner of Reston Parkway and Baron Cameron Avenue, drive east on Baron Cameron approximately 0.7 mi. Then, turn left onto Brown’s Chapel Road and take an immediate right. Meet at the pavilion.

Buttermilk Creek to Colvin Run

Sunday, October 11, 7:30-10:30 AM
Cindy Foster has been birding in Reston for 40 years and will lead this walk through forest, stream valley and a marsh lans near Lake Fairfax. This is a new walk for ASNV -- we have not explored this area before.

Getting there: From Baron Cameron Ave. in Reston, go south on Wiehle Ave., turn left on North Shore Dr. At Ring Rd., turn right and immediately into the parking lot at the tennis courts across from Upland Pool.

Sky Meadows: Woodpeckers and Wine

Saturday, October 17, 8:30 AM
What could be better on an autumn day than red-headed woodpeckers, migrating hawks and wine-tasting at Barrel Oak Winery? Spend a few hours birding with Norm Smith. Then travel down the road to the winery, where we’ll sample the wines at BOW and enjoy wonderful views of the mountains in their autumn splendor.

Getting there: Go west on Rt. 50 to Rt. 17. Turn left and follow the signs to Sky Meadows State Park. There is an entrance fee. Meet at the Visitor Center. Alternatively, go west on Rt. 66 and then north on Rt. 17, to the park.

Note: Call Norm at 703-273-7471, or Carol Hadlock at 703-437-7451, if you would like to carpool. The winery has a limited selection of snack plates for sale. Bring a picnic lunch, if you wish.

Registration required: Please sign up at info@audubonva.org or call 703-256-6895.

Gesher Jewish Day School

Sunday, October 18, 8:30-10:30 AM
Join Jeanne Leckert for a nature walk at one of Fairfax County’s newest dedicated “green” spaces. We will look for some of the over 60 species of birds already counted on Gesher’s 50 acres, as well as butterflies in the meadow, dragonflies and amphibians near the pond site, and foxes and deer everywhere. Jeanne is a science teacher and environmental coordinator at Gesher.

Getting there: From 7100 (Fairfax Co. Parkway) and Braddock Rd., go east on Braddock. Turn left at light on Shirley Gate Rd. Take 1st left onto Mattie Moore Ct. and an immediate right onto the school driveway. Meet in the parking lot. From Rt. 66, take Rt. 50 East exit. Turn right at light onto Waples Mill Rd. When you cross Lee Highway the road becomes Shirley Gate Rd. Take a right near the end onto Mattie Moore Ct. and an immediate right onto the school driveway.


Take the LEAPP®!


The LEAPP® (Learn, Enjoy, Appreciate, Preserve, and Protect) program offers the opportunity to learn more about the natural world and be informed, active stewards for its care and protection. To register or for more information, please visit our website, email us or call the ASNV office at 703-256-6895. Don’t miss out – register early! Please note that registration is not complete until payment is received. Visit our website for more information about these and other upcoming LEAPP programs.

After a successful summer, our Education Committee and LEAPP® volunteers are taking a short break from the classroom to plan a number of new and returning workshops for the winter and spring. Please visit us online for more information about our upcoming programs and other ASNV activities.


Advocacy Update: Conservation Depends on You

Let’s Elect Conservation-Minded Officials

On November 3, Virginians will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates. Visit the Virginia State Board of Elections' website to learn about the candidates and any pieces of legislation that may be on your ballot.

Please remember these important dates:
  • Deadline to register to vote: October 5
  • Absentee ballot applications are due to your registrar: October 27 by 5 PM
  • Final day to vote absentee in person: October 31

Speak Up for Parks

The director of the Fairfax County Park Authority is having a series of meetings around the county to hear residents' feedback, concerns and ideas for improving our parks. This is an excellent opportunity for Auduboners to advocate for more parks and natural areas, more low-impact development in our parks, stronger efforts to control invasive species, more environmental education and other issues.

The forums are held on Thursday nights at 7 PM:
October 22, Laurel Hill Golf Clubhouse
November 19, Fairfax County Government Center
January 21, Cabell’s Mill
February 18, Frying Pan Park

For more info, please call 703-324-8662 or visit the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation website.

Senators Warner and Webb Need to Hear that People Care

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, are considered to be critical swing votes in passing a clean energy, climate change bill this fall. They need to hear from Virginians on the need to address climate change and pass a strong bill before it is too late.

Please write to them online or at U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510.

To keep up with what Congress is doing and learn more, visit the Audubon Society's website.

You Can Help Make a Difference

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. Visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102723600230&s=261&e=0011TiwZdV7W-JoOqhY7R2Zq0UX9YIamRNMbZxhBguu3f4QMadbtVOe_mCLa5bwWCfsuk_lphflVS5PLKfBQCB9w-Q7cZ5X6sYZ2zORG4TLLcSRX-q1QhvOIQ== to learn more.

We 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.
September 23, 2009
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Conservation Counts at Occoquan Bay NWR

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing survey of the birds and other wildlife of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Limit: 4 individuals. Reservations required. Call Jim at 703-567-3555 for reservations and details.

Getting there
Take I-95 to Woodbridge exit 161. Go south on Rt. 1 to Dawson Beach Road, turn left, and go to the central parking area.

Upcoming dates
Wednesdays: September 30, October 14, and October 28

Conservation Counts at Meadowood

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing survey of the birds and other wildlife of Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck. Limit: 4 individuals. Reservations required. Call Jim at 703-567-3555 for reservations and details.

Getting there
Take I-95 to Lorton exit 163. Turn left on Lorton Road, right on Rt. 1, and left on Gunston Road. About a mile past the elementary school you will see Meadowood’s horse pastures and signs on the right. Enter through the iron gateway, drive straight ahead, and park by the stables.

Upcoming dates
Wednesdays: September 23, October 7, and October 21

Butterfly and Dragonfly Surveys

Join Jim Waggener each Friday (April-October) in his ongoing survey of the butterflies and dragonflies at four locations in Fairfax and Prince William County. Limit: 4 individuals. Reservations required. Call Jim at 703-567-3555 for reservations and directions. (Note: Surveys may be cancelled for inclement weather.)

Upcoming dates
September 25, Meadowood
October 2, Metz Wetlands

The Nature of Meadowood

Join an experienced naturalist to discover the special diversity of wildlife and natural habitats within the Bureau of Land Management’s Meadowood Recreation Area. Trips are limited to 10. Call BLM’s Jinx Fox, 703-928-0186, for reservations.

Getting there
Take I-95 to Lorton exit 163. Turn left on Lorton Road, right on Rt. 1, and left on Gunston Road. About a mile past the elementary school you will see Meadowood’s horse pastures and signs on the right. Enter through the iron gateway, drive straight ahead, and park by the stables.

Upcoming dates
Saturday, October 17

Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count

Our annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 20th. Most of you who have participated in the past will want to continue in the same sector. Your sector leader will be contacting you in November. Past participants who would like to change sectors and new volunteers who would like to participate in our CBC should contact ASNV at 703-256-6895.

More information will be provided in future newsletters.






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