September 2014

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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  

  • September 24
  • October 29 

Meadowood on Mason Neck 

  • September 10
  • October 15

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.

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. (Note: Surveys may be cancelled for inclement weather.)

September 5 - Occoquan Bay NWR 
September 12 - Meadowood
September 19 - Metz Wetlands
September 26 - Occoquan Regional Park  
 

Eakin Park Bird Walk

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) sponsors weekly bird walks at Eakin Park  Mondays,
7:00 AM March-Nov.;
7:30 AM Dec - Feb.  Meet at Prosperity Ave. parking lot. Walk canceled if rain or severe weather. FREE
 

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 (gbooth123@aol.com).
 

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.

President's Corner


Fall migration is underway, no doubt about it.  Reports of migrating warblers are showing up on va-bird, and hawk watch counts are on the rise.   I saw a question once on va-bird asking why birders are good about reporting first-of-season sightings, but not so good about reporting last-of-season sightings.  That’s almost a trick question, isn’t it?  I mean, how do you know that that was the last barn swallow you are going to see this fall?  Speaking for myself, I’m more likely just to realize one day that I haven’t seen or heard my backyard catbirds for a while.  So now I have a new “fall resolution”:  keeping better records of both the comings and the goings, at least in my own yard.
   
Many thanks to Carol Hadlock, who is stepping down as ASNV Field Trip Coordinator after five years.   Carol will be passing that particular baton to Jean Tatalias; Jean has been an active field trip leader both for ASNV and for the Northern Virginia Bird Club, and is one of our team leaders for the on-going Wolf Trap survey.  Please join me in welcoming her!  Carol and Jay Hadlock will continue to lead field trips for ASNV.

Katherine Wychulis, with assistance from Glenda Booth, Jay Hadlock, Larry Cartwright, and Jim Waggener, has assembled a wealth of information about the fall cankerworm issue, and Sam Schaen has posted it on our website, at  http://audubonva.org/index.php/advocacy-efforts/asnv-urges-stop-killing-caterpillars.  The information should be invaluable in helping us educate our community, and in continuing to press our case on this issue with Fairfax County. 

Have a good month!
Carl Kikuchi
 

ASNV Audubon Afternoon
Dragonflies of Northern Virginia

 

Sunday, October 5, 1:30-5:00 PM
Lake Fairfax and National Wildlife Federation Building


Join Kevin Munroe (former ASNV staffer and board member, and currently Park Manager at Huntley Meadows Park) for a Dragonfly Safari, followed by an indoor presentation. We’ll search Lake Fairfax for dragonflies (catch, ID and photograph a few if we’re lucky), then settle in for a slideshow tour of the area’s dragonflies and their fascinating ecology. Included will be  a close-up examination of their hunting adaptations and habitat preferences, tips on the area’s best dragonfly hotspots and parks, how to create your own backyard dragonfly pool, and a behind-the-scenes look at Kevin’s new website, www.dragonfliesnva.com

We’ll start at 1:30 pm with the Lake Fairfax safari (meeting location to be determined), and finish up with a presentation at the National Wildlife Federation building, ending around 5pm.
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston VA 20190

Directions
Directions to the National Wildlife Federation, where the event will be held, can be found here.

Local Native Plant Sales for Fall
 

These provide a wide array of local native plants that Audubon at Home Ambassadors recommend for properties that are certified Wildlife Sanctuaries.  This is the way to plant bird food and protect our pollinators!  "Garden as if life depended on it!" (Doug Tallamy).
 
Saturday, Sept.13, 9am-4:30pm Green Spring Gardens Fall Garden Day.  VNPS sale behind the horticulture center, as well as numerous private vendors, bake sale, music and other activities, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria.

 
Sunday, Sept.14, 9am-3pm Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Fall Native Plant Sale, Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg.  Native plants by Nature by Design, Hill House Farm & Nursery, and Watermark Woods.

 
Saturday, Sept. 20, 1-4pm Long Branch Fall Native Plant Sale, Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington.
 
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9am-2pm, Northern Alexandria Fall Native Plant Sale (formerly Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale), St. Clement Episcopal Church, 1701 Quaker Lane, corner of Quaker and Oakcrest.
 
Sunday, Sept.28, 10am-2pm Earth Sangha Fall Plant Sale at the nursery, end of Cloud Drive, Springfield.
 
Wednesday, Oct.1, 10am-noon VNPS First Wednesday Sale at propagation beds behind the horticulture center, Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria

Manassas-Bull Run Christmas
Bird Count Scheduled

 
Our annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 14th

We expect most of you will want to continue in the same sector you have been counting in the past.  Your sector leader will be contacting you in November.  If you are new to our CBC and want to volunteer or would like to be in a different sector or want to volunteer early, contact ASNV at 703-438-6008 or email address:  info@audubonva.org.  More information will be provided in future newsletters.
 
Also, come to our free CBC Workshop where you can learn about what we do during CBCs, where the data goes, how we count birds and how to brush up on your counting skills.  The workshop will be on Sunday, October 26th at 2 PM at the NWF building, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr, Reston.  Please sign up at the above contact points.

Field Trips - Bird Walks

 

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA

ASNV has been surveying the birds in the park for more than a year and we've found spring migrants, nesting summer visitors, year round residents, and a good number of fall warblers in this beautiful mix of habitats. Ellen Jacobson, who leads one of the survey teams, will lead this walk. Meet Ellen at the maintenance facility.

Getting there: From Rt. 7, take Towlston Rd. to the park. Turn right at the first entrance to the lower parking lot and go all the way to the end. From Vienna, cross the Toll Rd., go past the main entrance to the Filene Center, and turn left into the lower parking lot.

Saturday
September 13
7:30-10:30 AM

Bles Park, Sterling, VA

Co-sponsored with Northern Virginia Bird Club. This quiet park along the river is another good place to look for fall migrants and resident woodland birds. Jean Tatalias will lead.

Getting there: From the intersection of VA Route 28 and VA Route 7, travel west on Rt. 7 for 1.3 miles and turn right onto Loudoun County Parkway. Turn right on George Washington Blvd., then left on Riverside Pkwy. Bles Park will be on your right at the end of Riverside Pkwy.

Wednesday
September 17
8:30 AM

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Find out about Theodore Roosevelt's Island and its Civil War story. Learn about the memorial and the life of Theodore Roosevelt while observing birds and other wildlife.  Led by professional tour guide, Melanie J. La Force who is also an avid birder.

Getting there: Theodore Roosevelt Island can only be reached from the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. After Memorial Bridge follow the sign to turn right to enter the parking lot where the walk begins and ends.

Sunday
September 21
2:00 to 4:00 PM

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling VA 

This park with a variety of habitats along the Potomac River has proved a good place to look for fall warblers and other migrants. Joann Bradbury will lead.

Getting there:  Take Route 7 west 11 miles to Cascades Parkway north and drive 3 miles to the park entrance. In the park, bear left and then left again.  Meet in the parking lot near the swimming pool.   

Wednesday
October 1
8:00 AM

Bles Park, Sterling, VA

We’ll return to this 94-acre passive park with wetlands and sections of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail to look for fall migrants and sparrows. Bill Brown will lead.

Getting there: From the intersection of VA Route 28 and VA Route 7, travel west on Rt. 7 for 1.3 miles and turn right onto Loudoun County Parkway. Turn right on George Washington Blvd., then left on Riverside Pkwy. Bles Park will be on your right at the end of Riverside Pkwy.

Wednesday
October 15
7:30 AM

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA 

Bill Brown will lead this walk where we start to look for wintering waterfowl and arriving winter woodland birds.

Getting there:  Take Route 7 west 11 miles to Cascades Parkway north and drive 3 miles to the park entrance.  In the park, bear right meet at the boat ramp.

Wednesday
November 12
7:30 AM
 

Advocacy Update

 

Elect Conservation-minded Officials


Campaigns will be in full throttle mode from now to the November 4 election, presenting Auduboners opportunities to "educate" candidates and elect conservation supporters. On November 4, Virginians will elect one U.S. Senator and all Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn who is running, visit the State Board of Elections here. Be sure to note deadlines for registering and voting absentee.

Campaigns will be in full throttle mode from now to the November 4 election, presenting Auduboners opportunities to “educate” candidates and elect conservation supporters.  On November 4, Virginians will elect one U.S. Senator and all Virginia members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  To learn who is running, visit the State Board of Elections at www.voterinof.sbe.virginia.gov.  Be sure to note deadlines for registering and voting absentee.
 

Virginia Environmental Assembly

Join fellow conservationists for the Virginia Environmental Assembly, October 3-4, a program titled "Making Healthy Rivers, Clean Energy and Green Communities a Reality for Virginia." Speakers will examine fracking, Virginia's energy future, toxics in our rivers and more. Governor Terry McAulifee and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy have been invited to speak. Attendees will tour the Governor's mansion private garden and Belle Isle in the James River. Registration costs $45. Visit here or here for information.

 

Tysons Park System Concept Plan

On September 10, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Planning and Development Committee will discuss a revised Tysons Park System Concept Plan and the full Board will consider it on September 24. The plan will be posted on this website. For more information, contact Andi Dorlester at 703-324-7582 or adorle@fairfaxcounty.gov.

From FCPS's website: "A successful Tysons park system must ensure public access to a variety of park types located in the right places to meet the demands of expected population and employment growth. High quality urban parks will help to distinguish Tysons from other urban areas and make it the place to be, translating into benefits to the local economy and quality of life. Creation of new urban parks in Tysons will be achieved largely through redevelopment. In some cases, the public and non-profit sectors may also help create new park opportunities."
 

Help Slow Climate Change

Climate change is altering habitat and wildlife across the globe and the National Audubon Society has targeted curbing climate change its top policy priority.

Auduboners can help by supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed "carbon rule," a measure to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the plant.

Read more...

Urban Forestry Roundtable

September 5, Fairfax, Virginia, Fairfax County Government Center -- how climate change is affecting urban forests; soil volume for urban tree stress reduction and stormwater management.  Speakers:  Vincent Verweij, Arlington County Urban Forestry, and Todd Nelson, Fairfax Urban Forest Management Division.  Online registration available soon at: http://www.treesvirginia.org/events/free/september-5-2014-nova-urban-forestry-roundtable

Chesapeake Watershed Forum

September 26-28, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a conference titled “Making the Connection:  Engaging Communities in Watershed Restoration and Protection.”  Visit https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/engaging-local-communities/chesapeake-watershed-forum/.
 


 

Other News

 

Plastic Paradise, a free film screening

October 17, 7:30 p.m.; Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, Fairfax County, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/), a film about the ubiquitous presence and effects of plastic pollution in our environment.  In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun goes on a journey of discovery and meets scientists, researchers and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our plastic consumption and learns that plastic is more pervasive -- and more harmful -- than most imagine.  Birds and other animals often mistake plastic debris for food and ingest pieces, which can be deadly. It can take hundreds of years for some plastics to biodegrade. Visit www.plasticparadisemovie.com to watch the trailer.  Sponsored by: Friends of Dyke Marsh; Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Green Sanctuary Task Force; Alice Ferguson Foundation; Sierra Club/Mount Vernon Group; Friends of Little Hunting Creek; Friends of Fort Hunt Park
 

The 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.  Read more...
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