Join Greg Butcher for an introduction to waterfowl identification. Get to know some of the many species that winter in the open waters of our region. The workshop costs $20.
Bill Young will lead us in four two-hour sessions examining a variety of bird behaviors, including avian feeding, reproduction, migration, visual and auditory displays, and more. Each session will feature video, audio, and photographs to help people to learn about the many aspects of bird behavior.
Legislation moves very quickly in the state legislature. Legislators have introduced almost 4,000 bills this year, on topics ranging from coal ash storage to greenhouse gas emissions to energy efficiency to trees.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is advocating for several bills designed to save trees and encourage the planting of more trees. According to CBF, five of six bills have been killed as of January 26.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a state plan to reduce carbon emission from power plants, capping emissions at 30 percent by 2030 and allowing Virginia to trade carbon allowances with other states.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is developing a salt management strategy to ultimately try to reduce the use of salt on pavements as a de-icing agent. “. . . many of the nation’s rivers and streams are becoming saltier,” reported the January 9 Washington Post.
The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board recently unanimously approved a draft regulation to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and connect Virginia to a carbon-trading network of nine other states.
Local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, construction and development and more. Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets that they will propose to the elected officials to whom they report. Arlington County invites residents to submit ideas and comments here. Check your local government for the schedule and ways to make suggestions.
National Audubon urges members to contact Members of Congress and encourage them “to uphold and support America’s conservation programs.” Visit Action Audubon. National Audubon is also fighting efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Info here.
Meet at Lake Newport and carpool or caravan to the other Reston lakes, looking for winter waterfowl. Waterfowl are often the highlight of winter birding, when their variety is far greater than for our summer residents. Sponsored by the Reston Association and The Bird Feeder of Reston.