Join Dr. Tom Wood, Associate Professor of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) at George Mason University, to start learning birds through understanding their lives, communication and role in the world outside our windows and in the wilderness.
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.
The General Assembly’s target adjournment date is March 10. From coal ash to climate change, the legislature will have considered around 3,000 bills by adjournment day.
March 7, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m
Here’s an opportunity to learn more about trees, an event cosponsored by ASNV – the Braddock District Tree Forum at the Kings Park Library conference room
The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the public comment period for the Lake Accotink Park master plan revision through May 28, 2018. FCPA presented lake management options to the community in May 2016 and held a January 22, 2018 community meeting, attended by more than 100 citizens.
In the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal, they propose selling the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the private sector, according to their February 12, 2018, Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.
Let our Virginia U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock and Robert Wittman know that the proposed fiscal year 2019 Trump administration budget does not advance conservation.
Local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, development, stormwater control and more. Local governments are now considering their FY 2019 budgets and seeking input.
National Audubon urges members to help defend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), one of our nation’s oldest and most important wildlife conservation laws, especially to oppose any effort that undermines the ability to address what’s called “incidental take” of birds under the MBTA.
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.
On this spring trip to southern Virginia, we will bird at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a spring warbler destination and one of the few Virginia locations for Swainson’s Warbler. We will also visit Piney Grove Preserve, where the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker is at the northern-most part of its range.
We will be running this shorebird and horseshoe crab weekend again this year. The trip begins in Lewes at 3 PM on Friday, May 25, and ends after Bombay Hook on Sunday about 3 PM. Ray Smith leads this popular weekend of birding which is limited to 20 participants and requires advance registration.