ASNV’s Annual Report, now online, reviews major activities from July 2017 through June 2018, underscoring that ASNV has had a very productive fiscal year, during which the society:
Encouraged officials of the Fairfax County Park Authority to limit the flying of recreational drones in parks because of potential adverse impact on birds and persuaded the officials to remove Laurel Hill Park, near Lorton, from its drone pilot program.
Submitted comments on the draft Tree Action Plan of Fairfax County’s Urban Forest Management Division.
Continued work on free-roaming and unowned cats, urging Fairfax County to find solutions other than its trap, neuter, and release policy, which fails to protect birds.
Submitted comments to the National Park Service on its draft environmental impact statement for rehabilitation of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, asking that the agency protect natural resources and avoid construction activities that could disturb nesting Bald Eagles
Opposed federal efforts to weaken the Clean Power Plan, urged elected officials to pass legislation supporting clean, non-carbon-based energy production, and supported National Audubon Society efforts to fend off congressional plans to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
Sponsored six Audubon Afternoons educational programs, garnering more than 300 attendees.
Expanded habitat restoration through the Audubon at Home program by certifying more home wildlife sanctuaries, expanding contiguous areas, and increasing the number of clients.
Used Citizen Science projects to collect, share, and analyze new data about Northern Virginia birds and other fauna, including the Northern Virginia Bird Survey, Christmas Bird Count, Winter Waterfowl Count, and a year-long bird count in Prince William County’s Cockpit Point Civil War Park
Adopted the Lower Potomac River Important Bird Area, promoting conservation there for the past four years.
Worked with the federal Bureau of Land Management to restore meadowland at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area,
Launched new youth education programs and partnerships while maintaining long-time commitments, such as leading bird hikes at the Friends of Wolf Trap First-Time Campers weekends.
Initiated ambitious goals for providing more educational opportunities for youth and more support for schools and youth organizations.
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