ASNV is pleased to announce that our Audubon at Home (AAH) Program has awarded funds from the Plants for Birds Burke Grant program, which has been established with generous support from the Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants, to six faith communities.
Over a third of the 99 Audubon at Home Ambassadors gathered on February 17 for the third annual Ambassador Brunch at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, where ASNV also has its office. Sporting color-coded tags identifying their county, AAH Ambassadors from Arlington/City of Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties mingled to share experiences and a delicious potluck meal.
As properties are certified as Wildlife Sanctuaries we register the sanctuary and capture associated information including location, acreage, property type and jurisdiction to display the results with our GIS Mapping Application.
The sight of butterflies fluttering around on a warm day is one of the most iconic signs of summer. These beautiful insects usually only live for a few weeks as adults, but they make quite an impression while they are in their full glory.
Join Marc Ribaudo for an evening class and accompanying field trip that will cover Identifying Shorebirds. The class is recommended for anyone who would like to tackle shorebird identification on their own.
Primaries will be held around the state on June 12 for many offices, primarily local and federal. On November 6, Virginians will elect 11 members to the U.S. House of Representatives and one person to the U.S. Senate.
Virginia conservation leaders will gather on September 7 and 8 in Williamsburg at the College of William and Mary for the annual Environmental Assembly, an opportunity to learn about key issues and strategize with allies on how to address environmental threats.
Climate change is affecting seasonal patterns, making Virginia summers hotter, extending allergy seasons, increasing mosquito and tick-borne diseases and leading to more coastal flooding, among other problems, concludes a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council here.
ASNV has awarded three $500 Youth Education mini-grants to help applicants connect youth to birds. Blue Ridge Middle School in western Loudoun County will use the funds to expand the native plant garden in its outdoor classroom and to conduct citizen science to determine whether more native birds are attracted as a result.
Thanks to a very successful Annual Appeal Fundraising campaign this year, ASNV was able to award two scholarships to Audubon's "Educators Week" at Hog Island in Maine this summer. Arlington Public Schools autism specialist Deborah Hammer and Prince William County Public Schools science teacher Amanda Hoeschler will deepen their knowledge of environmental education and citizen science
Imagine a beautiful and near-deserted island, offering stunning views, invigorating hikes, abundant birds and wildlife, puffin sightings, and scrumptious meals all week long. (Yes, ample desserts too.) This island was my home during a magical week of camp!
Many thanks to Northwest Federal Credit Union for its very generous gift of 100 Backyard Birds of the Mid-Atlantic folding guides. In addition to use in support of ASNV’s Youth Education Programs, the guides will be used in conjunction with Celebrating Birds, a summer-long, family-focused program investigating the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of birds.
ASNV recognized Bob Shipman for his eleven years as compiler of the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, from 2007 through 2017. Over the eleven years, 1,071 observers participated, spending 1,811 hours looking for birds in their assigned areas, 32 hours owling, and 15 hours at feeder watches. They counted 241,735 individual birds.
The Northern Virginia Bird Survey is held annually in June. Carolyn Williams leads the effort. Many thanks to all who participated in the 2017 survey! 42 volunteers, including 6 new to the NVBS, covered 523 survey points and counted 7,394 birds representing 95 species. Survey results are available here.
A reminder this holiday season that you can designate the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia to receive a portion of the proceeds of purchases you make through Amazon Smile. Click here to learn more!