Warblers show more color and variety than any other family of birds in the Washington area. Some of them stop to breed here, but a greater number pass through on their way to nesting grounds to our north. Bill Young will show you how to identify the 35 warbler species that you have a chance to see, focusing on appearance, vocalizations, behavior, and other factors.
Join the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) for a FREE workshop to prepare for the longest running annual spring bird count in this area. The class will include an overview of WMBD, the Lower Potomac River Important Bird Area (LPR-IBA), key species and techniques (eBird) used to count them. We’ll also learn how the data is used.
Second class added! Spend a full day learning bird song in the field and on the trails with birding expert Greg Fleming. Some basic birding knowledge is a prerequisite, such as being able to identify some common local birds by sight. Bring a bag lunch, we'll be out in the field all day but will break for lunch at Leesylvania State Park. This class will fill up quickly!
We’re on the look for dickcissels and meadowlarks in this park where they have nested in previous years. Join leader Toby Hardwick to enjoy the fields and woods of this great location. Sponsored by ASNV.
The fields of this area abound with sparrows, hawks, and butterflies. Join leader Larry Meade to find them all. Sponsored by ASNV.
Marine Birds and Mammals of the Southeastern United States, Two-session Workshop and Optional Field Trip
Marine birds have feathers, and marine mammals breathe air. But in almost every other way, these ocean denizens bear almost no resemblance at all to their counterparts on land. This workshop introduces participants to the identification, foraging strategies, behavior, and nesting/breeding ecology of marine birds and mammals typical of the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
Please join us for an exciting Audubon Afternoon, when Secret Garden Birds and Bees will present “Raptors of Virginia, Maryland and DC.” Secret Garden will bring five live raptors for us to see and photograph, including a Red-tailed Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk.
Bring Dad on this father’s day walk to enjoy the cool path down to the stream to look for our breeding bird residents. Sponsored by The Reston Association, the Bird Feeder of Reston, and ASNV.
Spend a full day learning bird song in the field and on the trails with birding expert Greg Fleming. Some basic birding knowledge is a prerequisite, such as being able to identify some common local birds by sight. Bring a bag lunch, we'll be out in the field all day but will break for lunch at Leesylvania State Park. This class will fill up quickly!
Join us to explore this park’s trail and pond in Eastern Loudoun County. Jean Tatalias leads. Can be muddy after rains. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
Back by popular demand! Do you love birds? wildflowers? frogs? fungi? or some other aspect of nature? Do you ever think you might like to share that love with others in an organized way, but are not sure how to do it? If so, this workshop will answer a lot of questions and give you good tips on how to be a successful leader.
Late March can offer spectacular birding, marking a transition between winter and spring, Many of our winter birds, such as waterfowl and sparrows, are still around, but they are joined by early migrants returning to breeding territories. In this workshop we will discuss birds that occur here at this time of year, with a special focus on species that are migrating into our region and their arrival dates. An ancillary field trip offers a chance to encounter many of these birds in their natural settings.
Please join us on Sunday, March 24 for an Audubon Afternoon at the National Wildlife Center in Reston. Ashley Kennedy, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, is an entomologist who has used her own research and photos provided by citizen scientists from around the country to determine what types of insects various types of birds eat.
We’ll meet and then drive to the various Reston lakes to check for waterfowl at a number of locations. Let’s hope for open water this year! Sponsored by The Reston Association, the Bird Feeder of Reston, and ASNV.
Getting there: Take Reston Parkway north from the Dulles Toll Road and turn right on Baron Cameron Ave.Meet in the parking lot for the tennis courts on Village Road, north of Baron Cameron Ave.
Waterfowl on the lake are always changing—or at least those we can see change in their variety. And the resident eagles should be busy. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.
Getting there: Entrance is off Route 123, south of Burke Lake Road.Follow signs to Park, turning left at second traffic light past Burke Lake Road.Take an immediate left in the park, then meet at the lot on the right (near the mini golf course). 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, 22039.
ASNV will conduct its Winter Waterfowl Count Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10. Volunteer teams will survey the Potomac River from Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun County south to Quantico Marine Base in Prince William County.
Winning images from the 2018 National Audubon Society annual photography contest, chosen by Audubon judges from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces, are coming to Northern Virginia. The photographs will be displayed next month at Reston’s Walker Nature Center in an event co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.
GBBC provides a snapshot of where birds are in real time. It’s spontaneous; unlike Project Feederwatch, you’re not restricted to your own backyard or to a particular feeding area, and there is no commitment to 2 specific days every week for 6 months. You can count anywhere, for as little as 15 minutes or as long as a walk through a park. This workshop will teach you how to count and how to report your count, and we’ll do some “real time” practice.