The New Year already has a varied slate of educational programs for adults. Please take a look below and plan ahead for your participation.
This class is set for January 24th. For details, click here.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Save the date! The next GBBC is February 15-18. Bird enthusiasts of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are ranging. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
This FREE workshop will cover the history of GBBC, its purpose, tips for identifying birds, and the protocols to be followed while counting. We’ll spend some time practicing with the birds at the ASNV feeders.
Classroom: Saturday, February 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
Early Spring Birding
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. Larry Meade, ASNV Education chair and president of Northern Virginia Bird Club, will lead.
Classroom: Thursday, March 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
Field Trip: Saturday, March 30, TBD
Dates to be determined
How to Lead a Nature Walk
Do you love birds? Wildflowers? Some other aspect of nature? Do you 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. We will spend some time in a classroom setting and follow that up with a walk to practice what you’ve learned. ASVN board member, world traveler, and photographer Dixie Sommers will lead.
Bill Young, author of the book The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat, will provide an overview of the jewels of spring migration. Bill has worked with Ashley Bradford, a local naturalist, to create a website that features natural history information and resources for visitors to Monticello Park in Alexandria. His YouTube channel has had more than a quarter of a million views of his natural history videos.
Birding by Ear Boot Camp
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. You won’t want to miss this workshop!
Northern Virginia has a rich and diverse population of reptiles and amphibians. Learn more about them in a workshop led by Mark Khosravi, high school science teacher and part-time instructor and naturalist for Fairfax County Park Authority. The class will feature an evening lecture and hands on presentation on field herping and techniques.
Marine Birds and Mammals of the Southeastern United States
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. Join Dr. Chris Haney, founder of Terra Mar Applied Sciences, for this two-part classroom instruction and pelagic field trip.