At about 3 p.m. Friday we arrived at Cape Henlopen State Park, where we walked the beach along the bay. Officials had roped off part of the beach, excluding people for the protection of endangered Least Terns and Piping Plovers nesting there along with threatened Oyster Catchers. Using scopes, we saw Piping Plovers, Oyster Catchers, many Laughing Gulls, and various shorebird species.
Have you heard the one about Franklin opposing the Bald Eagle as national symbol? Well, it may not be true. The Bald Eagle has ranged widely across U.S. coins, paper currency, and government stationary for more than 200 years.
Do you have word processing skills? Would you like to (really) help ASNV? Our long-time devoted Webmaster has told us that he and his wife are moving to Arizona.
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.
An escape to warm, sunny Cuba with ASNV from December 6-15, 2017 was just the thing for eight intrepid birders. Led by Cuban ornithologist Alejandro Llanes Sosa and a Cuban government guide, we covered 1,315 miles in a comfortable Chinese Yutong bus, thanks to careful driver Joel. We observed 136 species, including 21 Cuban endemics and 15 regional endemics.
The 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on December 17, 2017 was very successful. The day turned progressively warmer as 116 people scoured woods, lakes, fields and ponds counting 88 species (second highest species count ever) and 33,465 birds (highest number ever).
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ASNV is pleased to announce two new grant programs designed to address habitat concerns and youth education.
We are still accumulating the figures for our 36th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on December 17, 2017. The day turned progressively better as more than 100 people scoured woods, lakes, fields and ponds counting approximately 80 species and 20,000 birds.
Congratulations to Jim Waggener and his group of citizen scientists for another important milestone to preserve and share the tens of thousands of data that has been collected in the Occoquan region count circle.
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!
We have updated our Northern Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Area bird checklists. Both are available here including information on their use and how they were created. The checklists now use the newest information from the American Ornithological Society (AOS). These include changes in common and scientific names, splits and “lumps” of species, and changes in the order in which the species are presented.
Five birders enjoyed an ASNV bird walk at Mason Neck State Park on a beautiful August 27 morning, with views of Belmont Bay and the Bayview Trail.
Many thanks to Northwest Federal Credit Union for their donation of $2,324 to ASNV! ASNV is a Community Partner of NWFCU, and this donation distributed over $11,000 to five of NWFCU’s Community Partners as part of NWFCU’s 70th Anniversary celebration.
On Friday, April 28, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) honored Jim Waggener and his group of volunteers who have been documenting wildlife presence and diversity in the Occoquan Bay area for almost 30 years by dedicating a bench at one of the survey sites in the Meadowood Special Recreation Area on Mason Neck.
On Wednesday, April 26, Northwest Federal Credit Union donated $250.00 to the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia in honor of National Audubon Day.
Michele Sullivan, a 5th grade teacher at Mantua Elementary School, has won the 2017 Hog Island, Maine Scholarship for Educator’s Week! The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia annually awards this scholarship to the educator in all of northern Virginia who designs the best plan for bringing conservation education to students outdoors.