Save the date: Birding in Cuba!
Our next Audubon Afternoon will be on Sunday, September 20, from 3 to 5, at the National Wildlife Federation Building. Dixie Sommers will be speaking to us about her recent birding trip to Cuba. A lot of us have an awakened interest in that country these days – it should be a terrific program.
Little Brown Jobs
Have you been wondering about all those “little brown jobs” in your backyard? Could you use a little help distinguishing between the House Finches and the Pine Siskins? Song Sparrows and Savannah Sparrows? This workshop will concentrate on identification skills for some of the finches, sparrows, and other similar birds in our region
A Reprieve for Birds, Maybe
There's some good news from the Congress.
Last month, we reported that the House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
National Audubon reports that Congressman Duncan "appears to have backed off . . . ."
Virginia General Assembly to Meet
Governor Terry McAuliffe plans to call a special session of the state legislature on August 17 to redraw the state's congressional districts. For background, you can read a July 18 Richmond Times-Dispatch article here.
Auduboners Can Elect Conservation-minded Officials
Over the next four months, many candidates for local and state offices will be meeting constituents, participating in candidate forums and seeking votes. Elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues. Local government officials in Virginia make many land use decisions that impact the environment.
March for Climate Change
September 20, 2015
Many environmental and faith groups plan to march on Washington on September 20 when the Pope visits. The National Audubon Society views climate change as the most serious threat to the planet, to all of our natural resources.
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- The Bird Feeder in Reston offers a 10% discount to current ASNV members, good on all purchases excluding optics and sale merchandise. When you visit, just tell them you are a member of ASNV and ask for the discount.
- Works Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes. Beginning in early May, National Audubon will be hosting a “scavenger hunt” on Audubon Works. By completing the scavenger hunt, you’ll get to know all of the great features of Works—and be entered into a sweepstakes for our grand prize (to be announced, but we think you’ll like it). Be on the lookout for more details, and make sure you’re a registered user of Works -- only people registered for Works in advance will be eligible for the sweepstakes!
See the calendar (at right) for more events.
Counts and Surveys
The table below has links to various counts and surveys in which ASNV participants participate along with upcoming dates. The links on the left point to pages with additional information about the count—often including links to compiled data from previously held counts.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Annual Butterfly Count
|December 20, 2015
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly