Save the Date: Post Holiday Audubon Afternoon
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
National Wildlife Federation Building
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Join us for Paul Napier’s presentation on “The Cape May Raptor Banding Project” that will cover a brief history, some impressive Project statistics, the Project’s contributions to science projects, and portraits and facts about the raptors banded. There will be lots of great close-up photographs.
Paul Napier has been banding raptors since 1988. He started out as a bird watcher, then discovered raptors and never recovered. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad in order to learn more about the many exciting birds of prey that share our environment. Paul has been President of the Cape May Raptor Banding Project since the early 2000s when Project founder and noted raptor expert William S. Clark retired.
Many Thanks to the Town of Clifton!
The Town of Clifton has donated over $2,100 in parking proceeds from the Clifton Haunted Trail event on October 24. ASNV volunteers provided assistance managing traffic and parking for the event. And a huge thank you to Laura McDonald, who worked out the arrangement with Clifton, and to Regan McDonald for directing our volunteers and making sure they knew what to do; and to volunteers Joanne and David Bauer, Terry and Kristy Liercke, and Barbara Tuset..
Sign Up for the 34th Annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
December 20, 2015
The Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 20th. The count circle is around Centreville and includes Manassas Battlefield, parts of Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped areas south of Dulles Airport, and many stream valley parks and undeveloped locations from Clifton to west Fairfax City. A hot lunch will be served to participants. Birders of all skill levels are needed..
Congressman Beyer Hosting Climate Change Discussion
Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA-8) is holding a discussion about climate change on November 19, 7 p.m. at George Mason University (GMU), 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. featuring four speakers:
Megan Ceronsky, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change; Shawn Garvin, Environmental Protection Agency; Mona Sarfaty, GMU; and Aliya Haw, Natural Resources Defense Council.
The National Audubon Society has identified addressing climate change has a high priority. Climate change is creating great disruption in our natural environment today in many ways. Audubon's landmark, 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report found that 314 North American bird species are at risk because of climate change and that diminishing and shifting ranges could imperial nearly half of U.S. birds in this century..
Who Won, Who Lost?
You can find out who won and lost in the November 3 election at http://elections.virginia.gov/media/election-night-reporting/index.html and many local government election offices post results as well. Let's hope the 2016 Virginia General Assembly and new local elected officials are environmentally friendly..
Get Better Conservation Results Out of Richmond
Now that Virginians have elected state senators and delegates, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (LCV) seeks people to be conservation contacts for state legislators.
Action team members meet with their legislators throughout the year, in their home districts and in Richmond to discuss environmental issues. By building a constructive relationship with legislators, the result is an elected official far more receptive to a friendly and familiar messenger and their message, say LCV staffers.
To sign up to be an action team member or for more information, contact Virginia LCV’s Advocacy Coordinator, Becca Summers at email@example.com..
Fones Cliff Development, a Threat to Bald Eagles
November 12 Vote
The Board of Supervisors of Richmond County, Virginia, east of Fredericksburg, is considering a development of 1,000 acres known as Fones Cliffs, an important site for migrating birds and an especially important site for bald eagles. William and Mary College ornithologist Bryan Watts described Fones Cliff as being a “crown jewel of the Chesapeake.” He has said that hundreds of eagles that visit the spot during their migrations each year, that there are a dozen or so nesting pairs in that region and that there is one nest on the site..
Fairfax County Parks
The Fairfax County Park Authority's 2015 strategic plan is now online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/ir107-15.htm..
Audubon's Hog Island Educator's Week Scholarship
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week, July 17 to 22
Application available Nov. 5 Deadline Feb. 15
Do you know an exemplary science teacher? Please encourage him or her to apply.
ASNV is providing a full scholarship and transportation costs to a week long educators camp in Hog Island Maine, July 17-22, 2016.
Last year’s scholarship recipient, Kate Sydney of Arlington’s Glebe School, said about Hog Island,
It has been a busy summer for me. Of course, the highlight of summer was my time on Hog Island! It was an amazing professional development experience and I would recommend it to any science teacher. There are definitely some pieces that I learned and hope to build in to my work with students this year. ... Thank you all for providing this great experience!!
For details about Hog Island and this year’s camps for teachers and other programs see the website: http://hogisland.audubon.org
The application form can be found here..
Amazon Smile Donates to ASNV
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support ASNV every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our chapter..
- 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.
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
We will resume in April