Winter Waterfowl Counts
The ASNV Winter Waterfowl Count will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, February 6 & 7, 2016. We have decided to push the count back one week to avoid overlap with waterfowl hunting season. Volunteer teams survey the Potomac River from Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun County south to Quantico Marine Base in Prince William County. Several important inland ponds, lakes, and marshes are also surveyed.
Registration for the event has now closed.
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
National Wildlife Federation Building
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
Join us for Amy Johnson’s presentation, “Virginia Working Landscapes: Connecting communities for grassland bird conservation and research” that will focus on her research and the excellent work being done by VWL. North America’s grassland birds have declined more so than any other guild of bird species. With more than 80% of remaining grassland habitat on private lands, it is essential that conservation research address how private land management influences grassland-dependent species.
Audubon's Hog Island Educator's Week Scholarship
Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week, July 17 to 22
Application Deadline Feb. 26
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.
Professional Development Environmental Scholarship
From Audubon of Northern Virginia
Eligible candidates: administrators, specialists, subject teachers and classroom teachers, Pre-K through 12th grade.
Since 1936, the Audubon Camp in Maine has offered environmental education programs for adults, teens, families and conservation leaders on Hog Island in Muscongus Bay, Maine.
2015 Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count Update
Our 34th annual Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count was held on December 20, 2015. We got some relief from unusually hot December weather when the day started below freezing and then Count Day temps topped out in the 40s with bright sun and breezes. We had a record high number of participants with 129 people counting just over 20,000 birds among 80 species. While the bird numbers and species were down slightly from last year, they are within past 15 year averages.
Red Headed Woodpecker During the Christmas Bird Count
Numbers normally rise and fall for many bird species during the annual Christmas Bird Counts, but the increased sightings of one bird in particular is nothing short of “amazing,’’ says Robert Shipman.
The spotting of Red-headed Woodpeckers is off the charts, says Shipman who oversees the Manassas-Bull Run count for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. At the 34th annual count conducted on Dec. 20, he compiled 50 sightings of Red-headed Woodpeckers. The previous high was 11 in 1984. Last year, Shipman’s teams spotted only one.
Weigh in with State Legislators
The Virginia General Assembly convened on January 13 and will be session for 60 days. Hearings and consideration of many bills are underway.
For information, visit http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/. You can also find committee assignments of members of the Senate and House of Delegates at http://www.vpap.org/general-assembly/standing-committees/. To find your legislators, visit http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
For bills, visit http://lis.virginia.gov/ and http://www.vpap.org/updates/2116-your-guide-general-assembly/. You can also check the website of the Virginia Conservation Network, www.vcnva.org.
Virginia Should Address Climate Change
Legislators have introduced bills to thwart and delay efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Power Plan, a plan designed to stem greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Let your legislators know that they should support a healthy environment and should oppose these bills.
Virginia will hold Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries on March 1. To vote in these primaries, you must register to vote by February 8, 5 p.m.
May 3, Clifton and Vienna town elections
June 14, primary election (if called) for nominees for the U.S. House of Representatives
More info: www.vote.virginia.gov.
New Park Board Member
New Fairfax Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith appointed Marguerite (Maggie) F. Godbold to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board recently as the Sully District Representative for a four-year term. The county’s press release reported this: “Godbold grew up in Northern Virginia and has been a resident of the Sully District of Fairfax County for over 30 years, currently residing in Oak Hill, VA. She is an avid birdwatcher and environmentalist, and an amateur musician. She is passionate about increasing access to the outdoors and arts for all Fairfax residents.”
The Park Board sets policy and establishes agency priorities. For information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/board/ or call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.
Speak Up for Conservation
Registration for the 2016 Conservation Lobby Day with the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond is now open. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of the issues and bills most prevalent in session, practice effective lobbying tactics, and attend preset appointments with their legislators. Click here to view more information and register at the early bird rate (rates will increase to $70/person on Wednesday, January 13, 2016). Please use the discount code "VCNPreview" when registering for $10 off the early bird rate.
2016 Conservation Lobby Day
January 24 - 25, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn | Downtown Richmond
$60/person processing fees (early bird rate)
Contact: Kelley Galownia, Communications Manager, Virginia Conservation Network; Kelley@vcnva.org
Congressman Beyer's Town Meeting
Congressman Don Beyer, who represents Virginia's 8th district, will hold a town meeting on February 8, 7 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. This is a great opportunity for Auduboners to share concerns and to advocate for stronger conservation policies.
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