In the past several years Wolf Trap National Park has been working to enhance the biodiversity found within the Park. One of the major efforts was the planting of the Native Meadow, or pollinator garden, in the area in front of the Filene Center. In 2013 the park initiated an All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory with bee and wasp, butterfly and moth, and bird surveys. In the first year alone 45 species of bees, 18 species of wasps and 25 species of butterflies were identified. ASNV led the two-year bird survey which identified 130 species of birds.
Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
December 20, 2015
Join us for the 116th annual Christmas Bird Count (34th for ASNV). We are looking for people to count in the Manassas Battlefield area, Bull Run, and Manassas City areas as well as around Centerville, south of Dulles Airport, and Chantilly on Sunday, December 20th.
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
Mammals 102, Ecology, Behavior and Tracking
This class assumes you know the basics of what is a mammal and will go beyond that to delve into their ecology in northern VA. The class portion provides the background of the ecology of common mammals of Northern Virginia: how they live, reproductive strategies and how they interact with their habitat. You’ll also learn about how to study them directly in the wild. The field trip will teach students the habits of our local mammals and how to read their tracks and signs in hope of finding them. Dress to get muddy as the best tracks are found in the mud. Mammals 102 is accepted for advance training for Master Naturalists
Birding in Costa Rica
March 19-26, 2016
With nearly 900 recorded bird species, this little country gives you the best bang for your birding buck. Support sustainable, bird-based tourism while exploring the Central Pacific’s Palo Verde National Park and the Tempisque River where we may see aquatic bird species such as Roseate Spoonbills, Boat-billed Heron, Little Blue Heron, and Bare-throated Tiger Heron.
Parks Needs Survey
The Fairfax County Park Authority has released the results of a Park and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey which park officials say provides "a glimpse of the recreational preferences of Fairfax County residents. . . The survey is one piece of the needs assessment that ultimately seeks to create a balanced park system that takes into account all public recreational facilities and addresses citizen recreational aspirations."
Voting in the November 3 Election – Important Dates and Deadlines
Absentee Voting: In many jurisdictions, you can vote in person before November 3. Check with your local elections board for dates, times and places. You can also vote by absentee ballot by mail. Check with your local elections board for details and deadlines.
Registering to Vote: To vote on November 3, you must register by October 13, 5 p.m.; online, 11:59 p.m. You must be 18 by November 3. (If you are registered at your current address, you do not need to register again.)
November 3, Election Day Voting: Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. People with disabilities can have a ballot brought to the car on Election Day.
Arlington Natural Resources Forum
On October 7, 7 p.m., you can discuss conservation issues with Arlington County Board candidates at a Natural Resources County Board Candidates forum, sponsored by Arlington Parks Coalition, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and TreeStewards. Some of the issues include the expansion of parks, recreation and community center services; stormwater management and watershed protection; air and water quality; natural resources like tree canopy and more. This forum will be held at the Arlington Trade Center, Conference Room, 2700 S. Taylor Street, Arlington.
You Can Help Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Auduboners Glenda Booth and Jenny Campbell attended a three-hour meeting in Lorton on September 28 sponsored by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials who are preparing the state's plan to implement President Obama's Clean Power Plan, a plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.
Decision on Greater Sage Grouse
Thanks to North America’s largest land conservation project in history — an effort in which Audubon played a leading and integral role — the Greater Sage-Grouse will not require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Read Audubon’s press release here. Talking points and key messages can be found on Audubon Works*.
Conservation at the Ballot Box
Campaigns for many local and state offices across Northern Virginia are now in full swing. Elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues. Local government officials in Virginia make many land use and other decisions that impact the environment. State legislators in 2016 will deal with issues like clean energy, pollution, land conservation and enforcement of environmental laws.
Who's running for what? The candidates and ballot information are here: elections.virginia.gov/index.php/casting-a-ballot/candidate-list. To find out about offices for which an election will be held this year, visit elections.virginia.gov/index.php/media/calendars-schedules/special.html.
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.
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