Birdathon 2015 is nearly here. Please organize your teams and sign up for our annual spring migration birding competition. It's a fun outing with an array of great prizes. And it raises much-needed contributions to support ASNV's conservation and education programs. If you don't have a team, just let us know, and we'll find one for you.
Hog Island Scholarship Awarded
Kate Sydney, a science teacher at Glebe Elementary School in Arlington, has been chosen as the recipient of Audubon Society of Northern Virginia’s $1,000 scholarship to attend National Audubon Society's "Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week" in Hog Island, Maine.
“Kate Sydney has often used her real-life experiences with science to impart knowledge and appreciation of the natural world to her students,” said Mary McLean, chairwoman of ASNV’s education committee. “She exemplifies what our organization wants to support in an educator.”
On May 13, William Young will give a presentation titled "99 Reasons to be Fascinated by Birds," based on his book, The Fascination of Birds: from the Albatross to the Yellowthroat (Dover Publications, 2014). He will explore the connections between birds and subjects such as biology, ecology, literature, music, history, politics, economics, religion, geography, physics, chemistry, linguistics, the visual arts, the performing arts, sports and comedy. This FODM quarterly meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center and is cosponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Bird Club. If you use a GPS device to find the park, enter the park’s address, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306, not the park’s name.
Cats Indoors Initiative–Update on Arlington County
In late December 2014, ASNV asked Chairman Mary Hynes, newly-elected Chair of the Arlington County Board, to undertake a “Cats Safe Indoors” public education program. In early 2015, the county’s Joint Natural Resources Committee invited ASNV to make a presentation on March 2, 2015. The committee asked us to discuss the impact of cat predation on bird and small mammal populations, health risks for cats living outdoors and recent attempts in the Virginia legislature to legalize so-called “community cats programs.”
Speak Up for Conservation
Budgets reflect priorities. Where does conservation stand? Local governments make decisions on many policies, for example, parks and the types of parks, land use, tree conservation, "pest" control, animal shelters, stormwater management, pollution and more.
Weigh in with Candidates
Virginians will elect every member of the Virginia General Assembly on November 3 and many local governing boards as well. To find out which offices will be on the ballot where you live, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.
Candidates will have to file to run for office by deadlines. These campaigns offer Auduboners opportunities to advocate for conservation and to learn candidates' views.
Native Seedling Sale Announced for 2015
Order by April 22
Order by Monday, April 22, or until supplies run out. Orders may be picked up on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 2, 2015 9:00 a.m.-noon.
- Take Back the Forest - Next spring there will be a HUGE push to control invasive species in Fairfax County parks & Take Back the Forest. Over 500 volunteers will work to remove invasive plants, replant native plants, and restore local forests back to health. All volunteers will get a free t-shirt.
- 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
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly