Annual Meeting and Celebration of Citizen Science
With Jim Waggener and Dr. Leslie Ries
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3-5 PM
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston VA 20190
For 25 years Jim Waggener has lead comprehensive surveys that document biodiversity in the Occoquan Bay Count Circle. His presentation will focus on the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and plants that have painstakingly been documented since 1989. We’ll learn about emerging trends, the importance of citizen science and glimpse into the future of the program.
Also joining us will be Dr. Leslie Ries. Leslie is currently a Research Scientist at University of Maryland. She did field research on butterflies for 10 years, focused on how landscape configuration impacts butterfly populations. She now works primarily with data coming from citizen science monitoring programs and explores large-scale range issues and environmental drivers, especially climate. She works closely with many butterfly monitoring programs to help them collect, manage and share their data by developing online platforms for data entry and storage. Leslie is moving to Georgetown University this fall where she will be an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department.
Audubon at Home Matters
The spring has seen a wave of outdoor events, plant sales, presentations, and partner meetings with a large number of volunteers who share our goal of creating healthy natural wildlife habitat in our yards and communities. ASNV has developed a valuable partnership with the new regional native plant campaign, www.plantnovanatives.org, that promotes Audubon at Home and has increased the size of our audience, while Audubon at Home serves the campaign as an important part of its outreach strategy.
April 24 - May 17
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Bird Survey (NBVS)
ASNV completed the 20th year of the Northern Virginia Bird Survey (NVBS) last June. Many thanks to all who participated! 47 volunteers, including 8 new to the NVBS, covered 646 survey points and counted 8,812 birds representing 96 species. Survey results are now available.
Help Preserve Habitat
Comments by June 5, 2015
Auduboners have an opportunity to help state officials preserve habitat by commenting on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan prepared by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The draft plan identifies key species and habitats in need of conservation and implements projects and research needed to address those issues. A plan is due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2015.
Congress Should Support Birds
Congress is considering several disturbing measures that attack basic bird protections, including H.R. 493, a bill that would undercut two cornerstone bird conservation laws — the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. H.R. 493 would force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to grant 30-year permits for taking or killing eagles, a policy that the National Audubon Society strongly opposes.
Butterfly Identification Workshop
The sight of butterflies fluttering around on a warm day is one of the most iconic signs of summer. These beautiful insects usually only live for a few weeks as adults, but they make quite an impression while they are in their full glory. There is a large variety of butterfly species in our area and we are going to census them on June 27 during the ASNV Butterfly Count. In preparation, Laura McDonald and Larry Meade will be co-teaching a butterfly workshop focusing on identifying butterflies in Northern Virginia. The classroom portion of the workshop will be on Thursday, June 25 and the field trip portion will be in conjunction with the count on June 27.
June 9 Primaries
Primaries to nominate candidates for various offices in Virginia will be held on June 9 in Virginia. The candidates for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates are here.
To find out about offices for which a primary or an election will be held this year, visit the Virginia Department of Elections here.
Campaigns offer many opportunities to educate candidates about key conservation issues.
International Migratory Bird Count
Saturday, May 9, 2015
The Annual Migratory Bird Count for Occoquan Bay NWR will be held Saturday, May 9. Contact Jim Waggener, (703) 567-3555 or email@example.com for details.
Keep Water Clean
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a welcomed proposal to clarify the legal protections for some of America’s most vulnerable streams, including headwater streams, some wetlands and intermittent or occasionally dry streams.
Weigh in on Parks
The Fairfax County Park Authority sent a survey to 15,000 randomly selected households as part of their needs assessment study. FCPA says, "The survey results will help inform priorities and decisions about future park and recreation service delivery and facility improvements. If you received the survey, you may want to stress the need for more natural resource parks and more restoration of parklands, as the county reaches what is called "buildout" and few natural areas are left.
Green Spring Park
You might want to share your suggestions on what Green Spring Gardens Park should be as they update the master plan. Share your views here.
Workshop -- How to Get Engaged
The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) will hold a watershed outreach and engagement workshop on May 28, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for environmental groups that want to work on clean water issues. Topics include outreach, partnerships and advocacy. If you would like to attend, please contact Glenda Booth at 703-765-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge. ANS is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society.
- 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
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly
|Scheduled Wednesdays, monthly