Whole Foods Community Giving Day
If you're hosting a Fourth of July BBQ or just doing the weekly grocery shopping, we have a great way you can also support ASNV. Shop at Whole Foods in Reston on Thurs., July 2, and ASNV will receive 5 percent of the day's sales. ASNV is proud to have been chosen as a beneficiary of Whole Food’s Community Giving Day and needs your help to make the day a great success. Whole Foods, with its emphasis on locally grown produce and organic foods, as well as on pollinators, is a natural fit for ASNV, which has been protecting birds and native habitat in the Northern Virginia region for more than a quarter century. We'll have a table set up with ASNV reps from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m., but you can shop any time between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. The store is located at 11660 Plaza America Dr. in Reston.
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.
Our Future Electeds, June 9 Primaries
Campaigns, primaries and elections offer many opportunities for Auduboners to educate candidates about key conservation issues.
Primaries to nominate candidates for various offices in Virginia will be held on June 9. The candidates for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates are here: http://elections.virginia.gov/Files/CandidatesAndPACs/Primary/527/2015-GACombined-527.pdf. To find out about offices for which a primary or an election will be held this year, visit the Virginia Department of Elections at http://elections.virginia.gov/index.php/media/calendars-schedules/special.html.
Virginians will elect all members of the state legislature, the General Assembly, on November 3, as well as people for some local offices.
A New Park in Southeastern Fairfax County
Auduboners can help make a new park a reality, a property known as the Fairchild property on U.S. 1 in southeastern Fairfax County. To support this park, you can sign the petition posted here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/petition-to-the-mount-vernon-supervisor-to.
Comment on Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is seeking comments on the state's wildlife action plan. Comments are due by June 5 at 5 p.m.
How to Control Invasive Plants
Our national parks, like Turkey Run, Great Falls and Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve are riddled with non-native plants, most of which provide little support for birds and wildlife. Here's a chance for Auduboners to weigh in on healthier habitats in our region. The National Park Service is seeking comments on their Invasive Plant Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (IMP/EA) for Washington-area national parks at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=55424. Comments are due by June 10.
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.
- 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