From Audubon Society of Northern Virginia <[email protected]>
Subject November 2021 Potomac Flier Newsletter
Date November 1, 2021 11:29 PM
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** November 2021 ASNV HOME ([link removed]) DONATE ([link removed]) JOIN ([link removed])

** President's Corner
Ivory-billed Woodpecker plate, J. J. Audubon

Practically everyone has heard that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Ivory-billed Woodpecker officially extinct. Now, like the Passenger Pigeons that used to number in the hundreds of millions, the only way you’ll be able to see an Ivory-billed Woodpecker is in a museum. Is there an extinction crisis? What can you do about it?

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** Important Elections Are Coming Up—MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!
Climate Strike, Luke Franke

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you vote in the November 2 elections for Virginia’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and House of Delegates.
Many conservation policies are at stake in this election.

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** ASNV is Hiring a New Program Manager
Geese, S. Hermann via Pixabay

Laura McDonald is leaving her Program Manager position with ASNV. Laura has been a critical part of ASNV’s work for twelve years, and we’ll miss her. We are accepting applications to become the next Program Manager through November 24.

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** ASNV News

** My Week at Hog Island
Hog Island, Phoebe Riegle

My whole life I have been hearing about this camp in Maine where the showers are always cold, the mornings are always early, and the birds are always calling.

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** Biological Compasses
Ring-billed Gulls, Sandra Wilbur

Have you ever wondered how birds are able to make their way to their fall/winter migration location? Migration has to be one of the most fascinating topics in ornithology.

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** Arlington Cemetery Treasures its Trees
Trees at Arlington Cemetery, ANC Employee

Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor, remember, and explore. The beauty of the grounds and the comfort of its visitors is enhanced by close to 10,000 trees, some dating back to before the Civil War.

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** Upcoming Classes and Events

We have some exciting classes and events coming up, both virtually and in-person! Click any event to learn more and register. You can also check our calendar ([link removed]) for our full schedule of events.

** Fruit Talks and Field Walks: Persimmons with Eliza Greenman
Persimmon, Bradley Keith

Join us for an exciting new series with Oak Spring Graden Foundation that focuses on native and heritage trees. The first workshop will be led by Eliza Greenman, a fruit explorer, horticultural historian, designer, and implementer of agroforestry.

When: Thursday, November 11, 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: Online!

Field Trip:
When: Saturday, November 13, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Upperville, VA

Workshop only: $15
Workshop and field walk: $75

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** Audubon Afternoon: Birds of Jamaica with Dr. Herlitz Davis
Dr. Herlitz Davis

Join Dr. Herlitz Davis for a personal journey through Jamaica, from Cockpit Country to the Blue Mountains. Dr. Davis will introduce you to the fascinating Avifauna of Jamaica through stories of his life growing up in nature, and through his doctoral research at George Mason University and the Smithsonian Institution.

When: Sunday, November 14 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Where: Online!

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** Bird Walk Field Trip to Lorton Landfill

** American Kestrel, David Zieg/Audubon Photography Awards

Why do I want to go birdwatching at a landfill? Only because I want to see multiple kestrels, harriers, Bald Eagles, meadowlarks, sparrows (maybe some rare ones, if I’m lucky). On November 20, you can join us!

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** December Fireside Chat with Dr. Tom Wood: Celebrate Swans!
Tundra Swans, Wink Gaines/GBBC

Join us for a celebration of the return of the swans! This chat will be swan-themed and inspire you to visit our wintering Tundra Swans as they majestically return with fanfare from the great north.

When: Thursday, December 2, 7:00PM
Where: Virtual!
Fee: FREE!
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** Author Event: Ivory-billed Woodpecker as Trickster with Dr. Chris Haney
Book cover, courtesy of Dr. Chris Haney

Join us as we welcome our good friend, Dr. Chris Haney. We will explore a simmering paradox that has baffled birders, scientists, conservationists, and the media for more than 100 years: repeated claims for the supposed “extinction” of the American Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

When: Thursday, December 9, 7:00PM
Where: Virtual!
Member ticket: $10
Non-member ticket: $15
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** Workshop for the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count
Black-capped Chickadee, Megan Lavoie

Join Phil Silas, the Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count compiler, and members from our Conservation Committee to learn about this long-running citizen science bird survey.

When: Thursday, December 16, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Where: Online!
Cost: FREE!

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** Bird Walks
Birders, Luke Franke

Fall is a great time to enjoy birding! The bugs and the temperatures are down. There's a chance to see migrants moving through. In November we'll visit sites with water views as well as woodland trails. Check this page ([link removed]) for upcoming walks.

Upton Hill Park Honors Volunteers ([link removed])

The Big Sit a Smashing Success! ([link removed])

Black and Latin/Hispanic Bird Walks Resume at Upton Hill ([link removed])

Project Feederwatch Workshop Video Now Online! ([link removed])

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Monthly Features

** Observations from Meadowood
Eastern Swallowtail Caterpillar, Judy Gallagher

I always look carefully at bird poop on leaves because every once in a while it proves to be something else.

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** November Bird of the Month: Surf Scoter
Surf Scoters, Eric Reuter

Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) are one of the many seabirds we get to see during the winter months here in Northern Virginia.

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** Monday Nature Mystery
Neven Krcmarak

Click here ([link removed]) for this week’s audio mystery. Do you know what this is? Be sure to post your guess on our Facebook page ([link removed]) . Good Luck!

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** Conservation Counts
Common Buckeye, Rusty Moran

Join Jim Waggener in his ongoing natural resource surveys at two of Northern Virginia's best birding spots. Surveys alternate between Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area on Mason Neck.

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E-Activist Network - Volunteers Needed

The National Audubon Society invites all Auduboners to join its e-activist network. When you subscribe to the Society’s newsletter, you'll receive alerts about important congressional actions and information about how you can affect legislation by contacting your members of Congress. [link removed]
The Bird Feeder offers 10% off for ASNV members

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Reston, VA 20194
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, Closed Sunday

Curbside service available, call the store at 703-437-3335.

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