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President's Corner

Bald Eagle, Randy Streufert

Now is a great time of year to get outside and remember how wonderful and restorative nature can be. We’re fortunate to live in an area where the weather changes significantly over the course of the year, because each season offers something new.

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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 for our full schedule of events.

Lights Out for Birds

Miguel Eduardo Matta Pereira/WMBD

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is May 14, 2022. This year’s campaign highlights the impact of light pollution on migratory birds with the theme “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night.” Join us on May 5 for a WMBD virtual workshop led by Greg Butcher, ASNV Vice-President and Migratory Species Coordinator for U.S. Forest Service International Programs.

When: Thursday, May 5, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Birding By Ear

Carolina Wren, David Smith/APA

Did you know you don’t even need binoculars to explore the big world of birds? Often it is faster and easier to identify a bird by its song – if you know how to bird by ear. In this program, Colt Gregory will explain the many benefits of birding by ear and introduce some of the most common birds by their songs and calls. He will also share resources and apps to help you practice and improve your birding by ear skills.

When: Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $10 members, $20 non-members

Madagascar: Exploring a Biodiversity Hotspot through its Lemurs and Birds

Collared Nightjars, Elizabeth Lyons

In 2018, mother-daughter scientist team Libby Lyons and Sally Bornbusch explored many regions of Madagascar, from its spiny forests in the southwest, the high plateaus in the country’s center, and the mountainous forests of the northeast. Based on their first-hand experience with Madagascar as a biodiversity hotspot, they will focus on its famous lemurs, a group of primates found only in Madagascar, and its endemic birds.  

When: Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Audubon Afternoon: "A Year in the Life of an Owl"

Eastern Screech Owl, Randy Streufert

ASNV will hold its first in-person Annual Meeting and Audubon Afternoon in 2 years! We will elect board members and directors during a brief annual meeting, then enjoy a presentation starring 4 live native owls.

When: Sunday, June 5, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: National Wildlife Federation Building, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190
Fee: FREE. No registration required!

Bird Walks

Birding, Luke Franke
Check this page for upcoming walks! Registration is no longer required for ASNV-sponsored walks.

Audubon Afternoon: "A Year in the Life of an Owl"

Eastern Screech Owl, Randy Streufert

Join us for our first in-person Annual Meeting and Audubon afternoon in 2 years! We will elect officers and directors, then enjoy a presentation starring 4 live owls.

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Support Our Birdathon Teams!

Birders, Luke Franke

We have 11 amazing Birdathon teams this year. Can you help support their birding efforts for ASNV?

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Use Your Birding Skills for Science

Acadian Flycatcher, Dixie Sommers

Want to bird for science? Consider participating in the Northern Virginia Bird Survey, ASNV’s long-running survey of breeding birds in our region!

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Native Plant Communities
New York Ironweed, Matt Bright

Plant communities are assemblages of plant species that grow in a particular habitat and interact with each other, wildlife, and the environment around them. Plant communities are a natural extension of “right plant, right place.”

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Invasive Plants Bill Became Law
Ivy-smothered Tree, Glenda Booth

Under a new law, VDACS will prepare a brochure that explains the value of native plants and the harm from noxious weeds and other invasive plants.

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Monitor Breeding Birds with NestWatch
Deidra Bryant

With the season of baby birds now here, it is important for ornithologists to collect data on nest construction, successful nestling development, and overall care from adults. 

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Do you Have Room for a Shade Tree?
Mature shade tree, Margaret Fisher

If your yard sits in the blazing sun in the summer, it may have already occurred to you that a native shade tree would benefit you tremendously. 

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Monthly Features

Observations from Meadowood

Mining Bee, Judy Gallagher

Judy Gallagher continues to survey Meadowood Recreation Area. Here are some findings from her most recent survey.   

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Monday Nature Mystery

Common Baskettail, Judy Gallagher

Monday Nature Mystery continues! Read on to learn who correctly identified our last mystery and see what this week's mystery holds.

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Conservation Counts

Bald Eagle, 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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