PVAS offers a wide range of programs and activities that are aimed at promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world for youth, adults, and families such as field trips to natural areas, summer camps, monthly lectures, school programs and many others.

Recent News

Click on the blue links below to find out more about any of these programs.  Click here to see  a printable version of the Events Calendar.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend, February 17-20, 2017! Participation is easy: register online, birdwatch anywhere for as little as 15 minutes, and upload your observations! Share your observations and photos with us here

Registration for summer camps is open!  You can see the camp brochure here. Register early to secure the session you want and to take advantage of the Early Bird discount! New this year, before and after camp care is offered for sessions at Cool Spring Preserve.

The 16th Annual This Race Is For The Birds is coming up on April 8.  Register now!

Some great programs are coming up: Wee NaturalistsMonkeysWinter Tree IDVernal Poolsand lots of birdwalks!

Many thanks to James Dillon for sharing his Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden presentation as well as his Plant List.  

Conservation Updates

Maintenance Days at our nature preserves are coming up.  March 3 at Yankauer, March 5 at Eidolon, and March 11 at Stauffer's Marsh.

Be nice to the birds!  House Finch Eye Disease is caused by bacteria that can accumulate on bird feeders when visited by sick finches.  Birds with the disease have red, swollen, runny, or crusty eyes (conjunctivitis).  In the worst cases, the eyes can swell shut and the bird becomes blind.  You might observe an infected bird sitting quietly in your yard or clumsily scratching its eye with its foot or on its perch.  Goldfinches, Grosbeaks, and Purple Finches are also commonly infected. Here are some tips for keeping your feeders clean.

Chimney Swifts have been getting a lot of publicity in our community recently. Read more about the Raise the Roost campaign. 

Our Next PVAS Monthly Program

PVAS's next monthly program will be held on March 8, 2017 at 7 p.m..  The topic will focus on Naughty Naughty Monkeys: Human-Wildlife Conflict in Indonesia and Beyond presented by our own Alison Zak! Programs are held at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville (GPS: Hospice Lane is opposite the Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Dr., Kearneysville WV (on old Route 9), not the old location in Martinsburg). Please see hospiceotp.org for directions to their new facility

Programs in Morgan County are held at the school board office building on an occasional basis. 



Teachers!  PVAS has lots of teacher resources and new ones are being posted regularly.  Teachers are encouraged to check out our Educational Programs and our StoryWalk website.  And why not apply to be a WV Sustainable School

Job Opportunities.  PVAS often has need for part-time program instructors.  More information can be found on our Job Opportunities page.


Support PVAS

Federal Employees can support PVAS through the Combined Federal Campaign:  CFC#29061.

You can also support PVAS using the Support PVAS icon in the blue menu bar.

Download the PVAS Calendar

Download a printable calendar of events to keep informed about all the many PVAS activities. Details of these events can also be viewed on our Online Events Calendar.

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 • Pick up at Cool Spring Preserve
Friday, March 03, 2017 9:00 AM • Yankauer Nature Preserve, across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV
Saturday, March 04, 2017 8:00 AM • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
Saturday, March 04, 2017 10:00 AM • Snavely Ford Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:00 AM • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

Lifebridge AmeriCorps

 PVAS is pleased to be associated   with Lifebridge AmeriCorps           again this year! Alison Zak is already in the classroom teaching our watershed program.  You'll see more of her as she leads other family and youth programs this year! You can email Alison at Alison@PotomacAudubon.org

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The West Virginia Environmental Education Association also has a Facebook page.

Injured Animals

If you find an injured wild animal and want to know what to do, some information is hereWildlife Vet Care is where we are taking injured wildlife these days. Our Veterinarian of many years, Belinda Burwell, D.V.M., has a new office and can be reached at 540-664-9494. Their website is www.wildlifevetcare.com. Feel free to contact their office directly.  If you need assistance, contact Diana Mullis, Wildlife Rescue Coordinator dianamullis@aol.com    

Gentle Reminders              

Natural History Workshops!  PVAS offers many workshops during the year and there are some spectacular ones coming up!  The 2017 events can be found in the Events Calendar. More are added frequently.  

Are you looking for a good nature book to read?  Check out some suggestions here!       

Come out to Cool Spring!   Cool Spring Preserve is our newest nature preserve! Open daily for walks, the 12 acre property  is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV, about 6 miles southwest of Charles Town.  And we're happy to partner with Friends of Bullskin Run

There's been a lot in the news lately about the Zika virus.  In this part of the US, you want to keep using insect repellent when out in the woods and grassy fields all year round.  Ticks in this area can carry Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can also carry West Nile Virus.  Why give them a chance to bite you?  

All PVAS Volunteers are requested to log their volunteer hours online!  One of our volunteers, Melanie Snyder (littleowl48@hotmail.com), can help you get started. If you already have an account, the portal is here.

          © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist //    

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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