Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island
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    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 11:00 AM

    Cost: Free (*park pass or $10 entrance fee requested)

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Deb Hale is leading a birding trip to the Virginius Island section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, October 18th. 

    The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Participants will meet in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with Route 340. From there, participants will travel on a fairly level walk along the island and down to the Shenandoah River. 

    The walk will focus on the riverfront and old canal areas of Virginius Island and Shenandoah Wetlands. Possible birds to be seen are waterfowl and raptors and returning migrants. 

    *The walk is free, however to access the park, participants are requested to have a park pass or pay the $10 entrance fee. 

    Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the walk, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

    The trip will be about 2 miles total on level ground and along some railroad tracks. Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along drinking water.

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    The trip may be canceled or postponed if weather conditions are poor. 

    For more information contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528. 
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD
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    What: Hawk Watching Trip

    Where: Washington Monument State Park on 
    South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD

    When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Washington County (MD) Bird Club are co-sponsoring hawk watches at Maryland's Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain throughout all four Wednesdays in October.  

    Meet Sandy Sagalkin, trip leader, at the upper parking lot of the State Park at 10:00. The watch will go until Noon, however participants are welcome to stay longer if they wish.

    This trip should offer good opportunities to view these magnificent birds in large numbers during their annual fall migration.

    This dates are during the period of the annual fall hawk migration, and the Washington Monument park offers an excellent vantage point to view these magnificent birds as they wend their way south for the winter.

    These hawk watches are free and open to anyone with an interest. Children are welcome, however need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water and insect repellent.  Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Hawk-watching is very weather sensitive because these birds do not fly in rain or snow. If it is certain that weather will force cancellation of any particular watch, those who have pre-registered will be notified of that cancellation by email no later than 6:00 p.m. the evening before.

    Please contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have.

    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Where:  Cool Spring Nature Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, (south of Charles Town WV)

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Program Description: What do trees do to get ready for winter? Why do leaves fall? Join us for a story, craft and hike as we explore the beautiful colors of fall!

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, October 19, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Time:  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-12

    Theme:  In this program, we will learn all about how soil is made! We'll turn over rocks and rotting logs to uncover what decomposers are there and the important role they play in nature. 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. Please look for this event in the future. 

    What: Star & Planet Gazing

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve

    When: Friday, October 20, 2017 

    Time: 9 - 11 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    Stargazing Leaders: Ryan Neher & Heather Self

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Ryan and Heather at Cool Spring Preserve for a night of star and planet gazing on Friday, October 20! 

    Participants can expect to see stars, planets (possibly Saturn), and/or the moon through a high powered telescope. While folks are waiting their turn on the telescope, they can check out the Orionids, which is debris left from Haley's comet. There will be excellent viewing this year as the moon will be just a sliver. 

    Please bring along a folding lawn chair and a flashlight as this will be a dark night. 

    In addition, please wear sturdy walking shoes, dress warmly and bring along some drinking water and bug spray. 

    Ryan and Heather are local star enthusiasts and have lived with their kids in Bolivar since 2014. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley with any questions you may have at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    In case of rain or clouds on Friday, October 20, a rain date of Saturday, October 21 is set.


    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Fall Bird Walk

    Where:  National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2016 (register by October 11)

    Time: 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Nancy and Elliot Kirschbaum

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, October 21.

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, but space will be limited and registration by Wednesday, October 11 is required. Children will be welcome.

    After checking in at the guard station, please meet in the 'blue' parking area.

    The bird walk will highlight fall migrants and raptors.

    The Center's 538-acre campus is not normally open to the public, so this is a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus and enjoy their trails while birding. 

    The campus contains a mix of fields and forest, providing good habitat for a rich variety of bird species such as sparrows, juncos, raptors, bluebirds, woodpeckers and waterfowl. One of the highlights of the bird walk is observing NCTC's active eagle nest. 

    The trip will last about two and a half hours and involve walking about two miles over moderate terrain.

    Everyone should plan to wear comfortable walking or hiking boots that can protect against possible muddy trails and dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions. It is also a good idea to bring along sunscreen and drinking water.

    PVAS will provide binoculars for those who do not have their own.

    For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Krista Hawley atadultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather.

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Charles Town (Farmers Market), WV
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    What: Tree Walk: Trees in Transition & 
    Winter ID

    Where: Charles Town Farmers Market

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Time: 9:30 a.m.

    PVAS Trip Leader: Shawn Walker (Trees 101)

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Cost: Free - or feel free to make a donation to Bushel and Peck and Jefferson GAP Coalition in support of the new indoor, year-round grocery store, and Trees 101 will match the donations, dollar for dollar, up to $200! Donations may be paid upon registration or checks may be handed to trip leader Shawn Walker on the morning of the walk. 

    Take advantage of this joint activity between the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Charles Town Farmers Market. Local arborist, Shawn Walker (of Trees 101) will guide a fall walk among Charles Town’s diverse tree population that surrounds the market. 

    Some evergreen identification will be highlighted as will methods of recognizing deciduous trees through their distinctive features. The event will culminate with a trunk diameter guessing contest with the winner winning market bucks!

    We will finish in time to get back to the market and do some shopping. 

    Please dress for the weather and bring drinking water. 

    The Tree Walk will take place rain or shine but will cancel if severe weather rolls in. Children and pets are welcome with guardians.

    Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. 
      
    Meet at the Old Charles Town Library at 9:30 AM on Saturday, October 21.

    Contact Krista Hawley at  adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Inspired By Nature; Sketching Live Raptors

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Time: 1 - 3 p.m.

    Cost: $10 for PVAS members, $15 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Doug Pifer

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Doug Pifer, a professional writer, illustrator and wildlife artist for over 40 years, has teamed up with veterinarian, Belinda Burwell from the Wildlife Veterinary Care in Millwood to offer this unique workshop.

    Doug will introduce participants to drawing directly from life, using a live raptor as a model. 

    After a brief introduction to comparative anatomy and a demonstration of how wings work, Belinda Burwell will join the workshop with a live hawk or owl as a model. 

    Participants will be encouraged to observe the model closely and familiarize themselves with its anomy and behavior. Then using basic drawing materials they will be able to record their own impressions using the 'minds eye'. 

    Emphasis will be on observing and focusing on the subject. Participants may bring a journal or sketchbook, a pencil and lots of enthusiasm! Artistic ability will be encouraged but not required! 

    This workshop is being held at Cool Spring Preserve in the upstairs classroom. 

    Doug has taught basic art classes to children, adults, homeschool students and seniors for many years. 

    Registration for this workshop is required. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 


    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD
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    What: Hawk Watching Trip

    Where: Washington Monument State Park on 
    South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD

    When: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Washington County (MD) Bird Club are co-sponsoring hawk watches at Maryland's Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain throughout all four Wednesdays in October.  

    Meet Sandy Sagalkin, trip leader, at the upper parking lot of the State Park at 10:00. The watch will go until Noon, however participants are welcome to stay longer if they wish.

    This trip should offer good opportunities to view these magnificent birds in large numbers during their annual fall migration.

    This dates are during the period of the annual fall hawk migration, and the Washington Monument park offers an excellent vantage point to view these magnificent birds as they wend their way south for the winter.

    These hawk watches are free and open to anyone with an interest. Children are welcome, however need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water and insect repellent.  Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Hawk-watching is very weather sensitive because these birds do not fly in rain or snow. If it is certain that weather will force cancellation of any particular watch, those who have pre-registered will be notified of that cancellation by email no later than 6:00 p.m. the evening before.

    Please contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have.

    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5 - 7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Change is in the Air)

    Theme:  This program will focus on the changes that occur in nature in the fall. We will discuss how trees and animals prepare for the winter season and then hit the trails for fall leaf scavenger hunt! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults) 

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8-10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Change is in the Air)

    Theme:  This program will focus on the changes that occur in nature in the fall. We will discuss how trees and animals prepare for the winter season and then hit the trails for fall leaf scavenger hunt! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Time:  1: 00 pm - 2:30 pm

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults) 

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    Theme:  This program will focus on the changes that occur in nature in the fall. We will discuss how trees and animals prepare for the winter season and then hit the trails for fall leaf scavenger hunt! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Halloween Owl Prowl

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town

    When: Friday, October 27, 2017

    Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Cost: Free, however donations are accepted

    PVAS Trip Leaders: Amy Moore & Carol Winckler

    Leave the ghosts and ghouls at the haunted houses, join Amy and Carol for a Halloween Owl Prowl walk at Cool Spring Preserve! 

    Enjoy the brisk fall weather while looking for owls, bats and other creatures of the night with expert birders and Amy and Carol.  

    The walk will begin at 6:00 p.m. and last about two to three hours.

    Registration for this event is required.

    The Owl Prowl event is free and open to anyone with an interest.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

    The walk begins at the parking lot located at 1469 Lloyd Road south of Charles Town, WV.  The event will involve 1 to 2 miles of walking on uneven and rolling terrain using flashlights.

    The walk will be conducted even if there is a light rain.

    Participants should wear sturdy shoes; dress appropriately for the prevailing weather; bring drinking water, insect repellent and one flashlight per person.  Bring your binoculars if you have them, and a few pair will be available for those who need them.

    For more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Fall Bird Walk 

    Where: USGS Fish Health Lab property (407 Reservoir Rd, just off Leetown Rd)

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Beth Poole and Heather Walsh

    Join PVAS on our Fall Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    This year, PVAS has paired up with the USGS Fish Health Lab to offer seasonal bird walks. After very successful spring and summer bird walks on the USGS property, we are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

    This bird walk is open to the public and children are welcome to attend with an adult. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

    Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along drinking water, sun screen and insect repellent. 

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

    The address for the USGS Leetown Science Center is 407 Reservoir Road, just off Leetown Road in Leetown. To search for it on Internet mapping sites, enter 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, WV.

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. 

    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Autumn Bird Walk 

    Where: Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefield

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for an autumn bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Saturday, October 28 at 8:00 a.m. and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.

    Participants should meet at Burnside Bridge parking area on the Antietam National Battlefield. 

    To get to the Burnside Bridge parking area, from Sharpsburg, head northeast towards Boonsboro.  Take the first right turn after leaving Sharpsburg onto Rodman, which takes you into the battlefield.  Turn left at the “T” and follow the road up the hill to the parking area.

    This trip is open to anyone regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

    The Final Attack Trail is located where the Union Army made its final advance to drive the Confederate Army from Maryland, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill's final Confederate counterattack. 

    It is also the location of Antietam National Battlefield's extensive work in the restoration and preservation of native grasslands in the Otto Farm Fields in the southwest corner of the battlefield. Sandy Sagalkin, working with Battlefield staff, has assisted the Battlefield in surveying the grassland birds in the area during the spring and summer of 2014. So far, they have counted 86 species that have used the area as a stopover or residence, including Blue Grosbeaks, Yellow-breasted Chats, Common Yellowthroats, Willow Flycatchers, Prairie Warblers and Grasshopper Sparrows.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water. 

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Persons registering on the website will be notified by email by 9 p.m. of the previous day in the event of cancellation.  

    Please contact Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have.


    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville,WV

    What: Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Annual Meeting, Potluck Lunch and Silent Auction

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Bring: 

    • a dish to share 
    • your own plate, cup, napkin and silverware 
    • items to donate to the Silent Auction! 

    Questions: email Krista Hawley

    The PVMN Annual Meeting, Potluck Lunch and Silent Auction is Saturday, October 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

    Please note this year the Annual Meeting will be held at the Hospice of the Panhandle's Education Center (not the Orchard House). Directions are provided below. 

    The purpose of the gathering is to briefly conduct PVMN business, honor our new graduates, and recognize Master Naturalists who have achieved 5-years of active membership as well as socialize with others and, of course, eat.

    Bring a dish to share as well as your own plate, cup, napkin and silverware. (We will have extras in case you forget.) Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

    In addition, bring something for the Silent Auction! The proceeds from this annual auction provide scholarships to next year’s MN class. Ideas for things to contribute are…just about anything from t-shirts, books, food, field guides, crafts, bird items, and other fun stuff! Most items in the auction are in new or like-new condition. Last year we made over $600, which kept the class fee lower for several of this year’s class. We’re looking to make even more this year! And bring your checkbook so you can bid often and high!!

    We also have a book table where used books are available for just $1-$2. Some folks use that table to pass on natural history books/field guides that might be of interest to other MN’s and pick something new at the same time.

    The PVMN Coordinating Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the planning and execution of the Chapter's yearly instructional programming and all of its day-to-day operations...if you have been thinking of joining the Committee, we will have more information available at this meeting!

    We look forward to seeing our fellow Master Naturalists there!

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the Annual Meeting is to the right of the main office door. We will have a yellow Audubon sign at the door. 


    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • South Mountain in Washington County, MD (commuter parking lot in Boonsboro)
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    What: Owl Banding Field Trip to South Mountain

    Where: South Mountain, Washington County, MD

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 9:00 PM

    Cost: free - however a $5-$10 donation to the Owl Banding Station is suggested

    PVAS Trip Leader: Carolyn Thomas

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Carolyn Thomas on PVAS's Owl Banding field trip to watch expert and licensed bander, Steve Huy, catch, band and release migrating sawwhet owls on South Mountain in Washington County, MD.

    This trip will be held on Saturday, November 4th. It will start at about 9:00 p.m. and last until approximately 11:30 p.m.

    The trip will depart from the commuter parking lot in Boonsboro. The commuter parking lot is well lit and at Route 67 and Alt-Rout 40 (main street) - near Thompson gas.

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    These trips have long been a favorite for whole families, and interested members of the public are invited to participate.

    There is no fee, however a donation of $5 or $10 to the South Mountain Owl Banding station is suggested. This donation will help support the station's work.

    Steve Huy will be conducting the banding and has been banding owls on the mountain for many years as part of Project OwlNet.

    The owls he will be banding are the Northern Saw-Whet Owl, the smallest owl in eastern North America. Visits to his banding site offer a unique opportunity to see these birds up close and learn about their life history. 

    Pre-registration is essential because space for the trip is limited to 30 persons. 

    For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    The trip involves a walk over uneven ground so please wear sturdy walking shoes, dress warmly and make sure to bring a flashlight.

    **Owls do not fly if it is raining, so the trip may be cancelled if conditions warrant. 


    • Sunday, October 29, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Clay Hill, 904 Currie Road, Ranson WV 25438
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    Single Ticket: $45 per person
    Donor Level: $150 for two people                        
    Patron Level: $200 for two people                          
    Supporter Level: $250 or more for two people

    When: Sunday, October 29th, 2017
    Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.                                              
    Where: Clay Hill (904 Currie Road, Ranson, WV 25438)

    Spend "Oktoberfest" at Clay Hill, a recently-renovated historic Jefferson County home constructed circa 1828. Find more information on the home and event at our fundraising page.

    We'll serve seasonally appropriate wine and beer, and a delicious German-themed meal in this beautiful setting. All event proceeds will benefit PVAS's educational programs and nature preserves. 

    With any luck, you'll also be able to enjoy one of Clay Hill's spectacular sunsets. Either way, the event will be held rain or shine.

    Reservations are required. Please RSVP by October 20th. We hope to see you there!

    Make a reservation here or by mail, if you prefer. To request a paper invitation with mail-in RSVP card, contact Erin Shaw at (304) 703-2510, or admin@potomacaudubon.org.

    • Wednesday, November 01, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414
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    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location:  Cool Spring Preserve is found at 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV. The entrance is well marked and ample parking is available.

    Join us for a day of maintenance at Cool Spring Preserve! We'll work together to accomplish invasive species removal, maintain walking trails and improve the preserve habitat overall. Gather among friends for some hot coffee, cocoa, tea and cookies while we complete some outdoor maintenance work at Cool Spring Preserve.

    Invasive species removal is necessary to promote high quality native habitat at Cool Spring Preserve.  Your help is appreciated as every pair of hands helps make a difference! 

    All necessary training, tools, gloves will be provided. Light refreshments will also be available. Cool Spring Preserve has indoor bathrooms.

    • Wednesday, November 01, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD
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    What: Hawk Watching Trip

    Where: Washington Monument State Park on 
    South Mountain, outside Boonsboro, MD

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Washington County (MD) Bird Club are co-sponsoring hawk watches at Maryland's Washington Monument State Park on South Mountain throughout all four Wednesdays in October and the first Wednesday in November.  

    Meet Sandy Sagalkin, trip leader, at the upper parking lot of the State Park at 10:00. The watch will go until Noon, however participants are welcome to stay longer if they wish.

    This trip should offer good opportunities to view these magnificent birds in large numbers during their annual fall migration.

    This dates are during the period of the annual fall hawk migration, and the Washington Monument park offers an excellent vantage point to view these magnificent birds as they wend their way south for the winter.

    These hawk watches are free and open to anyone with an interest. Children are welcome, however need to be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water and insect repellent.  Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Hawk-watching is very weather sensitive because these birds do not fly in rain or snow. If it is certain that weather will force cancellation of any particular watch, those who have pre-registered will be notified of that cancellation by email no later than 6:00 p.m. the evening before.

    Please contact trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have.

    • Thursday, November 02, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Time:  10:00 am - 12:oo pm

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults) 

    Ages:  Ages 11-13 

    Theme: This program includes an educational component and hands on community service! Come learn about the non-native invasive plants that are taking over natural spaces in our area. We will learn about the impact of these problem plants and how to identify them, and then  practice some techniques for removal of some invasive plants on Cool Spring Preserve. 

    Please wear clothes that can get dirty. Tools and gloves for plant removal will be provided.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or if a parent cancels their child's registration more than one week in advance of the program.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV 25414

    What: Open House at Cool Spring Preserve

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 (6 miles south of Charles Town)

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Cost: Free

    Join PVAS for an Open House to celebrate our one-year anniversary at Cool Spring Preserve!

    It’s been an amazing year of getting our feet wet (literally) in Bullskin Run and settling into PVAS’s new home in the nature center. Lots of feet, large and small, have been exploring the forests, fields, stream and trails of PVAS’s newest nature preserve over the last year.

    Come celebrate with us! We’ll have activities for young and not-so-young alike. Learn how to use binoculars; toast a marshmallow over a fire; make a fairy house; go on a scavenger hunt; or take a quiet walk along the Bullskin and the beautiful marsh beside it.  Refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to anyone. 

    If you’ve not see the property yet, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the building, the trails, and the ecology of this precious gift PVAS received from CraftWorks at Cool Spring one year ago. We hope to see you there!

    Questions? Need more information? Contact Erin Shaw at admin@potomacaudubon.org, or (304) 703-2510.

    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Meet at Shop and Save (formallay Food Lion) in Hedgesville
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    What: Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip

    Where: Meet at the Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot in Hedgesville  (147 Roaring Lion Dr. Hedgesville) 

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2016

    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:oo PM 

    Cost: Free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Join Bob Dean at his Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station for his annual Banding Field Trip. 

    Sign up for this wonderful opportunity to see first hand how local birding expert, Bob Dean, catches, bands and releases Saw-Whet Owls.

    The group will meet at the Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot in Hedgesville on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 PM. The group will then travel about 10 minutes to the owl banding station. Bob will discuss the car pooling, making it clear that if there is a need for someone to leave before 10:00 PM, they should drive or carpool with others who need to return early. There will be the option to stay later if owls are being caught and there is activity enough to warrant staying.

    Participants should bring folding chairs and warm clothing for comfort as there will be a wait between net checks.

    Due to the length of the evening, folks may want to bring along dinner or a snack and something to drink.

    Registration is required and will be limited to 12 participants. 

    This event will be canceled in the event of foul weather. The owls will not be flying in wet or windy conditions.

    For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.


    • Saturday, November 04, 2017
    • 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • South Mountain in Washington County, MD (commuter parking lot in Boonsboro)
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    What: Owl Banding Field Trip to South Mountain

    Where: South Mountain, Washington County, MD

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Time: 9:00 PM

    Cost: free - however a $5-$10 donation to the Owl Banding Station is suggested

    PVAS Trip Leader: Erin Shaw

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Erin Shaw on PVAS's Owl Banding field trip to watch expert and licensed bander, Steve Huy, catch, band and release migrating sawwhet owls on South Mountain in Washington County, MD.

    This trip will be held on Saturday, November 4th. It will start at about 9:00 p.m. and last until approximately 11:30 p.m.

    The trip will depart from the commuter parking lot in Boonsboro. The commuter parking lot is well lit and at Route 67 and Alt-Rout 40 (main street) - near Thompson gas.

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    These trips have long been a favorite for whole families, and interested members of the public are invited to participate.

    There is no fee, however a donation of $5 or $10 to the South Mountain Owl Banding station is suggested. This donation will help support the station's work.

    Steve Huy will be conducting the banding and has been banding owls on the mountain for many years as part of Project OwlNet.

    The owls he will be banding are the Northern Saw-Whet Owl, the smallest owl in eastern North America. Visits to his banding site offer a unique opportunity to see these birds up close and learn about their life history. 

    Pre-registration is essential because space for the trip is limited to 30 persons. 

    For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    The trip involves a walk over uneven ground so please wear sturdy walking shoes, dress warmly and make sure to bring a flashlight.

    **Owls do not fly if it is raining, so the trip may be cancelled if conditions warrant. 


    • Monday, November 06, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Meet at Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) in Hedgesville
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    What: Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip

    Where: Meet at the Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot in Hedgesville  (147 Roaring Lion Dr. Hedgesville) 

    When: Monday, November 6, 2016

    Time: 5:00 PM - 10:oo PM 

    Cost: Free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Bob Dean at his Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station for his annual Banding Field Trips. 

    Sign up for this wonderful opportunity to see first hand how local birding expert, Bob Dean, catches, bands and releases Saw-Whet Owls.

    The group will meet at the Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot in Hedgesville on Thursday, November 6 at 5:00 PM. The group will then travel about 10 minutes to the owl banding station. Bob will discuss the car pooling, making it clear that if there is a need for someone to leave before 10:00 PM, they should drive or carpool with others who need to return early. There will be the option to stay later if owls are being caught and there is activity enough to warrant staying.

    Participants should bring folding chairs and warm clothing for comfort as there will be a wait between net checks.

    Due to the length of the evening, folks may want to bring along dinner or a snack and something to drink.

    Registration is required and will be limited to 12 participants. 

    This event will be canceled in the event of foul weather. The owls will not be flying in wet or windy conditions.

    For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.


    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Shannonedale Springs Wildlife Management Area
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    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, 4 miles east of Charles Town

    When: Tuesday, November 7

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Join Jim Farley for a bird walk at Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 in the morning.

    Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County, about 4 miles east of Charles Town. 

    There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome.

    Registration is not required, however is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should plan to meet at 7:30 a.m. at the parking lot by the WMA boat launch site off Mission Road.

    The 1,361 acre Shannondale Springs property is managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.  It includes a mixture of forest, brush land and open fields covering rolling hills. The trip will involved walking about 3 miles over moderately even ground. 

    Possible species to be sighted include Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, vultures, waterfowl and wood peckers. 

    Participants should bring water and dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions. Binoculars will be provided for those who do not have their own.

    The walk may be cancelled in the event of severe weather.

    For more information contact trip leader Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.

    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5 - 7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Tracking Animals)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Tracking Animals)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Daily Grind, Martinsburg (Foxcroft Ave.)

    What: PVAS Nature Book Lovers Discussion Group

    Who: Anyone with an interest in reading and discussing natural history. No registration is required and it's free!

    When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

    Where: Daily Grind in Martinburg (on Foxcroft Ave, near Outback). We have reserved their meeting room.

    Join other adults who enjoy reading and discussing books about natural history.  Each month the group gathers to discuss a different book or natural history subject.

    Our next meeting will focus on winter!   Choose a book of your choice that deals with winter in some way--maybe it's how animals prepare for winter, hibernation, winter weather, snowflakes, or anything in between!  Group members are welcome to choose fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or something for young readers.  We know you can find something interesting to read and share!  (If you don't get your book selection finished, come to the discussion anyway!)

    For more information or if you need suggestions for authors, contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve, across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV

    What:  Maintenance Day

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location:  Yankauer Preserve is located across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV.  The entrance is well marked with ample parking available.

    Join us for a day of maintenance day at Yankauer Nature Preserve! We'll work together to accomplish trail clearing and invasive species removal in preparation for events at Yankauer. Gather among friends refreshments and snacks while we complete some trail maintenance work at Yankauer Nature Preserve.

    Yankauer Nature Preserve protects native habitat for local flora and fauna, and is a favorite local area for hiking and birdwatching in Berkeley County. Maintenance work and invasive species removal is necessary to promote high quality native habitat at Yankauer Nature Preserve.  Your help is appreciated as we work together to clear invasive species and enhance habitat for local wildlife. Every pair of hands helps make a difference! 

    All necessary training, tools, gloves will be provided. Light refreshments will also be available. Yankauer Nature Preserve has bathrooms and water will be available to refill water bottles. 

    Master Naturalists who participate will earn volunteer hours for their re-certification. 


    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: The Amazing Songs of the Vesper Sparrow

    Presenter: Wil Hershberger

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Hershberger, local bird expert, presents “The Amazing Songs of the Vesper Sparrow".

    Wil Hershberger, who lives in Hedgesville, is one of the area's leading naturalists.

    Inspired by Don Kroodsma’s, “The Singing Life of Birds,” Wil started to listen carefully to the songs of Vesper Sparrows. Wil had recorded Vesper Sparrows in southern Berkeley County, WV years ago, but found that they were all gone. The only location with more than one or two male Vesper Sparrows during the breeding season was found to be the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 

    In Wil’s talk we’ll learn about the Vesper Sparrow’s natural history, how we study bird songs, the amazing way we can “see” bird songs, and the fascinating way that Vesper Sparrows compose their songs.

    Wil has been photographing and recording the natural world for more than two decades and his work has been published in magazines, calendars, and books. He is coauthor of "the Songs of Insects", a book and audio CD published by Houghton-Mifflin Company. He is also an instructor of our very popular Birding 101 class.

    His recordings of birds, frogs and insects are archived at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

    His website can be found at natureimagesandsounds.com

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV
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    What: Vulture Watch and Walk  

    Where: Meet at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry Nat'l Park and walk to Nash Farm

    When: Friday, November 10, 2017

    Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join local bird expert, Deb Hale, at Harper's Ferry National Park for a unique late afternoon adventure of watching black and turkey vultures as they return to their roosts for the evening. The vultures come to roost each evening in trees along the ridge and also near Nash Farm. Don't miss this fascinating opportunity to watch the vultures swoop in as twilight is approaching.

    The trip will begin at 4:30 PM and last about an hour. 

    The event is free and open to anyone with an interest. Children will be welcome. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. 

    Directions: from the Route 340 traffic light at the entrance to the National Park, turn north onto Washington Street and follow it for about 1/4 mile, then turn north again (left) onto Whitman Avenue; the parking area is at the top of the hill.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for prevailing weather conditions.

    For more information, please contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-1528.

    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

    Time: 9:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman for a birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Saturday, November 11th.

    The trails at Cool Spring preserve have a lot to offer! From well maintained foot paths to gorgeous views, the preserve's 12 acres is home to much wildlife. 

    Enjoy walking trails through woods, meadow and beside a stream while finding local birds and perhaps a surprise or two.  Trails can be slick if there has been rain so wear appropriate footwear. 

    Please meet by 9:00 AM in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills.

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact trip leader Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 

    Children ages 12 and up will be welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water. Bug spray is also recommended. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

    • Thursday, November 16, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Program Description:  Let's learn about White-tailed deer! We'll take a look at deer bones, tracks and fur, as well as go on a hike in search of signs that deer have been there. We might even see a deer too!

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV
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    What: Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists

    Where: Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison AVe, Berkeley Springs

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am (just prior to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Public Program)

    Cost: free

    Hosts: Certified Master Naturalists and the Master Naturalist Coordinating Committee

    We welcome everyone to stop by our Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists on Saturday, November 18 from 9 AM to 10 AM at the Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV. 

    Have you been wondering how you can help protect West Virginia’s natural resources, educate yourself on a wide variety of Natural History topics and serve your community? Then this open house is for you!

    Stop by and learn about the training and volunteer opportunities offered by the W.V. Master Naturalist Program at the Potomac Valley Audubon Chapter’s Open House. Meet some Master Naturalists, see examples of volunteer projects, and have your questions answered.

    Our Master Naturalist Program is for ages 16 years and older.

    Registration for the open house is not required but encouraged.

    If you are currently a certified Master Naturalist, please feel free to bring along a friend that might be interested in becoming one as well! 

    The open house is just prior to the 10:00 PVAS Public Program.

    The Board of Education building is located at the Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Ave., Berkeley Springs, WV

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Public Program in Morgan County

    Where: Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Topic: Bee Basics: An Introduction to our Native Bees

    Presenter: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 AM for this public program. 

    Dr. Larry Stitch, retired U.S. Forest Service national botanist, will present a program on Bee Basics: An Introduction to our Native Bees.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Prior to this program, the Potomac Valley Master Naturalists will be holding their Annual Open House. This Open House is for anyone interested in learning about the Master Naturalist Program. All are welcome. 

    Larry Stitch recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as a botanist for 30 years. He is an expert in native plant identification, propagation, and gardening with native plants. He is also an expert in pollination ecology and recently served as staff to President Obama's Pollinator Health Task Force where he helped author the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Beens and Other Pollinators and Pollinator Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands. In addition, he has served on the Federal Interagency Monarch High Level Working Group. 

    Admission is free, no registration is needed and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Directions: 

    Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    If traveling on Hwy 522, turn onto Williams Street (at the Train Station/H&R Block corner), then turn left off of Williams St. onto Harrison Avenue. The Board Office is located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Goff Street. 

    There are a few parking spaces in the front of the building and a larger parking area around the back of the building (follow Goff St. to the back).

    You will enter the building from the front. We will have an Audubon sign pointing you in the correct direction as well as on the door.

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5 - 7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Skulls and Bones)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Time:  10: 00 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8-10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Skulls and Bones)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 5 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, November 25, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Bird Walk 

    Where: Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefield

    When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for an autumn bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Saturday, November 25 at 8:00 a.m. and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.

    Participants should meet at Burnside Bridge parking area on the Antietam National Battlefield. 

    To get to the Burnside Bridge parking area, from Sharpsburg, head northeast towards Boonsboro.  Take the first right turn after leaving Sharpsburg onto Rodman, which takes you into the battlefield.  Turn left at the “T” and follow the road up the hill to the parking area.

    This trip is open to anyone regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

    The Final Attack Trail is located where the Union Army made its final advance to drive the Confederate Army from Maryland, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill's final Confederate counterattack. 

    It is also the location of Antietam National Battlefield's extensive work in the restoration and preservation of native grasslands in the Otto Farm Fields in the southwest corner of the battlefield. Sandy Sagalkin, working with Battlefield staff, has assisted the Battlefield in surveying the grassland birds in the area during the spring and summer of 2014. So far, they have counted 86 species that have used the area as a stopover or residence, including Blue Grosbeaks, Yellow-breasted Chats, Common Yellowthroats, Willow Flycatchers, Prairie Warblers and Grasshopper Sparrows.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water. 

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Persons registering on the website will be notified by email by 9 p.m. of the previous day in the event of cancellation.  

    Please contact Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have.


    • Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 6
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