Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    • Monday, May 15, 2017
    • Pick up at Cool Spring Preserve

    What: Camp T-Shirt and Hoodie Order

    Cost: $10 per T-shirt (XXL sizes are $3-5 more)      $25 per Hoodie (XXL sizes are $10 more)

    Sizes: Adult Small - XXLarge

    **This is for non-campers (adults) who wish to order a camp shirt. Camper shirts are ordered when you register for a camp session.

    Each year, many PVAS friends want to purchase a camp shirt or hoodie for themselves.  If you are interested, make your choice here.  

    Shirts are 100%, pre-shrunk cotton and generally run true to size.  This year's shirt is light green and the mascot is a box turtle.

    Please note that there will be an "extra charge" during the order process, but the fee is applied only for XX-Large Sizes.

    Shirt orders must be made by May 15.  They will be available for pick-up at Cool Spring Preserve after June 15.

    (If you are volunteering at one of the camps, we will provide you a short-sleeved t-shirt as our thank you gift. You are welcome to order others.)


    • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • Anywhere

    What: Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon, team Registration

    When: Throughout the month of May  2017

    Cost: Free

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" during the month of May 2017.

    The Birdathon is named in honor of Ruth Ann Dean, who was a founding member and ardent supporter of PVAS, a Board member in the early years, and an avid birder.


    The event is open to all members of the public. It is a team event or a family activity. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere, within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during May. 

    Participants can choose to form their own teams, decide their team names and select their own leaders. Teams may consist of 2-5 members. If you don’t have a team, and want to participate, PVAS will help you find one.

    Another option is to participate individually or as a group in a "Big Sit." For the Big Sit, individuals identify, or a team identifies, all birds they can see from within a 50-foot diameter circle of your choosing within the 24-consecutive-hour-period. They could choose their back porch, a circle within their backyard, or a 50 foot circle within a place they like to bird. They can invite friends and family to join them within the circle and make it a special event.

    Winners of the Birdathon and Big Sit will be announced in the PVAS newsletter and on the PVAS website.

    There is no entry fee, and registration is available here on this website. This event is a fundraising effort, however, as participants are asked to take donations or pledges, on behalf of their team. 

    Contact Bridget Tinsley at (304) 261-6016 or bridget@potomacaudubon.org with any questions you may have.

    For more information, go to the "Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" tab in the "Birding" section of this website. Questions? Contact Bridget.

    This is one of a series of events PVAS is sponsoring this month to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

    • Thursday, April 06, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 6, 13, 20, 27.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 8, 15, 22, 29.

    Time:  Classroom Sessions: 7-9 p.m.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings (typically 7am-12pm)

    Where: Classroom Sessions: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV.
    Classrooms TBA

    Field Trips: various locations around the Panhandle

    *Price: $90  per person for PVAS Members and   $110 per person for the general public.  The higher fee includes a one-year family membership in PVAS.

    Workshop Leaders: Wil Hershberger and Lynne Wiseman

    PVMN Re-cert Hours

    Birding 101 is tailored for beginning birders. It utilizes both classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. This year the course will be taught by local birding experts Wil Hershberger and Lynne Wiseman. An impressive collection of images and recordings, many captured by the instructors, enhance the course. 

     The classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. The classrooms will be announced. The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m.–12 noon on the corresponding Saturdays (April 8, 15, 22 and 29).

    Class size will be limited to 24 participants. The course is open to people of all ages but children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is required. 

    $50 of the program fee is non-refundable. 100% of the fee is non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days of the course/event.  
    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues. In this case, a full course fee ($90) refund will be given. PVAS membership fees are not refundable.

    Please email any questions to Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or call 703-303-1026.
    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV

    What: 16th Annual This Race Is For The Birds

    Where: Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV

    When: Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Time: Day-of Registration 7:30 - 8:45 AM                Two timed races begin at 9:00 AM                                    One Mile Kids Fun Run begins 10:45 AM

    Cost: 10K timed run $30                                                   5K timed run $25                                                                   One Mile Kids Fun Run is free

    Please visit www.raceforthebirds.org to register.

    Race for the Birds is excited to return for a second year to the awesome trails at Wild Goose Farm. This beautiful property offers a fantastic fit for our community of runners and walkers. Participants will gather at the historic barn where the trails begin. The non-technical course winds along the Farm's bridle and fox hunting trails, around pristine ponds and grassy fields.

    Our RaceforBirds website will provide much information, however if you have further questions, please feel free to email race director Nan Johnson at race4birds@potomacaudubon.org

    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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     When:  Tuesday April 11, 2017.  Pre-registration is required.

    Time:  9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Where:  Cool Spring Preserve

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

    Everyone is encouraged to bring their own basket for the Egg Hunt.

    This Month's Theme:  This year, we are tying in each month's theme with a read-aloud book!  In April, we'll be at Cool Spring Preserve to read "Chickens Aren't The Only Ones" and then go on an Egg Hunt!  Our eggs look like wild bird eggs so we'll learn about camouflage too!  

    The first 45 minutes will be activities for children to explore on their own.  A short, formal program will begin at 10:15, followed by the egg hunt.

    Introduce your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the natural world and explore it together through walks, circle time, games, crafts, and activities!   

    Every month we'll focus on something different in nature, appropriate to the season. The first half hour of the program is designed for un-programmed activities and exploring with your child together.  The structured program follows from 10-11 a.m.

    A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program, so pre-registration is essential.

     Pre-registration is required. If the minimum number is not met, this program can be cancelled.  Programs are conducted rain or shine and include activities in an open-air pavilion and nature walks. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 

     

    • Wednesday, April 12, 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, April 12th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: A Celebration of Birdsong

    Presenter: Wil Hershberger

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Hershberger, local bird expert, presents “A Celebration of Birdsong.” This celebration exhibits the photography and sound recordings of Wil Hershberger. As we follow the songs and sounds of birds from winter into early summer, we will look more closely at the songs of a few species to see how truly special birdsong is and what it might be telling other birds about the singer. We will watch as birds sing, through the amazing videography of Wil’s friend Lang Elliott, and we will “see” the songs of several species and examine the fine details of the vocal performances of these amazing creatures. 

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

    He 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 the 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.

    • Thursday, April 13, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Frank Arts Center Auditorium, Shepherd University: 260 University Drive Shepherdstown WV 25443

    What: Panel discussion about being an effective environmental advocate

    Where: Frank Arts Center Auditorium, Shepherd University Campus

    When: Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Time: 6:30pm - 8:00p.m.

    Cost: Free

    As individuals and as a community, what tools do we have to create change regarding environmental and conservation issues? How does advocacy influence decision making? What strategies are most effective? 

    If you have asked yourself any of the above questions, join PVAS for a panel discussion about effective advocacy. This event is non-partisan and aims to empower participants who are concerned about environmental and resource conservation issues. A panel of local professionals include environmental advocates and public officials who have a keen understanding what advocacy strategies are most effective.

    Our panelists include the Honorable Stephen Skinner; Dr. David Didden, Director of Jefferson County Public Health; Mary Anne Hitt, of the Sierra Club; Christian Thomas of SkyTruth; Wendy Radcliff, Lawyer, Advocate, Organizer based in Charleston, WV 

    A post-event gathering from 8:30 onward will be held at the Domestic Restaurant: 117 E. German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ferry Hill Trail, C&O Canal Shepherdstown, WV

    What: Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk  

    Where: Ferry Hill Ridge Trail (off the C&O Canal near Shepherdstown Bridge)

    When:  Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    PVAS Leaders: Mary Duke and Kathryn Henry

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Mary Duke wildflower and nature lover and Kathryn Henry, local certified Master Naturalist, on a Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk on the Ferry Hill Ridge Trail.

    This Wildflower and Nature Walk, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will offer something for everyone; advanced and beginner/families alike.  

    This event is free and everyone is welcome, however pre-registration is requested.

    Please meet the trip leaders at the large parking lot on Canal Road near Shepherdstown. The group will then walk 1/4 mile on the C&O Canal towards the bridge. If you are concerned about the distance, please feel free to park in the smaller parking lot (Lock No 38 at the bottom of the hill) and meet the group under the bridge on the Canal. 

    During April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including lots of trillium, trout lilies, shooting star, bluebells, to name a few.

    The group will make their way to a huge rock further out on that trail that has walking fern, columbine, hepatica, sedums,& other ferns on it. 

    The Ferry Hill Trail is a little steep, but zig-zags back and forth to the top of the ridge so wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along a trekking pole or hiking stick if you like. Please make note that we are labeling this walk as 'moderate' difficulty due to the semi-steep trail. 

    Dress for the weather and bring along drinking water. 

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

    • Friday, April 21, 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: Friday, April 21, 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! Learn how to identify spring wildflowers and their non-native weedy competitors. Learn how to best remove these undesirable weeds to protect and preserve native species. We'll work together to accomplish trail clearing and invasive species removal in preparation for Spring events at Yankauer.  Gather among friends for some hot coffee, cocoa, tea and cookies 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. 

    We will be learning about invasive plants that are commonly seen in the spring, how to identify them, how they impact our native habitats and what techniques best control them. Informational handouts will be supplied, and then we will hit the trails in guided groups and get to work removing invasive plants. 



    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Earth Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Time: 8:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Celebrate Earth Day with a bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Saturday, April 22 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, April 22, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

    Celebrate Earth Day and explore the outdoors by visiting our beautiful Eidolon Nature Preserve! Join us for a day of hiking, wildflower gazing and trail clearing as we work to maintain Eidolon Nature Preserve. 

    What: Volunteer Opportunity - Maintenance at Eidolon Nature Preserve

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Time:  10am -- 2pm (come when you can)

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016

    bridget@potomacaudubon.org

    Location: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422. The entrance is very discreet, with just two short stone pillars holding the gate. There is a sign on a tree near the entrance declaring Eidolon is a public preserve. 

    If you're coming from Jefferson County, plan to meet in the parking lot of the Shepherdstown Food Lion on Route 45 at 8:45 am. If you're coming from Berkeley County, meet at the James Rumsey Technical Institute on west of Martinsburg on Route 9 at 9:10 am. The preserve has very limited parking so carpooling is preferrred. If you're coming from Morgan County or prefer to drive to Eidolon directly from elsewhere, we will be meeting there at around 10:00 am

    Pruning sheers, gloves, bags, first aid and clippers will be provided.  Coffee, tea, cocoa, water and cookies will also be available. Please bring a picnic lunch, a refillable water bottle and any accessories that will help you stay comfortable (sun wear, bug spray, hats, etc). 


    • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve

    What: Wildflower and Nature Walk at Yankauer Preserve

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    PVAS Leaders: Mary Beth Ross and Wanda Miller

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Mary Beth Ross and Wanda Miller, local certified Master Naturalists, on a Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk at Yankauer Preserve.

    This Wildflower and Nature Walk, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will offer something for everyone; advanced and beginner/families alike.  

    This event is free and everyone is welcome, however pre-registration is requested.

    During April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including bloodroot, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, and rue anemone.

    The trails at Yankauer are primitive, so wear sturdy walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.  And thank you for leaving the wildflowers for all to enjoy!

    More information about Yankauer Nature Preserve and directions to the Preserve can be found here.

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

     

    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Murphy's Farm at Harpers Ferry National Park

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Murphy Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park (meet at Park's main Visitor's Center)

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 7:00 -10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join Deb Hale on a Bird Walk at Murphy's Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park.  

    Deb Hale will be leading this birding trip at Murphy's Farm on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 a.m.  

    This event is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged.  

    Participants should plan to meet at the Park's main Visitors Center parking lot off Route 340.  Please note that the Park Service will charge a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the Park unless you have an annual Park pass or a NPS Golden Eagle pass.  

    This trip will involve about 2 miles of moderate hiking, mostly through fields.  Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring along drinking water.

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Please contact trip leader Deb Hale at 304-535-1528or debhale72@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

    What: Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Kiwanis Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown (enter the parking lot from Imperial Drive)

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Register Here: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks

    The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Wednesday, April 26.

    Local birding expert, Sandy Sagalkin, is leading the bird walk. Meet Mr. Sagalkin at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park at 8:00. 

    The walk is free, however pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If you have questions, contact Sandy at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465.

    The trip will focus on a variety of birds, will last about 2 hours and will cover easy terrain. This is a perfect trip for beginner birders and will include working on birding skills,  however all level birders are welcome.  

    The trip will only be cancelled if there is a steady rain. Please wear appropriate footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water.
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV

    What: Monarch Alliance Meeting

    Where: National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 (Registration closes Monday, April 24)

    Time: 

    • Bird Walk 8:30-11 AM
    • Meeting of Members 11-12 AM
    • Lunch 12-1 PM
    • Advisory Council 1-2 PM
    • Visit NCTC's monarch waystation 2 PM
    Cost: Free

    Event Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin and the Monarch Alliance for their Monarch Alliance Meeting. 

    This event is open to members of the Monarch Alliance and PVAS.  Anyone who is interested in working on monarch conservation is welcome to attend this event (registration is required).

    The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a bird walk on the trails of NCTC. The highlight will be the NCTC Bald Eagle and spring migrants. Following the walk, there will be a meeting of the Monarch Alliance’s members from 11 - 12.  Sandy will give a presentation of the Migration of the Monarchs, providing current research and information on the monarch's spectacular migration. 

    Participants are welcome to purchase lunch at noon in the NCTC commons.  At one o’clock, there will be a meeting of the Advisory Council.  Following the membership meeting, there will be time to walk around and see NCTC’s monarch waystation and stands of milkweed.

    Registration for this event is required and participants will need to show a valid ID at the security station upon entering NCTC.  Registration closes on Monday, April 24.

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


    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cacapon State Park, Berekely Springs, WV

    What: PVMN Spring Gathering, A Leopold Spring

    Where: Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Spring, WV

    When: Sunday, April 30 2017

    Time: 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM (come when you can)

    Contact: If you are able to help with the planning, set-up or clean-up, or with any questions, please contact Mary Lynn Robinson at mlrobinson90@gmail.com

    Plan to join us on Saturday, April 30 for the Potomac Valley Master Naturalist 2017 Annual Spring Gathering at Cacapon Resort State Park located in Morgan County.  This year the theme will be An Aldo Leopold Spring.

    We invite all Master Naturalists and their families to attend this fun filled day at Cacapon State Park.

    In addition to natural history electives the day will offer separate opportunities to read from Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac”, build a Leopold Bench, and practice Dutch oven cooking.

    The day will start with a morning bird walk at 8:30 AM lead by Lynne Wiseman.  Other activities, including Campfire Cooking at 10:30, will be offered throughout the day.

    We will enjoy a pot luck lunch at 12 noon so plan to bring a dish to share.  Tanner Haid will present on urban forestry during the lunch hour.

    For those interested there will be a trail hike to a far point within the park following lunch. 

    *If you are interested in building a Leopold bench please register for this event (registration needed only if you plan to build a bench). More information to follow regarding this event. There will either be a need to purchase the recommended wood/supplies or there will be an opportunity to pay for a pre-purchased kit. Assistance will be provided to cut, drill and assemble the benches. Anyone who has tools including skill saw, hand saw, and drill/bits please bring them.  

    Hope to see you at the 2017 PVMN Spring Gathering. Bring family and friends for a great time.

    For more information about  this Master Naturalist Gathering, please email Mary Lynn Robinson.


    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, MD area (meet at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport)

    When: Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed up with the National Park Service to offer morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport MD area.

    The April 30 bird walk will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport and will be led by local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin.

    The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. It will involve easy walking over level ground, and children and families will be welcome.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

    The Canal towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be seen are winter visitors and resident birds.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Directions to the Williamsport Canal Visitor Center can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

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

    For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • Monday, May 01, 2017
    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • Eastern Panhandle of WV and Washington County, MD

    What: General Donation to support the May 2017 Birdathon 

    Where: Birdathon may take place anywhere in the United States

    When: Any 24 hour period within May 1  -31, 2017

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon".

    If you know the specific Team that you are supporting, you may enter the name during the donation process. Proceeds support PVAS's Conservation Programs. 

    Choose the amount you wish to donate and pay online. If you wish to donate a different amount or pay by check, you may send a check to Birdathon Donation, PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown WV 25443.  Checks should be payable to PVAS. You should enter the team name on the memo line of the check.

    Winners of the Birdathon will be announced in the PVAS newsletter, the PVAS Annual Meeting,  and on the PVAS website.

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

    • Monday, May 01, 2017
    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • Eastern Panhandle of WV and Washington County, MD

    What: Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon

    Where: Anywhere in the United States

    When: One consecutive 24 hour stretch anytime from Monday, May 1 - Wednesday May 31 

    Time: Any consecutive 24 hours in the month of May

    Cost: Free, donations accepted here

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon".

    The Birdathon is named in honor of Ruth Ann Dean, who was a founding member and ardent supporter of PVAS, a Board member in the early years, and an avid birder.


    The event is open to all members of the public. It is a team event or a family activity. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere in the United States within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during the month of May.

    Participants can choose to form their own teams, decide their team names and select their own leaders. Teams may consist of 2-5 members. If you don’t have a team, and want to participate, PVAS will help you find one.

    Another option is to participate individually or as a group in a "Big Sit." For the Big Sit, individuals identify, or a team identifies all birds they can see from within a 50-foot diameter circle of your choosing within the 24-consecutive-hour-period. They could choose their back porch, a circle within their backyard, or a 50 foot circle within a place they like to bird. They can invite friends and family to join them within the circle and make it a special event.

    Winners of the Birdathon and Big Sit will be announced in the PVAS newsletter and on the PVAS website.

    There is no entry fee, and registration is available here on this website. 

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

    For more information, go to the "Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" tab in the "Birding" section of this website. Questions? Contact Krista.

    This is one of a series of events PVAS is sponsoring this month to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve (Whitings Neck Road, Martinsburg, WV)
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    When:  Friday, May 5, 2017.  Pre-registration is required.  

    Time:  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Where:  Yankauer Preserve 

    Price:  $5 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages: Designed for ages 5-12. (Younger siblings are welcome as a parent/child team.)   

    Theme:  Join us at Yankauer Preserve as we take a hike in search of spring wildflowers.

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

    The first 30 minutes of the program will be self-directed, with instructor-led activities following.  

    Pre-registration for this program is required.  A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program.  Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled.

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

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk

    Where:  National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (register by May 1)

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

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, May 6.

    International Migratory Bird Day is being celebrated throughout the week of May 6-14 with bird walks at a variety of venues.  

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, but space will be limited and registration by Monday, May 6  is required. Children will be welcome.

    After checking in at the guard station with a valid ID, please meet in the 'blue' parking area.

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

    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.

    The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather.

    For more information on International Migratory Bird Day please visit International Migratory Bird Day

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414

    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 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! Learn how to identify spring wildflowers and their non-native weedy competitors. Learn how to best remove these undesirable weeds to protect and preserve native species. We'll work together to accomplish invasive species removal in preparation for Spring.  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.

    We will be learning about invasive plants that are commonly seen in the spring, how to identify them, how they impact our native habitats and what techniques best control them. Informational handouts will be supplied, and then we will hit the trails in guided groups and get to work removing invasive plants. 



    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Cerulean Warbler Walk

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422 (near Berkeley Springs, Morgan County)

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jon Boone 

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Spring Cerulean Warbler Walk at PVAS's Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County, WV. 

    This walk should offer good opportunities to see a variety of migrating and year-round birds before trees are in full foliage.

    The main attractions in early May are the nesting pairs of rare Cerulean Warblers. This is a species of concern that can be found in considerable numbers at Eidolon at this time of year. Eidolon has become a real destination for them. In addition, there is always the treat of the sights and sounds of many other spring arrivals. 

    The walk will be free, and anyone with an interest is invited to attend.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

    Those who wish to join in should plan to arrive at the preserve by 7:30 a.m. where the group will meet in the large parking area inside the gate.

    Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring water and bug spray.

    Meet in the parking lot at Eidolon Nature Preserve at 7:30 a.m. The preserve is located on Sideling Hill Mountain Northwest of Great Cacapon. Directions to Eidolon Nature Preserve can be found here.

    For more information contact the Nature Niche store in Berkeley Springs at 304-258-0992 or natureniche@earthlink.net.

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html

    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    Lynne Wiseman's May 7th IMBD bird walk will begin at 7:30 AM. 

    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 7:30 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.

    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. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

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

    For more information regarding IMBD visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html or for questions regarding this bird walk, contact Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 

    • Monday, May 08, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area
    What: Celebrate IMBD! Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Monday, May 8, 2017

    Time: Meet at 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with one of several bird walks. Jim Farley will lead a walk on Monday, May 8 to Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area! Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County.

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. 

    Participants should plan to meet at 7:30 AM at the WMA parking area by the 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 involve walking about three miles over moderately even ground.

    Possible species to be sighted include early spring migrants, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, vultures, Great Blue Herons, waterfowl and woodpeckers.

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

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

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

    For more information on IMBD, visit International Migratory Bird Day.
    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Meet at Shop and Save, 147 Roaring Lion Dr., Hedgesville, WV
    What: IMBD Bird Walk

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

    When: Tuesday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Bob Dean

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk at Grabill Farm with local birding expert Bob Dean. 

    This event is free and open to the public, regardless of your birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water.

    The group will meet trip leader, Bob Dean, at the Hedgesville Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 AM. From there, the group will then travel about 10 minutes to Grabill Farm. 

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

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html


    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown
    What: IMBD Birding Trip

    Where: Sideling Hill, Washington County, MD

    When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leaders: Sandy Sagalkin and Pol Heiney

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Birding Trip at Sideling Hill. 

    This Birding Trip is co-sponsored by PVAS and Washington County Bird Club. 

    This event is free and open to the public, regardless of your birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water.

    Meet at 7 AM in the upper parking lot of Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown, MD (off Rt. 65, just south of US 70).  

    Please feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions you may have.  

    Sandy Sagalkin can be reached at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.  

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html


    • Wednesday, May 10, 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, May 10th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle

    Presenter: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Dr. Larry Stitch, retired U.S. Forest Service national botanist, will present a program on Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle.

    Topics to be discussed are:

    • An introduction to some of the common spring wildflowers found in the eastern panhandle
    • Habitats where they may be found
    • Bits and pieces of interesting natural history of some of the wildflowers

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Dr. 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.  

    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.

    • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property

    Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

    When: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Celebrate IMBD with local birder and Master Naturalist, Joette Borzik. The walk will take place on the beautiful historic Claymont Mansion property outside of Charles Town.

    Please meet Joette at 7:00 AM on the driveway to the mansion and park at the gate. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road and is marked by a street sign that says "Claymont Mansion".

    This walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
     
    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Dress accordingly for the weather, bring water, and a snack if needed. The group will walk for approximately 3 miles, but individuals may opt out at any time along the way

    Binoculars will be available for loan if someone needs them.

    Please contact Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net with any questions you may have. For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html.

    The Claymont property, which totals about 300 acres, is home to the historic Claymont Mansion. The mansion, which was built in 1820 by George Washington's grand-nephew Bushrod Washington, is the largest of the Washington family homes and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property is owned and managed by the Claymont Society for Continuous Education and is used to host seminars and retreats for the public. The property has recently been entered into a conservation easement that ensures it will be protected from development. 
    • Friday, May 12, 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: Friday, May 12, 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! Learn how to identify spring wildflowers and their non-native weedy competitors. Learn how to best remove these undesirable weeds to protect and preserve native species. We'll work together to accomplish trail clearing and invasive species removal in preparation for Spring events at Yankauer.  Gather among friends for some hot coffee, cocoa, tea and cookies 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. 

    We will be learning about invasive plants that are commonly seen in the spring, how to identify them, how they impact our native habitats and what techniques best control them. Informational handouts will be supplied, and then we will hit the trails in guided groups and get to work removing invasive plants. 



    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Shannondale Springs WMA
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    What: Spring Wildflower Walk 

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Friday, May 12th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free 

    Trip Leader: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Qualifies for PVMN Re-Cert Hours

    Registration Required

    Join Dr. Larry Stritch, retired U.S. Forest Service botanist, for a Spring Wildflower Walk at Shannondale Springs WMA.  

    This is a family-friendly event that will introduce you to some of the many spring wildflowers that are found in the eastern panhandle. 

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

    Participants will meet at 10:00 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 2 miles over moderately even ground. 

    Shannondale Springs WMA may be reached by taking new Route 9 east to old Route 9 across the Shenandoah River approximately 1.2 miles to Mission Road. Take Mission Road approximately 2.2 miles to a sharp right turn marked with a brown sign showing river access. After starting the turn, the sign for Shannondale Springs WMA can be observed not eh left. Follow this road across a small stream to the parking area adjacent to the boat launch site. 

    Please dress for the prevailing weather conditions, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along drinking water and insect repellant. 

    Registration for this event is required and will be limited to 20 participants. 

    If you have questions, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026

     
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands

    Where: Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County

    When: Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Celebrate IMBD with Joette Borzik on a bird walk at the beautiful wilderness preserve of Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands. This Saturday, May 13 Bird Walk is just one in a series of IMBD walks. 

    The walk will begin at 7:30 AM and is open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome however must be accompanied by an adult.

    Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should plan to meet the trip leader at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community, located at the end of Mission Road. 

    Directions: From Charles Town, WV, follow Route 115/Charles Town Road (Old Route 9) heading south, then turn right on Mission Road. Continue on Mission Road approximately 6.2 miles, driving past Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. Turn left where Mission Road becomes a gravel road. After 1 mile on the gravel road, you will approach a 4-way intersection. Go straight and park your vehicle at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community where the walk will begin.

    The walk will last about 3 hours and will cover rolling terrain. Birds likely to be present will be resident species, spring migrants and raptors.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water, a snack, sunscreen and insect repellent. PVAS will provide binoculars for those who do not have their own.

    The walk may be canceled in the event of heavy or steady rain as access requires travel on a gravel road. Those who register will be notified by email by 9 PM the previous evening if cancellation is anticipated.

     The Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands are one of the largest privately held wilderness preserves in the Easter Panhandle. On its 1,400 acres of secluded, forested land are miles of hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail, the Shenandoah River, 5 mountain streams, ponds, waterfalls and scenic overlooks.

    To reserve binoculars or for additional trip information, contact trip leader Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net

    For Rolling Ridge Foundation access questions, please contact Scot DeGraf at (301) 275-2009.

    More information on International Migratory Bird Celebration


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for a Mother's Day Bird Walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffers Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    This walk at Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm will take place at 7:30 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.
    For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/imbd.html


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County

    What:  Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Nature Walk 

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh.

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffer's Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    Enjoy a morning with nature at Stauffer's Marsh where flora and fauna abound. Birds expected to be seen include, but not limited to, spring warblers, yellow warblers, orchard orioles and baltimore orioles.  

    This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome regardless of their birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should meet in the parking area at the north end of the Marsh.  The Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road 
    (County Route 7).  

    The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great.  However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.  

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. Because ticks can be a problem at the Marsh, bug spray is recommended.

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.  

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

    More information on International Migratory Bird Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html
    • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve
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     When:  Tuesday May 16, 2017.  Pre-registration is required.

    Time:  9:30-11:00 a.m.

    WhereYankauer Nature Preserve, Whiting's Neck Road (off Scrabble Road between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg).

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

    This Month's Theme:  This year, we are tying in each month's theme with a read-aloud book!  In May the wildflowers should be blooming, so we're going on a wildflower hike!  Our book for the month is "Flowers Are Calling"

    Introduce your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the natural world and explore it together through walks, circle time, games, crafts, and activities!   

    Every month we'll focus on something different in nature, appropriate to the season. The first 45 minutes of the program is designed for exploring and activities with your child together.  The structured program and hike follows from 10:15-11 a.m.

    A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program, so pre-registration is essential.

     Pre-registration is required. If the minimum number is not met, this program can be cancelled.  Programs are conducted rain or shine and include activities in an open-air pavilion and nature walks. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 

     

    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Shepherdstown, WV

    What: PVAS Native Plant Sale:                                       "Promoting Pollinators in the Panhandle"

    Where: Shepherdstown, WV 

    When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

    PVAS is happy to announce our second annual “Native Plant Sale: Promoting Pollinators in the Panhandle.”  

    The sale will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9am-4pm in conjunction with the well-established annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea in Shepherdstown, WV.  The location of the Native Plant Sale is not yet confirmed, but it likely to be held where our sale was last year behind the Shepherdstown Public Library where the Sunday Farmer's Martket is held. 

    Last year our vendors included:

    • Bluebell Ridge Nursery, Sharpsburg, MD
    • Star Eagle Gardens, Berkeley Springs, WV
    • Stadler Nursery, Fredrick, MD
    • PVAS will be selling Butterfly Weed (supplied by Sunny Meadows Nursery) (Preorders will be available later at www.potomacaudubon.org/store
    • Shary's Garden Art, Berkeley Springs, WV (Bird baths, bird feeders, and other creative garden items)
    • Eversweet Apiaries, Kearneysville, WV (Honey tastings and honey for sale)

    The intent of this new event is to provide high-quality native plants to our members and the larger community, with a focus on plants that benefit pollinators in trouble like the honeybee and Monarch Butterfly. PVAS will be selling butterfly weed and swamp milkweed, and may be purchased in advance here


    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414

    What: First Aid and CPR Certification Training

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd. Charles Town, WV

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM

    Cost: $70 for PVAS Members, $75 for general public

    Trainer: Brian Kearney

    Contact: Krista Hawley or 703-303-1026

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Brian Kearney will be conducting a three hour First Aid and CPR course at PVAS's Cool Spring Preserve.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will have earned the standard first aid and CPR certificate. The certification is through the Emergency Care Safety Institute (ECSI) and the local vendor is Emergency Training Resource (ETR)

    The course will be held in the upstairs classroom in the main building at Cool Spring Preserve. 

    Dress in comfortable clothes, bring along drinking water and eat dinner before arriving. The class will start promptly at 5:30. 

    Cool Spring Preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Rd. just outside Charles Town, WV. Parking is available at the parking lot to the front of the building. 

    The workshop is open to anyone with an interest, however registration is required and limited to 10 people. 

    In order to receive the certification, you must attend the full three hour course.

    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the full fee will be refunded. $50 of the fee is nonrefundable and 100% of the fee is nonrefundable within 7 days of the workshop. 

    • Saturday, May 27, 2017
    • 5:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Cranesville Swamp Preserve and Cooper's Rock State Forest
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    What: Bird Watching Field Trip

    Where: Cranesville Swamp Preserve in Terra Alta, WV and Cooper's Rock State Forest

    When: Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    Time: Meet in Shepherdstown's Food Lion parking lot* at 5:45 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m.

    Cost: Free (donations accepted for Birdathon)

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Field Trip Guides: David Daniels and LeJay Graffious from Mountaineer Audubon

    Join PVAS and the Mountaineer Audubon group on a field trip to Cranesville Swamp Preserve and Cooper's Rock State Forest. The field trip will take place on Saturday, May 27th. This trip will be a grand finale for our month-long Ruth Ann Dean Birdathon in May. 

    The group will meet at 5:45 a.m at the Food Lion parking lot in Shepherdstown and will be leaving at 6 am.. 

    *Depending on where people are driving from, we may designate a second meeting location that is convenient for people from other locations. 

    Participants can choose to drive alone or car pool from Shepherdstown to Cranesville Swamp Preserve in Terra Alta, WV. Carpooling is suggested as parking is limited at both sites.

    Trip itinerary: 

    6am: Leave from 

    8am: Meet LeJay G. at West Hazleton Rest Stop on I-68 (adress: 31097 I-68, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525)

    9am: Arrive at Cranesville Swamp Natural Area (Terra Alta, WV)  Birdwatching and walking with our guides; David Daniels and LeJay Graffious from Mountaineer Audubon

    11:30pm: Leave Cranesville SwampDrive to Cooper's Rock State Forest (Eastern, WV)

    12:00: Arrive at Coopers Rock State Forest. Have bag lunch and use restrooms

    12:30-3pm: Hike up to the lookout and birdwatch

    5:30pm: Arrive back home in Jefferson/Berkeley County

    Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of your birding skills, however preregistration is required. 

    Lunch will be on your own. Please pack a lunch and bring along drinking water.

    Please dress for the weather and please bring along binoculars, if you have them. Binoculars will be available to those that need them. 

    Please contact Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 or lewiseman@aol.com with any questions you may have. 

    • Monday, May 29, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Memorial Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Monday, May 29, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for a Memorial Day bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Monday, May 29 at 7:30 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, June 03, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, MD area (meet at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport)

    When: Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed up with the National Park Service to offer morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport MD area.

    The June 3rd bird walk will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport and will be led by local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin.

    The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. It will involve easy walking over level ground, and children and families will be welcome.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

    The Canal towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be seen are winter visitors and resident birds.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Directions to the Williamsport Canal Visitor Center can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

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

    For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town WV 25414
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Price: $30 per camper (includes T-shirt)
    When:
    June 3, 2017
    Time:
      9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town WV 25414

    Teens, entering 7th grade and older (ages 12-17), who have an interest in working with younger campers and serving as assistants to the camp staff may work as Junior Staff, either at Yankauer Nature Preserve or Cool Spring Preserve. 

    All Junior Staff MUST attend training on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. at Cool Spring Preserve. The training will cover learning about being a camp leader, work ethics, and how to be a great counselor. 

    Those who register for the training will be sent an information sheet which will provide more background on your experience working with children and preference on camp session dates.

    After completing the training, junior staff will be invited to volunteer for a week at camp with the possibility of being asked back for additional weeks.  Junior staff positions are limited each week.

    Bring a lunch and morning snack, sunscreen, and bug repellent. 

    Junior staff will be provided with one camp T-Shirt so please order one during this registration process. (If you want multiple shirts, they are $10 each and you should contact Amy Moore daycamp@PotomacAudubon.org to order). T-shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes.

    For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to Cool Spring Preserve, and other things parents want to know, go to  www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.

     

     

     

    • Monday, June 05, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 09, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 5-9, 2017  (If schools are still in session, you can choose to attend a partial week at a pro-rated cost.)
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Bring out your inner critter!  Get ready to get dirty as you explore a marsh and meadow; create sculptures with rocks, sticks, and mud; build mini-rafts to float in the creek; and construct forts in the woods.  Spend the week making things, getting messy, and exploring the outdoors!  

    Since public schools may still be in session this week, you may choose to attend a partial week at a pro-rated cost.  Contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org if you wish to do this.

    • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).  
    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
    • Monday, June 12, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 16, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve
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    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 12-16, 2017
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
    Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelters, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
    • Monday, June 19, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 23, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 19-23, 2017
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelter, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

    • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm). 
    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, June 19, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 23, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Shepherdstown, Yankauer Nature Preserve, C&O canal, Harpers Ferry
      • 4

      Price: $200 per camper members/ $225 per camper non-members

      When: June 19-23, 2017

      Ages: 10-13 (entering grades 6-8)

      Time: 9:00am–3:00pm

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Every day is a different adventure! Learn wilderness survival skills, go caving, bike on the C&O Canal, hike up Maryland Heights, and search for geocaches.  

      Parents are asked to drop off and pick up campers at a different location each day:

      Monday: Yankauer Nature Preserve -- Wilderness Survival Skills

      Tuesday: Yankauer Nature Preserve -- Caving at Whitings Neck

      Wednesday: Drop off at small parking lot under Shepherdstown bridge at the C&O canal-- Biking on the C&O Canal

      * If you need a bike, we'll try help you find a bike that you can borrow

      Thursday: Harpers Ferry Train Station -- Hiking Maryland Heights Trail

      Friday: Meet in front of McMurran Hall in Shepherdstown --Geocaching around Shepherdstown

      Bring a lunch and a morning snack, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  A waiver is required for caving and will be sent to you by email.

      T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you need to order a shirt only one time, unless you want multiple shirts.

      For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to the site, and other things parents want to know is found at  www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.


      • Monday, June 19, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 23, 2017
      • 4:00 PM
      • Shepherd University, Center for Contemporary Arts Building 1
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      Price: $200 members/ $225 non-members
      When:
      June 19-23, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–4:00pm
      Where:
      Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts (Building 1)

      Ages: 14-18 (entering grades 9-12)

      Learn the basics of digital photography, even if you've never held a camera, or work on your skills if you're already familiar.  Learn how to compose the BEST pictures, master manual lens settings and shutter speeds, then download the images to a computer for editing and manipulation with color and design techniques.  A Nikon 35mm digital SLR camera is provided for your use during the week. You'll keep all your images!  On Friday afternoon, share your best photos for family and friends at your first public artist exhibition!

      This session is held at Shepherd University's Contemporary Arts Center (Building 1)  and taught by professional photographers.

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  Other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit, please contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org) before you register.
      • Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.
      Complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to camp, and other things parents want to know, is found at www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.


      • Saturday, June 24, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Summer Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 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.


      • Monday, June 26, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 30, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 11

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       June 26-30, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Join us as we uncover the mysteries of the forest.  Look for clues to learn what animals have been there and what they were doing.  We'll peek under logs, hunt for animal tracks and scat, dissect owl pellets, examine bones and skulls, and investigate the signs that animals leave behind.  There's plenty of time for games and building your fort in the woods!

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, June 26, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 30, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 5

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       June 26-30, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      What was life like 200 years ago?!  Who lived here before us?  We'll learn the ways of life of native people and the early pioneers.  Learn how to use resources from the land to make our own games, food, and tools.  Build a shelter for our tribe, weave on a lap loom, make berry ink, write with a quill, and make fish print bandanas.

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm). 
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
      • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

      What: Bird Walk

      Where: Kiwanis Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown (enter the parking lot from Imperial Drive)

      When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

      Time: 8:00 AM

      Cost: Free

      Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

      Register Here: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks

      The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Wednesday, June 28.

      Local birding expert, Sandy Sagalkin, is leading the bird walk. Meet Mr. Sagalkin at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park at 8:00. 

      The walk is free, however pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If you have questions, contact Sandy at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465.

      The trip will focus on a variety of birds, will last about 2 hours and will cover easy terrain. This is a perfect trip for beginner birders and will include working on birding skills,  however all level birders are welcome.  

      The trip will only be cancelled if there is a steady rain. Please wear appropriate footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along drinking water.
      • Wednesday, July 05, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 07, 2017
      • 1:30 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 1

      Price: $90 per camper (members)/$120 (non-members)
      When:
      July 5-7, 2017 (3 days)
      Time: 9:00am–1:30pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                        Ages: 5-6 (entering grades K-1)

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      This session is designed for children who are ready to come to camp on their own without a parent. Explore insects, mammals, birds, and the forest through hands-on activities. 

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  Other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact Amy Moore,  daycamp@potomacaudubon.org    BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.
      • Wednesday, July 05, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Saturday, July 08, 2017
      • 11:00 AM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 8

      Price: $125 PVAS members/$150 non-members
      When:
       July 5-7, 2017  (3 days and overnight)
      Time:
      9:00 am–3:00 pm (Wednesday-Friday, then 7 pm Friday to 11 am Saturday)
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Campers spend three days exploring all the wonders of Cool Spring Preserve.  We'll study bugs, catch butterflies, be on the lookout for birds, and search for aquatic critters in Bullskin Run! On Friday night, campers' families can join the fun during an evening campfire, night hike, and an overnight camp-out on the property! Bring your own tent. We'll supply S'more fixings on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning.  

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).  To arrange for either, you can add them on when you register!
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, July 10, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 14, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 15

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       July 10-14, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Bring out your inner critter!  Get ready to get dirty as you explore a marsh and meadow; create sculptures with rocks, sticks, and mud; build mini-rafts to float in the creek; and construct forts in the woods.  Spend the week making things, getting messy, and exploring the outdoors!  

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve a spot but pay your fee by check rather than online, contact Amy Moore at daycamp@potomacaudubon.org for further instruction.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • If you have questions about anything camp related, contact Amy Moore at daycamp@potomacaudubon.org                      
      • Monday, July 17, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 21, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
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      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       July 17-21, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

      Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelters, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve a spot but pay your fee by check rather than online, contact Amy Moore at daycamp@potomacaudubon.org for further instruction.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Saturday, July 22, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Mid-Summer Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, July 22, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 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.


      • Monday, July 24, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 28, 2017
      • 11:30 AM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
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      Price: $50 per first camper/adult; $10 for additional preschool child (No charge for siblings under age 2).
      When: July 24-28, 2017
      Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                       Ages: 3-5

      Explore the natural world with your child through circle time, short hikes, crafts, hands-on nature exploration, and stories.  Every day is a different nature theme! 

      If you wish to reserve a spot but pay your fee by check rather than online, contact Amy Moore at daycamp@potomacaudubon.org for further instruction.

      Be sure to dress in clothes you can get dirty!  Bring a morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

      T-shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes (Youth XS-Adult XL).  T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.

      For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to Yankauer Preserve, and other things parents want to know, go to www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.
      • Thursday, August 10, 2017
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center. 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

      What: Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View

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

      When: Thursday, August 10th, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM

      Instructor: Penny Stritch

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

      PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

      Love to watch the butterflies in your yard? Are you interested in learning how to identify them? Wondering what plants attract them? Looking for tips on how to take a quality picture of these fluttering beauties?

      Join Penny Stritch for this Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View. 

      As a self-taught backyard naturalist, Penny has documented 50 different species of butterflies in her yard. She is excited to share her impressive photographs of butterflies as well as give you a photographers viewpoint of:

      • which butterflies you can expect to find in your yard
      • where to look for them
      • what to plant in order to attract them to your yard
      • useful field guides 
      • tips on how to take pictures of these fluttering insects
      • clues on how to ID skippers
      • and much more!

      This workshop is open for anyone interested, however registration is required. 

      Penny has spent years creating a backyard habitat that is home to hundreds of butterflies, as well as numerous other insects. She will be leading an educational tour of her yard on the Saturday following this Workshop. However registration for this tour will be limited so make sure to register early! Registration for the tour available here.

      The Workshop is held at the Hospice of the Panhandle located at 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. From W.Va. Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If heading east, turn left off of the exit. If traveling west, turn right off of the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz. Turn right. Take the next left across from the Shop N Save (formerly Food Lion) onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back to the Education Center. The Education Center will be on your left, and the inpatient facility will be on your right.

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

      • Saturday, August 12, 2017
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Penny Stritch's yard
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      What: Butterflies for Beginners Field Trip

      Where: Penny Stritch's backyard butterfly habitat

      When: Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

      Cost: Free

      Trip Leader: Penny Stritch

      PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

      Join Penny for an educational tour through her butterfly garden where she will point out plants, butterflies and tips on taking pictures of these fluttering wonders. 

      Learn what plants attract which butterflies, how to ID butterflies, what butterflies you can expect to see in the eastern panhandle and much more!

      If you love to learn about butterflies and their habitat, this is a field trip you will not want to miss. 

      This walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, however the registration is limited to 15 participants. 

      Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, bring along drinking water, a sun hat and sunscreen.

      Directions to the field trip location will be provided in the registration email. 

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

      • Saturday, August 19, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, August 19, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 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.


      • Wednesday, October 11, 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, October 11th, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM

      Topic: When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed

      Presenter: Jim Cummins

      Cost: free

      PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

      Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 PM for this public program. 

      PVAS welcomes Jim Cummins, formerly the Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. Jim will present "When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed". 

      Mr. Cummins is an ecologist with a natural interest in natural and human history and how they interplay. His geographic area of expertise is the Potomac watershed. He and his wife Nancy live in Bakerton, WV. 

      His presentation will focus on changes in the ecological landscape of the Potomac basin and vicinity from human contact to present, focusing on the period we know the most about - the landscape just prior to and after the 15th century European contact. 

      Jim Cummins is Formerly the Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.  He has a Masters of Science (1985) in Biology from George Washington University.  His projects included biological assessments of streams in WV, MD, PA and DC, environmental flow studies, habitat restoration and fish passage, especially in regard to the Little Falls Dam near Washington, D.C. and a linked American shad stocking program with integrated student and volunteer involvement.  Principal ecologist for Anacostia River restoration (urban/suburban impacts).  Authored “Flowing to the Future,” a 1995 plan for improving the North Branch, Potomac River which mitigating long-standing acidic mine drainage problems, developed an exceptional trout fishery, and helped improve the economy in that watershed (region).   Managed and was the primary author for a multi-disciplinary planning project which produced "The Potomac River Watershed Visions Report."   This report became the foundation for the nomination and eventual designation of the Potomac River as one of the nation's Heritage Rivers.

      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.

      • 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 16)

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

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Jim Farley

      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 16 is required. Children will be welcome.

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

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

      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.

      The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather.

    Past events

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Structural Pruning of Trees
    Monday, March 20, 2017 Spring Bird Walk at Shannondale Springs
    Friday, March 17, 2017 Wee Naturalists: "Nature Sounds and Songs"
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 PVAS Nature Book Lovers
    Saturday, March 11, 2017 Stauffer's Marsh Maintenance Day
    Saturday, March 11, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Vernal Pools
    Friday, March 10, 2017 Homeschool Adventures: Camouflage
    Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Naughty Naughty Monkeys: Human-Wildlife Conflict in Indonesia and Beyond
    Sunday, March 05, 2017 Eidolon Nature Preserve Maintenance and Grill-out Event
    Saturday, March 04, 2017 Winter Tree Identification
    Saturday, March 04, 2017 Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve
    Friday, March 03, 2017 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Sunday, February 19, 2017 Family Owl Prowl
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, February 17, 2017 Wee Naturalists: Feathers for Lunch
    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden
    Friday, February 03, 2017 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Friday, February 03, 2017 Homeschool Adventures
    Monday, January 30, 2017 Wee Naturalists: The Mitten
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Tree Identification
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at Altona Marsh - NOW HELD AT COOL SPRING PRESERVE
    Friday, January 27, 2017 Homeschool Adventures
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, Living in Nature: The World's Hunter-Gatherers
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Wonders of Water (Sheds)
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
    Monday, January 16, 2017 Animal Story Yoga
    Sunday, January 15, 2017 MLK Jr. Day, Service Event at Cool Spring Preserve
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: A Journey to the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Viewing of the Film "Green Fire"
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Winter Bird Walk & Driving Tour
    Monday, January 02, 2017 Inwood Christmas Bird Count
    Saturday, December 24, 2016 CANCELLED -Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Winter Solstice Bird Walk
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 Charles Town Christmas Bird Count
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Community Meeting: Chimney Swifts on Shepherd University Campus
    Sunday, December 11, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, December 03, 2016 Bird Walk for Late Risers
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Birding 101 Reunion and Celebration
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Saturday, November 26, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 Autumn Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, A Journey to the Aldo Leopold Foundation
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 Open House at Cool Spring Preserve
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: The Galapagos Islands: Challenges and Triumphs of Conservation
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Kids Library Program: Bear Hair: Animal Pelts and Poetry
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Katie Fallon Presents on Vulture: Private Life of an Unloved Bird
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Vulture Watch and Walk at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry National Park
    Thursday, November 03, 2016 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Saturday, October 29, 2016 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Saturday, October 29, 2016 Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
    Friday, October 28, 2016 Owl Prowl and campfire at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, October 28, 2016 Eidolon Maintenance Work
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, October 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Monday, October 17, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Leaf Man
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Saturday, October 15, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Pollinators: The Simple Truth, We Can't Live Without Them
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, October 09, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, October 08, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Celebration
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 CANCELED - Field Trip to Herban Sprout
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Creek Critters in Antietam Creek
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Hawk Watch at Bolivar Heights
    Monday, September 19, 2016 Cape May Hawk Watching Trip
    Monday, September 19, 2016 Wee Naturalists: September Exploration
    Saturday, September 17, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Living in Nature: The World's Hunter-Gatherers
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 United Way Day of Caring at Yankauer Preserve and Stauffer's Marsh
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Monarch Discovery Days at National Conservation Training Center
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Antietam Creek 'Water Canaries'
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Saturday, September 03, 2016 Monarch Discovery Days
    Saturday, September 03, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Friday, September 02, 2016 Singing Insects Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Saturday, August 20, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Shepherd University Day of Service at Yankauer
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Saturday, August 13, 2016 Mini-ID Workshop on Butterflies, Pollinators and Butterfly Garden Plants
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, August 06, 2016 Second Annual Butterfly Count - CANCELED
    Saturday, August 06, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Friday, July 29, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Field Trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, July 18, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Pioneer Survivor (Peter Burr Farm)
    Monday, July 18, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Younger Campers: Out Of The Nest (ages 3-5 with an adult partner attending)
    Saturday, July 16, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Float Trip on the Opequon and Potluck
    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Fireflies, Fiddles, and Frogs Family Picnic
    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Bird Walk at Blue Ridge Center in Loudoun County VA
    Monday, July 11, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: The Simple Life (Peter Burr Farm)
    Monday, July 11, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp for Younger Campers: Nature Buddies (Yankauer)
    Sunday, July 10, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Wildlife CSI-4 days (Yankauer)
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Science in the Woods--4 days (Yankauer)
    Saturday, July 02, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 27, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 2 (Yankauer)
    Saturday, June 25, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 PVAS At My Organic Market (MOM) in Frederick MD
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 20, 2016 Teen Digital Nature Photo Camp
    Monday, June 20, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Nature's Architects (Yankauer)
    Saturday, June 18, 2016 Visit to Successful Purple Martin Colony & Bird Walk
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Project Webfoot-3 days (Stauffer's Marsh)
    Monday, June 13, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 1 (Yankauer)
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Thursday, June 09, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 06, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: DIY Nature (Yankauer)
    Sunday, June 05, 2016 Bird Walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Campout at Rolling Ridge
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Junior Staff
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Sunday, May 29, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Establish a Monarch Waystation Volunteer Service Project
    Saturday, May 21, 2016 PVAS Native Plant Sale
    Monday, May 16, 2016 Wee Naturalists: This Log Is A Home!
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at the Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Saturday, May 14, 2016 Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon--Donations Still Being Accepted
    Saturday, May 14, 2016 Seventh Annual Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon Team Registration
    Friday, May 13, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Visit to Successful Purple Martin Colony & Bird Walk
    Thursday, May 12, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Sideling Hill
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Purple Martins
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area Bird Walk
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Monday, May 09, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Sunday, May 08, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, May 07, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Introduction to Birding & Bird Walk for Beginner Birders
    Friday, May 06, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Warbler Walk at Harper's Ferry National Park, Murphy's Farm
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 Frogwatch USA Protocol Instructional Workshop
    Friday, April 29, 2016 Tour of Medicinal Plant Garden, Apothecary Museum, and Medicinal Plant Laboratory
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Bird Walk at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry National Park
    Saturday, April 23, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Friday, April 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, April 18, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Dirt Don't Hurt!
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Wildflower Festival
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Master Naturalist Service Project: Forest Restoration
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Appalachian Night Sounds
    Saturday, April 09, 2016 This Race Is For The Birds
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Charles Town)
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Tour of Cam Tabb & Sons Composting Farm
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, April 01, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Bolivar/Harpers Ferry)
    Thursday, March 31, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Martinsburg)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (South Jefferson)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (North Berkeley)
    Monday, March 28, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Shepherdstown)
    Saturday, March 26, 2016 Spring Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, Understanding the Basics of Solar Energy
    Monday, March 21, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Furry Tales!
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Welcome Spring Event
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Spring Egg Hunt
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 Winter Tree Identification along the C&O Canal
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Volunteer Day: Save our Trees from Invasive Vines at Morgan's Grove Park
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 Winter Wildlife and Tracks Walk at Cacapon State Park
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 Trip to View American Woodcock Mating Display
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Astronomy
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, February 14, 2016 Winter Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield - CANCELED
    Saturday, February 13, 2016 Family Outdoor Adventures: Animal Discovery Hike - POSTPONED
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Wildlife Encounters
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 Winter Tree Identification Field Trip at Cacapon State Park
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Southern States Wild Bird Appreciation Day
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 18th Annual C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Canceled: Winter Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 Tour the Grapevine Road Recycling Center
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016