Bird Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, March 04, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman on a birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Saturday, March 4th.

    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 8:00 in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

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

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

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

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

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

    • Monday, March 20, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area
    What: Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Monday, March 20th 2017

    Time: Meet at 8:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Kick off spring with a birding trip to the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area! Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County.

    The trip is scheduled for Monday, March 20.

    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 8:00 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.
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Deb Hale is leading a birding trip to the Virginius Island section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, March 29th. 

    The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Participants will meet in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with Route 340. From there, participants will travel on a fairly level walk along the island and down to the Shenandoah River. 

    The walk will focus on the riverfront and old canal areas of Virginius Island and Shenandoah Wetlands. 

    The walk is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

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

    For more information contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528. 
    • 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 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.


    • 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.
    • 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.

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: IMBD 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 May 6, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk on the C&O Canal!

    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 May 6  IMBD 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 about International Migratory Birding Day visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html or for questions concerning this bird walk, contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • 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 

    • 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


    • 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. 
    • 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
    • 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 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.


    • 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.
    • 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.


    • 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.




  
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