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    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: 'Third Wednesday' Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Time: 7:30 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Beth Poole

    Join Beth Poole on her regularly scheduled 'Third Wednesday' bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    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. 

    Please meet by 7:30 am in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen at this time will include Yellow Breasted Chats, Yellow Warblers, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, and many more!

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

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    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. Check www.potomacaudubon.org for trip cancelations. 


    • Sunday, July 22, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Summer Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Time: 7:30 am

    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 Sunday, 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, July 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
    • 20
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    What: Fourth Annual Summer Butterfly Count

    Where: Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield (Meet at Burnside Bridge)

    When: Saturday, July 28th, 2018

    Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Dave Kaplan & Sandy Sagalkin

    JOIN THE FOURTH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT AT 

    ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD        

    The Monarch Alliance, a program of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, will sponsor the fourth Annual Butterfly Count along the Final Attack Trail on the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD on Saturday, July 28th.

    The count is being cosponsored by the Washington County Bird Club.

    This event is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of his or her butterfly expertise. This will be a perfect family activity, and children, accompanied by adults, are encouraged to attend. Also, learn about the monarch migration.

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

    As butterflies do not fly in the rain and heavy overcast can keep them down, participants should check the PVAS website for postponements if bad weather is forecast.  If the count is postponed, a notice will be placed on the website by 9 p.m. on the day before the count.

    If the count is postponed, we will try to reschedule.

    The Final Attack Trail is in the area where the Union Army made its final advance to drive the Confederate Army from Maryland on September 17, 1862, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill’s final Confederate counterattack.

    It is also the location of the 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 and butterflies in the area during the spring and summer the last several years

    Participants should plan to meet count leaders at the Burnside Bridge at 10 a.m. Sandy Sagalkin will be the co-leader and will help identify bird life during the count. 

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

    The count will last about 2 hours, and cover mostly level terrain. The trail is about 2 miles in length.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water, a broad-brimmed hat, and insect repellent. PVAS has a limited supply of loaner binoculars for those who do not have their own.

    For more information, contact Mr. Dave Kaplan at or janandavek@verizon.net or Mr. Sagalkin at monsansagalkin@myactv.net or 240-291-6465. Sandy is the Co-Director of The Monarch Alliance and Dave is the former Deputy President of The Monarch Alliance.



    • Saturday, August 04, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Summer Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Bob Dean & Heather Walsh

    Join PVAS on a Summer Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders are offering regular walks at the Fish Health Lab property and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

    • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: 'Third Wednesday' Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Time: 7:30 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Beth Poole

    Join Beth Poole on her regularly scheduled 'Third Wednesday' bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    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. 

    Please meet by 7:30 am in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen at this time will include Yellow Breasted Chats, Yellow Warblers, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Carolina Chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, and many more!

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

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    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. Check www.potomacaudubon.org for trip cancelations. 


    • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Early Fall Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Doug Pifer & Heather Walsh

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

    Our expert birders are offering regular walks at the Fish Health Lab property and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: 'Third Wednesday' Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Time: 7:30 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Beth Poole

    Join Beth Poole on her regularly scheduled 'Third Wednesday' bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    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. 

    Please meet by 7:30 am in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstart, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and many more! There may be some migration in September including some warblers: Black and whites, Yellow-Throated and Slate-colored juncos. 

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

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    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. Check www.potomacaudubon.org for trip cancelations. 


    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: 'Third Wednesday' Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Time: 7:30 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Beth Poole

    Join Beth Poole on her regularly scheduled 'Third Wednesday' bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    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. 

    Please meet by 7:30 am in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen in October include Rusty blackbird, Common Yellowthroat, Field Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, White-Throated and White-crowned sparrows. There will be some migration in October including warblers: Black and whites, Yellow-Throated and Slate-colored juncos.

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

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    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. Check www.potomacaudubon.org for trip cancelations. 


    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Autumn Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Vicki Blazer & Beth Poole

    Join PVAS on an Autumn Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders are offering regular walks at the Fish Health Lab property and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

    • Saturday, November 03, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Late Fall Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, November 3, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Beth Poole & Christine Densmore

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

    Our expert birders are offering regular walks at the Fish Health Lab property and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Early Winter Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, December 1, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Beth Poole & John Young

    Join PVAS on an Early Winter Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders are offering regular walks at the Fish Health Lab property and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • Jefferson County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Charles Town (Jefferson County)

    When: Saturday, December 15, 2018

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bob Dean bobdean52@gmail.com

    Christmas Bird Counts have been an Audubon Society tradition for over 100 years!  There are many ways that you can participate. 

    • Beginners may like counting birds at their feeders and reporting the results.  Please click here to check the map to see if you are in the Charles Town circle.  If so, then look for the Charles Town Tally Sheet, print the tally sheet out and keep track of your feeder birds on December 16.  The tally sheet can be mailed to PVAS P.O. Box 578 Shepherdstown WV 25443 or emailed to bobdean52@gmail.com.                                                             
    • Beginners may also like taking a more active role by joining a team of birders and heading out in the fields.    
    • More experienced birders may be interested in being on a team in the field; possibly partnering with novice birders and showing them what a Christmas Bird Count is all about!
    To participate or for questions contact Bob Dean:
     304-671-4995 or bobdean52@gmail.com

    Find more information here Christmas Bird Counts

    The Charles Town event focuses on Jefferson County.
    • Saturday, January 05, 2019
    • Berkeley County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Inwood WV (Berkeley County)

    When: Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bob Dean at bobdean52@gmail.com

    Christmas Bird Counts have been an Audubon Society tradition for over 100 years!
    There are many ways you can participate.
    • Beginners may like counting birds at their feeders and reporting the results.  Please click here to check the map to see if you are in the Inwood circle.  If so, then look for the Inwood Tally Sheet, print the tally sheet out and keep a tally of your feeder birds on January 5. The Tally Sheet can be  mailed to PVAS PO Box 578  Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or email it bobdean52@gmail.com.              
    • Beginners may also like taking a more active role by joining a team of birders and heading out in the fields
    • More experienced birders may be interested in being on a team in the field, possibly partnering with novice birders and showing them what a Christmas Bird Count is all about!
    To participate contact Bob Dean:
     304-671-4995 or bobdean52@gmail.com

    Find more information here Christmas Bird Counts

    The Circle for the Inwood Count is centered near Shanghai in Berkeley County and includes the west side of Martinsburg and Inwood to the east and the Stotler's Crossroads/Greenwood section of Morgan County to the west. 


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

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

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
304-350-9735
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319
Katelyn@PotomacAudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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