Bird Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 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, September 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV
    What: Hawk Watch 

    Where: Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park  

    When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Time: 9:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    PVAS bird expert, Deb Hale, is leading a Hawk Watching trip in the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, September 20.

    The trip will begin at 9:00 AM and last two to three hours. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. 

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

    The Hawk Watch will take place in one area near the parking lot, watching for and counting the hawks from that general spot. The group will mostly be stationary, watching for the migration of raptors overhead, starting around mid-morning, the majority primarily being Broad-winged hawks, but also including Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned hawks, Osprey, Bald Eagles and Common Ravens, too.

    Those who are not able to attend some of our longer birding hikes may enjoy this opportunity to participate in this watch as it does not require much walking.

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

    For more information, please contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-1528.
    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Natural History Workshop: Securing the Future of Purple Martins and the Basics of Housing a Colony

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

    When: Thursday evening, September 28, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

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

    Workshop Leader: Chip Hussion

    Contact: Krista Hawley adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org

    Interested in Purple Martins? Not sure where to begin? We have answers!

    Please join Purple Martin enthusiast Chip Hussion for this workshop on the basics of starting and maintaining a successful Purple Martin Colony. Learn about the plight of the Purple Martin and how you can help secure the future of this fascinating bird.

    Chip will review his own journey from a novice enthusiast to a confident care-taker of large colonies. He will incorporate the PMCA website (Purple Martin Conservation Association, purplemartin.org) as a wealth of information for anyone wanting to begin their own journey. He looks forward to connecting with individuals to help aid in choosing the correct location at your property, identifying appropriate housing and assisting with ongoing questions or concerns.  He is hoping to work with adults and families alike as they pursue this rewarding hobby. 

    As a child, Mr. Hussion spent much time on or in Lake Erie where there were purple martin houses in the yards of several lakefront homes. All these years later, he remembers hearing the stories of the plight of and survival needs of the purple martins. Carrying those memories forward, he has had purple martin housing up in his yard since 1999, with the first 2-3 years unsuccessful. Since 2003, after putting up new housing, his spring/summers are full of enjoyable activity & chatter!!

    Registration for this event is required. Children are welcomed when accompanied by an adult. 

    All fees are nonrefundable.  PVAS reserves the right to cancel programs that are not full. In this case, a full refund will be granted. 

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



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

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 11:00 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, October 18th. 

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

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

    The walk is free 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. 
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
    • 11
    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.

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

    What: Autumn Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    When: Friday, November 10, 2017

    Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. 

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

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

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

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

    What: Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • Saturday, December 23, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Winter Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, December 23, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

    The walk will take place on Saturday, December 23 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/snow. 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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