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

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 11:00 AM

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

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

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

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

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

    When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

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

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

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

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

    Where:  National Conservation Training Center

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

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

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Nancy and Elliot Kirschbaum

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

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

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

    The bird walk will highlight fall migrants and raptors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather.

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

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

    When: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Friday, October 27, 2017

    Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Cost: Free, however donations are accepted

    PVAS Trip Leaders: Amy Moore & Carol Winckler

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

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

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

    Registration for this event is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Beth Poole and Heather Walsh

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

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

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

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

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Where: South Mountain, Washington County, MD

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 9:00 PM

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

    PVAS Trip Leader: Carolyn Thomas

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

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

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

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

    https://goo.gl/maps/GqgW47CSq4R2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Time: 10:00 - Noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2016

    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:oo PM 

    Cost: Free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration is required and will be limited to 12 participants. 

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

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


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

    Where: South Mountain, Washington County, MD

    When: Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Time: 9:00 PM

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

    PVAS Trip Leader: Erin Shaw

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

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

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

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

    https://goo.gl/maps/GqgW47CSq4R2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    When: Monday, November 6, 2016

    Time: 5:00 PM - 10:oo PM 

    Cost: Free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration is required and will be limited to 12 participants. 

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

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


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

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

    When: Tuesday, November 7

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

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

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

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

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

    Registration is not required, however is strongly encouraged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Friday, November 10, 2017

    Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

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

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

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants will meet at the Bolivar Heights parking area. 

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

    Time: 9:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • Saturday, December 16, 2017
    • Jefferson County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Charles Town (Jefferson County)

    When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

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


    • Friday, January 05, 2018
    • Berkeley County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Inwood WV (Berkeley County)

    When: Friday, January 5, 2018

    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 roll 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. 
    • Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Various Birding Spots around Charles Town area
    Register

    What: Winter Bird Walk and Driving Tour

    Where: Meeting spot at Martin's Grocery Store in Charles Town then carpooling to various locations around the Eastern Panhandle. Visit sites such as the ponds on Country Club Road, Potomac Street, several stops along the Shenandoah River and more

    When: Tuesday January 9, 2018 (snow date of January 23)

    Time: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Don't let winter weather keep you inside! Come along with Jim Farley as he embraces winter birding and explores various birding sites.

    Meet at the Martin's Grocery Store in Charles Town at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday January 9. From there, participants can carpool to a variety of birding locations. 

    Spots to be visited include Country Club Pond, Potomac Street, several stops along the Shenandoah River and more, depending on the time frame.

    The group will primarily be looking for migrating ducks but will be checking the shore lines for other winter birds as well. 

    Please bring along drinking water and wear sturdy walking shoes. In addition, remember to dress for the prevailing weather conditions. 

    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. 

    If roads are icy or snow covered, you will receive an email notification the evening prior to the event. A snow date is set for Tuesday, January 23.

    Please contact Jim Farley at 540-686-2056 or jamesfarley@frontiernet.net with any questions you may have. 

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
    • 23
    Register

    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 12, 19, 26 & May 3.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 14, 21, 28 & May 5.

    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, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbaum and Carol Winckler

    PVMN Re-cert Hours Eligible 

    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, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbuam and Carol Winckler. 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 14, 21, 28 and May 5).

    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.


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

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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 //
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

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

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

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