Birding Opportunities

WV-BIRD Listserv: Daily information on birds seen around WV
Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages --from beginners to experts-- in counting birds for as little as 15 minutes in one day.  It's a great way to earn some volunteer hours--being a citizen scientist!  If you have kids, this fun bingo graphic (from the Pennsylvania Songbirds K-12 Teachers Guide) may help with basic bird behavior. Find out more at 

Birding Trips
PVAS leads many birding trips each year, from local bird walks to trips farther afield like Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Delaware Bay. Check the calendar for upcoming trips.  

Potomac Valley Birding Trail
This interactive trail map has some of the top birding spots in the PVAS area.  You can also download a copy of the map here.
Birder’s Blog
Check out local birders’ trip reports, bird feeder tips, and bird-related issues on our Birders Blog.

Birding Education

Birding 101 Birding 101 is a course tailored for beginning birders that utilizes classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. The course is taught by local birding experts using an impressive collection of images and recordings captured by the instructors. The course takes place over four weeks in the spring: four evenings (one/week) from 7-9 pm, with field trips on corresponding Saturday mornings, usually 7 am-12. For more information, please contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026. (See “Birding 101” for registration and additional information about the course.)

Master Birding Course This course is designed for intermediate birders who want to hone their skills. The course is currently being designed, and we hope to launch this program in the near future.

Birding Resources & Links

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds: Online bird guide with sounds, video and range maps

The Cornell Lab has released it's new, free Merlin Bird App for iPhone and Android. 

eBird: Global tool for birders, keep checklists, contribute data to science

List of places to go birding by state

One webpage on West Virginia birding and some hotspots

Brooks Bird Club, Inc. website

Lists some birding hotspots for West Virginia

Matt Orsie’s favorite West Virginia birding locations which has great photos, and also includes a link to West Virginia birding location •

Twelve-year Census of birds of the Eastern Panhandle of WV by Matt Orsie - PDF

Maryland Ornithological Society - Click on Publications to order Yellowbook guide to dates and abundance of local species

For Washington County Bird Club Activities

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy: Birding field trips and programs in Loudoun County, Virginia

Shenandoah Audubon: Birding field trips and programs in Northern Virginia

WV Bird Listserv: Daily info on birds being seen around WV

WV Breeding Bird Atlas II: Info on current atlas being conducted with volunteer input

           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              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

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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