PVAS Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 20, 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, June 20, 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, June 23, 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: Saturday, June 23, 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 Saturday, June 23 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.


    • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

    What: Summer Bird Walk

    Where: Kiwanis Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown (enter the parking lot from Imperial Drive)

    When: Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Time: 8:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Register Here: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/776/Birdwatching

    The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Sunday, June 24.

    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 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 95 Terrace View, Charles Town, WV.
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    What: Visit to Purple Martin Colony 

    Where: Chip Hussion's Purple Martin Colony (direction details provided below)

    When: Saturday, July 7, 2018 

    Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Host: Chip Hussion 

    Stop by and see Mr. Hussion's active and successful Purple Martin Colony. 
    There will be lots of activity his colony! Adults will be flying around feeding the numerous young and greeting visitors .

    Please feel free to stop by anytime between 9 - 11 am on Saturday, July 7.
     
    Mr. Hussion has 26 nesting cavities for the martins on 3 separate poles as well as several other nesting cavities which usually house a handful of tree swallow pairs, a couple blue bird pairs and some wrens.

    Come with your questions - Chip Hussion will be on hand providing answers and stories.

    This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome regardless of their birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should meet at Mr. Hussion's house. His address is 95 Terrace View, Charles Town. For GPS users that this doesn't appear for, try 103 Eastland Terrace. He is located in the Eastland Subdivision off Old Cave Rd which runs east off Rt 340 about 1 mile north of Washington High School. Please note that Terrace View is the 3rd Eastland street and is to the right off Old Cave Rd (up a hill) when coming from 340.

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. 

    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 or for questions regarding directions, please call Chip Hussion at 304-400-7708.

    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
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    Explore the outdoors by visiting the beautiful Eidolon Nature Preserve! Join us for a day of hiking, wildflower gazing and trail clearing as we work to maintain Eidolon Nature Preserve. 

    What: Volunteer Opportunity - Maintenance at Eidolon Nature Preserve

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

    When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Time:  10:00am -- 1:00pm

    Contact: KC Walters, Land and Conservation Manager, (304)283-7319 or katelyn@potomacaudubon.org

    Location: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422. The entrance is very discreet, with just two short stone pillars holding the teal front gate. There is a sign on a tree near the entrance declaring Eidolon is a public preserve. 

    Pruning sheers, gloves, bags, first aid and clippers will be provided.  Please bring a picnic lunch, a refillable water bottle and any accessories that will help you stay comfortable (sun wear, bug spray, hats, etc). 

    Master Naturalists who volunteer will earn credit hours for their recertification. 

    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wild Goose Farm, Shepherdstown WV

    What: Fireflies, Fiddles & Frogs Family Picnic

    When:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Time:  6:00 p.m.-dark  
                                                   
    Where: Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown

    Cost:  $15 per vehicle

    Registration is required: Register using the form below

    PVAS's picnic, Fireflies, Fiddles & Frogs, is returning to Wild Goose Farm and we want you and your family to come!  Put everyone in the car and head to Wild Goose Farm--it's only $15 for the carload! Please be sure to register beforehand!

    Pack your own picnic dinner, throw in a blanket or chairs, and come eat on the lawn enjoying some fiddle tunes.  You'll be joined by old friends and new ones! 

    After you eat, your family can wander and enjoy the fun activities that will be waiting for you.  Our plans include adventures exploring the critters in the pond, family picnics and fun, nature exploration, art and craft activities, games, lively music, capturing fireflies, wandering along a StoryWalk, and free South Mountain Creamery ice cream! 

    Join us rain or shine, but please leave your pets at home.  Come and stay for an hour or the entire time. Don't forget to bring along a refillable water bottle and insect repellant for everyone. 

    Registration is required (one registration per vehicle) and will be limited due to parking space so don't hesitate, register today! 
    Register using the form below.

    All fees are non-refundable.

    We hope to see you there!  Directions to Wild Goose Farm:  [It's across the road and just before the NCTC property.]  From the 4-way stop in Shepherdstown, continue north as if you were going across the Rumsey Bridge, but turn before the bridge.  Shepherd Grade begins across from the Shepherd stadium--turn left and then proceed about 5+ miles.

    For more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 681-252-1387.

















    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Mid-Summer Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, July 14, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Lynne Wiseman & John Young

    Join PVAS on a Mid-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. 

    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Big Slackwater, 7900 Avis Mill Road, Williamsport, MD 21795
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    What:  Mid-summer Botany Walk

    Where: Big Slackwater, along the Potomac River, C&O Canal Park, in Maryland.

    Meet at the parking lot next to McMahons Mill at 7900 Avis Mill Road, Williamsport, MD 21795

    When: Saturday 14th July 2018

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 

    Cost: Free, however donations accepted upon registration

    Trip Leader: Rodney Dever

    Qualifies for MN Recert hours

    Join Rodney Dever, of the WV Native Plant Society, as we observe woodland plants. The focus will be on some of the myriad species adapted to their habitat among the cliff faces in this unique stretch of the park.

    Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. and hike about 2 miles on a causeway following the river’s edge and abutting the cliffs. The walk is level, not challenging.

    There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. Children are welcome with adult accompaniment.

    Those who participate should wear sturdy footwear. We’ll be out in the sun much of the time, so you’ll probably want a hat, and perhaps sunscreen, sunglasses, and water.

    Please contact Rodney Dever rodneydever@comcast.net with any questions you may have.

    • 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. 


    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Rd, Hedgesville, WV
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    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve

    When: Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 12 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join us for a day of field work as we work to improve Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve!  Stauffer's Marsh provides important natural habitat for a robust variety of native flora and fauna. Regular maintenance of Stauffer's Marsh promotes high quality habitat and also ensures that the site is safe and welcoming for visitors. 

    Please bring water! PVAS will provide all necessary tools to complete the work including gloves and tools.  Participants should wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. 

    Contact: Katelyn "KC" Walters, PVAS Land and Conservation Manager: (304) 283-7319 or email  Katelyn@potomacaudubon.org

    Location: The parking area for Stauffer's Marsh Preserve is located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville WV. 


    • 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.


    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve, across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV
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    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Time: 3pm - 6pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Katelyn Walters, 304-283-7319 or Katelyn@PotomacAudubon.org

    Location:  Yankauer Preserve is located across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV.  The entrance is well marked with ample parking available.

    Join us for a day of maintenance at Yankauer Nature Preserve!

    Yankauer Nature Preserve protects native habitat for local flora and fauna, and is a favorite local area for hiking and birdwatching in Berkeley County. Maintenance work and invasive species removal is necessary to promote high quality native habitat at Yankauer Nature Preserve.  Your help is appreciated as we work together to clear invasive species and enhance habitat for local wildlife. Every pair of hands helps make a difference! 

    All necessary training, tools, gloves will be provided. Yankauer Nature Preserve has bathrooms and water will be available to refill water bottles. 

    • Saturday, July 28, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 18
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    What: Marvelous Moths of Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Saturday evening, July 28, 2018

    Time: Meet at 7:30 pm, just prior to twilight 

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Kathy Barylski 

    PMVN ReCert Eligible 

    It's National Moth Week and Kathy, local moth expert, will be celebrating with an evening of 'mothing' at Cool Spring Preserve. Observe and learn about all the various moth species that will be attracted to our mothing sheets.

    There is much to learn about moths, and Kathy is eager to share her knowledge and passion. Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth and scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.

    National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths and is held worldwide during the last full week of July.

    Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate and children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult. 

    There is no fee (donations accepted) but space is limited and preregistration is required.

    The group will assemble at 7:30  pm at the lower back deck of Cool Spring Preserve. 

    For more information about National Moth Week, visit http://nationalmothweek.org/

    This event will not take place if it is raining heavily.

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

    • Monday, July 30, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    What: Cool Spring Volunteer Day

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

    When: Monday, July 30, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

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    KC Walters, the PVAS Land Manager, is looking for some energetic volunteers to help us do trail maintenance and work on the Cool Spring gardens on Monday, July 30th, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    We have some tools, but if you have lopers or clippers, please bring them.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact KC at (304)283-7319 or katelyn@potomacaudubon.org

    Thanks in advance for helping us complete this exciting project.  Snacks will be provided.

    Please register so that we have an idea of the number of volunteers to expect. 



    • 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. 

    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Art to Earth; An Ecopsychology Workshop

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

    When: Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Time: 9 am - 12 Noon

    Cost: $15 for PVAS members, $20 for general public

    Workshop Instructor: Susan Loonsk

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan Loonsk for this unique workshop where participants will engage in Ecopsychology concepts through  nature and art activities. Students will  experience many  concepts of Ecopsychology by connecting self to nature through expressive activities. 

    Participants can expect to gain an understanding of Ecopsychology ideas , and participate in  guided  meditations, earth walks and an indoor art project.          

    This workshop is open to the public and no prior meditation or art making experience is needed. However registration is required.             

    Even if you have previously participated in one of these workshops, all of Susan's classes have different meditations and art activities. Participants can attend one or all in any sequence as the classes do not build on each other. 

    Art supplies provided.  Participants may bring any favorite water-based paints, or drawing materials of their own if they wish.

    This workshop is being held at Cool Spring Preserve in the upstairs classroom as well as on the trails of the preserve. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Bring along drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent. 

    Registration for this workshop is required. 

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


    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 12
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    What: Singing Insect Walk

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

    When: Saturday evening, August 11, 2018

    Time: Meet at 7:30 PM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Wil Hershberger

    PMVN ReCert Eligible 

    Join Wil Hershberger, local insect expert, for an evening insect walk at Cool Spring Preserve. Listen and learn about the all the various insects we hear in the summer and early fall months. 

    Mr. Hershberger is coauthor of "The Songs of Insects", a book and audio CD published by Houghton-Mifflin Company. He is also the instructor of our very popular Birding 101 class.

    This walk is a family-oriented event that is especially popular with children, but anyone with an interest is welcome to participate.

    There is no fee (donations accepted) but space is limited and preregistration is required.

    The walking group will assemble at 7:30 p.m. at the parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve. 

    From the parking lot, Wil Hershberger will lead an exploration along the CSP trails passing through meadow, woodland and marsh. Insects likely to be encountered include tree crickets, several species of meadow katydids, one or two species of round-winged katydids, northern true katydids, oblong-wing katydids, and perhaps some bush katydids.  Last year, this very walk found the first documented occurrence of Long-spurred Meadow Katydid in Jefferson Co., WV. Hopefully, we will see them again, and who knows what else may be found.

    Those who wish to participate should bring a flashlight and be prepared (if you choose) to walk through high grass, weeds and marsh. Tucking pants legs into socks and spraying them with a DEET-based insect repellent is recommended.

    The walk will not take place if it is raining.

    Hershberger, who lives in Hedgesville, is one of the area's leading naturalists.

    He has been photographing and recording the natural world for more than a decade and his work has been published in magazines, calendars, and books.

    His recordings of birds, frogs and insects are archived at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

    His website can be found at natureimagesandsounds.com

    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, August 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
    • 14
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Citizen Science: Butterfly Research

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

    When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 

    Time: 10 am -  12 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Joanne Langbee, Master Naturalist & Master Gardener

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Interested in Citizen Science and butterflies? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

    Join Joanne on Saturday, August 25 as she takes you through her step by step process of Citizen Science Butterfly Research both in the classroom and in the field. 

    Joanne's presentation will cover how the citizen science project of “Butterflies in Season” went from just identifying the butterflies at Lauritzen Gardens to a project that involves many different elements such as: How many total butterflies and species there are in the gardens, how many butterflies and species are in each garden, what plants the butterflies are nectaring on, when are the butterflies at their peak, how weather affects the number of butterflies, and how the numbers of each species compares from year to year. 

    In the classroom Joanne will go over the objectives, how the project has evolved, some of the results, surprises, types of spreadsheets, field guides, as well as how and when to butterfly.

    Joanne will then take to the field to provide visuals and hands-on learning about her Citizen Science project and guidelines on how to implement your own. 

    Joanne Langabee is a Master Naturalist and a Master Gardener. Since retiring in 2004, she has volunteered at Fontenelle Forest, Lauritzen Garden and for the city of Bellevue maintaining flower beds in the city parks. She is also on the Tree Board for Bellevue.  In 2007 – 2011 she tested EarthKind roses for Texas A & M.  Joanne started the “Butterflies in Season” project in 2015.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

    All registration fees are final as refunds for this workshop are not available. 

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

    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
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    This workshop has been rescheduled from its original date of 6-21-18

    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop

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

    When: Thursday, September 13, 2018 

    Time: 7 pm -  9 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

    Instructor: Susan Brookreson

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Susan's Art Inspired by Nature: Mandala Watercolor Workshop. This will be an evening of art, nature, creativity and fun!

    A mandala is an ancient, universal art form. It is circular in format; Mandala means circular in Sanskrit.  Nature will be the inspiration for the creation of these mandalas. Mandala shapes in nature include flowers, the sun and moon, various fruits, shells, spiderwebs etc.  These mandalas can be abstract, symbolic, nonobjective, include realism or be a combination.  Drawing ability is not required.  The emphasis will be creativity, self expression and the natural world.

    Suggested supplies: watercolors (profession grade unnecessary), watercolor brushes, a black marker, watercolor paper (get inexpensive paper that has some heft). Regular drawing paper will not work with watercolors.  *A limited amount of some of these items will be available to use at the workshop. Do not let lack of brushes or marker stop you from registering! 

    This event lead by Susan Brookreson, retired art teacher, Master Naturalist and nature lover, is geared towards all nature lovers and all levels of artistic abilities. 

    This class will be held mainly indoors, with a outdoor stroll through the trails to look to nature for inspiration. 

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their artistic skills. Children may register and attend when accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

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

    • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    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
    Register

    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, September 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Public Program in Morgan County

    Where: Morgan County Board of Education Office, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Topic: When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed

    Presenter: Jim Cummins

    Cost: free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society welcomes Jim Cummins. Jim will present "When Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac Watershed". 

    Mr. Cummins is an ecologist with a natural interest in natural and human history and how they interplay. His geographic area of expertise is the Potomac watershed. He and his wife Nancy live in Bakerton, WV. 

    His presentation will focus on changes in the ecological landscape of the Potomac basin and vicinity from human contact to present, focusing on the period we know the most about - the landscape just prior to and after the 15th century European contact. 

    Jim Cummins is Formerly the Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.  He has a Masters of Science (1985) in Biology from George Washington University.  His projects included biological assessments of streams in WV, MD, PA and DC, environmental flow studies, habitat restoration and fish passage, especially in regard to the Little Falls Dam near Washington, D.C. and a linked American shad stocking program with integrated student and volunteer involvement. Principal ecologist for Anacostia River restoration (urban/suburban impacts).  Authored “Flowing to the Future,” a 1995 plan for improving the North Branch, Potomac River which mitigating long-standing acidic mine drainage problems, developed an exceptional trout fishery, and helped improve the economy in that watershed (region).   Managed and was the primary author for a multi-disciplinary planning project which produced "The Potomac River Watershed Visions Report."   This report became the foundation for the nomination and eventual designation of the Potomac River as one of the nation's Heritage Rivers.

    Directions: 

    Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, 247 Harrison Avenue, Berkeley Springs, WV

    If traveling on Hwy 522, turn onto Williams Street (at the Train Station/H&R Block corner), then turn left off of Williams St. onto Harrison Avenue. The Board Office is located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Goff Street. 

    There are a few parking spaces in the front of the building and a larger parking area around the back of the building (follow Goff St. to the back).

    You will enter the building from the front. We will have an Audubon sign pointing you in the correct direction as well as on the door.

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

    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals

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

    When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 

    Time: 9 am -  12 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Celebrate the Autumn Equinox with Carolyn's morning workshop; Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals. 

    Learn techniques to begin or diversify your field journaling, and follow in the footsteps of Joseph Grinnell and John Muir. Field journals have long been used by naturalists to record regular observations of the natural world. Such detailed information, which may include species counts, illustrations, weather patterns, and notable seasonal changes are used by naturalists for pleasure, scientific and historic inquiry. Field journals encourage keen observations to gain insight and record lasting impressions of the natural world.

    This event will be led by Carolyn Duckworth, a professional writer for the National Park Service and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering an afternoon sequel to her morning workshop. If you are planning on attending the afternoon session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1146 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV
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    What: In-depth Field Journaling 

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

    When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 

    Time: 1 pm -  4 pm

    Cost: $15 for PVAS Members, $20 for general public

    Instructor: Carolyn Duckworth

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Embrace Autumn's arrival with Carolyn's afternoon workshop; In-depth Field Journaling.

    Deepen your field journal practice with two classic drawing techniques, simple visual cues, and combining the visual with words. The drawing techniques help you relax your mind so you can record observations more accurately. Results can be hilarious, yet they reveal details you don’t ordinarily see. Use visual prompts to decipher animals, plants, and landscapes. Experiment with organizing a field journal page before, during, and after field observations.  

    This event will be led by Carolyn Duckworth, a professional writer for the National Park Service and a trained artist. Carolyn has spent decades studying and perfecting the practice of keeping naturalist field journals. 

    This class will begin with a brief indoor session, then will move outdoors (weather permitting). Cool Spring’s easy trails and gathering spaces are ideal for working on your own field journal. 

    Bring a small (approximately 5 x 7") sketchbook or notebook, preferably with no lines, a pencil (#2) and a pen of your choice. PVAS will have some extra supplies available for use.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water. 

    Carolyn is offering a morning introductory workshop prior to this in-depth journaling session. If you are planning on attending the morning session, please bring along a packed lunch. If the weather permits, there are ample places to enjoy your picnic lunch on the preserve. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for those that would like to store or heat their lunch. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, regardless of their journaling skills. Children may attend when accompanied by an adult and registration is required.

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



    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    Register

    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)
    Register

    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, October 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve, Whitings Neck Rd., Shepherdstown, WV
    Register

    What: PVMN Fall Gathering 

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve, Whitings Neck Road, just north of Shepherdstown, WV

    When: Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Time: 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM (come when you can)

    Contact: If you are able to help with the planning, set-up or clean-up, or with any questions, please contact Mary Lynn Robinson at mlrobinson90@gmail.com

    Plan to join us on Saturday, October 27 for the Potomac Valley Master Naturalist 2018 Fall Gathering at Yankauer Nature Preserve.

    We invite all Master Naturalists and their families to attend this fun filled day at Yankauer Nature Preserve.

    SCHEDULE (join us when you can):

    8:30 Bird Walk lead by Lynne Wiseman - meet at the pavilion

    Full day schedule will follow...

    Hope to see you at the 2018 PVMN Fall Gathering. Bring family and friends for a great time.

    Registration is encouraged in order to help with the planning of the day.

    For more information about  this Master Naturalist Gathering, please email Mary Lynn Robinson.

    Directions:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yankauer+Nature+Preserve/@39.4978666,-77.8495921,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xcb3c2907c1a382f9!8m2!3d39.4978666!4d-77.8495921


    • Saturday, November 03, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    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.