PVAS Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

    This event is the RESCHEDULED program originally scheduled for February 7.

    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, March 7, 2018

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Topic: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden

    Presenter: James Dillon, Certified Horticulturist

    Cost: free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 7th at 10:00 AM for this public program. 

    Ideal gardens provide both visual beauty and environmental benefit. Resilient gardens are designed with a "layered" approach using plants that possess specific traits. Functional and aesthetic design elements like form, habit, leaf/flower texture, and root morphology will be discussed. Bringing these elements together all while keeping pollinators and birds in mind will make the most out of our gardening spaces.

    Making the best plant selections for your landscape is the focus for James Dillon, a certified Horticulturist with over 13 years of experience working in the green industry. With a B.Sc. in Biology from East Carolina University, he views landscape design as the integration science, nature and art. An ecological approach and knowledge of many plant varieties result in plantings that thrive in their environment. James practiced horticulture in the northern DE area, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, with continuing education at Longwood Gardens. Previously, as manager and buyer of woody plants for a diversified garden center in Chambersburg, PA, James became familiar with a large palette of plant cultivars. Native plant selection, environmental benefits, and low maintenance gardens are emphasized in many designs. James has designed several rain gardens and continues taking coursework on ecological landscape design. James enjoys volunteering for The Monarch Alliance, designing Monarch waystations for them, including the Kiwanis Park in Hagerstown. He owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a small landscape/gardening company based out of his home, where he’s an avid gardener in Kearneysville, WV.

    Admission is free, no registration is needed and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    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, March 10, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Early-Spring Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman on a early-spring birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Saturday, March 10th.

    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 lingering winter visitors, year-round birds and perhaps some surprises!

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

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

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

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

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Check www.potomacaudubon.org for trip cancelations. 


    • Sunday, March 11, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town
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    What: Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property

    Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

    When: Sunday, March 11, 2018  

    Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Enjoy some early spring birding with local birder and Master Naturalist, Joette Borzik. The walk will take place on the beautiful historic Claymont Mansion property outside of Charles Town.

    Please meet Joette at 8:00 am on the driveway to the mansion where the wetland crosses the driveway and park at the gate. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road and is marked by a street sign that says "Claymont Mansion".

    This walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

    Possible species includes winter residents, waterfowl, raptors and the opportunity to hear early spring bird song.
     
    Registration is strongly encouraged.

    Dress accordingly for the weather, bring water, and a snack if needed. 

    The group will walk for approximately 3 miles, but individuals may opt out at any time along the way. The group will walk the North Woods loop, where Hermit Thrushes may be found, if conditions warrant.

    Binoculars will be available for loan if someone needs them.

    Please contact Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net with any questions you may have.

    The Claymont property, which totals about 300 acres, is home to the historic Claymont Mansion. The mansion, which was built in 1820 by George Washington's grand-nephew Bushrod Washington, is the largest of the Washington family homes and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property is owned and managed by the Claymont Society for Continuous Education and is used to host seminars and retreats for the public. The property has recently been entered into a conservation easement that ensures it will be protected from development. 

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, March, 13 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Radical Raptors! )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, March, 13 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Radical Raptors! )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, March, 13 2018

    Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    NOTE: Since this age group is so popular, we are trying out a duplicate afternoon session to meet the demand. However, please be aware that if we do not get a minimum of 6 registrants, the program will be cancelled. Refunds will be given.

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Radical Raptors! )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Daily Grind, Martinsburg (Foxcroft Ave.)

    What: PVAS Nature Book Lovers Discussion Group

    Who: Anyone with an interest in reading and discussing natural history. No registration is required and it's free!

    When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018,  2:00 p.m.

    Where: The Daily Grind in Martinburg (on Foxcroft Ave, near Outback). We have reserved their meeting room.

    Join other adults who enjoy reading and discussing books about natural history.  Each month the group gathers to discuss a different book or natural history subject.

    This month we are going to concentrate on one nature writer, Terry Tempest Williams.  Choose anything that she has written and enjoy!  Several of her titles are available at area libraries.  Group members are welcome to choose fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or something for young readers.  We know you can find something interesting to read and share!  (If you don't get your book selection finished, come to the discussion anyway!)

    For more information or if you need suggestions for authors, contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

    Presenter: Melissa Castiano 

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Ms. Castiano will present on the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress that is held annually at the National Conservation Training Center.

    The Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is to engage tribal youth, college students, community mentors, and federal agencies/employees in educational opportunities in identifying and addressing natural resource conservation issues in communities, leadership development, and promoting communication and collaborative efforts across these groups.

    Many of the youth that attend this Congress are traveling from their communities for the first time and the objective is to connect tribal youth and provide a venue so that their voices can be heard. In many cases, tribal communities are some of the most effected by climatic changes. The students are then provided grants from the partner federal agencies to continue the ground work in their communities.  

    Melissa has a degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University.  As an undergraduate, she was recruited to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) which gave her opportunities to pursue fieldwork with Service biologists and continue her interest in conservation.  She has worked as a Wildlife Biologist with the Division of Ecological Services at the Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is currently at the Service’s National Conservation Training Center as the Indigenous Youth Programs Coordinator, working at a national scale in engaging the next generation of native youth conservation leaders through Service programs or partnering agencies and organizations. Melissa is Dine’ (Navajo) from northwest New Mexico and is an active member of the Southwest Native American Fish and Wildlife Society. In her free time, she loves snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, running, crossfit, horror/Sci-fi movies and books, and hanging out with her dog, Lt. Ripley.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

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

    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Tuesday, March 20, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description:  Come learn about animals that hatch from eggs. We'll observe different animal eggs, talk about animal life cycles, and end the program searching for hidden eggs that are colored to look like real bird eggs. Please bring your own basket for the egg hunt. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County
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    What:  Early Spring Nature Walk for Families 

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley

    When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Time: 9:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

    Join Steve Hartman on this Early Spring Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh. This walk is for families and adults alike. 

    Enjoy a morning with nature at Stauffer's Marsh where flora and fauna abound. Birds expected to be seen are early spring migrants. Depending on the weather, early spring flowers may be in bloom and with any luck, you may spot a frog or turtle on this walk. 

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

    Participants should meet in the parking area at the north end of the Marsh.  The Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road 
    (County Route 7).  

    The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great.  However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.  

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. Because ticks can be a problem at the Marsh, bug spray is recommended.

    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.

    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Eidolon Preserve
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    *This program was requested by Miss Chanda Farris' Homeschool Community and is reserved for members of this group. A registration code is required to register for this program.* 

    When: Monday, March 26, 2018

    Time:  10:00 am - 12:oo pm

    Where: Eidolon Preserve Parking Lot: 2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV

    Price:  $6 per child. (No charge for adults) 

    Theme: This program is a hike at Eidolon focusing on Forest Ecology. Students will learn about the lifespan and structure of trees, and how trees and animals depend upon each other. The hike will be guided by a PVAS Naturalist.

    Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Pack a water bottle, picnic lunch and sun protection. There will be a port-o-john at the parking lot for our comfort. 

    To located Eidolon Preserve, please type is the physical address to Google maps: "2146 Orleans Rd., Great Cacapon, WV 25422". The main entrance at Eidolon has a turquoise metal gate which will be opened by the trip leader. We will park inside the preserve in the lower parking lot. If you type "Eidolon" into Google Maps you will probably get lost, as it does not give directions to the main Preserve entrance on Orleans Rd. 

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 10 pre-paid students is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or if a parent cancels their child's registration more than one week in advance of the program.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Kimberly Baldwin (Kimberly @PotomacAudubon.org) or (304) 350-9735.

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, March, 27 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Exploring Insects )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, March, 27 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  5-7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Exploring Insects )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Thursday, March 29, 2018
    • Thursday, April 05, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    Thursday, March 29, 2018 ;  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    Thursday, April 5, 2018 ; 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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    Price:  $16 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Age: This program is geared towards children in grades 3-5

    Session 1:  

    In this lesson we will learn about the different states of water and the water cycle.  We will then learn about watersheds and helps students understand the small scale to the large scale concept of a watershed.  Importantly, we will emphasize the idea that even though students may not live right next to a body of water, everyone impacts the wider watershed; the Chesapeake Bay.

    This session will be indoors.

    Session 2: 

    This lesson introduces erosion and then makes the connection between one component of the water cycle (run off) and erosion.  We will then spend the rest of the program outside, at the creek, learning how to test water quality and learning about the invertebrates that live in the water.

    This session contains an indoor and outdoor component. Please wear clothes and shoes that you can wear in the creek, an extra change of clothes and a towel.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    • A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)


    • Thursday, March 29, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    Are you interested in volunteering with PVAS to lead watershed activities for 4th grade students in our watershed program? 

    This spring, we have many 4th grade classes from across Jefferson and Berkeley Counties that will be participating in field studies that provide students with hands on experiences in nature and in their watershed. PVAS is seeking volunteers to help instruct activities at some of these field studies. Here are some of the stations that you could lead:

    -Macro-invertebrate collection and identification

    -Water quality testing (pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature etc)

    - Nature Hike Scavenger Hunt

    - Water filter building

    -Water cycle game

    This event is for a day of training to become familiar with these stations so that you feel confident and knowledge to lead these activities at any field trips you volunteer for.

    If you have volunteered at these field trips in the past, we still ask that you attend. As we are constantly tweaking this program to make it even better and there are new things that we will be doing that we want everyone to know about. 


    • Friday, April 06, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 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: Friday, April 6, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Cost: Free

    Join us for a day of service as we work to improve Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve! We will be working to clear invasive species and maintain the trails on the 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. 

    PVAS will provide all necessary tools to complete the work including gloves and tools. Water refills and first aid will also be available. Participants should wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. 

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@potomacaudubon.org

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


    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Shafer Park Community Center, Boonsboro, MD 21713

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society & Boonsboro Environmental Commisson's Public Program 

    Where: Shafer Park Community Center, Boonsboro, MD 21713

    When: Tuesday, April 10th, 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 Boonsboro Environmental Commission and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a public program on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm. 

    PVAS and the Environmental Commission welcome 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.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    The program is held at Shafer Park's Community Center in Boonsboro:

     https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shafer+Park/@39.5061966,-77.6586235,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x12f8122715254577!8m2!3d39.5061966!4d-77.6586235

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

    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Drones & Birds - How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are Changing Ornithology?

    Presenter: Andrew Wilson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Wilson will present on Drones and Birds - How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are Changing Ornithology? 

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones, are a rapidly emerging technology that will impact many aspects of our lives in the near future. Mr Wilson will provide an overview of the many applications of drones in the study of birds. He will report on an innovative study conducted by Gettysburg College students to test the feasibility of using drones to count songbirds, and he hopes to convince you that this isn’t as silly a proposition as it sounds!

    Andrew Wilson is a pioneer in using drones for bird and wildlife research. Andy has been an avid birder since childhood. In his native England he was an Ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology for 10 years before moving to PA for grad school in 2004. Andy edited the 2nd PA Bird Atlas and is helping with data analysis for Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Virginia atlases. Andy is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College, and lives in Frederick MD with his wife and five-year old twins.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

    Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

    GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)

    www.hospiceotp.org

    From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

    The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 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
    • 10
    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.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    What: Spring Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Bob Dean and Heather Walsh

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

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for a year now, 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, April 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Broomgrass, Broomgrass Way, Gerrardstown, WV 25420

    What: 17th Annual This Race Is For The Birds

    Where: Broomgrass, Broomgrass Way, Gerrardstown, WV 25420

    When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Time: 'Day-of' Registration 7:30 - 8:45 AM                

    5K & 10K timed races begin at 9:00 AM                                    

    Kids Fun Run begins 10:45 AM

    Cost: 10K timed run $30, 5K timed run/walk $25                                                               Kids Fun Run is free

    Please visit www.raceforthebirds.org to register.

    Race for the Birds is excited for participants to experience Broomgrass's beautiful trails. The gorgeous property offers a fantastic fit for our community of runners and walkers. Participants will follow the non-technical course on trails and gravel roads through woods, across grassy fields with scenic views and alongside Back Creek. 

    Our RaceforBirds website will provide much information, however if you have further questions, please feel free to email race director Nan Johnson at race4birds@potomacaudubon.org

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 8
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Edible Plants )

    In this program we will be eating cattail and making root beer out of sassafras roots. If your child has any food allergies please contact the instructor. 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Edible Plants )

    In this program we will be eating cattail and making root beer out of sassafras roots. If your child has any food allergies please contact the instructor. 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    When:  Wednesday, April 18, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description: This program will focus on all the sounds we hear in nature. From bird calls, frog calls, insect chirps and the tickle of the stream, this sensory program will help your preschool practice their observation and listening skills!

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:  Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Pollinators)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5-7  year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:  Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Pollinators)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 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: Saturday, April 28, 2017

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Topic: Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle

    Presenter: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Cost: free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 AM for this public program. 

    Dr. Larry Stitch, retired U.S. Forest Service national botanist, will present a program on Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle.

    Topics to be discussed are:

    • An introduction to some of the common spring wildflowers found in the eastern panhandle
    • Habitats where they may be found
    • Bits and pieces of interesting natural history of some of the wildflowers

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

    Larry Stritch recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as a botanist for 30 years. He is an expert in native plant identification, propagation, and gardening with native plants. He is also an expert in pollination ecology and recently served as staff to President Obama's Pollinator Health Task Force where he helped author the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Beens and Other Pollinators and Pollinator Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands. In addition, he has served on the Federal Interagency Monarch High Level Working Group. 

    Expand on the knowledge you acquire at the presentation by joining Dr. Stritch at Eidolon Nature Preserve immediately following the talk. He will be leading a Wildflower and Plant walk to capture the hands on learning! More details here: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2731197 Join him for a quick picnic lunch before heading out to the trails in search of spring wildflowers!

    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, April 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
    • 25
    Register

    What: Plant & Wildflower Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Time: 12 Noon - 2 pm

    Trip Leader: Dr. Larry Stritch

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Explore the plants and wildflowers of the beautiful Eidolon Nature Preserve! Join us as we walk the trails in search of wildflowers and plants and perhaps a redbud or two! 

    Dr. Stritch will be leading this walk. He is recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as a botanist for 30 years. He is an expert in native plant identification, propagation, and gardening with native plants. He is also an expert in pollination ecology and recently served as staff to President Obama's Pollinator Health Task Force where he helped author the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Beens and Other Pollinators and Pollinator Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands. In addition, he has served on the Federal Interagency Monarch High Level Working Group. 

    Just prior to the wildflower walk, Dr. Stitch will present a program on Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle. His talk is scheduled from 10 - 11 am at the Morgan County Board of Education Office. More details here: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2731336  

    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.  

    If you are joining us for both the presentation and the walk, please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy between the presentation and the walk. Remember a refillable water bottle, sturdy walking shoes and any accessories that will help you stay comfortable (sun wear, bug spray, hats, etc) while you walk the trails at Eidolon.

    Both the Wildflower Walk and the Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle talk are free and open to the public, however registration for the walk is appreciated. 

    If you have questions, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 

    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 8
    Register

    When:  Tuesday, May 1, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $5 (single fee) per child/adult partner. (There is no extra charge for an additional child under age 2.)

    Ages: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds; however 2 year olds are welcome too!

    Program Description: We'll learn about what makes a bug a bug and the many different kinds of bugs that live at Cool Spring Preserve. Then we'll go on a bug safari hike!

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program. Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

     For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meet at Shop and Save, 147 Roaring Lion Dr., Hedgesville, WV
    Register
    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Grabill Farm

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

    When: Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Bob Dean

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk at Grabill Farm with local birding expert Bob Dean. 

    This event is free and open to the public, regardless of your birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

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

    The group will meet trip leader, Bob Dean, at the Hedgesville Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot on Sunday, May 6th at 7:00 AM. From there, the group will then travel about 10 minutes to Grabill Farm. 

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

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html


    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately:  )

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5 - 7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Birds: Hidden Hazards)

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County
    Register

    What:  Celebrate IMBD! Bird & Nature Walk 

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley

    When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird and Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh.

    Enjoy a morning with nature at Stauffer's Marsh where flora and fauna abound. Birds expected to be seen include, but not limited to, spring warblers, yellow warblers, bluebirds, orchard orioles and baltimore orioles.  Spring flowers will also be a highlight. 

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

    Participants should meet in the parking area at the north end of the Marsh.  The Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road 
    (County Route 7).  

    The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great.  However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.  

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. Because ticks can be a problem at the Marsh, bug spray is recommended.

    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.

    More information on International Migratory Bird Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html
    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • 4:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    Register

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Sunrise Birdsong at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Saturday, May 12, 2018, International Migratory Bird Day!

    Time: 4:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Wil Hershberger 

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with Sunrise Birdsong at Cool Spring Preserve! We will be out on the preserve by daybreak, listening to the bird's dawn chorus as they welcome the rising sun.

    Please meet trip leader, Wil Hershberger, at 4:30 am (we know it's early but you won't regret it!) in the parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve.  From there, you will walk out into the field and listen to the birds's dawn chorus crescendo and pass into daytime singing. 

    The trails at Cool Spring preserve are well maintained and the preserve's 12 acres is home to much wildlife. The trails can be slick if there has been rain, so wear appropriate footwear.

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

    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.

    For more information regarding IMBD visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html or for questions regarding this bird walk, contact at Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026

    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Doug Pifer & Ryan Braham

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Spring Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for over a year now, 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. For more information regarding IMBD visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html 

    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

    (A session for  5 - 7 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 5-7) Beatnik Birds)

    In this program we'll explore poetry, song and stories inspired by birds! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

    Price:  $8 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: Homeschool Adventures: (Ages 8-10) Beatnik Birds)

    In this program we'll explore poetry, song and stories inspired by birds! 

    The program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Part of the program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

    Registration information

    • Pre-registration for this program is required.
    •  A minimum of 6 per session is needed to conduct the program.
    • Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled by instructor or cancelled by parent more than one week in advance.

    Inclement Weather

    If inclement weather is in the forecast, you will be notified by e-mail either the day before the program or by 8:30 am on the day of the program.

    For more information, contact Amy Moore (Amy@PotomacAudubon.org)

    • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
    Register

    What: Early Summer Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Time: 7:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Joette Borzik & Christine Densmore

    Join PVAS on a Early 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. 

    Birds expected to be found are breeding summer residents, that should be enforcing their territory by singing their song.  If you want to learn more bird song, this would be a good walk to join, as Joette is a bird song enthusiast.  

    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
    • 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, August 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
    • 15
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