PVAS Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    • Monday, May 15, 2017
    • Pick up at Cool Spring Preserve

    What: Camp T-Shirt Order

    Cost: $10 per shirt (XXL sizes are $3-5 more)

    Sizes: Adult Small - XXLarge

    **This is for non-campers (adults) who wish to order a camp t-shirt. Camper shirts are ordered when you register for a camp session.

    Each year, many PVAS friends want to purchase a camp t-shirt for themselves.  If you are interested, make your choice here.  

    Shirts are 100%, pre-shrunk cotton and generally run true to size.  This year's mascot is a box turtle.

    Shirt orders must be made by May 15.  They will be available for pick-up at Cool Spring Preserve after June 15.

    (If you are volunteering at one of the camps, we will provide you a short-sleeved t-shirt as our thank you gift. You are welcome to order others.)


    • Friday, March 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve, across the street from 455 Whiting's Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV

    What: Maintenance Day

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When: Friday, March 3, 2017

    Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016 or email  bridget@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 day at Yankauer Nature Preserve! Learn about invasive climbing vines, how they impact native habitat and what techniques best control them. Gather among friends for some hot coffee, cocoa, tea and cookies while we complete some trail maintenance work 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. Light refreshments will also be available. Yankauer Nature Preserve has bathrooms and water will be available to refill water bottles. 

    We will be learning about invasive climbing plants, how to identify them, how they impact our native habitats and what techniques best control them. Informational handouts will be supplied, and then we will hit the trails in guided groups and get to work removing invasive climbing plants. 



    • Saturday, March 04, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman on a birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Saturday, March 4th.

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

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

    Please meet by 8:00 in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

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

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

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

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

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

    • Saturday, March 04, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Snavely Ford Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
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    What:  Winter Tree Identification 

    Where: Snavely Ford Trail, Antietam National Battlefield

    When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free 

    PVAS Trip Leader: Larry Stritch

    Qualifies for MN Recert hours

    Join Larry Stritch, retired U.S. Forest Service botanist, for a winter tree-identification field trip at Antietam National Battlefield.  This is a family-friendly event that will teach you how to identify trees by such factors as their shapes, branching habits, twigs, and bark.

    Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Burnside Bridge Parking Area in Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The trip will involved walking about 2 miles over moderately even ground along Antietam Creek. 

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

    Registration is not required, however is strongly encouraged.

    Those who participate should be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear.

    If the weather is especially inclement on the day of the trip, it will be rescheduled (date TBA). 

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

    • Sunday, March 05, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
    Registration is closed

    Get outdoors and take action by visiting our beautiful Eidolon Nature Preserve for a day of trail work and a grill out lunch! Join us for a day of hiking and trail clearing as we work to maintain Eidolon Nature Preserve.

    Master Naturalists will receive volunteer hours for their participation

    What: Volunteer Opportunity - Maintenance at Eidolon Nature Preserve

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

    When: Saturday, March 5, 2017

    Time:  10am -- 2pm (come when you can)

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016

    bridget@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 gate. There is a sign on a tree near the entrance declaring Eidolon is a public preserve. 

    We will meet at the Food Lion Parking Lot in Shepherdstown, WV at 8:45am or at the James Ramsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg at 9:10 am to carpool. The preserve has very limited parking so carpooling is preferred. If you drive to Eidolon directly we will be meeting there around 10:00am.

    We will be grilling for lunch, please bring a side dish if you can Please bring a a refillable water bottle and any accessories that will help you stay comfortable (sun wear, warm clothes, bug spray, hats, etc). Pruning sheers, gloves, bags, first aid and clippers will be provided. 



    • Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    • 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, March 8th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Naughty Naughty Monkeys: Human-Wildlife Conflict in Indonesia and Beyond

    Presenter: Alison Zak

    Cost: free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 PM for this public program. 

    Many human and nonhuman animal populations live in increasingly overlapping habitats and may even compete for resources such as food. Certain species of primates and other wildlife share urban and agricultural spaces with people, creating conflict that is a concern for both human well-being and wildlife conservation. What if these ‘pests’ are also endangered species? How is such conflict studied from both cultural and ecological perspectives?

    PVAS AmeriCorps volunteer, Alison Zak, recently studied the crop-raiding conflict between wildlife and farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia for her MA degree in anthropology. She will share an overview of the field of human-wildlife conflict, photographs from her camera trap research, and insights from interviews conducted during her fieldwork.

    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.

    • Friday, March 10, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town WV 25414
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    When:  Friday, March 10, 2017.  Pre-registration is required.  

    Time:  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Where:  Cool Spring Nature Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV 25414 (about 6 miles south of Charles Town)

    Price:  $5 per child. (No charge for adults)

    Ages: Designed for ages 5-10. (Younger siblings are welcome as a parent/child team.)   

    Theme:  This month's program, held at Cool Spring Preserve, is led by PVAS staff Amy Moore.  She will focus on animal adaptations and camouflage.

    Join PVAS staff and volunteers for nature explorations specifically designed for homeschool groups!  Each program will be science-based and include exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme.

    The first 30 minutes of each program will be self-directed, with instructor-led activities following.  Each session will include time outside and on the trails for natural exploration, so dress for the weather.

    Pre-registration for this program is required.  A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program.  Fees are refundable if the program is cancelled.

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

    • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Vernal Pools

    Where: 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV (Directions below)

    When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

    Cost: $20 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

    Instructors: Clark Dixon, PVAS and Kevin Oxenrider, WVDNR

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Join Clark Dixon for this natural history class on Vernal Pools on Saturday, March 11th. 

    The focus for this class will be on the need for Citizen Science involvement to survey local vernal pools. This four hour natural history elective will include a basic introduction to vernal pools with a visit to observe a local vernal pool. 

    The class which is limited to 20 participants will be held at 407 Reservoir Road, Leetown, WV (Directions listed below).  The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon.  Our special guest will be Kevin Oxenrider.  Kevin is the new WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Biologist in District 2, Romney.  

    Kevin is currently implementing a (WVDNR) pilot project that is intended to assess the extent of Ranavirus and other amphibian diseases throughout WV.  Kevin will outline the goals, needs, and methods for this project which include developing a statewide database of wood frog and spotted salamander vernal pool and breeding pond locations and other wetland areas in WV that have breeding populations of spotted salamanders and wood frogs.  This disease survey and monitoring effort will heavily rely on Master Naturalists and other citizens to cover local areas in the state. 

    Join us to learn more about this important WVDNR Citizen Science project.  This is a great opportunity for Master Naturalists to provide meaningful service to improve WVDNR ability to implement this amphibian and reptile disease surveillance project.

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

    This event is limited to 20 participants and registration is required.

    Directions: Vernal Pool class will be at the National Fish Health Research Laboratory in the Leetown Conference Room. The address for the entire complex is 11649 Leetown Road; directions can be found at: http://www.lsc.usgs.gov/?q=aeb-directions. The address of the Fish Health Laboratory itself is 407 Reservoir Road. Once you pull onto Reservoir Road, the parking and building are immediately on your right. Enter the parking lot on the Reservoir Road side of the building (just off Leetown Rd).

    Here’s the confusing part: the entire complex covers both sides of Leetown Road, so the first step is figuring out which building on which side of the road. The new buildings (USDA Cold and Coolwater Research Lab) are on one side; you want the older buildings on the OTHER side of the street. When you pull into the lot with the two older buildings, the Fish Health Building is on the left. The Leetown Conference Room is in that building, on the left after you enter.

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

    • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, located across from 4069 Back Creek Valley Rd, Hedgesville, WV
    • Friday, March 17, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Cool Spring Nature Preserve
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    When:  Friday, March 17, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Where:  Cool Spring Nature Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, (south of Charles Town WV)

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

    This Month's Theme:  This month we'll be listening for the different sounds that can be heard in nature.  Is that song a bird?  Is that hum an insect?  What about the water--does it make a sound?

    Introduce your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the natural world and explore it together through walks, circle time, games, crafts, and activities!   

    Every month we'll focus on something different in nature, appropriate to the season. The first half hour of the program is designed for un-programmed activities and exploring with your child together.  A more structured program follows from 10-11 a.m.

    A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program, so pre-registration is essential.

     Pre-registration is required. If the minimum number is not met, this program can be cancelled.  Programs are conducted rain or shine and include activities in an open-air pavilion and nature walks. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 

     

    • Monday, March 20, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area
    What: Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Monday, March 20th 2017

    Time: Meet at 8:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Kick off spring with a birding trip to the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area! Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County.

    The trip is scheduled for Monday, March 20.

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. 

    Participants should plan to meet at 8:00 AM at the WMA parking area by the boat launch site, off Mission Road.

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

    Possible species to be sighted include early spring migrants, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, vultures, Great Blue Herons, waterfowl and woodpeckers.

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

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

    For more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.
    • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Natural History Workshop: Structural Pruning of Trees

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

    When: Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Cost: $20 for PVAS Members, $25 for general public

    Instructor: Shawn Walker

    PVMN Re-Cert Education Hours Eligible 

    Join Shawn Walker, local Master Naturalist and certified arborist, for his Natural History Workshop on the Structural Pruning of Trees. 

    This workshop is an introductory, yet thorough, workshop that will cover the essentials of tree pruning, with an emphasis on structural pruning of small/young trees for structural integrity and health. 

    The class will do a walk-through/talk-through examining several trees on the Cool Spring property and discuss possible pruning approaches one might take. Then participants will apply the concepts by pruning those trees. 

    Ladders will be available but most of the work should be possible with both feet on the ground. 

    Shawn will provide the majority of the tools needed, however please wear sturdy closed-toes shoes, work gloves, eye protection and any pruning tools you may have. 

    In addition, as the program will span the lunch hour (10-2:30) , please bring along a bag lunch. 

    Dress for the weather and bring along plenty of drinking water. 

    The registration is limited to 15 participants so please register early. 

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

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Deb Hale is leading a birding trip to the Virginius Island section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, March 29th. 

    The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Participants will meet in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with Route 340. From there, participants will travel on a fairly level walk along the island and down to the Shenandoah River. 

    The walk will focus on the riverfront and old canal areas of Virginius Island and Shenandoah Wetlands. 

    The walk is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

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

    For more information contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528. 
    • Thursday, April 06, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 6, 13, 20, 27.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 8, 15, 22, 29.

    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 and Lynne Wiseman

    PVMN Re-cert Hours

    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 and Lynne Wiseman. 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 8, 15, 22 and 29).

    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 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV

    What: 16th Annual This Race Is For The Birds

    Where: Wild Goose Farm, 2935 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV

    When: Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Time: Day-of Registration 7:30 - 8:45 AM                Two timed races begin at 9:00 AM                                    One Mile Kids Fun Run begins 10:45 AM

    Cost: 10K timed run $30                                                   5K timed run $25                                                                   One Mile Kids Fun Run is free

    Please visit www.raceforthebirds.org to register.

    Race for the Birds is excited to return for a second year to the awesome trails at Wild Goose Farm. This beautiful property offers a fantastic fit for our community of runners and walkers. Participants will gather at the historic barn where the trails begin. The non-technical course winds along the Farm's bridle and fox hunting trails, around pristine ponds and grassy fields.

    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

    • Monday, April 10, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve
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     When:  Monday April 10, 2017.  Pre-registration is required.

    Time:  9:30-11:00 a.m.

    WhereYankauer Nature Preserve, Whiting's Neck Road (off Scrabble Road between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg).

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

    Everyone is encouraged to bring their own basket for the Egg Hunt.

    This Month's Theme:  This year, we are tying in each month's theme with a read-aloud book!  In April, we'll be at Yankauer Preserve to read "Chickens Aren't The Only Ones" and then go on an Egg Hunt!  Our eggs look like wild bird eggs so we'll learn about camouflage too!  

    The first 45 minutes will be activities for children to explore on their own.  A short, formal program will begin at 10:15, followed by the egg hunt.

    Introduce your preschooler (ages 3-5) to the natural world and explore it together through walks, circle time, games, crafts, and activities!   

    Every month we'll focus on something different in nature, appropriate to the season. The first half hour of the program is designed for un-programmed activities and exploring with your child together.  The structured program follows from 10-11 a.m.

    A minimum of 8 is needed to conduct the program, so pre-registration is essential.

     Pre-registration is required. If the minimum number is not met, this program can be cancelled.  Programs are conducted rain or shine and include activities in an open-air pavilion and nature walks. Everyone should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 

     

    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    • 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 12th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: A Celebration of Birdsong

    Presenter: Wil Hershberger

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Hershberger, local bird expert, presents “A Celebration of Birdsong.” This celebration exhibits the photography and sound recordings of Wil Hershberger. As we follow the songs and sounds of birds from winter into early summer, we will look more closely at the songs of a few species to see how truly special birdsong is and what it might be telling other birds about the singer. We will watch as birds sing, through the amazing videography of Wil’s friend Lang Elliott, and we will “see” the songs of several species and examine the fine details of the vocal performances of these amazing creatures. 

    Wil 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 two decades and his work has been published in magazines, calendars, and books. He 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.

    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

    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.

    • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ferry Hill Trail, C&O Canal Shepherdstown, WV

    What: Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk  

    Where: Ferry Hill Ridge Trail (off the C&O Canal near Shepherdstown Bridge)

    When:  Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    PVAS Leaders: Mary Duke and Kathryn Henry

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Mary Duke wildflower and nature lover and Kathryn Henry, local certified Master Naturalist, on a Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk on the Ferry Hill Ridge Trail.

    This Wildflower and Nature Walk, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will offer something for everyone; advanced and beginner/families alike.  

    This event is free and everyone is welcome, however pre-registration is requested.

    Please meet the trip leaders at the large parking lot on Canal Road near Shepherdstown. The group will then walk 1/4 mile on the C&O Canal towards the bridge. If you are concerned about the distance, please feel free to park in the smaller parking lot (Lock No 38 at the bottom of the hill) and meet the group under the bridge on the Canal. 

    During April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including lots of trillium, trout lilies, shooting star, bluebells, to name a few.

    The group will make their way to a huge rock further out on that trail that has walking fern, columbine, hepatica, sedums,& other ferns on it. 

    The Ferry Hill Trail is a little steep, but zig-zags back and forth to the top of the ridge so wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along a trekking pole or hiking stick if you like. Please make note that we are labeling this walk as 'moderate' difficulty due to the semi-steep trail. 

    Dress for the weather and bring along drinking water. 

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

    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Earth Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Time: 8:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Celebrate Earth Day with a bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m. and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • Saturday, April 22, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
    Registration is closed

    Celebrate Earth Day and explore the outdoors by visiting our 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: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Time:  10am -- 2pm (come when you can)

    Contact: Bridget Tinsley, PVAS Land and Watershed Program Manager,  304-261-6016

    bridget@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 gate. There is a sign on a tree near the entrance declaring Eidolon is a public preserve. 

    We will meet at the Food Lion Parking Lot in Shepherdstown, WV at 8:45am or at the James Ramsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg at 9:10 am to carpool. The preserve has very limited parking so carpooling is preferred. If you drive to Eidolon directly we will be meeting there around 10:00am.

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


    • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve

    What: Wildflower and Nature Walk at Yankauer Preserve

    Where: Yankauer Nature Preserve

    When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    PVAS Leaders: Mary Beth Ross and Wanda Miller

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

    Join Mary Beth Ross and Wanda Miller, local certified Master Naturalists, on a Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk at Yankauer Preserve.

    This Wildflower and Nature Walk, which is held to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season, will offer something for everyone; advanced and beginner/families alike.  

    This event is free and everyone is welcome, however pre-registration is requested.

    During April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including bloodroot, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, and rue anemone.

    The trails at Yankauer are primitive, so wear sturdy walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.  And thank you for leaving the wildflowers for all to enjoy!

    More information about Yankauer Nature Preserve and directions to the Preserve can be found here.

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

     

    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Murphy's Farm at Harpers Ferry National Park

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Murphy Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park (meet at Park's main Visitor's Center)

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 7:00 -10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join Deb Hale on a Bird Walk at Murphy's Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park.  

    Deb Hale will be leading this birding trip at Murphy's Farm on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 a.m.  

    This event is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged.  

    Participants should plan to meet at the Park's main Visitors Center parking lot off Route 340.  Please note that the Park Service will charge a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the Park unless you have an annual Park pass or a NPS Golden Eagle pass.  

    This trip will involve about 2 miles of moderate hiking, mostly through fields.  Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring along drinking water.

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Please contact trip leader Deb Hale at 304-535-1528or debhale72@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

    What: Spring Bird Walk

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

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 8:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Register Here: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks

    The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Wednesday, April 26.

    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.
    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, MD area (meet at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport)

    When: Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed up with the National Park Service to offer morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport MD area.

    The April 30 bird walk will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport and will be led by local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin.

    The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. It will involve easy walking over level ground, and children and families will be welcome.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

    The Canal towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be seen are winter visitors and resident birds.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Directions to the Williamsport Canal Visitor Center can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

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

    For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: IMBD Bird Walk

    Where: C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, MD area (meet at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport)

    When: Saturday May 6, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk on the C&O Canal!

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed up with the National Park Service to offer morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport MD area.

    The May 6  IMBD bird walk will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport and will be led by local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin.

    The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. It will involve easy walking over level ground, and children and families will be welcome.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

    The Canal towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be seen are winter visitors and resident birds.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Directions to the Williamsport Canal Visitor Center can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

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

    For more information about International Migratory Birding Day visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html or for questions concerning this bird walk, contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    Lynne Wiseman's May 7th IMBD bird walk will begin at 7:30 AM. 

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

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

    Please meet by 7:30 in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

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

    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 Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 

    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Meet at Shop and Save, 147 Roaring Lion Dr., Hedgesville, WV
    What: IMBD Bird Walk

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

    When: Tuesday, May 7, 2017

    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 Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 AM. From there, the group will then travel about 10 minutes to Grabill Farm. 

    Please feel free to contact the 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


    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown
    What: IMBD Birding Trip

    Where: Sideling Hill, Washington County, MD

    When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leaders: Sandy Sagalkin and Pol Heiney

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Birding Trip at Sideling Hill. 

    This Birding Trip is co-sponsored by PVAS and Washington County Bird Club. 

    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.

    Meet at 7 AM in the upper parking lot of Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown, MD (off Rt. 65, just south of US 70).  

    Please feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions you may have.  

    Sandy Sagalkin can be reached at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.  

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


    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 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, May 10th, 2017

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle

    Presenter: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Dr. Larry Stitch, retired U.S. Forest Service national botanist, will present a program on 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. 

    Dr. Larry Stitch 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.  

    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, May 11, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property

    Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

    When: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Celebrate IMBD 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 7:00 AM on the driveway to the mansion 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.
     
    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

    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. For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html.

    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. 
    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Shannondale Springs WMA

    What: Spring Wildflower Walk 

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Friday, May 12th, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free 

    Trip Leader: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Qualifies for PVMN Re-Cert Hours

    Join Dr. Larry Stritch, retired U.S. Forest Service botanist, for a Spring Wildflower Walk at Shannondale Springs WMA.  

    This is a family-friendly event that will introduce you to some of the many spring wildflowers that are found in the eastern panhandle. 

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

    Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the WMA boat launch site off Mission Road. 

    The 1,361 acre Shannondale Springs property is managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It includes a mixture of forest, brush land and open fields covering rolling hills. The trip will involved walking about 2 miles over moderately even ground. 

    Shannondale Springs WMA may be reached by taking new Route 9 east to old Route 9 across the Shenandoah River approximately 1.2 miles to Mission Road. Take Mission Road approximately 2.2 miles to a sharp right turn marked with a brown sign showing river access. After starting the turn, the sign for Shannondale Springs WMA can be observed not eh left. Follow this road across a small stream to the parking area adjacent to the boat launch site. 

    Please dress for the prevailing weather conditions, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along drinking water and insect repellant. 

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

     
    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for a Mother's Day Bird Walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffers Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    This walk at Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm will take place 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.
    For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/imbd.html


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County

    What:  Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Nature Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

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

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffer's Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    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, orchard orioles and baltimore orioles.  

    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 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Shepherdstown, WV

    What: PVAS Native Plant Sale:                                       "Promoting Pollinators in the Panhandle"

    Where: Shepherdstown, WV 

    When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Time: 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

    PVAS is happy to announce our second annual “Native Plant Sale: Promoting Pollinators in the Panhandle.”  

    The sale will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9am-4pm in conjunction with the well-established annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea in Shepherdstown, WV.  The location of the Native Plant Sale is not yet confirmed, but it likely to be held where our sale was last year behind the Shepherdstown Public Library where the Sunday Farmer's Martket is held. 

    Last year our vendors included:

    • Bluebell Ridge Nursery, Sharpsburg, MD
    • Star Eagle Gardens, Berkeley Springs, WV
    • Stadler Nursery, Fredrick, MD
    • PVAS will be selling Butterfly Weed (supplied by Sunny Meadows Nursery) (Preorders will be available later at www.potomacaudubon.org/store
    • Shary's Garden Art, Berkeley Springs, WV (Bird baths, bird feeders, and other creative garden items)
    • Eversweet Apiaries, Kearneysville, WV (Honey tastings and honey for sale)

    The intent of this new event is to provide high-quality native plants to our members and the larger community, with a focus on plants that benefit pollinators in trouble like the honeybee and Monarch Butterfly. PVAS will be selling butterfly weed through a partnership with The Monarch Alliance of Washington County.


    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414

    What: First Aid and CPR Certification Training

    Where: Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd. Charles Town, WV

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM

    Cost: $70 for PVAS Members, $75 for general public

    Trainer: Brian Kearney

    Contact: Krista Hawley or 703-303-1026

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

    Brian Kearney will be conducting a three hour First Aid and CPR course at PVAS's Cool Spring Preserve.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will have earned the standard first aid and CPR certificate. The certification is through the Emergency Care Safety Institute (ECSI) and the local vendor is Emergency Training Resource (ETR)

    The course will be held in the upstairs classroom in the main building at Cool Spring Preserve. 

    Dress in comfortable clothes, bring along drinking water and eat dinner before arriving. The class will start promptly at 5:30. 

    Cool Spring Preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Rd. just outside Charles Town, WV. Parking is available at the parking lot to the front of the building. 

    The workshop is open to anyone with an interest, however registration is required and limited to 10 people. 

    In order to receive the certification, you must attend the full three hour course.

    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the full fee will be refunded. $50 of the fee is nonrefundable and 100% of the fee is nonrefundable within 7 days of the workshop. 

    • Monday, May 29, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Memorial Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Monday, May 29, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for a Memorial Day bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Monday, May 29 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.


    • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport, MD area (meet at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport)

    When: Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has teamed up with the National Park Service to offer morning bird walks along the C&O Canal towpath in the Williamsport MD area.

    The June 3rd bird walk will begin at the Canal Visitor Center at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport and will be led by local birding expert Sandy Sagalkin.

    The walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. It will involve easy walking over level ground, and children and families will be welcome.

    Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

    The Canal towpath offers good birding opportunities, since it is a major stop for migrating birds and neotropical birds that breed in our area. Species likely to be seen are winter visitors and resident birds.

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Directions to the Williamsport Canal Visitor Center can be found on the Canal website at www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/williamsportvisitorcenter.htm.

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

    For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Mr. Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465.

    • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town WV 25414
    • 2

    Price: $30 per camper (includes T-shirt)
    When:
    June 3, 2017
    Time:
      9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd, Charles Town WV 25414

    Teens, entering 7th grade and older (ages 12-17), who have an interest in working with younger campers and serving as assistants to the camp staff may work as Junior Staff, either at Yankauer Nature Preserve or Cool Spring Preserve. 

    All Junior Staff MUST attend training on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. at Cool Spring Preserve. The training will cover learning about being a camp leader, work ethics, and how to be a great counselor. 

    Those who register for the training will be sent an information sheet which will provide more background on your experience working with children and preference on camp session dates.

    After completing the training, junior staff will be invited to volunteer for a week at camp with the possibility of being asked back for additional weeks.  Junior staff positions are limited each week.

    Bring a lunch and morning snack, sunscreen, and bug repellent. 

    Junior staff will be provided with one camp T-Shirt so please order one during this registration process. (If you want multiple shirts, they are $10 each and you should contact Amy Moore daycamp@PotomacAudubon.org to order). T-shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes.

    For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to Cool Spring Preserve, and other things parents want to know, go to  www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.

     

     

     

    • Monday, June 05, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 09, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 16

    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 5-9, 2017  (If schools are still in session, you can choose to attend a partial week at a pro-rated cost.)
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Bring out your inner critter!  Get ready to get dirty as you explore a marsh and meadow; create sculptures with rocks, sticks, and mud; build mini-rafts to float in the creek; and construct forts in the woods.  Spend the week making things, getting messy, and exploring the outdoors!  

    Since public schools may still be in session this week, you may choose to attend a partial week at a pro-rated cost.  Contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org if you wish to do this.

    • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).  
    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
    • Monday, June 12, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 16, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Yankauer Nature Preserve
    • 23

    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 12-16, 2017
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
    Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelters, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
    • Monday, June 19, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, June 23, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
    • 8

    Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
    When:
     June 19-23, 2017
    Time:
    9:00am–3:00pm
    Where:
     Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

    Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

    Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelter, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

    • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm). 
    • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
    • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
    • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
    • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, June 19, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 23, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Shepherdstown, Yankauer Nature Preserve, C&O canal, Harpers Ferry
      • 8

      Price: $200 per camper members/ $225 per camper non-members

      When: June 19-23, 2017

      Ages: 10-13 (entering grades 6-8)

      Time: 9:00am–3:00pm

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Every day is a different adventure! Learn wilderness survival skills, go caving, bike on the C&O Canal, hike up Maryland Heights, and search for geocaches.  

      Parents are asked to drop off and pick up campers at a different location each day:

      Monday: Yankauer Nature Preserve -- Wilderness Survival Skills

      Tuesday: Yankauer Nature Preserve -- Caving at Whitings Neck

      Wednesday: Drop off at small parking lot under Shepherdstown bridge at the C&O canal-- Biking on the C&O Canal

      * If you need a bike, we'll try help you find a bike that you can borrow

      Thursday: Harpers Ferry Train Station -- Hiking Maryland Heights Trail

      Friday: Meet in front of McMurran Hall in Shepherdstown --Geocaching around Shepherdstown

      Bring a lunch and a morning snack, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  A waiver is required for caving and will be sent to you by email.

      T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you need to order a shirt only one time, unless you want multiple shirts.

      For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to the site, and other things parents want to know is found at  www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.


      • Monday, June 19, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 23, 2017
      • 4:00 PM
      • Shepherd University, Center for Contemporary Arts Building 1
      • 7

      Price: $200 members/ $225 non-members
      When:
      June 19-23, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–4:00pm
      Where:
      Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts (Building 1)

      Ages: 14-18 (entering grades 9-12)

      Learn the basics of digital photography, even if you've never held a camera, or work on your skills if you're already familiar.  Learn how to compose the BEST pictures, master manual lens settings and shutter speeds, then download the images to a computer for editing and manipulation with color and design techniques.  A Nikon 35mm digital SLR camera is provided for your use during the week. You'll keep all your images!  On Friday afternoon, share your best photos for family and friends at your first public artist exhibition!

      This session is held at Shepherd University's Contemporary Arts Center (Building 1)  and taught by professional photographers.

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  Other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit, please contact Ellen Murphy (Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org) before you register.
      • Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.
      Complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to camp, and other things parents want to know, is found at www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.


      • Saturday, June 24, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Summer Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, June 24 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.


      • Monday, June 26, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 30, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 15

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       June 26-30, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Join us as we uncover the mysteries of the forest.  Look for clues to learn what animals have been there and what they were doing.  We'll peek under logs, hunt for animal tracks and scat, dissect owl pellets, examine bones and skulls, and investigate the signs that animals leave behind.  There's plenty of time for games and building your fort in the woods!

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, June 26, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, June 30, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 11

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       June 26-30, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      What was life like 200 years ago?!  Who lived here before us?  We'll learn the ways of life of native people and the early pioneers.  Learn how to use resources from the land to make our own games, food, and tools.  Build a shelter for our tribe, weave on a lap loom, make berry ink, write with a quill, and make fish print bandanas.

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm). 
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
      • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

      What: Bird Walk

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

      When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

      Time: 8:00 AM

      Cost: Free

      Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

      Register Here: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks

      The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Wednesday, June 28.

      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.
      • Wednesday, July 05, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 07, 2017
      • 1:30 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 3

      Price: $90 per camper (members)/$120 (non-members)
      When:
      July 5-7, 2017 (3 days)
      Time: 9:00am–1:30pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                        Ages: 5-6 (entering grades K-1)

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      This session is designed for children who are ready to come to camp on their own without a parent. Explore insects, mammals, birds, and the forest through hands-on activities. 

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  Other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact Amy Moore,  daycamp@potomacaudubon.org    BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.
      • Wednesday, July 05, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Saturday, July 08, 2017
      • 11:00 AM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 16

      Price: $125 PVAS members/$150 non-members
      When:
       July 5-7, 2017  (3 days and overnight)
      Time:
      9:00 am–3:00 pm (Wednesday-Friday, then 7 pm Friday to 11 am Saturday)
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Campers spend three days exploring all the wonders of Cool Spring Preserve.  We'll study bugs, catch butterflies, be on the lookout for birds, and search for aquatic critters in Bullskin Run! On Friday night, campers' families can join the fun during an evening campfire, night hike, and an overnight camp-out on the property! Bring your own tent. We'll supply S'more fixings on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday morning.  

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).  To arrange for either, you can add them on when you register!
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Monday, July 10, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 14, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Cool Spring Preserve
      • 18

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       July 10-14, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
       Cool Spring Preserve                              Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Bring out your inner critter!  Get ready to get dirty as you explore a marsh and meadow; create sculptures with rocks, sticks, and mud; build mini-rafts to float in the creek; and construct forts in the woods.  Spend the week making things, getting messy, and exploring the outdoors!  

      • Before and After Care is provided at camps at Cool Spring Preserve.  Fees are $25 per week for mornings (7:30-9:00 am) and $50 per week for afternoons (3:00-5:30 pm).
      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • If you have questions about anything camp related, contact Amy Moore at daycamp@potomacaudubon.org                      
      • Monday, July 17, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 21, 2017
      • 3:00 PM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 23

      Price: $150 PVAS members/$175 non-members
      When:
       July 17-21, 2017
      Time:
      9:00am–3:00pm
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                         Ages: 5-12

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Are you the one who will be THE survivor?  Learn the importance of shelters, water, fire, food, and safety in the wild. Learn basic survival skills including building shelters, solar cooking, checking the weather, and being safe in the woods. Learn knot-tying and play challenge games in the great outdoors while you build your fort!

      • Non-PVAS members pay the higher price for the first child only.  All other children in your family may be enrolled at the lower price.
      • If you wish to reserve your spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit or pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.
      • Campers should dress in clothes that can get dirty!  Bring a lunch and morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
      • T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.  If your child is attending multiple camp sessions, you only need to order a shirt once unless you want additional shirts.  
      • Saturday, July 22, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Mid-Summer Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, July 22, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, 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.


      • Monday, July 24, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Friday, July 28, 2017
      • 11:30 AM
      • Yankauer Nature Preserve
      • 10

      Price: $50 per first camper/adult; $10 for additional preschool child (No charge for siblings under age 2).
      When: July 24-28, 2017
      Time: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
      Where:
      Yankauer Nature Preserve                       Ages: 3-5

      Register early!  Early bird registration fees are available until March 15!

      Explore the natural world with your child through circle time, short hikes, crafts, hands-on nature exploration, and stories.  Every day is a different nature theme! 

      If you wish to pay your fee by check rather than online, please contact Amy Moore at  daycamp@potomacaudubon.org BEFORE you register.

      Be sure to dress in clothes you can get dirty!  Bring a morning snack, water in a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

      T-shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes (Youth XS-Adult XL).  T-shirts must be ordered by May 15 to ensure delivery at camp.

      For complete information about what to bring to camp, directions to Yankauer Preserve, and other things parents want to know, go to www.potomacaudubon.org/Audubon-Discovery-Camp-Information-For-Parents.
      • Thursday, August 10, 2017
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center. 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

      What: Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View

      Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

      When: Thursday, August 10th, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM

      Instructor: Penny Stritch

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

      PVMN Re-Cert Eligible 

      Love to watch the butterflies in your yard? Are you interested in learning how to identify them? Wondering what plants attract them? Looking for tips on how to take a quality picture of these fluttering beauties?

      Join Penny Stritch for this Natural History Workshop: Butterflies for Beginners: A Photographer's Point of View. 

      As a self-taught backyard naturalist, Penny has documented 50 different species of butterflies in her yard. She is excited to share her impressive photographs of butterflies as well as give you a photographers viewpoint of:

      • which butterflies you can expect to find in your yard
      • where to look for them
      • what to plant in order to attract them to your yard
      • useful field guides 
      • tips on how to take pictures of these fluttering insects
      • clues on how to ID skippers
      • and much more!

      This workshop is open for anyone interested, however registration is required. 

      Penny has spent years creating a backyard habitat that is home to hundreds of butterflies, as well as numerous other insects. She will be leading an educational tour of her yard on the Saturday following this Workshop. However registration for this tour will be limited so make sure to register early! Registration for the tour available here.

      The Workshop is held at the Hospice of the Panhandle located at 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. From W.Va. Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If heading east, turn left off of the exit. If traveling west, turn right off of the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz. Turn right. Take the next left across from the Shop N Save (formerly Food Lion) onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back to the Education Center. The Education Center will be on your left, and the inpatient facility will be on your right.

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

      • Saturday, August 12, 2017
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Penny Stritch's yard
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      What: Butterflies for Beginners Field Trip

      Where: Penny Stritch's backyard butterfly habitat

      When: Saturday, August 12, 2017

      Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

      Cost: Free

      Trip Leader: Penny Stritch

      PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

      Join Penny for an educational tour through her butterfly garden where she will point out plants, butterflies and tips on taking pictures of these fluttering wonders. 

      Learn what plants attract which butterflies, how to ID butterflies, what butterflies you can expect to see in the eastern panhandle and much more!

      If you love to learn about butterflies and their habitat, this is a field trip you will not want to miss. 

      This walk is free and open to anyone with an interest, however the registration is limited to 15 participants. 

      Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, bring along drinking water, a sun hat and sunscreen.

      Directions to the field trip location will be provided in the registration email. 

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

      • Saturday, August 19, 2017
      • 7:30 AM
      • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

      What: Bird Walk 

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

      When: Saturday, August 19, 2017

      Time: 7:30 a.m.

      Cost: Free

      PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

      The walk will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 a.m. and will last about 2.5 to 3 hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Past events

    Sunday, February 19, 2017 Family Owl Prowl
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, February 17, 2017 Wee Naturalists: Feathers for Lunch
    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden
    Friday, February 03, 2017 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Friday, February 03, 2017 Homeschool Adventures
    Monday, January 30, 2017 Wee Naturalists: The Mitten
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Tree Identification
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bird Walk at Altona Marsh - NOW HELD AT COOL SPRING PRESERVE
    Friday, January 27, 2017 Homeschool Adventures
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, Living in Nature: The World's Hunter-Gatherers
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Natural History Workshop: Wonders of Water (Sheds)
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
    Monday, January 16, 2017 Animal Story Yoga
    Sunday, January 15, 2017 MLK Jr. Day, Service Event at Cool Spring Preserve
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: A Journey to the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Viewing of the Film "Green Fire"
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Winter Bird Walk & Driving Tour
    Monday, January 02, 2017 Inwood Christmas Bird Count
    Saturday, December 24, 2016 CANCELLED -Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Winter Solstice Bird Walk
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 Charles Town Christmas Bird Count
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Community Meeting: Chimney Swifts on Shepherd University Campus
    Sunday, December 11, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, December 03, 2016 Bird Walk for Late Risers
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Birding 101 Reunion and Celebration
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Saturday, November 26, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 Autumn Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, A Journey to the Aldo Leopold Foundation
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 Open House at Cool Spring Preserve
    Sunday, November 13, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: The Galapagos Islands: Challenges and Triumphs of Conservation
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Kids Library Program: Bear Hair: Animal Pelts and Poetry
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Katie Fallon Presents on Vulture: Private Life of an Unloved Bird
    Friday, November 04, 2016 Vulture Watch and Walk at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry National Park
    Thursday, November 03, 2016 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016 Yankauer Maintenance Day
    Saturday, October 29, 2016 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Saturday, October 29, 2016 Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
    Friday, October 28, 2016 Owl Prowl and campfire at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, October 28, 2016 Eidolon Maintenance Work
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, October 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Monday, October 17, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Leaf Man
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Saturday, October 15, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Pollinators: The Simple Truth, We Can't Live Without Them
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, October 09, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, October 08, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Celebration
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 CANCELED - Field Trip to Herban Sprout
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Creek Critters in Antietam Creek
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Hawk Watch at Bolivar Heights
    Monday, September 19, 2016 Cape May Hawk Watching Trip
    Monday, September 19, 2016 Wee Naturalists: September Exploration
    Saturday, September 17, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Living in Nature: The World's Hunter-Gatherers
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Hawk Watching Trip at the Washington Monument State Park
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 United Way Day of Caring at Yankauer Preserve and Stauffer's Marsh
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Monarch Discovery Days at National Conservation Training Center
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Antietam Creek 'Water Canaries'
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Saturday, September 03, 2016 Monarch Discovery Days
    Saturday, September 03, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Friday, September 02, 2016 Singing Insects Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Saturday, August 20, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Shepherd University Day of Service at Yankauer
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Saturday, August 13, 2016 Mini-ID Workshop on Butterflies, Pollinators and Butterfly Garden Plants
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Saturday, August 06, 2016 Second Annual Butterfly Count - CANCELED
    Saturday, August 06, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Friday, July 29, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Field Trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, July 18, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Pioneer Survivor (Peter Burr Farm)
    Monday, July 18, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Younger Campers: Out Of The Nest (ages 3-5 with an adult partner attending)
    Saturday, July 16, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Float Trip on the Opequon and Potluck
    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Fireflies, Fiddles, and Frogs Family Picnic
    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Bird Walk at Blue Ridge Center in Loudoun County VA
    Monday, July 11, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: The Simple Life (Peter Burr Farm)
    Monday, July 11, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp for Younger Campers: Nature Buddies (Yankauer)
    Sunday, July 10, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Wildlife CSI-4 days (Yankauer)
    Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Science in the Woods--4 days (Yankauer)
    Saturday, July 02, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 27, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 2 (Yankauer)
    Saturday, June 25, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 PVAS At My Organic Market (MOM) in Frederick MD
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 20, 2016 Teen Digital Nature Photo Camp
    Monday, June 20, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Nature's Architects (Yankauer)
    Saturday, June 18, 2016 Visit to Successful Purple Martin Colony & Bird Walk
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Project Webfoot-3 days (Stauffer's Marsh)
    Monday, June 13, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 1 (Yankauer)
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 Summer C&O Canal Bird Walk
    Thursday, June 09, 2016 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, June 06, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp: DIY Nature (Yankauer)
    Sunday, June 05, 2016 Bird Walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Master Naturalist 10th Anniversary Campout at Rolling Ridge
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Junior Staff
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Sunday, May 29, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Establish a Monarch Waystation Volunteer Service Project
    Saturday, May 21, 2016 PVAS Native Plant Sale
    Monday, May 16, 2016 Wee Naturalists: This Log Is A Home!
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at the Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Saturday, May 14, 2016 Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon--Donations Still Being Accepted
    Saturday, May 14, 2016 Seventh Annual Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon Team Registration
    Friday, May 13, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Visit to Successful Purple Martin Colony & Bird Walk
    Thursday, May 12, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Sideling Hill
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Purple Martins
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area Bird Walk
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Monday, May 09, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Sunday, May 08, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, May 07, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Introduction to Birding & Bird Walk for Beginner Birders
    Friday, May 06, 2016 Celebrate IMBD! Warbler Walk at Harper's Ferry National Park, Murphy's Farm
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 Frogwatch USA Protocol Instructional Workshop
    Friday, April 29, 2016 Tour of Medicinal Plant Garden, Apothecary Museum, and Medicinal Plant Laboratory
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Bird Walk at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry National Park
    Saturday, April 23, 2016 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Friday, April 22, 2016 Bird Walk at Hagerstown's Kiwanis Park
    Monday, April 18, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Dirt Don't Hurt!
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Wildflower Festival
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Master Naturalist Service Project: Forest Restoration
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Appalachian Night Sounds
    Saturday, April 09, 2016 This Race Is For The Birds
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Charles Town)
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Tour of Cam Tabb & Sons Composting Farm
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Friday, April 01, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Bolivar/Harpers Ferry)
    Thursday, March 31, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Martinsburg)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (South Jefferson)
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Bird Walk on the C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (North Berkeley)
    Monday, March 28, 2016 Passport to Nature at the Library (Shepherdstown)
    Saturday, March 26, 2016 Spring Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, Understanding the Basics of Solar Energy
    Monday, March 21, 2016 Wee Naturalists: Furry Tales!
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Welcome Spring Event
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Spring Egg Hunt
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 Winter Tree Identification along the C&O Canal
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Volunteer Day: Save our Trees from Invasive Vines at Morgan's Grove Park
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 Winter Wildlife and Tracks Walk at Cacapon State Park
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 Trip to View American Woodcock Mating Display
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Astronomy
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Bird Walk at Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, February 14, 2016 Winter Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield - CANCELED
    Saturday, February 13, 2016 Family Outdoor Adventures: Animal Discovery Hike - POSTPONED
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Wildlife Encounters
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 Winter Tree Identification Field Trip at Cacapon State Park
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Southern States Wild Bird Appreciation Day
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 18th Annual C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Canceled: Winter Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 Tour the Grapevine Road Recycling Center
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: International Wildlife Trafficking
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Winter Bird Walk & Driving Tour
    Saturday, January 02, 2016 Inwood Christmas Bird Count
    Monday, December 21, 2015 Bird Walk at Harpers Ferry National Park
    Saturday, December 19, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, December 19, 2015 Charles Town Christmas Bird Count
    Saturday, December 12, 2015 Bird Walk at Altona Marsh
    Thursday, December 03, 2015 Appalachian Fruit Research Station Tour
    Saturday, November 28, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Harpers Ferry Bird Walk: Virginius Island
    Saturday, November 14, 2015 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Saturday, November 14, 2015 Medicinal Plants: Past, Present & Future
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: History and Tales of the Christmas Bird Count
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area Bird Walk
    Sunday, November 08, 2015 CANCELLED - Family Outdoor Adventures: Letterboxing Trek
    Thursday, November 05, 2015 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Monday, November 02, 2015 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Saturday, October 31, 2015 Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
    Friday, October 30, 2015 Halloween Eve Owl Prowl
    Saturday, October 24, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 PVAS's Public Program in Morgan County, Backyard Naturalists
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Saturday, October 17, 2015 Tree Walk: Trees in Transition and Winter Identification
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program; Freshwater Mussels
    Sunday, October 11, 2015 Bird Walk and Tour of the Historic Ridgedale House
    Friday, October 09, 2015 Cape May Hawk Watching Trip
    Wednesday, October 07, 2015 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, October 04, 2015 Postponed - Family Outdoor Adventures: Letterboxing Trek
    Saturday, September 26, 2015 Monarch Butterfly Count at Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, September 26, 2015 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Saturday, September 19, 2015 Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival
    Friday, September 18, 2015 Hawk Watch at Bolivar Heights
    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 United Way Day of Caring at Yankauer Preserve and Stauffer's Marsh
    Sunday, September 13, 2015 Plant Walk at Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program; Local Mosquito & Tick Issues
    Saturday, September 05, 2015 Bird Walk at Altona Marsh
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Discover Nature with a Walking Tour of Shenandoah University's Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield
    Sunday, August 23, 2015 PVAS Charity Art Bazaar at the Bridge Gallery!
    Saturday, August 22, 2015 PVAS Charity Art Bazaar at the Bridge Gallery!
    Saturday, August 22, 2015 Family Outdoor Adventures: Whiting's Neck Caving Adventure
    Saturday, August 22, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Friday, August 21, 2015 PVAS Charity Art Bazaar at the Bridge Gallery!
    Thursday, August 20, 2015 PVAS Charity Art Bazaar at the Bridge Gallery!
    Saturday, August 15, 2015 Natural History Workshop; Mushrooms
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Bird and Butterfly Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Saturday, August 08, 2015 Singing Insects Walk on the C&O Canal
    Saturday, August 01, 2015 Family Outdoor Adventures: Build A Family Fort at Yankauer Preserve
    Saturday, August 01, 2015 Field Trip and Hike at Ice Mountain Preserve
    Saturday, August 01, 2015 Bird and Butterfly Walk at Claymont Mansion
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Tour of Redbud Organic Farm
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 Natural History Workshop; "Wasted Light, Stolen Night: An Introduction to Light Pollution"
    Saturday, July 25, 2015 First Annual Butterfly Count
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Bird walk on the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry
    Monday, July 20, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Outdoor Adventurer-Build a Techno Trail (Martinsburg)
    Monday, July 20, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp For Younger Campers: Out of the Nest (ages 3-5 with a parent attending, Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Fireflies, Fiddles, and Frogs Family Picnic
    Monday, July 13, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 3 (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Monday, July 13, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Pioneer Adventure (Peter Burr Farm)
    Sunday, July 12, 2015 Plant Walk at Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Bird and Butterfly Walk in Loudoun County VA
    Monday, July 06, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Butterfly...Flutter By (Peter Burr Farm)
    Monday, July 06, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp for Younger Campers: Nature Buddies (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Monday, July 06, 2015 Cacapon Institute's Stream Scholars Camp
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Project WET/Project WILD/Project Learning Tree Workshop for Teachers
    Monday, June 29, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: I'm Flying! (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Saturday, June 27, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Bird Walk in Loudoun County VA
    Monday, June 22, 2015 Teen Nature Photography Camp (Shepherd University)
    Monday, June 22, 2015 WAITING LIST Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 2
    Monday, June 22, 2015 WAITING LIST Audubon Discovery Camp: Outdoor Adventurer-Build A Techno Trail
    Monday, June 22, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Outdoor Adventurer-Build a Techno Trail (Shepherdstown)
    Monday, June 22, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 2 (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 Champagne Garden Party
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 Tour of the Wildlife Center of Virginia
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 4 (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Monday, June 15, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs! (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Bird Walk at the Blue Ridge Tract (WMA) in Shannondale
    Monday, June 08, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp: Camp Survivor 1 (Yankauer Nature Preserve)
    Saturday, June 06, 2015 Audubon Discovery Camp For Teens: Junior Staff
    Monday, June 01, 2015 Wee Naturalists
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 Member BBQ and Annual Meeting
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 Natural History Workshop; Campfire Cooking Class
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 Family Nature Tales
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 Fern Walk at Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Bird Walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands
    Sunday, May 17, 2015 Natural History of the Timber Rattlesnake
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 Bird Walk at the National Conservation Training Center
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program; The Birds of Cuba
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry National Park
    Sunday, May 10, 2015 Plant Walk at Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Sunday, May 10, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, May 09, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Sideling Hill
    Friday, May 08, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Harpers Ferry; Murphy's Farm
    Thursday, May 07, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk in Western Berkeley County
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Altona Marsh
    Monday, May 04, 2015 Wee Naturalists
    Monday, May 04, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Sunday, May 03, 2015 Field Trip to Eversweet Apiaries; Intro to Honeybees, Honey & Beekeeping
    Sunday, May 03, 2015 Celebration IMBD! Bird Walk at the Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Saturday, May 02, 2015 Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Spring Gathering
    Saturday, May 02, 2015 Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon Donation
    Saturday, May 02, 2015 Fifth Annual Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon Team Registration
    Monday, April 27, 2015 Celebrate IMBD! Children's Birding Workshop/Birdwalk
    Sunday, April 26, 2015 Bird Walk at Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 Family Nature Tales
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 This Race Is For The Birds
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Earth Day Bird Walk at North Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Sunday, April 19, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Sharing Nature With Children: Spring and Summer
    Sunday, April 19, 2015 General Nature Hike at the Eidolon Nature Preserve
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 Wildflower Festival
    Thursday, April 16, 2015 Guided Walking Tour of the State Arboretum of Virginia
    Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program
    Friday, April 03, 2015 Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property
    Thursday, April 02, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Birding 101
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Shannondale Springs Birding Walk
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 Spring Egg Hunt
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 Volunteer Day: Save our Trees from Invasive Vines at Morgan's Grove Park
    Saturday, March 28, 2015 Family Nature Tales
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Bird Walk at Schoolhouse Ridge/Harpers Ferry National Park
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Field Trip to Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 Spring Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program
    Saturday, March 07, 2015 Winter Wildlife and Tracks Walk at Cacapon State Park
    Saturday, March 07, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Project Learning Tree, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 Family Nature Tales
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Winter Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh - still scheduled despite snow forecast.
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 Volunteer Day: Save our Trees from Invasive Vines at Morgan's Grove Park - CANCELED
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 Winter Tree Identification Field Trip at Cacapon State Park
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 Family Nature Tales
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Harpers Ferry Bird Walk
    Monday, January 26, 2015 Field Trip to the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office - Postponed due to snow storm
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 17th Annual C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Stauffer's Marsh
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Open House for Prospective Master Naturalists
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Winter Bird Walk & Driving Tour
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 Natural History Workshop: Safety in the Outdoors
    Saturday, January 03, 2015 Inwood Christmas Bird Count
    Thursday, January 01, 2015 New Year's Day Hike at Cacapon State Park
    Saturday, December 27, 2014 Christmas Bird Count at Antietam National Battlefield
    Saturday, December 20, 2014 Winter Bird Walk followed by Tour of Claymont Mansion
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Winter Bird Walk on the C&O Canal
    Sunday, December 14, 2014 Charles Town Christmas Bird Count
    Sunday, December 07, 2014 Stauffer's Marsh Bird Walk
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 Bird Walk at Altona Marsh
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 Tree Walk: Trees in Transition and Winter Identification
    Saturday, November 15, 2014 Cathedral State Park/Blackwater Falls State Park Field Trip
    Thursday, November 13, 2014 eMammal: Citizen Science Program at Blandy and PVAS walk through Arboretum
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program
    Monday, November 10, 2014 Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station Field Trip
    Saturday, November 08, 2014 Owl-Banding Field Trip
    Saturday, November 08, 2014