PVAS Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Birding 101

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

    Time:  Classroom Sessions: 7-9 p.m.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings (typically 7am-12pm)

    Where: Classroom Sessions: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV.
    April 12: 103 Instructional East
    April 19: 111 Instructional East
    April 26: 111 Instructional East
    May 3: 151 Instructional West

    Field Trips: various locations around the Panhandle

    *Price: $90  per person for PVAS Members and   $110 per person for the general public.  The higher fee includes a one-year family membership in PVAS.

    Workshop Leaders: Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbaum and Carol Winckler

    PVMN Re-cert Hours Eligible 

    Birding 101 is tailored for beginning birders. It utilizes both classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. This year the course will be taught by local birding experts Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbuam and Carol Winckler. An impressive collection of images and recordings, many captured by the instructors, enhance the course. 

    The classroom sessions will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. The classrooms will be announced. The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m.–12 noon on the corresponding Saturdays (April 14, 21, 28 and May 5).

    Class size will be limited to 24 participants. The course is open to people of all ages but children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Registration is required. 

    $50 of the program fee is non-refundable. 100% of the fee is non-refundable if cancelled within 7 days of the course/event.  
    PVAS reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to unforeseen issues. In this case, a full course fee ($90) refund will be given. PVAS membership fees are not refundable.

    Please email any questions to Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or call 703-303-1026.
    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

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

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

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

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

    Registration information

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

    Inclement Weather

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

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

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

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

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

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

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

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

    Registration information

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

    Inclement Weather

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

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

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    What: Cool Spring Nature Play Space Volunteer Day

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

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Time: 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

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    Amy Moore, the Cool Spring Site manager and naturalist, is looking for some energetic volunteers to help us build our new nature play space on Tuesday, April 24, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Volunteer tasks:

    •  Help build the bamboo tipi
    •  Dig holes and put stumps in ground for children to hop/jump between
    • Help construct bamboo chimes
    • Build our Eagle Nest Foundation – This includes putting stakes in the ground and cutting vines to weave around them to form a nest
    • Prune thorns off of nearby locust trees

    This should be a very fun project, which will enhance our site for our youngest visitors. We have some tools, but if you have a shovel, saws, or drills, please bring them. If you cannot make it to the work day but would still like to volunteer for this project, please contact Amy at Amy@potomacaudubon.org

    Thanks in advance for helping us complete this exciting project . Snacks and iced tea or lemonade will be provided.

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



    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town
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    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Art 'Club' Gathering 

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

    When: Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Time: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Hosts: Amy Moore & Krista Hawley

    Bring your latest art project and join other artists as we gather to create art, inspired by nature. 

    This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome, regardless of your 'skill level'. All artists (or want-to-be artists!) that are inspired by nature are welcome to attend. We will continue to celebrate and discuss ways that we can weave together the natural relationship of art and nature. Our aim is to provide opportunities for discussion, learning, sharing and growing within the concept of art in nature.

    Please bring along any projects you are working on. The goal is to create a welcoming work space to share ideas and love of art in nature. 

    This month Carolyn Duckworth will discuss her upcoming workshops, Introduction to Naturalist Field Journals and In-depth Field Journaling. 

    In addition, Doug Pifer will pay tribute to John James Audubon, ornithologist, naturalist and painter, as he rehearses his impersonation presentation. 

    Discussion will be held about creating regular monthly or bi-monthly gatherings. 

    Registration is requested in order to help with the planning/room set up. 

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

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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     MOM's Club with Karisma Neely will participate in an Audubon "Insects" program 10:30am-11:30, Friday, April 27th at Cool Spring Preserve, at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV.   This will include a short hike of about .5 miles.  The program involves a book reading, a song, dressing up a child as an insect to illustrate the body parts, and a few other fun bits.  The cost is $5.00 per participant. Parents and wee tots under their supervision are not charged.  This is a private event. Ms Neely has the resignation code to access, pay and reserve your spot. 

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Time: 8:00 am

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St, Shepherdstown & Morgans Grove Park

    What: Volunteer Day: Tree Pruning, Removing Vines & Mulching 

    Where: Morgan's Grove Park, Shepherdstown

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 12 noon

    Cost: free

    Instructor: Shawn Walker

    PVMN Re-Cert Volunteers Hours Eligible 

    The Shepherdstown Community Club and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society are co-hosting a Volunteer Day at Morgan's Grove Park. Volunteers will help save the trees by pruning, removing vines and mulching on Saturday, April 28 from 9 am - noon.

    The Shepherdstown Community Club needs your hands-on work with its young trees on April 28th.  To insure appreciation of the tree canopy by future generations at Morgan's Grove Park, the Community Club and their conservation partners have planted many trees in the park.  It's now time to do some maintenance work to insure these trees have a healthy life and continue to grow big and strong.  

    Master Naturalist and Friend of the Park Shawn Walker will lead our efforts in 3 areas on Saturday April 28th:  Structural Pruning of the trees, removing invasive vines that are climbing the trees and mulching around the base of the trees.  

    No experience necessary. Registration is not necessary.  Please join us if you can at the Morgan's Grove Park lower parking lot (near the railroad tracks) at 9:00AM April 28th to help with this effort. 

    Shawn will review concepts before we begin and will bring a good number of tools and protective equipment (gloves and eye protection) but please bring your own if possible.  Dress appropriately for working outdoors and bring along drinking water. All skill levels are welcome. 

    Please call or email Steve Ayraud with questions at 805-748-7051 or sayraud@mac.com

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Morgan County Board of Education Office Building, Berkeley Springs, WV

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

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

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2017

    Time: 10:00 AM

    Topic: Spring Wildflowers of the Eastern Panhandle

    Presenter: Dr. Larry Stritch

    Cost: free

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

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

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

    Topics to be discussed are:

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

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

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

    Expand on the knowledge you acquire at the presentation by joining Dr. Stritch at Eidolon Nature Preserve immediately following the talk. He will be leading a Wildflower and Plant walk to capture the hands on learning! More details here: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2731197 

    You may like to bring along a quick picnic lunch to eat on the way to Eidolon or in the parking area before heading out to the trails in search of spring wildflowers!

    Directions: 

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

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

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

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

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

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Storer College (Curtis Freewill Church), Storer College Pl. Harpers Ferry, WV
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    What: Introduction to Birding Presentation and Bird Walk at the Flip Flop Festival

    Where: Storer College Grounds (Curtis Freewill Church) in Harpers Ferry, WV

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Time: 11:00 am - 12 noon

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is excited to participate in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's annual Flip Flop Festival. Deb Hale will be leading a brief presentation introducing birding basics followed by a bird walk around the old Storer College Grounds. 

    Join Deb at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 28 at the Storer College (Curtis Freewill Church). She will begin with a brief Introduction to Birding presentation followed by a bird walk around the Storer College Grounds.

    This event is free and geared towards beginner birders and all birding levels are encouraged to join. Children are welcomed when accompanied by an adult. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

    Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring along drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    More information on the Flip Flop Festival can be found here: 

    http://www.flipflopfestival.org/schedule/

    For questions specific to this event, please contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528 or debhale72@gmail.com.

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
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    What: Plant & Wildflower Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Time: 12 Noon - 2 pm

    Trip Leader: Dr. Larry Stritch

    PVMN Re-Cert Eligible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Time: 8:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

    The Potomac Valley Audubon is cosponsoring, along with the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Bird Club, a bird walk on Sunday, April 29.

    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.
    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When:  Tuesday, May 1, 2017.  Pre-registration is required (limited numbers)

    Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

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

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

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

    Registration information

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

    Inclement Weather

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

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

    • Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Daily Grind, Martinsburg (Foxcroft Ave.)

    What: PVAS Nature Book Lovers Discussion Group

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

    When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018,  2:00 p.m.

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

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

    In May, we are going to focus on the "unlovable" parts of nature--think stink bugs, ailanthus trees, vultures, invasive species, ticks!  Most people are challenged by some parts of nature, so choose your favorite "least liked part" and join the discussion.  Group members are welcome to choose fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or something for young readers.  We know you can find something interesting to read and share!  (If you don't get your book selection finished, come to the discussion anyway!)

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

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • Eastern Panhandle of WV and Washington County, MD
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    What: General Donation to support the May 2018 Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon 

    Where: Birdathon may take place anywhere in the United States

    When: Any 24 hour period within the PVAS IMBD Celebration Week: 

    May 5 -13, 2018

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its ninth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon".

    If you know the specific Team that you are supporting, you may enter the name during the donation process. Proceeds support PVAS's programs, projects and preserves.

    Choose the amount you wish to donate and pay online. If you wish to donate a different amount or pay by check, you may send a check to Birdathon Donation, PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown WV 25443.  Checks should be payable to PVAS. You should enter the team name on the memo line of the check.

    Winners of the Birdathon will be announced in the PVAS newsletter, the PVAS Annual Meeting,  and on the PVAS website.

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

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • Anywhere
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    What: Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon, Team Registration

    When: Registered teams are able to participate any 24 hour period during the week of PVAS's International Migratory Bird Day Celebration: May 5 - May 13. 

    Cost: Free

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its ninth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" during the week of May 5 - 13, 2018.

    The Birdathon is named in honor of Ruth Ann Dean, who was a founding member and ardent supporter of PVAS, a Board member in the early years, and an avid birder.


    The event is open to all members of the public. It is a team event or a family activity. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere, within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during May. 

    Participants can choose to form their own teams, decide their team names and select their own leaders. Teams may consist of 2-5 members. If you don’t have a team, and want to participate, PVAS will help you find one.

    Another option is to participate individually or as a group in a "Big Sit." For the Big Sit, individuals identify, or a team identifies, all birds they can see from within a 50-foot diameter circle of your choosing within the 24-consecutive-hour-period. They could choose their back porch, a circle within their backyard, or a 50 foot circle within a place they like to bird. They can invite friends and family to join them within the circle and make it a special event.

    Winners of the Birdathon and Big Sit will be announced in the PVAS newsletter and on the PVAS website.

    There is no entry fee, and registration is available here on this website. This event is a fundraising effort, however, as participants are asked to take donations or pledges, on behalf of their team. 

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

    For more information, go to the "Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" tab in the "Birding" section of this website.

    This is one of a series of events PVAS is sponsoring this month to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Cerulean Warbler Walk

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422 (near Berkeley Springs, Morgan County)

    When: Saturday, May 5, 2018

    Time: 8:30 a.m. meet and walk starts at 9:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jon Boone 

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Spring Cerulean Warbler Walk at PVAS's Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County, WV. 

    This walk should offer good opportunities to see a variety of migrating and year-round birds before trees are in full foliage.

    The main attractions in early May are the nesting pairs of rare Cerulean Warblers. This is a species of concern that can be found in considerable numbers at Eidolon at this time of year. Eidolon has become a real destination for them. In addition, there is always the treat of the sights and sounds of many other spring arrivals. 

    The walk will be free, and anyone with an interest is invited to attend.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

    Those who wish to join in should plan to arrive at the preserve by 7:30 a.m. where the group will meet in the large parking area inside the gate.

    Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring water and bug spray.

    Meet in the parking lot at Eidolon Nature Preserve at 8:30 a.m. The preserve is located on Sideling Hill Mountain Northwest of Great Cacapon. Directions to Eidolon Nature Preserve can be found here.

    For more information contact the Nature Niche store in Berkeley Springs at 304-258-0992 or natureniche@earthlink.net.

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

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown
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    What: IMBD Bird Walk

    Where: Sideling Hill, Washington County, MD

    When: Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Mark Abdy, Heather Mcsharry and Pol Heiney

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

    This bird walk 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 Krista Hawley with any questions you may have.  


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


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

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

    When: Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Bob Dean

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

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

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

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

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

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


    • Monday, May 07, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • C&O Canal Shepherdstown
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Warblers & Wildflowers Walk

    Where: C&O Canal Shepherdstown

    When: Monday, May 7, 2018

    Time: 7:00 a..m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman & Kathy Bilton

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Birding Day with a warblers and wildflowers walk on the C&O Canal.

    Join Lynne Wiseman and Kathy Bilton at 7:00 AM on Monday, May 7th at the large C&O Canal parking lot near the Shepherstown railroad bridge.

    This will be a leisurely walk on the flat C&O Canal towpath that will last 2-3 hours. 

    There is no fee for this event and it is open to the public. Birders of all levels are encouraged to participate. Binoculars will be available to those who do not have their own.

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged.  

    Please contact Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 with any questions you may have.  

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

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

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

    Ages:  Ages 5-7

    (A session for  8 - 10 year olds is offered simultaneously. Please register for this separately: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2763558 )

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

    Registration information

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

    Inclement Weather

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

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

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve
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    When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Time:  9: 30 am - 11:30 am

    WhereCool Spring Preserve

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

    Ages:  Ages 8-10

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

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

    Registration information

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

    Inclement Weather

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

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

    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County
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    What:  Celebrate IMBD! Bird & Nature Walk 

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

    When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.  

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

    More information on International Migratory Bird Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html
    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

    What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: The Migration of the Monarch

    Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

    When: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Topic: The Migration of the Monarch

    Presenter: Sandy Sagalkin, Co-Director of The Monarch Alliance

    Cost: free

    Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

    Mr. Sagalkin will share the highlights of his visit to the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico in 2014 and how he got started in monarch conservation.  He will then discuss the monarch’s life cycle and its annual migration, as well as touching on major projects of The Monarch Alliance.  

    Sandy Sagalkin is Co-Director of The Monarch Alliance.  He has led bird walks for PVAS for the last 10 years,  mostly in Washington County, and is a former Chairman of the PVAS Birding Committee .  He’s a former member of the PVAS Board of Directors, as well as the board of Defenders of Wildlife.   His advocacy of monarchs began after visiting the monarch sanctuaries in 2014.  Before his retirement, he worked as a lawyer for the federal government.

    This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

    Directions: 

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

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

    www.hospiceotp.org

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

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

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

    • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    • 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Murphy's Farm at Harpers Ferry National Park
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    What: IMBD Bird Walk

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

    When: Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Time: 6:30 -9:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk at Murphy's Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park.  

    Deb Hale will be leading this IMBD birding trip at Murphy's Farm on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 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 Visitor's Center 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.

    More information on International Migratory Bird Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

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

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Friday, May 11, 2018

    Time: Meet at 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with one of several bird walks. Joette Borzik will lead a walk on Friday, May 11 to Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County.

    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 7:00 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 spring migrants, breeding American Redstarts, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Buntings and more. 

    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 Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    For more information on IMBD, visit International Migratory Bird Day.
    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • 4:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Sunrise Birdsong at Cool Spring Preserve

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

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

    Time: 4:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Wil Hershberger 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Doug Pifer & Ryan Braham

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

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for over a year now, and are excited with what it has to offer! The size is not excessively large, but the bird species are diverse and the quality of the wetland is excellent. The property has a mix of open ponds and woods; offering different species. The route is generally flat, with some gradual hills. 

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

    Registration is strongly encouraged. 

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

    Binoculars will be provided if needed. 

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

    Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have. For more information regarding IMBD visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html 

    • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018

    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 throughout the communities that we serve.

    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


    • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town
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    What: Art Inspired by Nature: Art 'Club' Gathering 

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

    When: Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Time: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Hosts: Amy Moore & Krista Hawley

    Bring your latest art project and join other artists as we gather to create art, inspired by nature. 

    This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome, regardless of your 'skill level'. All artists (or want-to-be artists!) that are inspired by nature are welcome to attend. We will continue to celebrate and discuss ways that we can weave together the natural relationship of art and nature. Our aim is to provide opportunities for discussion, learning, sharing and growing within the concept of art in nature.

    Please bring along any projects you are working on. The goal is to create a welcoming work space to share ideas and love of art in nature. 

    In addition, this month Joy Bridy will discuss her upcoming workshop, Native Clay. 

    Discussion will be held about creating regular monthly or bi-monthly gatherings. 

    Registration is requested in order to help with the planning/room set up. 

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

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