Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: History and Tales of the Christmas Bird Count

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • 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, Kearneysville

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM

Topic: History and Tales of the Christmas Bird Count

Presenter: Mr. Jay Sheppard

Cost: free

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

Mr. Sheppard will talk about Christmas Bird Counts, their history and contribution to citizen science and conservation biology. 

Jay Sheppard is retired from the Endangered Species Office of the USFWS .  Jay lives in Laurel, Maryland, and also worked in the Bird Banding Lab at the Patuxent WRC (FWS Center).

The Christmas Bird Count is a massive, citizen-science project that has been conducted throughout the western hemisphere every winter since 1900 under the auspices of the National Audubon Society.

The purpose is to monitor the status and distribution of early-winter bird populations.

The count is conducted entirely by volunteers, who spend a day every year around Christmastime recording all the birds they see within a designated area. 

The data they collect are folded into what is now the longest-running database in ornithology, representing over 100 years of continuous information. This database is used to help spot trends in bird populations, which in turn can help identify shifts in environmental conditions.

Locally, two counts have been conducted in the Eastern Panhandle since the early 1950s: one in the Charles Town area, and another that is centered in Inwood.

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


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)


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 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.

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