Bird Walk as part of the Christmas Bird Count

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town


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What: Bird Walk as part of the Christmas Bird Count

Where: Claymont Mansion & Cool Spring Preserve, south of Charles Town

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

December is a wonderful time to get outside to enjoy nature and survey birds.  This field trip is being conducted as part of the Charles Town, WV Christmas Bird Count.   Two of the birding hotspots within the Charles Town Christmas Bird Count circle are the historic Claymont mansion property and PVAS's Cool Spring Preserve.  Both birding hotspots will be surveyed as part of this field trip.  The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Claymont property first. 

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

Bring your lunch with you if you plan to join the field trip leader at both hotspot locations.  Because this is a Christmas Bird Count and the pace is faster than a normal bird walk might be, the group will not be making a special stop for lunch.  We will walk approximately 2-3 miles at Claymont if weather conditions permit, but you can opt out at any time.  Once the Claymont property is surveyed, the group will move to Cool Spring Preserve, where we will walk the trails there for a total of approximately 1.5 miles.  Due to specific documentation requirements of the Christmas Bird Count, registration for this event is required.

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 required.

Dress accordingly for the weather, bring water and a snack or lunch. 

Binoculars will be available for loan if someone needs them.

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

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

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Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
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Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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