Each winter, between December 14 and January 5, PVAS volunteers organize two Christmas Bird Counts: the Inwood Count and the Charles Town count. Volunteers count as many birds as they can within the designated area, and the data is compiled nationally to provide National Audubon and other organizations a snapshot of bird populations across the country. The data helps assess the health of bird populations and guides conservation initiatives. To learn of this year’s CBC plans or to register, see the PVAS calendar or call 304-671-4995. Also, see this page for maps, tally sheets and other information you will need.
The most recent count results can be found here.
An annual four-day event in mid-February that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds. The event helps to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning birders to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy and it helps the birds.www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html
For 20 years, birds along the entire 185 miles of the C&O Canal have been counted. This survey, which had been coordinated by the District of Columbia Audubon Society, is designed to provide a snapshot count of birds present on the C&O Canal. This annual Canal Count takes place in January. Please check the Events Calendar for information and registration.
Project FeederWatch extends from November – April. Anyone with an interest in birds and nature is invited to help us all learn more about our favorite birds and to become a “citizen scientist.” The cost is $15 which will provide you with:
- The FeederWatcher Handbook & Instructions;
- 17″ x 22″ Common Feeder Birds poster;
- the 2012-13 Bird-Watching Days Calendar;
- and Winter Bird Highlights, an annual summary of FeederWatch findings.
Complete information can be found at feederwatch.org.
PVAS does not receive any money from this project and we are not connected with the group in any way, but FeederWatch is one way that you can learn more about feeding winter birds and tracking the species that visit your feeder. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a very reputable group. The website is https://birds.cornell.edu/pfw/
- PVAS Birding Programs
- Bird Counts
- Birding Resources
- Birding Trail
- Appalachian Trail, Jefferson Co., WV
- Antietam National Battle Field, Washington, County, MD
- Cacapon State Park
- Cool Spring
- C&O Canal Washington, Co., MD
- Eidolon Nature Preserver, Morgan Co., WV
- Flowing Springs Park, Jefferson Co., WV
- Harper’s Ferry National Park
- Indian Springs WMA, Washington Co., MD
- Poesy Hollow Area
- Shanondale Springs WMA, Jefferson Co., WV
- Shenandoah River
- Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area
- Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area
- South Mountain Parks Area, Washington Co., MD
- Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley Co., WV
- Yankauer Nature Preserve, Berkeley Co., WV