Bird Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Monday, May 01, 2017
    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • Eastern Panhandle of WV and Washington County, MD

    What: General Donation to support the May 2017 Birdathon 

    Where: Birdathon may take place anywhere in the United States

    When: Any 24 hour period within May 1  -31, 2017

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth 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 Conservation Programs. 

    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 27, 2017
    • 5:45 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Cranesville Swamp Preserve and Cooper's Rock State Forest
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    What: Bird Watching Field Trip

    Where: Cranesville Swamp Preserve in Terra Alta, WV and Cooper's Rock State Forest

    When: Saturday, May 27th, 2017

    Time: Meet in Shepherdstown's Food Lion parking lot* at 5:45 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m.

    Cost: Free (donations accepted for Birdathon)

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Field Trip Guides: David Daniels and LeJay Graffious from Mountaineer Audubon

    Join PVAS and the Mountaineer Audubon group on a field trip to Cranesville Swamp Preserve and Cooper's Rock State Forest. The field trip will take place on Saturday, May 27th. This trip will be a grand finale for our month-long Ruth Ann Dean Birdathon in May. 

    The group will meet at 5:45 a.m at the Food Lion parking lot in Shepherdstown and will be leaving at 6 am.. 

    *Depending on where people are driving from, we may designate a second meeting location that is convenient for people from other locations. 

    Participants can choose to drive alone or car pool from Shepherdstown to Cranesville Swamp Preserve in Terra Alta, WV. Carpooling is suggested as parking is limited at both sites.

    Trip itinerary: 

    6am: Leave from 

    8am: Meet LeJay G. at West Hazleton Rest Stop on I-68 (adress: 31097 I-68, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525)

    9am: Arrive at Cranesville Swamp Natural Area (Terra Alta, WV)  Birdwatching and walking with our guides; David Daniels and LeJay Graffious from Mountaineer Audubon

    11:30pm: Leave Cranesville SwampDrive to Cooper's Rock State Forest (Eastern, WV)

    12:00: Arrive at Coopers Rock State Forest. Have bag lunch and use restrooms

    12:30-3pm: Hike up to the lookout and birdwatch

    5:30pm: Arrive back home in Jefferson/Berkeley County

    Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of your birding skills, however preregistration is required. 

    Lunch will be on your own. Please pack a lunch and bring along drinking water.

    Please dress for the weather and please bring along binoculars, if you have them. Binoculars will be available to those that need them. 

    Please contact Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 or lewiseman@aol.com with any questions you may have. 

    • 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.


    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 95 Terrace View, Charles Town, WV.

    What: Visit to Purple Martin Colony & Bird Walk 

    Where: Chip Hussion's Purple Martin Colony (direction details provided below)

    When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Join Joette as she visits the active and successful Purple Martin Colony at Mr. Hussion's house.

    Joette Borzik will be leading this visit beginning at 7:30 a.m on Wednesday, May 31.
     
    Mr. Hussion has 26 nesting cavities for the martins on 3 separate poles as well as several other nesting cavities which usually house a handful of tree swallow pairs, a couple blue bird pairs and some wrens.

    Come with your questions - Chip Hussion will be on hand providing answers and stories. After discussion and observation, Joette will lead a bird walk along a short stretch of Evitt's Run and in the surrounding area.

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

    Participants should meet at Mr. Hussion's house. His address is 95 Terrace View, Charles Town. For GPS users that this doesn't appear for, try 103 Eastland Terrace. He is located in the Eastland Subdivision off Old Cave Rd which runs east off Rt 340 about 1 mile north of Washington High School. Please note that Terrace View is the 3rd Eastland street and is to the right off Old Cave Rd (up a hill) when coming from 340.

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. 

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.  

    For more information, please feel free to contact Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or for questions regarding directions, please call Chip Hussion at 304-400-7708.

    • 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.

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Harpers Ferry National Park, North Schoolhouse Ridge

    What: Bird walk at Harpers Ferry National Park

    Where: Harpers Ferry National Park, North Schoolhouse Ridge 

    When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join Deb Hale on a birding trip to the North Schoolhouse Ridge section of the Harper's Ferry National Park. 

    The bird walk is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 AM and will last about two or three hours.

    The event is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome as well.

    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

    Participants should meet at the North Schoolhouse Ridge parking area. From Route 340 just west of Harper's Ferry, turn north on Bakerton Road (Rt 27) and go about three-quarters of a mile to the parking area on the left. 

    The trip will involve about 2.5 miles of walking through fields and unpaved roads, along mostly level terrain. 

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

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    The trip will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

    For more information, please contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-1528 
    • 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.


    • 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.
    • Saturday, July 01, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Lost Creek Shoe Shop, 643 Oakland Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

    What: Field Trip to Lost Creek Shoe Shop

    Why: To Shop ( and learn about) for Birding Binoculars and Scopes

    Where: 

    Meet at the Martins' Grocery Store in Martinsburg 

    Destination is Lost Creek Shoe Shop, 643 Oakland Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059

    When: Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Time: Meet at Martin's to carpool/caravan at 9 AM

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join Lynne Wiseman, Birding 101 course leader, on a field trip to Lost Creek Shoe Shop!

    Come along and learn about birding binoculars and scopes from the experts. 

    Registration is not required, however is recommended to help with planning and logistics.  

    The Lost Creek Shoe Shop is about 2 1/2 hrs. ride but for those thinking of getting new binoculars or a scope it might be worth the trip or maybe just to see the place for when they are ready.  

    Meet at the Martin's Grocery Store in Martinsburg (901 Foxcroft Ave) in the parking lot closest to Foxcroft Ave near the gas station. The group will depart the parking lot about 9 am and stop for lunch before returning home.  

    Please contact Lynne Wiseman at lewiseman@aol.com or 304-676-2725 with any questions you may have. 

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    • 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.


    • 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.


    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Fall Bird Walk

    Where:  National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2016 (register by October 16)

    Time: 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, October 21.

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, but space will be limited and registration by Wednesday, October 16 is required. Children will be welcome.

    After checking in at the guard station, please meet in the 'blue' parking area.

    For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    The bird walk will highlight fall migrants and raptors.

    The Center's 538-acre campus is not normally open to the public, so this is a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus and enjoy their trails while birding. 

    The campus contains a mix of fields and forest, providing good habitat for a rich variety of bird species such as sparrows, juncos, raptors, bluebirds, woodpeckers and waterfowl. One of the highlights of the bird walk is observing NCTC's active eagle nest. 

    The trip will last about two and a half hours and involve walking about two miles over moderate terrain.

    Everyone should plan to wear comfortable walking or hiking boots that can protect against possible muddy trails and dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions. It is also a good idea to bring along sunscreen and drinking water.

    PVAS will provide binoculars for those who do not have their own.

    The trip may be cancelled if there is bad weather.



  
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Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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