Bird Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 16, 2017
    • Jefferson County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Charles Town (Jefferson County)

    When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bob Dean bobdean52@gmail.com

    Christmas Bird Counts have been an Audubon Society tradition for over 100 years!  There are many ways that you can participate. 

    • Beginners may like counting birds at their feeders and reporting the results.  Please click here to check the map to see if you are in the Charles Town circle.  If so, then look for the Charles Town Tally Sheet, print the tally sheet out and keep track of your feeder birds on December 16.  The tally sheet can be mailed to PVAS P.O. Box 578 Shepherdstown WV 25443 or emailed to bobdean52@gmail.com.                                                             
    • Beginners may also like taking a more active role by joining a team of birders and heading out in the fields.    
    • More experienced birders may be interested in being on a team in the field; possibly partnering with novice birders and showing them what a Christmas Bird Count is all about!
    To participate or for questions contact Bob Dean:
     304-671-4995 or bobdean52@gmail.com

    Find more information here Christmas Bird Counts

    The Charles Town event focuses on Jefferson County.
    • 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 pep4223@comcast.net 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. 
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Harpers Ferry, WV
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    What: Winter Solstice Bird Walk 

    Where: Meeting at Deb Hale's house and carpooling to Lower Town to hike the Maryland Heights Overlook trail

    When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Time: meet at 9:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join Deb Hale as she welcomes winter with a Winter Solstice Bird Walk in Harpers Ferry. 

    The walk will take place at the Maryland Heights Overlook trail, Harpers Ferry. Participants should park and meet at Deb Hale's house at 9:00 am and carpool to the hiking location. The meeting place address is provided in a registration confirmation email. 

    Registration is strongly encouraged, however there is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children will be welcome.

    The walk, lasting about 3 hours, will involve birding along a strenuous hiking trail. 

    Species likely to be sighted include woodpeckers, wrens, sparrows, waterfowl on the Potomac, and raptors, besides the usual suspect.

    Participants should bring water and dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, expecting it to be chilly. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. 

    The trip will be canceled in the case of severe weather.

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

    For those that are able, Deb has extended a gracious invitation to a light lunch at her house following the walk. Please feel free to join her as she takes a step back from the busy holiday season to enjoy time with fellow birders and friends.

    For more information contact trip leader Deb Hale at
    debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-2346


    • Saturday, December 23, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD
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    What: Winter Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, December 23, 2017

    Time: 8 - 11 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

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

    The walk will take place on Saturday, December 23 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/snow. 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.


    • Friday, January 05, 2018
    • Berkeley County, WV
    What: Christmas Bird Count

    Where: Inwood WV (Berkeley County)

    When: Friday, January 5, 2018

    Cost: Free

    Contact: Bob Dean at bobdean52@gmail.com

    Christmas Bird Counts have been an Audubon Society tradition for over 100 years!
    There are many ways you can participate.
    • Beginners may like counting birds at their feeders and reporting the results.  Please click here to check the map to see if you are in the Inwood circle.  If so, then look for the Inwood Tally Sheet, print the tally sheet out and keep a tally of your feeder birds on January 5. The Tally Sheet can be  mailed to PVAS PO Box 578  Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or email it bobdean52@gmail.com.              
    • Beginners may also like taking a more active role by joining a team of birders and heading out in the fields
    • More experienced birders may be interested in being on a team in the field, possibly partnering with novice birders and showing them what a Christmas Bird Count is all about!
    To participate contact Bob Dean:
     304-671-4995 or bobdean52@gmail.com

    Find more information here Christmas Bird Counts

    The Circle for the Inwood Count is centered near Shanghai in Berkeley County and includes the west side of Martinsburg and Inwood to the east and the Stotler's Crossroads/Greenwood section of Morgan County to the west. 
    • Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Various Birding Spots around Charles Town area
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    What: Winter Bird Walk and Driving Tour

    Where: Meeting spot at Martin's Grocery Store in Charles Town then carpooling to various locations around the Eastern Panhandle. Visit sites such as the ponds on Country Club Road, Potomac Street, several stops along the Shenandoah River and more

    When: Tuesday January 9, 2018 (snow date of January 23)

    Time: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Don't let winter weather keep you inside! Come along with Jim Farley as he embraces winter birding and explores various birding sites.

    Meet at the Martin's Grocery Store in Charles Town at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday January 9. From there, participants can carpool to a variety of birding locations. 

    Spots to be visited include Country Club Pond, Potomac Street, several stops along the Shenandoah River and more, depending on the time frame.

    The group will primarily be looking for migrating ducks but will be checking the shore lines for other winter birds as well. 

    Please bring along drinking water and wear sturdy walking shoes. In addition, remember to dress for the prevailing weather conditions. 

    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. 

    If roads are icy or snow covered, you will receive an email notification the evening prior to the event. A snow date is set for Tuesday, January 23.

    Please contact Jim Farley at 540-686-2056 or jamesfarley@frontiernet.net with any questions you may have. 

    • Sunday, January 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV
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    What: Winter Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Time: 9:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join PVAS trip leader, Lynne Wiseman on a winter birding trip at Cool Spring Preserve on Sunday, January 14th.

    The trails at Cool Spring preserve have a lot to offer! From well maintained foot paths to gorgeous views, the preserve's 12 acres is home to much wildlife. 

    Please meet by 9:00 in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    Species likely to be seen at this time will include winter visitors, and year-round birds.

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

    If  you have questions or would like more information, contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    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.


    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Monday, February 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Your Backyard

    The 2018 GBBC will take place Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19. Please join in for the 21st annual count!

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

    Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers 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 to do.  AND it helps with bird conservation because you are helping to document with a "snapshot" of the birds at a certain location and a certain time. 

    Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species they see during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC website.  There are plenty of "helps" on the website to assist you with identification.

    Full information is at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html


    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
    • 15
    Register

    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.
    Classrooms TBA

    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.
    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)
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    What: Spring Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leaders: Bob Dean and Heather Walsh

    Join PVAS on a Spring Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! 

    Our expert birders have been leading walks on this property for 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. 

    • 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


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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

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

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
304-350-9735
Kimberly@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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