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    • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • Anywhere

    What: Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon, team Registration

    When: Throughout the month of May  2017

    Cost: Free

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" during the month of May 2017.

    The Birdathon is named in honor of Ruth Ann Dean, who was a founding member and ardent supporter of PVAS, a Board member in the early years, and an avid birder.


    The event is open to all members of the public. It is a team event or a family activity. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere, within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during May. 

    Participants can choose to form their own teams, decide their team names and select their own leaders. Teams may consist of 2-5 members. If you don’t have a team, and want to participate, PVAS will help you find one.

    Another option is to participate individually or as a group in a "Big Sit." For the Big Sit, individuals identify, or a team identifies, all birds they can see from within a 50-foot diameter circle of your choosing within the 24-consecutive-hour-period. They could choose their back porch, a circle within their backyard, or a 50 foot circle within a place they like to bird. They can invite friends and family to join them within the circle and make it a special event.

    Winners of the Birdathon and Big Sit will be announced in the PVAS newsletter and on the PVAS website.

    There is no entry fee, and registration is available here on this website. This event is a fundraising effort, however, as participants are asked to take donations or pledges, on behalf of their team. 

    Contact Bridget Tinsley at (304) 261-6016 or bridget@potomacaudubon.org with any questions you may have.

    For more information, go to the "Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" tab in the "Birding" section of this website. Questions? Contact Bridget.

    This is one of a series of events PVAS is sponsoring this month to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Hapers Ferry National Historical Park; Virginius Island

    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Deb Hale is leading a birding trip to the Virginius Island section of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park on Wednesday, March 29th. 

    The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m.  Participants will meet in the parking area on Shenandoah Street just below the intersection with Route 340. From there, participants will travel on a fairly level walk along the island and down to the Shenandoah River. 

    The walk will focus on the riverfront and old canal areas of Virginius Island and Shenandoah Wetlands. 

    The walk is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Registration is strongly encouraged.

    The trip will be about 2 miles total on level ground and along some railroad tracks. Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along drinking water.

    Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    The trip may be canceled or postponed if weather conditions are poor. 

    For more information contact Deb Hale at 304-535-1528. 
    • Thursday, April 06, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Birding 101

    When:  Classroom Sessions:  Thursday evenings April 6, 13, 20, 27.
    Field Trips: Saturday mornings April 8, 15, 22, 29.

    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 and Lynne Wiseman

    PVMN Re-cert Hours

    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 and Lynne Wiseman. 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 8, 15, 22 and 29).

    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 22, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Earth Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Time: 8:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Celebrate Earth Day with a bird walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    The walk will take place on Saturday, April 22 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. 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, April 26, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Murphy's Farm at Harpers Ferry National Park

    What: Bird Walk

    Where: Murphy Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park (meet at Park's main Visitor's Center)

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Time: 7:00 -10:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Deb Hale

    Join Deb Hale on a Bird Walk at Murphy's Farm, Harper's Ferry National Park.  

    Deb Hale will be leading this birding trip at Murphy's Farm on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 a.m.  

    This event is free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged.  

    Participants should plan to meet at the Park's main Visitors Center parking lot off Route 340.  Please note that the Park Service will charge a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the Park unless you have an annual Park pass or a NPS Golden Eagle pass.  

    This trip will involve about 2 miles of moderate hiking, mostly through fields.  Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring along drinking water.

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    Please contact trip leader Deb Hale at 304-535-1528or debhale72@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Kiwanis City Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown MD

    What: Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Kiwanis Park, 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown (enter the parking lot from Imperial Drive)

    When: Wednesday, April 26, 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, April 26.

    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, April 29, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown WV

    What: Monarch Alliance Meeting

    Where: National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 (Registration closes Monday, April 24)

    Time: 

    • Bird Walk 8:30-11 AM
    • Advisory Council 11-12 AM
    • Lunch 12-1 PM
    • Meeting of Members 1-2 PM
    • Visit NCTC's monarch waystation 2 PM
    Cost: Free

    Event Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin and the Monarch Alliance for their Monarch Alliance Meeting. 

    This event is open to members of the Monarch Alliance and PVAS.  Anyone who is interested in working on monarch conservation is welcome to attend this event (registration is required).

    The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a bird walk on the trails of NCTC. Following the walk, there will be a meeting of the Monarch Alliance’s coordinating committee from 11 - 12.  Anyone attending the bird walk who is not a member of the coordinating committee and who wishes to stay for later programs must also attend the meeting of the coordinating committee (non-employees are not free to roam the grounds). 
    Participants are welcome to purchase lunch at noon in the NCTC commons.  At one o’clock, there will be a meeting of the general membership, including those that want to become members.  The meeting is expected to last one hour. Following the membership meeting, there will be time to walk around and see NCTC’s monarch waystation and stands of milkweed.

    Registration for this event is required and participants will need to show a valid ID at the security station upon entering NCTC.  Registration closes on Monday, April 24.

    Please contact Sandy Sagalkin at sandy.sagalkin@gmail.com or 240-291-6465 with any questions you may have. 


    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 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: Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Time: 8:00 - 10:00 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 April 30 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.

    • 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.

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

    What: Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon

    Where: Anywhere in the United States

    When: One consecutive 24 hour stretch anytime from Monday, May 1 - Wednesday May 31 

    Time: Any consecutive 24 hours in the month of May

    Cost: Free, donations accepted here

    The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring its eighth annual “Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon".

    The Birdathon is named in honor of Ruth Ann Dean, who was a founding member and ardent supporter of PVAS, a Board member in the early years, and an avid birder.


    The event is open to all members of the public. It is a team event or a family activity. Birdwatchers at all levels of experience or expertise are invited to participate. Teams will compete to identify the highest numbers of bird species they find anywhere in the United States within any 24-consecutive-hour-period during the month of May.

    Participants can choose to form their own teams, decide their team names and select their own leaders. Teams may consist of 2-5 members. If you don’t have a team, and want to participate, PVAS will help you find one.

    Another option is to participate individually or as a group in a "Big Sit." For the Big Sit, individuals identify, or a team identifies all birds they can see from within a 50-foot diameter circle of your choosing within the 24-consecutive-hour-period. They could choose their back porch, a circle within their backyard, or a 50 foot circle within a place they like to bird. They can invite friends and family to join them within the circle and make it a special event.

    Winners of the Birdathon and Big Sit will be announced in the PVAS newsletter and on the PVAS website.

    There is no entry fee, and registration is available here on this website. 

    Contact Krista Hawley at (703) 303-1026 or adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org with any questions you may have.

    For more information, go to the "Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon" tab in the "Birding" section of this website. Questions? Contact Krista.

    This is one of a series of events PVAS is sponsoring this month to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
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    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk

    Where:  National Conservation Training Center

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (register by May 1)

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

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, May 6.

    International Migratory Bird Day is being celebrated throughout the week of May 6-14 with bird walks at a variety of venues.  

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, but space will be limited and registration by Monday, May 6  is required. Children will be welcome.

    After checking in at the guard station with a valid ID, 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 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.

    For more information on International Migratory Bird Day please visit International Migratory Bird Day

    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Cerulean Warbler Walk

    Where: Eidolon Nature Preserve, 2146 Orleans Rd, Great Cacapon, WV 25422 (near Berkeley Springs, Morgan County)

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jon Boone 

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Spring Cerulean Warbler Walk at PVAS's Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County, WV. 

    This walk should offer good opportunities to see a variety of migrating and year-round birds before trees are in full foliage.

    The main attractions in early May are the nesting pairs of rare Cerulean Warblers. This is a species of concern that can be found in considerable numbers at Eidolon at this time of year. Eidolon has become a real destination for them. In addition, there is always the treat of the sights and sounds of many other spring arrivals. 

    The walk will be free, and anyone with an interest is invited to attend.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

    Those who wish to join in should plan to arrive at the preserve by 7:30 a.m. where the group will meet in the large parking area inside the gate.

    Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring water and bug spray.

    Meet in the parking lot at Eidolon Nature Preserve at 7:30 a.m. The preserve is located on Sideling Hill Mountain Northwest of Great Cacapon. Directions to Eidolon Nature Preserve can be found here.

    For more information contact the Nature Niche store in Berkeley Springs at 304-258-0992 or natureniche@earthlink.net.

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html

    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, WV

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve

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

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Lynne Wiseman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a bird walk at Cool Spring Preserve.

    Lynne Wiseman's May 7th IMBD bird walk will begin at 7:30 AM. 

    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. 

    Enjoy walking trails through woods, meadow and beside a stream while finding local birds and perhaps a surprise or two.  Trails can be slick if there has been rain so wear appropriate footwear. 

    Please meet by 7:30 in the front parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will last a couple of hours. 

    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 Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 

    • Monday, May 08, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area
    What: Celebrate IMBD! Spring Bird Walk

    Where: Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area

    When: Monday, May 8, 2017

    Time: Meet at 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Jim Farley

    Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with one of several bird walks. Jim Farley will lead a walk on Monday, May 8 to Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area! Shannondale Springs WMA is located on the east bank of the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County.

    The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. 

    Participants should plan to meet at 7:30 AM at the WMA parking area by the boat launch site, off Mission Road.

    The 1,361-acre Shannondale Springs property is managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; it includes a mixture of forest, brush land and open fields covering rolling hills. The trip will involve walking about three miles over moderately even ground.

    Possible species to be sighted include early spring migrants, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, vultures, Great Blue Herons, waterfowl and woodpeckers.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along water and bug spray. Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.

    The trip may be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

    For more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.

    For more information on IMBD, visit International Migratory Bird Day.
    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Meet at Shop and Save, 147 Roaring Lion Dr., Hedgesville, WV
    What: IMBD Bird Walk

    Where: Meet at the Hedgesville Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot (147 Roaring Lion Drive) 

    When: Tuesday, May 7, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Bob Dean

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Bird Walk at Grabill Farm with local birding expert Bob Dean. 

    This event is free and open to the public, regardless of your birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water.

    The group will meet trip leader, Bob Dean, at the Hedgesville Shop and Save (formerly Food Lion) parking lot on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 AM. From there, the group will then travel about 10 minutes to Grabill Farm. 

    Please feel free to contact the Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html


    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown
    What: IMBD Birding Trip

    Where: Sideling Hill, Washington County, MD

    When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Time: 7:00 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leaders: Sandy Sagalkin and Pol Heiney

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Birding Trip at Sideling Hill. 

    This Birding Trip is co-sponsored by PVAS and Washington County Bird Club. 

    This event is free and open to the public, regardless of your birding skills, however registration is strongly encouraged. Binoculars will be provided if needed.

    Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along some drinking water.

    Meet at 7 AM in the upper parking lot of Maryland MVA, 18306 Col. Henry K. Douglas Dr., Hagerstown, MD (off Rt. 65, just south of US 70).  

    Please feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions you may have.  

    Sandy Sagalkin can be reached at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net.  

    More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html


    • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Claymont Mansion outside of Charles Town

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at the historic Claymont Mansion property

    Where: Claymont Mansion, outside of Charles Town

    When: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Cost: Free

    Trip Leader: Joette Borzik

    Celebrate IMBD with local birder and Master Naturalist, Joette Borzik. The walk will take place on the beautiful historic Claymont Mansion property outside of Charles Town.

    Please meet Joette at 7:00 AM on the driveway to the mansion and park at the gate. The entrance is located at 667 Huyett Road and is marked by a street sign that says "Claymont Mansion".

    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 strongly encouraged.

    Dress accordingly for the weather, bring water, and a snack if needed. The group will walk for approximately 3 miles, but individuals may opt out at any time along the way

    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. For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html.

    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. 
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands

    Where: Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands on the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County

    When: Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Time: 7:30 - 10:30 AM

    Cost: Free

    Celebrate IMBD with Joette Borzik on a bird walk at the beautiful wilderness preserve of Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands. This Saturday, May 13 Bird Walk is just one in a series of IMBD walks. 

    The walk will begin at 7:30 AM and is open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome however must be accompanied by an adult.

    Preregistration is strongly encouraged.

    Participants should plan to meet the trip leader at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community, located at the end of Mission Road. 

    Directions: From Charles Town, WV, follow Route 115/Charles Town Road (Old Route 9) heading south, then turn right on Mission Road. Continue on Mission Road approximately 6.2 miles, driving past Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. Turn left where Mission Road becomes a gravel road. After 1 mile on the gravel road, you will approach a 4-way intersection. Go straight and park your vehicle at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community where the walk will begin.

    The walk will last about 3 hours and will cover rolling terrain. Birds likely to be present will be resident species, spring migrants and raptors.

    Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water, a snack, sunscreen and insect repellent. PVAS will provide binoculars for those who do not have their own.

    The walk may be canceled in the event of heavy or steady rain as access requires travel on a gravel road. Those who register will be notified by email by 9 PM the previous evening if cancellation is anticipated.

     The Rolling Ridge Foundation Lands are one of the largest privately held wilderness preserves in the Easter Panhandle. On its 1,400 acres of secluded, forested land are miles of hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail, the Shenandoah River, 5 mountain streams, ponds, waterfalls and scenic overlooks.

    To reserve binoculars or for additional trip information, contact trip leader Joette Borzik at 240-440-4221 or pep4223@comcast.net

    For Rolling Ridge Foundation access questions, please contact Scot DeGraf at (301) 275-2009.

    More information on International Migratory Bird Celebration


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm, Antietam National Battlefiled, MD

    What: Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Bird Walk 

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

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Sandy Sagalkin

    Join Sandy Sagalkin for a Mother's Day Bird Walk at the Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm at Antietam National Battlefield. 

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffers Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    This walk at Final Attack Trail/Otto Farm will take place 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.
    For more information regarding International Migratory Bird Day, visit potomacaudubon.org/imbd.html


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Stauffer's Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley County

    What:  Celebrate IMBD! Mother's Day Nature Walk 

    Where: Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley

    When: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m.

    Cost: Free

    PVAS Trip Leader: Steve Hartman

    Join in the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh.

    PVAS is excited to offer IMBD Mother's Day Bird Walks throughput the communities that we serve. There will be Bird Walks offered at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Stauffer's Marsh in Berkeley County, Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson County and Eidolon Preserve in Morgan County. 

    Enjoy a morning with nature at Stauffer's Marsh where flora and fauna abound. Birds expected to be seen include, but not limited to, spring warblers, yellow warblers, orchard orioles and baltimore orioles.  

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

    Participants should meet in the parking area at the north end of the Marsh.  The Preserve is located in Back Creek Valley, one-half mile south of Shanghai, on the east side of Back Creek Valley Road 
    (County Route 7).  

    The preserve is only 46 acres in size, so the distances to be walked are not great.  However, the terrain will include wet meadows and marshlands, as well as dry areas, so waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.  

    Participants should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather and bring along drinking water. Because ticks can be a problem at the Marsh, bug spray is recommended.

    Binoculars will be available for anyone who needs them.  

    For more information, please feel free to contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.

    More information on International Migratory Bird Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html
    • 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.


    • 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.

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

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Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

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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