Bird Counts

Twenty PVAS members and friends took part in "A Swift Night Out" on September 6, 2013. By the time the last bird had entered the chimney on the Shepherd University campus, at 8 p.m., a total of 1,272 Chimney Swifts had entered the chimney to roost. This was the largest number of birds we have ever recorded at this location. It was an impressive show that thrilled everyone, from novice to expert!

Christmas Bird Counts

Field TripEach winter, between December 14 and January 5, PVAS volunteers organize two Christmas Bird Counts: the Inwood Count and the Charles Town count. Volunteers count as many birds as they can within the designated area, and the data is compiled nationally to provide National Audubon and other organizations a snapshot of bird populations across the country. The data helps assess the health of bird populations and guides conservation initiatives. To learn of this year’s CBC plans, see the PVAS calendar or call 304-676-3397. Also, see this page for maps, tally sheets and other information you will need.

The most recent count results can be found here.

C and O Canal Count

The annual Canal count will take place on Saturday, January 25th.  Details about the event can be found here

The Great Backyard Bird Count

An annual four-day event in mid-February that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds. The 2014 dates are February 14-17.  The event helps to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning birders to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy and it helps the

Project FeederWatch

The 27th season of Project FeederWatch extends from November 2013-early April 2014.  Anyone with an interest in birds and nature is invited to help us all learn more about our favorite birds and to become a “citizen scientist.”  The cost is $15 which will provide you with:

  • The FeederWatcher Handbook & Instructions;
  • 17" x 22" Common Feeder Birds poster;
  • the 2012-13 Bird-Watching Days Calendar;
  • and Winter Bird Highlights, an annual summary of FeederWatch findings.

Complete information can be found at

PVAS does not receive any money from this project and we are not connected with the group in any way, but FeederWatch is one way that you can learn more about feeding winter birds and tracking the species that visit your feeder. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a very reputable group.  The website is

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

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Director
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026
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