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What a wonderful spring!  Charlie and I went to visit the northern part of the Canaan Wildlife Refuge this past week.  Now that Corridor H is open, it was only about 2 ½ hours there (and worth the drive).  After a picnic lunch, we walked to the small lake and enjoyed being surrounded by singing Chestnut-sided Warblers.  We did manage to get a couple of pictures!
 

 

This is a male Chestnut-sided Warbler in breeding plumage. His song is a whistled please please pleased to meetcha. We had at least three birds singing at the same time. Wished that I had a chair!

 

We parked the car by a huge mound of dirt.  When we returned to the car we were surprised to see a Snapping Turtle at the top laying eggs into a deep hole that she had made. She watched us as we watched her.

 

We also found a Dreamy Duskywing, a type of Skipper. Host plants include various trees and shrubs including Poplars, Willows, Birches.and various Oaks. They like moist areas.

 

The “Winchester Eagles” have raised 2 more eaglets this year which will be fledgling very soon.  They are enjoying standing on the edge of the nest and stretching and flapping their wings.  Soon it will be launch time!
 

 

Not a good photo but you get a sense of how big they have become.

 

 


The Goldfinches are happy in one of our "mud puddies".  The Indigo Bunting was seen at the Rose Hill park.

 

 


I enjoyed watching the Robin hunting by sound.  He was successful!

 

This House Wren stayed around for most of the afternoon singing to me.

 

Get outside and enjoy Mother Nature,
Judy
www.ShenandoahNaturalists.org

 


 

This was on the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's web page.  This is the time of the year people start finding baby animals.  What should you do? Here are some suggestions:

While PVAS does not rehabilitate birds or wildlife, we do have a network of vets and rehabilitation services who can help care for wildlife when needed. The wildlife rescue coordinator, volunteer Diana Mullis, can give advice over the phone and help coordinate transportation of wildlife to a rehabilitation facility or certified veterinarian. Before you call, here is some information that may help:
Baby Deer:    Fawns should be left alone. The best thing you can do for it is to leave it where you find it. Mother deer feed babies at dawn and dusk, but the babies are left alone for the day. The mother knows exactly where to find its baby at the end of the day. If you have already moved the fawn, you should take it back as close as possible to where you found it and let it be. The mother’s instinct to nurse the baby will outweigh its concern over any remaining human smells. The mother will return in the evening and will find the fawn by sight, smell, and sound.
Baby bunnies or other small mammals:     Truly the best thing you can do if you find any of these animals is to leave them where you find them. If a nest is disturbed by a lawn mower or other factor, you can place them back in the nest and the parent will likely return and move them to safety.
Baby birds:     Put baby birds back in the nest whenever possible. Birds do not have a strong sense of smell, so the smell of your hand will not interfere with the parents’ care for the bird.  If the bird is fully feathered and on the ground, it may be fledging. The parent is likely nearby “coaching” and feeding the young bird. Keep cats and dogs i indoors until the bird leaves the area.  (http://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/found-a-baby-bird/)
Sick/Injured Bird of Prey (Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Owls):     These birds have extremely sharp beaks and talons and can easily injure you. If you must catch an injured raptor, the best way is to slowly approach it from behind and throw a blanket or jacket over it to calm it down. Make sure you are wearing heavy leather gloves and grab the bird's legs from behind, above the talons. Make sure to grab both feet at the same time. If only one foot is grabbed, it will quickly use its free talons to grab whatever is close, such as your arm. Make sure your face is far from striking distance of its powerful beak. Remember, the bird thinks you are a predator and may be fighting for its life. Wrap it up in the fabric making sure it can still breathe, and gently move it to a box and place in a cool location. Call Diana Mullis or a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible to get further instructions.
If you still have questions or need assistance after reading the information above contact:    PVAS Wildlife Rescue Coordinator, Diana Mullis (volunteer) Phone: 304-754-3753304-754-3753 • E-mail: DianaMullis@aol.com   or contact Wildlife Veterinary Care: Dr. Belinda Burwell in Millwood, VA Wildlife Hotline: 540-664-9494 • Website: http://www.wildlifevetcare.com
or Blue Ridge Wildlife Center at 540-837-9000
 

 


 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 1-5 p.m., Blandy Library and Grounds Invasive Plant Identification & Management Learn how to identify and manage invasive species during the summer season. Samples of invasives will be on display, and feel free to bring securely bagged plants for identification. We will end with a short walk to see invasive plants growing at Blandy. FOSA members $15, nonmembers $20 Reservations Recommended—Space is Limited Email: Blandy@virginia.edu

Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m. at Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Writing in Nature presented by Christie Green  Writing in Nature Thursday, June 8, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m. Christie Green Learn to bypass your inner critic and tap into your creativity through writing influenced by nature. We'll practice observing natural elements and discover how free writing our observations can lead to personal insight. Grab a notebook and pen, dress for the weather, unplug from technology, and plug into nature's flow. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12 Reservations Recommended Email: Blandy@virginia.edu

June 10 from 10 am to 4 pm National Get Out Doors Day at Sky Meadows State Park       For this year's Get Outdoors Day, Sky Meadows is hosting a Kid's Fishing Day at Turner Pond. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:School is out and fishing is in. Join us for a Kid's Fishing Day at Turner Pond. Learn how to fish with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, play games, learn about pond habitat with rangers and volunteers, and enjoy a morning of fishing. Virginia resident children under 16 years of age can fish without a license. Non-resident children under 12 do not need a license if accompanied by a properly licensed adult. All others, VA DGIF fishing regulations apply. Parking for event is $5.00 per car. Self-Guided Adventures -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Want to take your own Get Outdoors adventure? Stop by the Visitor Center to take advantage of our Family Discovery Backpacks, Junior Ranger Booklets, and Geocaching adventures! This is also a great day to enjoy our 24 miles of multi-use trails as well as relax in our picnic area.

June 11,  and 25 Art in the Park at Berkeley Springs State Park In its eleventh year, Art in the Park provides access to fine artists located in the Berkeley Springs region. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is - they are local. Shows are rain or shine; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. across the street from the Farmers Market. The events are organized and sponsored by an arts group – find more information on Facebook at Art In The Park WV (at Berkeley Springs). Contact: Michael Nathan, 304-258-6419

Sunday, June 11, The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia annual membership meeting from 2:30pm social time and silent auction 3pm to 5:00pm  Bob Schamerhorn, presents “Attracting Birds with Water". In 2006 he began a weekly photo-blog at iPhotoBirds.com which reaches over a thousand recipients each week. For more information go to http://audubonva.org

Tue, June 13, 2pm – 5pm Macro Photography: A Bug's Eye View If you’ve ever considered getting into macro photography, this workshop is for you! We’ll cover lens choices, tripods, and other gear, and then we’ll spend the rest of our time out shooting. Doug Graham is a veteran photojournalist, Tim Farmer is Blandy’s PR Coordinator and has photographed the Arboretum grounds for nearly 20 years. FOSA members $30, nonmembers $35 Reservations Required—Space is Limited Email: Blandy@virginia.edu

Wednesday, June 14 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Bird walk at Harpers Ferry National Park North Schoolhouse Ridge 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. More information, please contact Deb Hale at debhale72@gmail.com or 304-535-1528  http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2528185/Registration

Saturday, June 17, 8-9:30 p.m at Blandy Family Firefly Festival  Who doesn't love fireflies? But how do they make their light, and why? Join us for short demonstrations, crafts, activities, games, and of course, lots of fireflies. We will end by catching and releasing fireflies and watching them in action. For the whole family. FOSA members and UVa alumni $10, nonmembers $12 FOSA and UVa families $20, nonmember families $25 Reservations Advised  Rain date 6/16/17 Email: Blandy@virginia.edu

 Saturday, July 01 9:00 Field Trip to Lost Creek Shoe Shop for Birding Binoculars and Scopes :Lost Creek Shoe Shop, 643 Oakland Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059   http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2552778/Registration
 

 


The Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society invites you to the following upcoming events:

Woods and Wildflowers Class Thursdays, June 1, 8 & 15 6 – 8 pm Join Master Naturalist Carrie Blair for a series of walks to learn an incredible amount about our local flora. For more information and to register for the class, contact http://earthvillageeducaion.org. 

Second Sunday Walk at Ice Mountain Hampshire County, WV Sunday, June 11, 10 am Ice formed in the winter in the thick talus of Ice Mountain creates a refrigeration effect providing habitat for plant species usually found in sub-arctic regions. Join Kristin Zimet for a walk through these plants unusual for our region. To reserve a space, contact piedmontvnps@gmail.com

Second Sunday Drive to Reddish Knob Augusta County, VA Sunday, July 9, 10 am Join us in a car caravan up one of the highest mountains in Virginia, stopping to see the myriads of flowers and get a 360 degree view at the top. For details, contact piedmontvnps@gmail.com.

Second Sunday Drive on Skyline Drive Warren and Page Counties, VA Sunday, August 13, 10 am Join us in a car caravan along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park stopping to see flowers, geological formations and views. For details, contact piedmontvnps@gmail.com.

 

LOUDOUN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY PROGRAMS and FIELD TRIPS

Exploring Loudoun Nature Walk Series — Sunday, June 4, Time and Location TBA.  Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free nature walk at various locations throughout Loudoun County. The walks will cover a wide variety of topics including native woodlands, wetlands, birds, seasonal changes, and a variety of other topics. Check our website for more details. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Registration required: Sign Up Online.  Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Birding Banshee ― Saturday, June 10, 8:00 a.m. Whether you’re a beginning birder or an expert, you’ll be dazzled by the many bird species you’ll find at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve south of Leesburg. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks for the monthly bird walk at this birding hot spot. Bring binoculars if you have them. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Wildlife Rehabilitators — Thursday, June 15, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., The Stone Barn, Morven Park.  There are no wildlife rehabilitators in Loudoun County!  Successful care and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals requires specific skills and knowledge, as well as legal permits and licenses. If you’re interested in finding out what it takes to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a conversation with experienced rehabilitators. We’ll talk about the VDGIF permitting process, finding a sponsor, working with a veterinarian, training options, caging and treatment area setup, the time commitment throughout the year, and potential volunteer opportunities. We’ll give you the information you need to make a decision about entering this challenging vocation and a roadmap to get you started. Registration required: Sign Up Online.  Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Birding the Blue Ridge Center — Saturday, June 24, 8:00 a.m. The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES) is a beautiful 900-acre preserve in northwestern Loudoun County. With its diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams and heavily forested slopes, BRCES draws a wide variety of birds and other creatures. Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on our monthly walk, and see what’s there! Meet at the Education Center; bring binoculars if you have them. BRCES is located just north of Neersville at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road (Rte 671); detailed directions at www.brces.org. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Dragonflies and Damselflies at Bles Park ― Sunday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.
Loudoun County is home to over 70 species of dragonflies and damselflies. One of the best places to find them is at Bles Park in Ashburn. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Andy Rabin on a 2- to 3-hour walk around the park in search of these fascinating insects and get to see them up close. This popular trip is always both fun and informative. Bring binoculars and your own insect net if you have one (some nets will be provided). Adults and interested children are welcome. Limit 15 participants. Registration required: Sign Up Online.  Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Exploring Loudoun Nature Walk Series — Sunday, July 2, Time and Location TBA.  Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free nature walk at various locations throughout Loudoun County. The walks will cover a wide variety of topics including native woodlands, wetlands, birds, seasonal changes, and a variety of other topics. Check our website for more details. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Registration required: Sign Up Online.  Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Birding Banshee ― Saturday, July 8, 8:00 a.m. Whether you’re a beginning birder or an expert, you’ll be dazzled by the many bird species you’ll find at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve south of Leesburg. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks for the monthly bird walk at this birding hot spot. Bring binoculars if you have them. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.
 

Full Moon Nature Walk — Saturday, July 8, 8:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.  Have you ever wanted to discover nature under the magical glow of the full moon? This is your chance to enjoy the peace and serenity of the environment around BRCES and experience what the animals that live in the area see at night. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a full moon hike and see firsthand how animals and insects thrive at night. This will be a relatively easy walk during which we will explore any interesting sights and sounds we find along the trail. We will enjoy a beautiful time to be out of doors in this magnificent setting. Directions can be found at www.brces.org. Registration required: Sign Up Online.  Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.

 


 


Don't Forget: June Primaries Elections are opportunities to elect conservation-minded officials. Both parties will hold a primary on June 13, 2017.  For statewide offices, voters will choose nominees for Governor, Lt. Governor and many members of the House of Delegates.  To learn more, including candidates who have filed, visit the Virginia elections site.  To vote on June 13, you must register by May 22.  Some localities have in-person, “absentee” voting before June 13.

 

A new breed of falcons soars back from brink of extinction in Virginia
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-new-breed-of-falcons-soars-back-from-brink-of-extinction-in-virginia/2017/05/30/9ecf34de-3f1a-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html

Sea level rise may drive coastal nesting birds to extinction
https://phys.org/news/2017-06-sea-coastal-birds-extinction.html

Sugaring sweet for the birds
http://www.samessenger.com/sugaring-sweet-for-the-birds/

Genetic Analysis of New World Birds Confirms Untested Evolutionary
Assumption
https://www.rdmag.com/news/2017/06/genetic-analysis-new-world-birds-confirms-untested-evolutionary-assumption

How a Galápagos Bird Lost the Ability to Fly
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/science/galapagos-cormorant-birds-evolution-dna.html

A climate change solution beneath our feet
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/ucdavis/a-climate-change-solution-beneath-our-feet/


 


 

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