SHENANDOAH NATURALISTS
                APRIL NEWS






 

I hope you received our invitation to the Conservation dinner on April 21 at 6PM at Cristina’s—219 W. King St., Strasburg. If you need the details, please go to our web site http://www.shenandoahnaturalists.org/conservationdinner.html

We are also offering a Birds and Breakfast on April 28th. It will be at Shenandoah University's Cool Spring site at 8 am. 
We  need RSVP s for both events!
Hope to see you at one or the other OR BOTH !
Judy
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Thank goodness it didn't snow this weekend.  But our deer herd, at last count, is up to 12!

 

Yesterday Charlie put up our Purple Martin houses. They were literally waiting for him to finish so they could settle in.

 

 


While we were enjoying the Purple Martins, a small flock  (6) Turkeys came by! The first two lead the way as if they are the parents of the four which followed.

 

We were looking for short-eared Owls but spotted a large (32) flock of Turkeys.  It must be a great year for Turkeys!

 

The Ring-necked Ducks continue at White's Lake.

 

Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society’s SPRING BIRD & WILDLIFE WALKS: Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve - Winchester, VA
Saturdays: April 14, and April 28. Walks begin at 8:30am
Join seasoned naturalist and current NSVAS President Jim Smith for his nature walks in the Abrams Creek area in the heart of Winchester. Meet at the Children of America's parking lot off of West Jubal Early Drive, approx. 1/2 mile west of Valley Avenue. Park at the west/right side of the lot by the woods. If you arrive late, simply walk the path until you catch up with the group. Allow approx. 2 hours for the walk. Dress for the weather and you may want to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Walks will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information contact Jim at 540-303-3983. No fee, no registration required. Great family activity.
 

 

At Blandy

Friday, April 27:  2-7 p.m. Remarkable Trees of Blandy: A FOSA Arbor Day Celebration  Spend an afternoon at the Arboretum featuring outdoor workshops, a panel discussion, the FOSA Annual Meeting, and live entertainment. Free for FOSA members. Register  for Programs Here

May 12 & 13 Garden Fair Mother's Day Weekend Early Birds save $5 on Garden Fair admission. Save Now! Click on Special Event Parking

 


Va. Native Plant Society Programs and Field Trips
04/08/18  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm      Piedmont Chapter: Bluebell Driving Tour on Rural Roads Near the Shenandoah Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, Boyce VA
04/15/18 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Piedmont Chapter: Appalachian Trail Walk

04/18/18 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Piedmont Chapter: Balls Bluff Walk at Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg Virginia
05/03/18 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm       Piedmont Chapter: G. Richard Thompson WMA Marjorie Arundel Trillium Trail Walk

05/06/18 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Piedmont Chapter: Cedar Creek Battlefield Walk in Middletown, VA
05/12/18 - 05/13/18 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Piedmont Chapter: State Arboretum Garden Fair (Blandy Experimental Farm)
http://vnps.org/events

 

 

Tuesday, April 10th,  2:00 PM 54th Upperville Garden Club Annual Daffodil Show at Buchanan Hall, John S Mosby Highway 8549, Upperville, Virginia This is an American Daffodil Society Accredited horticultural competition of daffodils. View thousands of daffodils of all sizes, colors, and forms, posed and submitted by amateur daffodil growers. All amateur growers are invited to exhibit. There will also be artistic arrangement divisions to enter. More information: http://www.uppervillegardenclub.org/daffodil-show.html

A couple of nice Videos by William Young discussing the behavior of Ospreys at a nest in Alexandria by the Potomac River https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHAUdV-pdY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1PN1YiF3rc


April 14 from 10 am to 2 pm  Intro to Birding for Youngsters at Shenandoah River State Park. Bring your binoculars and join master naturalist Charlie Price for this exciting program. Begin with a talk about the classification of birds, the various ecosystems in the park and what types of birds can be found in them. For the second half of the program, participants will take a wagon ride to the River Trail where we will observe and identify birds. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy at Shelter 1 then listen to Charlie discuss what you should bring along on your next hiking adventure. If you wish to participate in the wagon ride portion, please call the visitor center to register in advance, as space is limited to 10 people. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SH180024-00

April 22 at 10 am at Shenandoah River State Park there will be an Earth Day Celebrationhttp://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SH180011-00

April 22 to April 23 starting at 8:30 pm Come watch the Lyrids Meteor Shower at Sky Meadows State Park! Earth Day reminds us of the negative effects of pollution, but have you thought about light pollution? You may if you hope to see the Lyrids meteor shower this evening.
Thanks to the Friends of Sky Meadows, you can enjoy viewing the Lyrids meteor shower under the dark skies of Sky Meadows State Park. For $25/car, arrive between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., and stay to watch the event until 5 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Event is limited to 100 vehicles. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-skies-meteor-shower-viewing-tickets-42927209439. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Sky Meadows.
All are encouraged to bring telescopes and sport your favorite cosmic costume. Be sure to stop by the Dark Sky table before the shower begins to hear about the importance of dark sky conservation.
Food will be available for purchase from the Friends of Sky Meadows. There will be no walk-on registration, and no vehicles will be admitted after 11:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, no refunds will be granted, but the $25 will be considered a donation to the Friends of Sky Meadows. No alcohol is permitted per park regulations.

 


 

.Potomac Valley Audubon Society
 Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, April 11,  7:00 PM Monthly Program: Drones & Birds - How Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are Changing Ornithology?  Meeting at Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

Saturday, April 14,  7:30 AM Spring Bird Walk at USGS Fish Health Lab USGS Fish Health Lab, 407 Reservoir Road (just off Leetown Road)  http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2746928/Registration

Sunday, April 15,  from 1 to 3 pm Wildflower and Nature Walk at Yankauer Preserve  More information about Yankauer Nature Preserve and directions to the Preserve can be found here.  http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2757226/Registration

Saturday, April 21: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Spring Wildflower and Nature Walk  at  Ferry Hill Ridge Trail (off the C&O Canal near Shepherdstown Bridge) During April, a wide variety of wildflowers should still be on display, including lots of trillium, trout lilies, shooting star, bluebells, to name a few. The group will make their way to a huge rock further out on that trail that has walking fern, columbine, hepatica, sedums & other ferns on it. The Ferry Hill Trail is a little steep, but zig-zags back and forth to the top of the ridge so wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along a trekking pole or hiking stick if you like. Please make note that we are labeling this walk as 'moderate' difficulty due to the semi-steep trail. There will be the option of a longer loop across the ridge & back to the canal for those that want a longer trek. Top of Form
http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2846868/Registration

Sunday, May 6,  from 7 am to noon Celebrate IMBD! Bird Walk at Grabill Farm. http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2786737/Registration
More information about International Migratory Birding Day can be found at potomacaudubon.org/IMBD.html
 Monday, May 07,  7:00 AM Celebrate IMBD! Warblers & Wildflowers Walk at  C&O Canal Shepherdstown    http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2863544/Registration Bottom of Form
 
Wed. May 9 at 7:30 to 10 am Celebrate IMBD! Bird & Nature Walk at Stauffer's Marsh, Berkeley County's Back Creek Valley.  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 http://www.potomacaudubon.org/event-2821454/Registration

Wednesday, May 09, at 7 pm Monthly Program: The Migration of the Monarch at the  Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville


Wanting to know more about Chimney Swifts and what you can do to help?  Go here: http://www.potomacaudubon.org/ChimneySwifts
 

 


 


Wednesdays | 7 p.m. Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share in their adventures during these free science lecture series. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early. For more info: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/education/lectures

April 4 | "The Ecology and Management of Canis in the Southeast,"
April 11| "Promoting the Research and Conservation of Tapirs throughout Brazil,"
April 18 | "Conserving the Last of Guam's Iconic Birds
April 25 | "The Role of Highly Interactive Species to Ecosystem Health," speaker: Brian Miller, wildlife biologist, Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge

 


 

.Loudon Wildlife Conservancy PROGRAMS and FIELD TRIPS
Spring Native Plant Sale — Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., main parking lot at Morven Park. Native plants add beauty and interest to your garden year-round and provide important habitat for wildlife. Flowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and ferns will be available for purchase from a trio of Virginia-based vendors: Watermark Woods Nursery in Hamilton; Hill House Farm and Nursery in Castleton; and Nature by Design in Alexandria. The sale, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, is staffed by volunteers that have knowledge of native plants. Other community groups will also participate, sharing information on how to support local wildlife. Questions: Contact Chris Emery at cemery@loudounwildlife.org.  
 
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Open House — Saturday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..  Visit Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's Spring Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April, 7, then check out the organization's newly established headquarters! The nonprofit’s home, located in a historic building known as the Gate House on the grounds of Leesburg’s Morven Park, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We are so thankful for our partnership with Morven Park and happy that their board and staff offered us this wonderful location,” says Nicole Sudduth, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s director, of the leased space. “It provides not only a home for our office, but an area where we can teach about nature, have hands-on displays, and offer our nature books, handouts, and gear.”
During the open house:
• Gifts such as books (new, used, and signed), jewelry (Creations by Diane), photography (Jim Emery), T-shirts, and monarch rearing cages will be available for purchase, along with memberships. Money raised during the event will benefit Loudoun Wildlife’s nature education, habitat restoration, citizen science, and conservation advocacy efforts.
• Light refreshments will be served. Questions: Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Stream Monitoring KickoffSaturday, April 8, 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.. Get Your Feet Wet! Monitor Water Quality in Local Streams Find out about the aquatic critters living in our streams and what they can tell us about water quality. Learn how to join a team of volunteer stream monitors and make a splash while protecting the environment. The kickoff will take place at Ashburn Library (Rooms A and B). Visit the "Stream Monitoring" section of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's website. Questions? Contact info@loudounwildlife.org.
 
Birding Banshee ― Saturday, April 14, 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.
 
Round Hill Tree and Pollinator Garden Plantings Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is working with the Town of Round Hill to put in native plants and a pollinator garden and enhance the already existing natural habitats at their future Sleeter Lake Park beginning in April.  Keep your eye on our calendar for the dates, and contact jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org if you want to assist with the planning of this project.
 
Trip to Mt. Cuba Center ― Friday, April 27, 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy native plants on parade! Visit Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware, with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, known for its extensive collection of plants native to the Piedmont region. A home for conservation and preservation since the 1930s, Mt. Cuba Center offers tours, educational programs, and research that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Our visit is planned to coincide with the peak blooming period of the spring ephemerals.  Cost: $100, which includes all garden fees, round-trip transportation from Leesburg, a boxed lunch and lecture.  Snacks, water and information packet will also be provided.  Registration required: Sign Up Online.
 
Celebrate Birds, Go Birding! — Join us to celebrate bird migration, one of our planet’s greatest wonders! From late April through early June, millions of birds journey north from their wintering grounds. Some of these birds will stay and nest in our area, but many will only stay long enough to feed and replenish their strength before heading further north. As a result, it is possible to observe over 100 species of birds in a single day. To celebrate this phenomenon, the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy invites you to join one of our bird walks at hotspots throughout the county. We also invite you to either sponsor or participate in our Birdathon sometime between April 28 and May 13 ─ the peak of migration in our area.  At this time we have five teams participating in the Birdathon and would love to have more!  How many species will our intrepid birders find? Would you like to join them? Support your favorite team here or form your own team by signing up hereRegistration required for all walks. To sign up for a walk or another event, visit our calendar at loudounwildlife.org/events. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org. Celebrate Birds! walks include these and more to come:
 
Birding the Blue Ridge CenterSaturday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. 
 
Birding by Ear Boot Camp — Saturday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.  Spend a full day with naturalist Joette Borzik learning bird song in the field on the trails of the Blue Ridge Center. Some basic birding knowledge is a prerequisite, that is, ability to identify some of the local common birds by sight. Birding knowledge need not be extensive, just enthusiasm and interest in learning more. Backyard and casual birders who want to step up to the next level of birding are encouraged to attend this event sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.
 
Goodstone Inn and Estate — Wednesday, May 9, 8:00 a.m.  Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Mary Ann Good, Christine Perdue, and Linda Millington for a bird walk at this beautiful private country estate in Loudoun’s fabled horse country. Goodstone has trails along the Goose Creek and in surrounding fields and old woods just a couple miles north of Middleburg.
 

 


 

“Kathy’s Corner”  from The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Newsletter

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