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What a nice fall so far!  Even our Hummingbirds stayed longer this year.  They usually leave around Sept. 23. The male left a few days ago. But the three females just left today!  They should have nice flying weather.

We had to replace our truck which carried our slide-in camper this summer.  We are hoping to find a few nice days for ourselves to go camping!.  I hope with all of the rain we have had, there will be great fall colors this year.


Once upon a turtle.....   This may be the entire turtle population of our little pond trying to fit on to one log!


We have also been watching the Monarch migration this year. This one is a male with the two black scent patchs in the middle of the hind wings.



Charlie photographed this Eastern Towhee at Abram's Wetlands.  He also enjoyed the "Drink your Tea" song. Because their numbers are declining, getting a clear view of one is a special treat.


We seem to be seeing more Common Ravens over the past years. They are anything but common: they are one of the smartest birds around!


Take every opportunity to get outside and enjoy,



Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society


Saturdays: October 6, 20, November 3;  Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve - Winchester, VA

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.

Thursday, November 1 - 7:00 pm LATIN AMERICAN HABITAT CONSERVATION & FOREST BIRDS      The presenter is Wendy Willis who is with the American Bird Conservancy. The program is presented in conjunction with Shenandoah University Environmental Studies Program.  It will be at Shenandoah University; Room 110, Henkel Hall; Winchester VA.  The program will discuss conservation of South America’s most hunted birds, with a specific focus on lesser known and critically endangered species such as the Tolima Dove, Cauca Guan, and Horned Curassow. All of these species of birds are hunted for meat and also facing complex threats from resource extraction and as well, they are integral to forest succession. Free and open to the public.  If you missed the conservation dinner we had this spring, Now is your chance to her about her work with the ABC.



Blandy Farm

Sat. Oct. 13 at 9:30 am Bird walk with Dave Carr
Sat. Oct. 13 starting at 9:30 am till 4 pm “Nature Nurtures: a Festival of Mind, Body & Spirit” $5 per carload. vendors, demonstrations, workshops, nature crafts and more! If you want to do “goat yoga” you must preregister! 
You can also try doing Tai Chi with a friend of mine at 10 am & 2 pm!  Check out the website to see a list of all activities:

Mon, October 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm Mindfulness in Nature: Guided Walking Meditation Learn to slow down and draw on nature through guided meditation, silent walking, and personal reflection. Dress for the weather. For those 16 and up. We will walk approximately a half mile over gently uneven ground.
FOSA members $10, non-members $15 Reservations Required--Space is Limited
Oct. 18 at 1 pm to 5 pm in the library “Managing Invasive Plants in the Fall Season” Learn to identify and manage invasive plants during the fall season. Samples will be on display, and you may bring securely bagged specimens for identification. We begin with an overview in the library and end with a walk for field identification and demonstration of techniques. FOSA members $20, non-members $25
Reservations Required--Space is Limited

Thur. Oct 25 at 1 pm  Blandy Book Club in the library “Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation” by James and Carol Grant Gould  FREE

Tue, October 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Abrams Creek Wetlands: A Hidden Shenandoah Valley Gem by Dr. Woody Bousquet, Shenandoah University Stimpson Auditorium Halpin Harrison Hall   With more state-rare species than any other limestone-based wetland in Virginia, the Abrams Creek Wetlands in Winchester and Frederick County contains many botanical surprises. Learn about the surveys that began there in 1980 and the results that were published in 2017. Cosponsored by Shenandoah University's Dept. of Environmental Studies and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute FOSA and FONZ members $10, non-members $15 SU students and staff free

Tue, October 30, 1pm – 4pm Taking Great Photos with Your Phone in Blandy library. Are you happy with the photos you take with your phone? Learn the basics of light and composition, exposure and more as you learn tips and techniques on your smart phone as a camera. FOSA members $25, non-members $30  Reservations Required--Space is Limited



Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Saturday, October 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm “Cool Spring Nature Center will be open from 10am-4pm to allow visitors to see the Backyard Wilderness exhibit, then get out on the trails go go explore and discover what the preserve has to offer.” 1469 Lloyd Rd. Charles Town,WV25414

Wednesday, October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm In June of 2018, Katelyn Walters went to summer camp for adults in Hog Island, Maine. Hog Island is a bird lovers paradise where adults and children have once in a lifetime experiences. In this program, KC will share her photos and stories from her adventures. Prepare to hear first hand tales of the bird preservation process, bird banding, the Hog Island food and, of course, puffins!
We have been there two different times! A WONDERFUL PLACE TO GO! Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 Please contact Krista Hawley at or 681-252-1387 with any questions you may have.

Saturday, October 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am Backyard Wilderness Film & Exhibit Join us after the film for a nature-walk and discover the world of wonder all around us. The film is free to students 18 & under Parents & Guardians can purchase tickets (block 4) here. View the trailer here!   National Conservation Training Center 698 Conservation Way Shepherdstown,WV25443+ Google Map Phone: 3048768471

Saturday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Natural History Workshop: “Drawn from Nature” John James Audubon and How he Drew the Birds of America Participants will be offered a choice of birds to draw, and then “play” with the bird on a grid, trying out positions, until they believe it is in a life like pose. Then they will take the transparent grid and duplicate it in pencil onto a piece of drawing paper, then draw the bird as it intersects the corresponding squares on their grid. Registration for this workshop is required. Registration fees are non-refundable. Please contact Krista Hawley at or 681-252-1387 with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, October 17 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am ‘Third Wednesday’ Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve Free but should registered at

Saturday, October 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am  Join PVAS on an Autumn Bird Walk at the USGS Fish Health Lab property! Registration is strongly encouraged. 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 or 681-252-1387 with any questions you may have.



Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Fall Programs
Who’s That Under My Deck? — Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m., Stone Barn at Morven Park. Skunks, possums, spiders, and maybe sometimes a snake? These might not be your favorite creatures, but come to this family-friendly Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy program to hear Jennifer Burghoffer of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center tell us why we should love these and other misunderstood animals, some of which will be in attendance!  Note: Please enter via Old Waterford Road, NOT Tutt Lane to avoid traffic for the Hospital Ladies’ Board Rummage Sale. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact
Birding the Blue Ridge Center — Saturday, October 27, 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 Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or
Changing Seasons Walk — Sunday, November 4, 9:30 a.m., Location TBD. As the days get cooler and frost is in the air, deciduous trees and shrubs put on an autumn show in all shades of red, yellow, orange, and purple. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a walk in one of Loudoun’s local woodlands to enjoy all the colors that Mother Nature provides this time of year. We’ll discuss various tree species and why trees change their color in the fall. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop — Thursday, November 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Barn at Morven Park. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a workshop to learn about the history, programs, and principles of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and leave with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to practice responsible recreation. Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact



Friday, October 5th, 2018, 7:00 PM Clarke's Great Outdoors Book Signing and Art Show   at the Barns of Rose Hill 95 Chalmers Court , Berryville It’s the launch of Clarke's Great Outdoors, a book that is a collection of photos, artwork, and writing from more than 80 artists inspired by nature in Clarke County. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign books, which will be for sale. The book launch coincides with the opening of the Clarke's Great Outdoors art show in the main gallery at the Barns of Rose Hill. Nature art from dozens of artists and photographers will be on display.

Oct. 7 th from 1 to 4 pm: The Wildlife Veterinary Care  with Belinda Burwell will have a fundraiser at Vanish in Leesburg.  Wildlife Veterinary Care 540-664-9494.  Dr. Burwell will also be doing a presentation after the film Bird Of Prey at the  American Conservation Film Festival    WVC’s webpage and Facebook page.     

Oct. 10 at @ pm Canaan Valley State Park “Wonderful Wetlands Stroll”  

October 21st, 2018, 4:00 PM A Bipartisan Conversation on Climate Change    at Highland School Rice Theater, 597 Broadview Avenue , Warrenton The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are appreciated.

Oct. 20 & 27th from 11 am to 2 pm Cacapon State Park “Hayrides and Haunted Trail Days” Then from 8 to 10 pm will be Pumpkin Golf and Halloween Crafts and Snacks



The Washington Post: Many people flee hurricanes. Some birdwatchers flock to them.

PVAS’S Kathy’s Corner



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