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January

Winter Waterfowl Walk Saturday, In consideration of the weather forecast, the Winter Waterfowl Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 21st, 9am until noon.
Start the New Year with a crisp morning observing waterfowl on the ponds of the field station! Recent sightings include a variety of diving and dabbling ducks. Emphasis will be placed on assisting novice birders to gain field experience identifying waterfowl. Sturdy shoes, warm-layered clothing, water bottles, binoculars and scopes are recommended. RSVP requested. email sgarvin@envstudies.org

February

Volunteer Workday: Sunday, February 19th, 9 am until 1 pm.
Spring cleaning is underway! Dress for the outdoors! Gloves and sturdy shoes are a must! Help with a variety of spring clean-up projects ranging from invasive species removal to trail clearing and brush pile construction. RSVP requested. sgarvin@envstudies.org or 540-349-3331

Volunteer Workday: Sunday, February 26th, 9 am until 1 pm
Spring cleaning is underway! Dress for the outdoors! Gloves and sturdy shoes are a must! Help with a variety of spring clean-up projects ranging from invasive species removal to trail clearing and brush pile construction. RSVP requested. sgarvin@envstudies.org or 540-349-3331

March

Woodcock Walk: Saturday, March 4th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Join the ES staff and Bull Run Mountains Conservancy to view the amazing aerial acrobatics of the male Timberdoodle, or American woodcock (Scolopax minor). This program includes a short, uphill hike into the field at dusk to enjoy the sights and sounds of the sky dance. $15/person, $30/family. RSVP required sgarvin@envstudies.org

Volunteer Workday: Saturday, March 11th, 9 am until 1 pm
Spring cleaning continues! Dress to get dirty. Gloves and sturdy shoes are essential! Help with a variety of spring clean-up projects ranging from invasive species removal to trail clearing, brush pile construction and debris removal. RSVP requested. sgarvin@envstudies.org or 540-349-3331

Language of Birds: Sunday, March 26th, 7:30 am until noon
Join Dr. Tom Wood and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia to learn about the language of birds. Classroom instruction at the field station will be followed by a foray into the field to explore bird song communication. $40/person ASNV members, $50/person non-members. Overnight VIP packages are available at an additional cost. Visit audubonva.org for details and registration. Pre-registration required using the Audubon Society of NV website.

April

Voices in the Night: Saturday, April 8th, 6 pm until 9 pm.
Frogs and toads are both essential predators and prey in our wetland ecosystem. Learn how to identify local species and estimate their abundance by their calls. Another fun evening in the field, looking for and listening to frogs! RSVP – Reqested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

2nd Wednesday Bird Walk: Wednesday, April 12th, 8 am until 11 am
Join local birder Todd Day and enjoy this monthly opportunity to explore the field station in search of birds. The field station offers an abundance of habitat (fields, scrubland, wetlands and woods) and a large variety of resident and migratory species. Learn how to locate and identify species. Novice and experienced birders are welcome. Space is limited to ten. RSVP – Required. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

May

2nd Wednesday Bird Walk: Wednesday, May 10th, 7 am until 11 am
Join local birder Todd Day and enjoy this monthly opportunity to explore the field station in search of birds. The field station offers an abundance of habitat (fields, scrubland, wetlands and woods). While there may be a few lingering migrants, we expect to encounter a large variety of year-round and summer resident species. Novice and experienced birders are welcome. Space is limited to ten. RSVP – Required. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

Trees of the Northern Piedmont: Saturday, May 13th, 1 pm until 4 pm
There are few things as inspiring as a beautiful tree. Native trees provide food and/or shelter for a myriad of vertebrate and invertebrate species. In this new program, learn how to identify local species using a dichotomous key. Increase your understanding of trees in the Northern Piedmont with expert guidance from Dr. Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, Virginia Department of Forestry. RSVP – Reqested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

June

Bears in the Backyard: Sunday, June 11th, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Dr. Tom Wood leads this insightful program on finding bears and their tracks in the Northern Piedmont. We will also explore human attitudes toward this large and potentially destructive species. Learn how you can be a good neighbor and live happily alongside these charismatic omnivores. Donations always welcome. Pre-registration is requested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

2nd Wednesday Bird Walk: Wednesday, June 14th, 7 am until 11 am
Join local birder Todd Day and enjoy this monthly opportunity to explore the field station in search of birds. Emphasis will be on breeding birds. Learn how to locate and identify species in a variety of habitats. Novice and experienced birders are welcome. Space is limited to ten. RSVP – Required. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org

July

22nd Annual Airlie Center Butterfly Count: Saturday, July 29th, all day!
Celebrating 15 years of counting butterflies in association with the North American Butterfly Association annual census! Join us for a great day in the fields, looking, learning, and meeting fabulous butterflies and people! Check back for more information.

September

Advanced Bird Banding Course - Sunday, September 10th thru Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Application and pre-payment required. Application Form Word or pdf
We are pleased to host an advanced bird banding class taught by Danielle Kaschube of the Institute for Bird Populations. Point Reyes, CA. The advanced course is suitable for experienced banders interested in improving their ageing and sexing skills. Anticipate spending mornings in the field banding! Afternoons will include lectures and classroom activities. The fee of $1060.00 includes instructor fees, supplemental materials, meals and shared accommodations on-site in the farmhouse. Minimum age requirement is 18. This class will be limited to six attendees. For more information, contact Dr. Wood (703-963-0866 or twood@gmu.edu)

Beginner Bird Banding Course - Sunday, September 17th thru Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Application and pre-payment required. Application Form Word or pdf
Dr. Thomas Wood and Beverly Arnold, in cooperation with the Institute for Bird Populations, combine their talents to teach a six-day introductory course designed for both amateur birders and professional biologists. The ES field station combines rich habitat diversity with easy accessibility and charming accommodations to enhance the entire learning experience. Anticipate spending your mornings learning mist-netting skills, safe bird handling methods and comprehensive in-hand identification, ageing and sexing techniques, including MAPS protocols. Afternoons and evenings will include lectures and discussions of avian life histories, banding ethics, and permitting. The instructors will moderate engaging discussions of the role of banding in research and monitoring of avian populations. The fee of $1000.00 includes instructor fees, supplemental materials, meals and shared accommodations on-site in the farmhouse. Minimum age requirement is 18. This class will be limited to eight attendees. For more information, or to enroll in this class contact Dr. Wood (703-963-0866 or twood@gmu.edu) or Sue Garvin (sgarvin@envstudies.org or 540.349.3331)

 

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