Calendar of Events

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January

Second Wednesday Bird Walk, Wednesday, January 10th, 8 am until 11 am.
RSVP requested. email sgarvin@envstudies.org Join us for a delightful morning in the field looking for sparrows, woodpeckers and other winter residents (including hawks and eagles) and waterfowl. Todd Day leads our monthly bird walk series and provides advice and assistance on finding and identifying birds, and a variety of other avian topics. Bring your binoculars, and wear waterproof shoes and warm layered clothing.

Winter Waterfowl Walk, Saturday, January 20th, 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

Saturday, February 10th, 9:00 am until noon.
YHikeS!

RSVP – Requested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Our newest program is designed for youth ages 10- 16. Youth Hike Saturdays will offer an opportunity for students to explore the field station while learning about natural history. Our inaugural program will explore winter waterfowl currently visiting the field station. What are they and why do they come here from Alaska, Canada and the northwest? Dress warmly, bring a waterbottle, and be prepared for a bit of hiking and a lot of fun. (Cameras and binoculars are welcome, but not required.)

Wednesday, February 14th, 8 am until 11 am.
Second Wednesday Bird Walk

RSVP – Requested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Join us for a delightful morning in the field looking for sparrows, winter residents and waterfowl. Bert Harris will be leading this walk (Todd Day has another commitment and will return next month.) Bring your binoculars, wear waterproof shoes and layered clothing.

Saturday, February 17th, 9 am until noon.
Volunteer Workday.

RSVP – Requested. Adults only. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Spring is just around the corner. Before the poison ivy and ticks emerge, we have plenty of work to do. Pull on some old clothes and a pair heavy gloves to assist with projects ranging from invasive species control to old fence removal and trail clearing. Boots are always recommended!

Saturday, February 24th, 8 am until ~ 11 am.
Fourth Saturday Bird Walk.

RSVP – Requested. Please email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Join us for a delightful morning in the field looking for sparrows, winter residents and waterfowl. Bring your binoculars, wear waterproof shoes and layered clothing.

March

Walk to view the American Woodcock display, Saturday, March 3rd, 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Together with the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, we are pleased to welcome special guest speaker Linda Ordiway, Regional Wildlife Biologist (and woodcock specialist) with the Ruffed Grouse Society. Dr. Ordiway will share insights on the ecology of the woodcock, status of current research and make suggestions for habitat management. At the end of the program we will walk to the fields to experience the sights and sounds of the aerial courtship display of this unusual bird. Sturdy walking shoes required, and pop-up chairs are recommended! (Since we will return from the field after dark, you may want to bring a flashlight.) RSVP recommended

Volunteer Workday (exotic plant control), Saturday, March 10th, 9:00 am until noon
Weather permitting, lend a helping hand as we work on spring field and trail management. Outdoor work clothes, sturdy shoes, and work gloves required to enjoy a great morning on the field station. Who knows who you might meet or what you may discover while assisting us! RSVP requested.

Morning Bird Walks, March 14th and 24th, 8 am until 11 am
We now offer both a Wednesday and a Saturday bird walk monthly. Under the expert guidance of Bert Harris or Todd Day, explore the field station in search of resident birds and early migrants. This program is suitable for novice and experienced birders. Please bring binoculars, field guides and a water bottle. We will be walking the fields and trails, so dress to be outdoors. Waterproof shoes or boots are essential. RSVP is requested.

Youth Hike Saturday! (YHikeS!), Saturday, March 17th, 9 am until noon
Our monthly Saturday morning youth program meets under the guidance of Eleanor Harris, Caragh and Ryan. This month, wear boots or waterproof shoes and experience the spring explosion of amphibians on the field station. YHikerS! will visit a variety of wetland ecosystems and learn how amphibians tell us about the quality of our watersheds. Space is limited, RSVP requested.

April

Habitat Network: Taking Conservation Into Your Own Hands, This Sunday, April 8th, 9am until noon
RSVP requested. Email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Join us in welcoming Megan Whatton, Habitat Network Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy. Megan will discuss how small changes in your property this spring can enhance wildlife habitat, reduce strain on streams and rivers, support migratory species and turn barriers into bridges for wildlife! No matter the size or location of your property, Megan can help you discover practices to best support a diversity of plants and animals, and build resilience into your residential landscape.

Butterfly Walks, April 12th and 28th, 1 - 3 PM
We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks when we will search native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. RSVP requested. Contact Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org, 615-440-0666

Morning Bird Walks, April 11th and 28th, 7 am until 10 am
RSVP requested. Email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Spring means we meet an hour earlier for our monthly Wednesday and Saturday bird walks. Under the expert guidance of Todd Day or Bert Harris, explore the field station in search of resident birds and early migrants. It's time to learn your warblers! This program is suitable for novice and experienced birders. Please bring binoculars, field guides and a water bottle. We will be walking the fields and trails, so dress to be outdoors. Waterproof shoes or boots are essential

YHikeS! Saturday, April 14th, 9 am until noon
RSVP requested. Email sgarvin@envstudies.org
Youth Hike Saturday! (YHikeS!) Our fantastic Saturday morning youth program (for children ages 5 and up) meets with a team of awesome outdoor educators! This month, wear boots or waterproof shoes and experience the explosion of spring FUNGI (and wildflowers) on the field station. YHikerS! will visit a variety of habitats to see what is growing. Bring a sense of adventure and a water bottle! Cameras or journals would be handy.

Spring's Ephemeral Wildflowers Saturday, April 14th, 10 am until noon
The chilly and dry March weather delayed the most anticipated arrivals of spring- our native, ephemeral wildflowers! Novice and experienced botanists are invited to explore the field station with our naturalists. We'll search for common and not-so-common wildflowers. Sturdy hiking shoes are all you need.

Let's Volunteer Day, April 21st, 9am - 1 pm.
Questions? Contact eharris@cliftoninstitute.org
On April 21st, volunteers from all over our community will unite in a single day of service organized by The PATH Foundation! Join our naturalists at the field station and assist with spring trail preparation. We will tidy up the trails used for our educational programs. Grab a pair of work gloves and a water bottle and join us. You are bound to meet some neat folks and learn a few things. And we'll provide lunch!

Please register thru the official website: http://www.letsvolunteer.org/aem/general/need/?doc_id=4521&need_id=327950

Salute the Sun April 21st, noon - 4 pm.
We'll be celebrating Earth Day with the Independent School of Winchester at Winchester Brew Works! Come and enjoy hands-on, family-friendly, educational activities. Be sure to visit our Wild and Wonderful table. And then relax and enjoy the live music, food, and locally crafted beers! Way cool!

Visit Winchester Brew Works for more information: http://winchesterbrewworks.com/upcoming-events/

 

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