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(this month and next)
May 6 (picnic) at 8:00 a.m.
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
During the first two weeks of April, Wilson's Snipes, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, and Gadwalls have all been seen in the beaver pond along the north part of Bell's Lane.
Last bird alert:
12 Apr 2017
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Augusta Bird Club members may submit rare bird sightings by using the Update page. For further information, or to report any unusual sightings, please contact the rare bird alert coordinator, Allen Larner.
Blue Ridge Young Birders
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Annual spring breakfast and bird hike:
Saturday May 6, at Lofton Lake
197 Lofton Lake Lane, Raphine, VA. (Directions to follow...)
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
6:00 p.m., Monday, April 24th
Bedlam Brewing, 2303 N. Augusta Street (the former Ma and Pa's pizza shop), Staunton.
Those who plan to be attend should RSVP to Penny by Thursday or Friday this week, if possible.
The Augusta Bird Club has participated in several Earth Day-related events over the past week. On Tuesday April 18, we did our annual roadside cleanup along Bell's Lane, fulfilling our club's responsibility that comes from getting official "sponsor" status from the City of Staunton. Four members and one other volunteer spent over two hours retrieving litter, and it was covered on WHSV Channel 3. (Watch the video here.)
Earth Day itself was Saturday April 22, but drizzle and light rain essentially cancelled the two field trips that were scheduled in the morning. Because of the weather, the informational table for the public was set up inside the gymnasium in Gypsy Hill Park, rather than the bandstand. The theme for the 2017 Earth Day Festival was, appropriately enough, "We're For the Birds!"
Finally, Sunday April 23 was the "Kites 'n Kritters" event from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Carolyn Moore Ford's farm on Bell's Lane. Andrew Clem led a bird walk to the beaver dam, with over a dozen eager participants of all ages. We saw an Eastern Kingbird, an Eastern Meadowloark, three kinds of swallows, several Solitary Sandpipers, a Lesser Yellowlegs, some Blue-winged Teals, as well as two Killdeers.
On Saturday, April 15, team "Fly Like an Eagle!" from Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (Vic Laubach, Gabriel Mapel and Baxter Beamer) had a fun and successful 5th annual Raptorthon! Thank you to all of our sponsors! This year we spent 14 hours in the field covering 220 miles birding from pre-dawn to dusk throughout Augusta and Rockingham Counties. We ended up with a total of 96 species including 13 raptor species. If interested, you can view a map of our trip with some photos here: http://rblr.co/RRbH.