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Apr 11,
May 14 (picnic) at 8:00 a.m.


Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.


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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

A Virginia Rail was seen along Bell's Lane on February 19 and 20, and a few Ross's Geese have been seen in that area, as well as along Rt. 254 just east of Staunton.

Last bird alert:

20 Feb 2016

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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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Gabriel Mapel,
Club President

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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. Copies may be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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News

Last news update: 11 Apr 2016

Program for the April 11, 2016 meeting:
Virginia Natural History Museum's future branch in Waynesboro
Joe Kieper


Earth Day 2016

In the Sunday News Leader, Bruce Dorries noted that even though the "real" Earth Day is April 22, here in Staunton it will be celebrated on Saturday, April 16th. Activities begin at 9 A.M., at the pavilion next to Sunspots Studios, downtown Staunton, and will last until noon. For more information, see earthdaystaunton.org or the April edition of the Augusta Bird Club Newsletter.

Bell's Lane bulletin board kiosk

Darrell Schwalm recently finished an enlargement and improvement of the bulletin board kiosk near the south end of Bell's Lane, one of the environmental treasures in the Staunton-Augusta County area. People from the community can share unusual bird or wildlife sightings they have made on the chalkboard there.


Raptorthon 2016
www.hmana.org/raptorthon


VSO Annual Meeting in Roanoke

The Roanoke Valley Bird Club is hosting the 2016 Virginia Society of Ornithology's Annual Meeting, April 29-May 1, 2016. You don't have to be a VSO or RVBC member to attend. In addition to lots of field trips around the Roanoke area Saturday and Sunday mornings, you can also enjoy keynote speaker Pete Dunne at Saturday night's banquet. Pete is a renowned author and speaker, longtime director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, New Jersey Audubon's Birding Ambassador, and founder of the World Series of Birding. Home base for the weekend is the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center at 2801 Hershberger Rd. Room reservations can be made at 540-563-9300, 800-325-3535, or www.sheratonroanoke.com. Rates are $99 plus tax, but you must use the "Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting 2016" designation when reserving your room. More details will be forthcoming as they become available, so check our Facebook page or our website at roanokevalleybirdclub.com often. But for now, make plans to attend this fun event!

Alyce Quinn
General Chairman


From "the field trip that wasn't"...

Montage 26 Mar 2016

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Pine Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper (rotated to fit), and Red-breasted Nuthatch. (Chimney Hollow, March 26, 2016)



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