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Jan 9, Feb 13
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
A Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur have been seen with a Horned Lark flock in fields next to the intersection of Strickley Road and Custard Lane in northeast Augusta County. Since early December, Short-eared Owls have been seen at dusk in the northwest portion of Bell's Lane. A Northern Harrier has been in that general area on a regular basis since early November.
Last bird alert:
27 Dec 2016
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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.
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Program for February 2017 meeting:
Penguin Species of the World
Dr. Harold Heatwole
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
5:30 P.M., Thursday, January 19
Stable Craft Brewery, 375 Madrid Road, Waynesboro
(Note the new location!) on Tuesday, November 29th, 6:00 P.M. at Yelping Dog, 9 East Beverley Street in downtown Staunton.
Nineteen members of the Augusta Bird Club took part in the 2016 Christmas Bird Count for Augusta County on Saturday, December 17. (That part of the CBC is centered in Verona, and includes areas within 7.5 miles of that point. A separate CBC centered near Waynesboro was held on January 2, and a separate report on that is expected soon.) Many participants got a late start due to the icy road conditions. A total of 79 species were counted on the CBC itself, and an additional five species were counted during count week, for a total of 84 species. Highlights:
Highlights from the count week:
On Monday December 12, the Augusta Bird Club had a successful and fun filled 50th Anniversary Dinner at Mary Baldwin University. Fifty one members were joined by Staunton Mayor Carolyn Dull to celebrate our first 50 years. Special thanks go to Penny Warren, Brenda Walters, and Lisa Hamilton for planning. Thanks also go to Crista Cabe for arranging the venue, and to Andrew Clem for his musical medley -- just one highlight of the evening. The evening included special recognition of founding member Grant Simmons and near-founding member Jo King for their ongoing contributions to the Augusta Bird Club. I, of course, got to do the fun stuff. With the support of all our loyal members, the ABC is well on the way to our 100th anniversary in 2066.
In early December, the City of Waynesboro installed a new sign along the Greenway Trail which follows the South River. One of several similar signs along the Greenway, it features a number of bird photos taken by Marshall Faintich, along with descriptions of each species, and includes a note about the Augusta Bird Club and the various bird counts that are done throughout the year.