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Picnic: Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m.
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
On February 24, an apparent Smith's Longspur was seen near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, along with several Lapland Longspurs and many Horned Larks. Since January, a Trumpeter Swan and one or two Tundra Swans have been seen at or near Silver Lake, near Dayton in Rockingham County.
Last bird alert:
24 Feb 2015
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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 the April 13 meeting:
Speaker: Steve Rannels,
Naturalist and photographer
NOTE: The annual birding and brunch (picnic) will be held on Saturday, May 16, at Natural Chimneys. Details to follow.
Once again, Augusta Bird Club Conservation Committee Chairman Darrell Schwalm is helping to organize events for Earth Day in our area. The main event will be Earth Day Staunton Expo on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until noon, in downtown Staunton at the Sunspots Pavilion on Byers Street. The Expo features family-oriented conservation oriented exhibits and entertainment. The Augusta Bird Club will have an exhibit table at which children can make their own pine cone / peanut butter bird feeders.
In addition, on Wednesday, April 22, John Spahr will do a presentation on "Owls: Birds of Mystery and Majesty," at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Public Library. The presentation, sponsored by the Augusta Bird Club, will explore man's association with owls, as well as some of the unique anatomic and behavioral aspects of these curious birds.
For information on all the other Earth Day events taking place, see earthdaystaunton.org.
Local photographer Marshall Faintich recently paid a visit to Waynesboro and nearby areas, and captured some vivid images of nature at its best. For more photos taken that day, see Marshall's blog, symbolicmessengers.com.
At the March 9 meeting, Justin Folks of the Virginia Department of Games and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) spoke about the state's Bobwhite restoration program. The population of Bobwhites in much of the United States declined drastically during the latter part of the 20th Century, as more and more rural land was developed, thus depriving the ground-nesting birds of their special habitat requirements. DGIF officials are working with landowners to encourage more natural landscaping, with the right kind of vegetative cover for the birds. For more information, see dgif.virginia.gov/quail/ or bringbackbobwhites.org.