Northern Shenandoah Valley
Program: "Genus of Birds"
Co-sponsored with the Virginia State Arboretum
Saturday, March 4
Location: - Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Experimental Farm; Route 50 in Clarke County, Virginia.
Join author Jennifer Ackerman as she discusses her book.
Program fee: FOSA members TBD; non-FOSA members TBD
Program: "Wind Energy and Birds: Are They Compatible?"
Saturday, March 25
Location: - Shenandoah University Cool Springs River Campus lodge, which is located approximately one mile north of Route 7 and the first road east of the Shenandoah River.
9:00 am - Walk begins, meet at SU Lodge
10:30 am - Presentation begins inside the SU Lodge
Enjoy a short morning nature walk, approximately 1/2 mile, to a nearby Bald Eagle's nest (& heron rookery,) afterwards join us for a presentation about wind energy and bird migration.
Program topics: Wind energy development, along with solar energy, have become the darlings of the so-called “green” revolution. Renewable energy, including wind, is touted as the solution to anthropogenic climate change, a major emerging threat to wildlife conservation. But, wind energy is also the fastest growing source of avian and bat mortality, which, combined with other threats, such as feral cats, building collisions and pesticides, is unsustainable. Program presented by Michael Hutchins, Ph.D. Director, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, American Bird Conservancy.
No Cost: Free and open to the public. Great family event.
BIRD & WILDLIFE WALKS:
Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve - Winchester, VA
Saturdays: March 18, April 1, April 15, April 29. Walks begin at 8:30am
Join seasoned naturalist and current NSVAS President Jim Smith for his nature walks in the Abrams Creek area in the heart of Winchester. Meet at the Children of America's parking lot off of West Jubal Early Drive, approx. 1/2 mile west of Valley Avenue. Park at the west/right side of the lot by the woods. If you arrive late simply walk the path until you catch up with the group. Allow approx. 2 hours for the walk. Dress for the weather and you may want to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Walks will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information contact Jim at 540-303-3983. No fee. Great family activity.
Page updated January 2017