On Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m., the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at George Washington Birthplace National Monument Park on Pope’s Creek between Montross and Oak Grove in Westmoreland County.
Jon Bachman from Stratford Hall will be our speaker on March 4 works at 3:15.
Bird Sanctuary and osprey mecca, Colonial Beach, VA, gateway to Virginia’s Northern Neck, will be holding an “Osprey Festival” the weekend of April 12 – 14, 2019 to celebrate its signature bird, other local bird life and the area’s abundant natural resources.
This Friday through Monday (15-18 Feb) is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This is one of the premier citizen science projects world wide and was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
On Monday, February 11, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at the Hutchinson Tract of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge just west of Tappahannock. This 700+ acre tract, fronting on Mount Landing Creek and Route 17, has restored grasslands, tidal marshes, and deep mature forests.
It's a little different, but lots of fun. You may think about giving it a try.
Every other month, the Wildlife Center of VA selects a book related to wildlife, ecology, or natural history to read and discuss.
For our next meeting, join the Wildlife Center of Virginia in reading:
Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
*** Location Change for this Month Only ***
The next monthly meeting of the Northern Neck Audubon Society will be held Monday, February 4th, at the Northumberland County Library in Heathsville (7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville). The guest speaker will be Ellison Orcott, the Northern Neck regional coordinator for the second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2). 2019 marks year 3 of the 5-year project aimed at identifying all of the birds that breed in Virginia.
During this event participants will learn about the important role blue birds play in our ecosystem, how to construct their own bluebird house for their property, and hike along Stratford's property to view the bluebird houses that the Virginia Blue Bird Society maintain at Stratford Hall.
This event has a cost associated with it.
Please join Northern Neck Master Gardeners for a presentation by Bud Ward on “Climate Change in Our Own Backyard” on Wednesday, January 16, at 11 a.m. at the Transportation Building, Rice’s Hotel/ Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.
*** CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ***
On Monday, January 14, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Menokin Plantation near Warsaw. Menokin is surrounded by a vast cultural landscape, 325 acres of which are in a conservation easement that is part of the Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge.
Sunday Dec 16, George Washington's Birthplace Christmas Bird Count. For Information, please contact Bill Portlock by firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday December 10 at 9:00 am, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at George Washington Birthplace National Monument Park on Pope’s Creek between Montross and Oak Grove in Westmoreland County.
This is a fascinating time of year to bird watch as the migrating waterfowl are arriving, sometimes in great numbers. The National Park Service allows visitors to view wildlife at the birthplace of our first president. In addition to wildlife, the park offers stunning vistas of the Potomac River from beautiful bluffs. There are woods, ponds, Popes Creek, open fields and beaches. Possible sightings include: bald eagles, Canada geese (in great numbers), white fronted geese, great blue herons, terns, gulls, loons, wild turkeys, tundra swans, buffleheads and hooded mergansers.
The GPS address is 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Those driving directly should meet at 9:00 am at the visitor center parking lot.
Directions from Kilmarnock and Warsaw:
Take Route 3 west through Montross. About ¼ mile past Potomac Mills, turn right on Pope’s Creek Road (Route 204). Proceed to the park.
Warm clothing is recommended. There will be loaner binoculars available. For cancellations additional information about the NNAS and activities, check the website at www.northernneckaudubon.org.
Please join The Northern Neck Audubon Society for its annual Christmas Party on Monday, December 3rd, at 3:15 p.m. The party will be held in the Upper Meeting Room of the Lancaster Public Library in Kilmarnock (16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock).
12 November (Monday), Hughlett Point NAP, meet in the parking lot at 0900. We will walk the sandy beach on the way out to the point and the Inland trail on the way back.
BIRD WALK MON, NOVEMBER 12, AT KENDALE FARM ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Monday, November 12, at 9:00 am at Kendale Farm in Essex County. This beautiful farm, 16 miles South of Port Royal and 16 miles North of Tappahannock, has fields, woods, salt and fresh water marshes with frontage on Occupacia Creek and the Rappahannock River directly opposite Fones Cliffs.
Possible sightings include Canada Geese, tundra swan, mallards, buffleheads, mergansers and black ducks, wild turkeys, Northern harriers, bald eagles, juncos, winter songbirds, saw-whet owls, an Eastern screech owl in a wood duck box, and quail. On the walk last fall, the group was fortunate enough to see a covey of common bobwhites being flushed and exploding into flight! At Woodpecker Point, there are often sightings of pileated, downy, hairy, red-bellied and red-headed woodpeckers.
The GPS address is 1909 Kendalls Road, Champlain, VA 22438.
Directions are as follows:
From Tappahannock, go 13.2 miles North on Route 17. Turn right onto Route 637 (Layton’s Landing Road) and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Route 661 (Kendalls Road). Go approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left into the driveway marked by the whiteKendale sign.
From Port Royal, go 13.3 miles South on Route 17. Turn left onto Route 637 (Layton’s Landing Road) and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Route 661 (Kendalls Road). Go approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left into the driveway marked by the white Kendale sign. Don’t be confused by the sign on 17 that says CHANCE. There used to be a post office there, but it now marks the exit for Route 637. Meet at the house at 9:00 am.
There will be several loaner binoculars available. Visit www.northernneckaudubon.org for information and events.
Dr. Bryan Watts will present a program – Tracking Whimbrel: Moving toward full life-cycle conservation in a migratory shorebird.
The Annual Christmas Bird Count for the Northern Neck is coming up this December. This is a presentation on the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count to help in getting more members and non-members involved. Kevin Howe has been involved with birding for decades, and will present a PowerPoint presentation on the Christmas Bird Count – what it is, history, when it is, how it works and why you should be involved.
Cancelled due to weather
24 September (Monday), Smith Island, trip is limited to 20 people. We will leave the dock between 0900 and 0930 and return between 1330 and 1400. Final details will be complete by September, transportation cost will be less than $25.
The 2018 Boots and BBQ, will be held Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1- 4 p.m. Tickets will be available online by August 1, 2018. Boots is where the public is invited to learn more about the role of land conservation in preserving the beautiful Northern Neck.
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, witness hundreds of hawks migrating daily through Virginia. We will be car pooling from the Kilmarnock Library at 7am and/or the Tappahanock Lowes at 8am. If you would like to go, meet at either location. We will figure out the best transportation options from each. You may want to pack a lunch, or we can eat in town which is maybe 10 minutes away.
Historic Christ church is a nice place to meander and look at birds.
The Wildlife Center of VA will be releasing an adult bald eagle on Wednesday, July 4 at 11am at the Wilna Pond at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This eagle was first found on the Rappahannock River Valley NWR on May 10 during the biologist's regular breeding bird count.