A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying with the objective of identify all living species within a tract of the Refuge. During this BioBlitz, biologists and citizen scientists will have the opportunity to explore our newest Refuge tract while contributing valuable data to the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Last year on Sept 18th at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch they set some impressive species records were set.
This trip will correspond with there open house for the Hawk Watch, so there should be plenty of people to meet.
On Monday, June 10, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at Beaverdam Park near Gloucester Court House at 9:00a.m. This beautiful park has a 635-acre lake and many trails for birding and wildlife watching. Trails go through forests and along the edge of the lake.
On Monday, June 3, The Northern Neck Audubon Society will hold its annual meeting. Doug Dwoyer, president of the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists, will present a program on the rapid climate change in the eastern high Arctic.
On Saturday, May 25, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at Belle Isle State Park at 9:00 am. The public, including families and beginning birders, are always welcome at any NNAS event. There will be several loaner binoculars available.
Belle Isle State Park in LancasterCounty features seven miles of Rappahannock riverfront as well as diverse tidal and non-tidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves, and upland forests. Among possible sightings are bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, Eastern bluebirds, red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows, swamp sparrows, warblers, herring and ring-billed gulls, and Foster’s terns.
GPS address is 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503.
To reach the park from Kilmarnock, take Rt. 3 west to Lively and turn left on Rt. 201 (White Chapel Road). Go to the end of 201 and turn right onto Rt. 354 (River Road). Go 3.1 miles and turn left on Rt. 683 (Belle Isle Road). After the park entrance, continue through the four-way intersection. The horse parking lot will be on your right.
From Warsaw, take Rt. 3 east and travel approximately 14.5 miles. Turn right on Rt. 354 (River Road). Go about 3 miles and turn right on Rt. 683 (Belle Isle Road). After the park entrance, continue through the four-way intersection. The horse parking lot will be on your right.
For additional information about the NNAS activities and programs, check the website at www.northernneckaudubon.org.
Photo by Betsy Washington
On Monday, May 13, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Chilton Woods State Forest. Located in Lancaster, County, Chilton Woods is part of the Rappahannock River watershed with streams emptying into Lancaster Creek and the Corrotoman River.
The next monthly meeting of the Northern Neck Audubon Society will be held Monday, May 6th, at the Lancaster County Library in Kilmarnock (GPS: 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock). The guest speaker will be Dr. Shawn T. Dash presenting a program titled Insects: The Uncelebrated Partners of the Bird World.
On Saturday, April 27, 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.
HHNAP inclusion into the Old Growth Forest Network. Dedication will be on Saturday, April 13 at 3:30 pm.
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.
Special location: Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury
Teta Kain will present program on the Dismal Swamp at Northern Neck Audubon Society’s April 1, meeting at Rappahannock-Westminster Canterbury 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, Virginia 22480 in the RW-C Auditorium.
Our March program features Jon Bachman, Public Events Director for Stratford Hall. Jon will demonstrate how cooperation between entities (in this case, Stratford and TheVirginia Bluebird Society) create a situation where the effect is greater than the sum of the parts.
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.
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.