On Saturday, March 24, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 am at Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve in Lancaster County. Hickory Hollow offers 3.5 miles of wooded footpaths that meander through 254 acres of second growth deciduous forest, ravines, and swampland.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will hold its April meeting on Monday, April 2, at the Lancaster County Library in Kilmarnock (GPS:16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock). Join us for refreshments at 3:00, followed by a program on Our Wonderful Wood Warblers presented by award-winning nature photographer Bob Schamerhorn at 3:30.
On Monday April 9 at 1:00 pm the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve in Northumberland County. This 316 acre preserve lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay. Dameron Marsh contains one of the most significant wetlands on the Chesapeake Bay for marsh-bird communities, and its pristine beach habitat is highly important for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis). Dameron Marsh supports impressive salt marsh communities, sand beach, and upland forest habitats.
Matt Overton with Dominion Power will speak to us about avian collisions with electrical equipment & what Dominion is doing to decreases the occurrences.
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***CANCELLED*** Bird Walk at Rappahannock River Valley NWR, Wilna Unit in Lancaster County *** CANCELLED***
Bird-walk on Monday is cancelled due to the forecast weather - Rain probability greater than 50%, windchill, and rain amounts.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, March 5 at the Lancaster County Library in Kilmarnock (GPS: 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock). Join us for refreshments and socializing at 3:15, followed at 3:30 for a program on “99 Reasons to be Fascinated by Birds” presented by Arlington-based writer William Young.
On Saturday, February 24 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.
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, Pope’s 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.
GPS address is 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443.
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 approximately 2 miles to the park entrance. Meet in the visitors parking lot at 9:00.
Warm clothing is recommended. There will be loaner binoculars available. For cancelations notices check this website.
The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Sponsors include the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Please visit the official website at birdcount.org for more information.
THE NORTHERN NECK AUDUBON BIRD WALK AT BETHEL BEACH SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 IS CANCELED.
Forecast weather for the time of the event is for moderate rain.
Stratford Hall will be presenting a lecture and field walk about the newest evidence linking/unlinking the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. The event will include refreshments, lecture and field walk. More information can be found at https://www.stratfordhall.org/events/geo-series-are-birds-dinosaurs/
Northern Neck Audubon Society Meeting in Lancaster County, Song Birds: Learning to Identify these Prized Residents and Visitors of the Northern Neck
Yes, eventually the snow and ice will be gone, Songbirds will fill the air and charm our ears, and there will be Spring!
The February Northern Neck Audubon Society meeting on February. 5, Monday, 3:15 pm, at Lancaster Library - Upper Meeting Room will provide “virtual springtime” (and warmth). Jeff Wright will lead an interactive presentation on how to identify and attract songbirds. The session is timely as it will focus on birds that we might see in our yards during the Great Back Yard Bird Count from 16-19 February 2018. The aptly named songbirds provide the chirps, songs, and occasional “racket” that fill our yards and forests - particularly in the Spring.
Various tools, techniques, and diabolical quizzes will be included in the session to help identify these birds both by hearing them as well as seeing them. The presentation will include High Definition photos and videos of songbirds.
Wrestling with learning to identify selected thrushes, wrens, finches, orioles, sparrows, grosbeaks, and mimic thrushes on a February day will hopefully speed up the arrival of spring. Within this group of soulful songsters are hundreds of songbird repertoires to listen to, learn to love, and use to hone bird identification skills.
Refreshments will be served.
On Saturday, January 27, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve at 9 a.m. This preserve lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and offers a wonderful opportunity for viewing birds and wildlife as it includes coastal forest, shrub, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats. The viewing platform offers spectacular views of the salt marsh and sandy beach along the Bay.
Possible sightings include Bald Eagles, Scaups, Long-tailed Ducks, Canvasbacks, Loons, Grebes, Goldeneyes, Surf Scoters, Gannets, Wigeons, Tundra Swans, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, Mergansers and Terns.
GPS address is 5411 Balls Neck Road, Kilmarnock, VA.
Driving directions are as follows: From Burgess, take Rt. 200 south. Go approx 8 miles and turn left (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606). At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605). Go approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left. From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 north. Go approximately 5 miles and turn right (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606). At the end of Shiloh School Road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605). Go approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to Hughlett Point and the parking lot will be on your left.
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available.
On Monday, January 15, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Belle Isle State Park. There will be several loaner binoculars available. Meet at the horse parking lot at 9:00am.
Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County 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 diving ducks (buffleheads, hooded, red-breasted and common mergansers), loons, geese, Tundra Swans, double crested cormorants, bald eagles, great blue herons, belted king fishers, Eastern blue birds, and gulls.
GPS address is 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503.
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.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will have a Board Meeting at the Lancaster Community Library on Monday, 12/8/2017 in the downstairs meeting room.
Everyone in the NNAS chapter is welcome to attend NNAS board meetings
In fact, it's encouraged for anyone who is interested in becoming more active in the chapter, or is considering serving on the Board or as an Officer.
This meeting will be very 'business-y". Jim Wagner will be explaining the function of the Foundation, and the relationship between it and the chapter. The revisions to the NNAS By Laws will be discussed too. If anyone has questions about it all, Monday's the day to ask them.
You are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count. The event is on Tuesday 19 Dec 2017.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society is a sponsor of the event for the second year in a row. This is part of the 118th National Audubon Christmas Bird that has close to 75,000 participants in the United States, Canada and other area of the Western Hemisphere. 2,536 separate Christmas Bird Count “circles”are included in the 117th Christmas Bird Count database.
At the inaugural Northumberland-Lancaster Christmas Bird Count in 2016 ninety-one (91) species were recorded by the 37 participants.
The Christmas Bird Count circle covers most of the eastern portions of the two counties. The “circle” includes ample opportunities to observe shore birds and waterfowl along the Chesapeake Bay and associated wetlands as well as a wide variety of birds found in the forests, farms, vineyards, three Natural Area Preserves, and towns in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties on the Northern Neck of Virginia. The count circle is divided into 9 sectors. Sector leaders establish meeting times for their sectors. A mid-afternoon “reception, take-a-break, and compiling" session is planned.
Novice Birders are welcomed and will be paired with experienced birders.
Contact Jeff Wright at email@example.com for more information. Please let me know as soon as possible as I am trying to align teams, sectors, sunshine, and even a few birds for the event.
On Monday, December 11, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Menokin Plantation located on Cat Point Creek and the Rappahannock River about 4 miles from Warsaw. Menokin, built c. 1769, was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Menokin is now the remains of an historic mansion 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. The website states “The Menokin project is the most unique, interesting and engaging preservation project in the nation today.”
Among possible sightings are pine and yellow-rumped warblers, brown creepers, Eastern phoebes, catbirds, swamp and white-throated sparrows belted kingfishers, water fowl, and bald eagles.
The address for your GPS is 4037 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA. Directions are as follows: Take Route 360 to Warsaw. At the stoplight at the intersection of Route 360 and Route 3 (Main Street), go West on Main Street (Route 3). Go two blocks and turn left on Menokin Road (Rt. 690). Stay on 690 for 4.2 miles. Turn left at the historical marker at the entrance to Menokin. Proceed to the Visitor’s Center.
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available.
At the Festival Halle, 9 local non-profits including Northern Neck Audubon Society will have festively decorated tables, tablescapes, as part of the Reedville Fishersmen's Museum Christmas on Cockrell's Creek event. There will also be free cider and a cookie and a bake sale. Entry to festival hall is free.
Our annual Christmas party is coming up on Dec. 4, Monday, 3:15 pm, Lancaster Library - Upper Meeting Room. Come with an idea of your spark/spirit bird...the "ONE" that got you started or is the most important to you. You can tell the story to all, or just use it for getting a conversation started. Bring friends, family, someone who may be interested in our group.
Jeff Wright will be providing his brand of "quiz", please bring a sampling of your 'experimental' cookies (try them out on us!) if you desire. We'll include a book/magazine swap, and have a raffle, food, music, the whole smash!
I really hope to see you there!
On Saturday, November 25, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Windmill Point led by Jeff Wright.
Windmill Point, the easternmost part of Lancaster County, juts out into the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. This is an excellent location for seeing a variety of bird species as It is listed as a birding hotspot on eBird, an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance. This area of the Northern Neck is a wintering area for migrating waterfowl and possible sightings include tundra swans, buffleheads, mergansers, loons, gulls, and bald eagles.
The walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Windmill Point Beach. From the stoplight in White Stone, drive east approximately 8 miles to the end of Windmill Point Road (Route 695) where the group will meet. The group will walk along the shoreline of the beach and in the parking areas of Windmill Point Marina along the water.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Monday, November 13, at 9:00 am at Kendale Farm in Essex County. The bird walk will be led by Jeff Wright and Hill Wellford. 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, Quail, Wild Turkeys, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Juncos, winter songbirds, Saw-whet Owls, and an Eastern Screech owl in a wood duck box. 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 white Kendale 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.
Kyle Langford will speak at the Northern Neck Audubon Society regular membership meeting and program at 3:15 PM on Monday, November 6, 2017, at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock. The presentation is a discussion of current birding apps for smart phones/tablets/desktops and the NNAS website, northernneckaudubon.org.
Kyle Langford is a member of the NNAS and serves as a director though 2020. He is also the Web Master/Administrator for the NNAS's website.
After 37 years of working in Information Technology (IT) especially databases at the University of Maryland, Kyle retired/escaped to the nature in the Northern Neck. He still primarily lives in Howard County, Maryland but three years ago Kyle and his wife acquired a get-away house in Heathsville, VA. The house is nestled in the woods on a ridge next to a ravine on Bush Mill Stream diagonally across from Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve. He feels like he lives in a park. You can see his dock from the end of the Deep Landing Trail.
The thrill of finding and learning about the elusive flora and fauna in our parks, preserves and even our yards is what got him hooked on nature. Though he has retired from IT, He still loves to learn ways to apply old and new IT skills in his life. In this case, how can IT improve conservation, access and understanding of the natural areas of the Northern Neck? He's also an avid photographer, cook, crabber and history buff.
The library is located at 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, VA.
On Saturday, October 21, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 a.m. at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve led by Melissa Gross.
This preserve, located in Northumberland County on the Northern Neck, lies on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay and includes coastal forest, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, dunes, shrub, salt marsh, and sandy beach habitats. Hughlett Point is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail system. Possible sightings include Bald Eagles, Osprey, Merlins, Northern Harriers, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Royal and Forster Terns, Dunlins, Brown Pelicans, Great Egrets, Spotted and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Brown Creepers, Eastern Phoebes, Catbirds, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows, Belted Kingfishers, Flickers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and early arriving swans, ducks and geese that frequent Hughlett Point in the Fall and Winter.
Over 184 species of birds have been reported at the preserve. Data collected and submitted through the e-Bird system helps VA DGIF, other state agencies, and conservation groups map the distribution and status of Virginia’s bird community in order to better inform our natural resource and conservation decisions.
Directions: From Kilmarnock, take Rt. 200 North. Go approximately 5 miles and turn right (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606). At the end of the road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605). Go about a mile and a half and Hughlett Point will be on your left. From Burgess, take Rt. 200 south. Go approximately 8 miles and turn left (east) on Shiloh School Road (Rt. 606). At the end of the road, turn right onto Balls Neck Road (Rt. 605). Go about a mile and a half and Hughlett Point will be on your left.
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available.