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.
Details to be announced.
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.
An Evening with Tom Horton,
Chesapeake Bay reporter, nature writer, book author, film maker
6 p.m. Cash Bar Reception; 7 p.m. buffet dinner and
Tom Horton presentation
Friday, June 29, 2018
Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club
362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock, VA. 22482
On Saturday, June 23, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on the Voorhees Nature Preserve / Westmoreland Berry Farm which will include segments of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Westmoreland Berry Farm store at 1235 Berry Farm Lane, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.
On Monday, June 11, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk through Reedville in Northumberland County. Participants will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Fisherman’s Museum parking lot at 504 Main Street. Reedville is a historic fishing village founded in the 1860s by Elijah Reed from Maine. From the 1890s through the early 1900s, Reedville was the wealthiest town per capita in the United States due to its thriving commercial menhaden fishing industry. Main Street, lined with Victorian mansions, was called Millionaire’s or Captain’s row.The walk will begin at the museum’s native plant garden and will meander down Main Street to the harbor and loop around to the “Stack” park. This route is a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Possible sightings include red-breasted mergansers, common loons, horned grebes, brown pelicans, northern gannets, osprey, Forster’s and royal terns, great black-backed and Bonaparte’s gulls, northern flickers, fist crows, eastern blue birds and boat-tailed grackles.
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. For cancellations and information about the Northern Neck Audubon Society and events, check this website.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 4, at Festival Hall in Reedville (GPS address: 177 Main Street, Reedville). Join us for refreshments and socializing at 3:15, followed by two presentations: Living Shorelines and Audubon at Home.
On Saturday, May 26, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk in Kilmarnock at the new Town Centre Park at 201 N. Main Street and Baylor Park Nature Trail. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Centre Park.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildfe Refuge
On May 14th, 9:00 a.m, Melissa Gross will be leading a bird walk at Chilton Woods on the Doghouse Trail (about a mile with one descent and ascent into a stream area).
Matt Overton with Dominion Power will speak to us about avian collisions with electrical equipment & what Dominion is doing to decreases the occurrences.
The Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk on Saturday, April 28, 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.
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.
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 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 Wildlife Center of Virginia, a leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, will release a bald eagle on Friday, March 23 at noon at Stratford Hall.
***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.