Details to be announced.
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.
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.