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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.