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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk May 25 at Belle Isle State Park

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.


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*** Cancelled ***Bird Walk at Hutchinson Tract near Tappahannock
Feb
11
9:00 AM09:00

*** Cancelled ***Bird Walk at Hutchinson Tract near Tappahannock

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. 

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*** cancelled *** Bird Walk at Menokin in Richmond County
Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

*** cancelled *** Bird Walk at Menokin in Richmond County

*** 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.

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Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Birdwalk at George Washington Birth Place in Westmoreland

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.

 



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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Birdwalk at Kendale Farm in Essex County

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.


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Birdwalk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Sep
20
7:00 AM07:00

Birdwalk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch

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.

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Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Westmoreland Berry Farm/Voorhees Preserve in Westmoreland County

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.   

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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Reedville in Northumberland County

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.

 

 

 

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Bird Walk at Kendale Farm in Essex County
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at Kendale Farm in Essex County

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. 

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Bird Walk at Dameron Marsh NAP in Northumberland County
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Bird Walk at Dameron Marsh NAP in Northumberland County

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.

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Bird Walk at George Washington's Birth Place NM in Westmoreland County
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk at George Washington's Birth Place NM in Westmoreland County

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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.

 

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