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February 2015

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We ♥ Nature 
Sandhill Cranes

Here at Audubon Naturalist Society, we love nature and we know you do too!  So forget the flowers and chocolates this Valentine's Day and consider one of these three nature-themed ideas instead.  

1. Stroll arm in arm around Woodend. Check out one of our nature backpacks and explore

2. Grab your Valentine and enjoy a half day birding trip with us at Great Falls River Trail on Saturday, February 14. Learn more.

3. Give your sweetie the opportunity to have life-changing experiences in nature all year long—with an ANS gift membership

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Keep Up the Pressure! No Sewers In Ten Mile Creek
Ten Mile Creek Jan. 1, 2015

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call to action over the recently announced sewer proposals for the Ten Mile Creek watershed. Your passionate and thoughtful letters are making a big impact! 

At the beginning of Tuesday's, January 20 County Council public hearing on the sewer issue, Council President George Leventhal remarked that he and his colleagues had been "deluged" by emails about keeping sewers out of Ten Mile Creek. And the pressure didn't end there. Several creek advocates, including ANS Board Member, Friends of Ten Mile Creek Board Member and former Councilmember Scott Fosler, presented powerful testimony decrying the current sewer proposals and calling for a sewer plan that keeps sewers and sewage out of the creek.

Afterwards, Councilmembers Elrich and Berliner both reaffirmed their commitment to protect the creek, with Councilmember Berliner stating that "we're not going to allow a sewer to destroy what we have sought so hard to protect."  

We've got their attention; now we need to keep up the pressure. If you haven't had a chance, contact the County Council and County Executive to remind them of their commitment to protect Ten Mile Creek, Take Action Now!

Photo courtesy of Tenley Wurglitz. 

Weekend Walks in Woods Ad

Already Looking Forward to Spring?
Green Tree Frog
Sign up early to make sure you snag a space in one of our spring Natural History Field Studies classes, starting in April and offered at our Woodend Sanctuary and the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery. For the first time in several years, Reptiles and Amphibians is on the course line-up. Take classes for professional development -- or for the pure pleasure of learning. Find a complete listing of classes, fees, and registration information

Panama: The Wild, Remote Forests of Darien
April 18-25, 2015
Leaders: Rob Gibbs & Carlos Bethancourt
Panama’s geographic location as the link between South and Central America makes it a land of exceptional biological diversity. Darien, the easternmost region of Panama is one of the least developed, wildest areas of rainforest in all of Central America. Join us as we discover the amazing diversity of birds, other tropical wildlife and rainforest plants from our base at the new Canopy Camp, a small ecotourism facility developed by the folks who run the Canopy Tower, where two previous ANS trips have been based. Learn more and register.

New! Fresh Air Toddler Treks Program 
Children at Rust program

In conjunction with NOVA Parks, the Audubon Naturalist Society is excited to announce Fresh Air Toddler Treks – a new program at Algonkian Regional Park for environmental explorers ages 2 to 5. This program fosters social, physical and academic skill development via songs, books, games and hikes. Come join us on Mondays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for 4 weeks starting Monday, March 2, 2015 to make new friends and enjoy Algonkian Regional Park’s natural beauty. Cost for the program is $42. Email emcdougall@anshome.org to register today!

Also, registration is open now for the spring session of Fresh Air Kids at Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg. Fresh Air Kids is designed for children ages five and younger along with a parent or caregiver. The spring session begins, Friday, April 10 and runs through Friday, May 29. Classes meet once a week from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Classes take place entirely outdoors and include crafts, songs, books and always a hike.

Learm more about Rust programs. 

We ♥ Our Supporters 
ANS members at 2014 annual meeting

Thank you for your generous support of our work last year and for being such an important part of ANS’s accomplishments in 2014. To continue this success we have developed our Workplan for 2015 and hope we can continue to count on your support in achieving our plans this year. 

Please consider a special contribution — above your annual membership gift — to help us implement our Workplan. With your help, we will 1) build clean stream communities and advocate for local watersheds; 2) educate people of all ages across the region about the natural world and their local environment; and 3) transform Woodend Nature Sanctuary into a more robust living classroom for all to enjoy. Again, thank you for your continued support. Please support our 2015 Workplan today

Winter Birdseed Sale at the Audubon Naturalist Shop
Scarlett birdseed
Now through March 1, ANS members can enjoy a 20 percent discount on birdseed at the Audubon Naturalist Shop. Not an ANS member? No worries, birdseed is discounted for you too at 10 percent off. The Audubon Naturalist Shop sells more than 4,000 pounds of birdseed each week! Get yours today. Find shop hours and more more

Audubon Nature Preschool Open Houses

Come visit the Audubon Nature Preschool during one of our upcoming open houses! Meet our staff and explore our grounds. No RSVP necessary. Children are encouraged to attend. Please dress for outdoor exploration after a short visit in our classroom.

Open House Dates:

  • Saturday, February 7, 9:30-11 am
  • Friday, February 20, 11 am-1 pm
  • Saturday, February 21, 9:30-11 am

Preschool applications are accepted year-round; however, applications received by February 25, 2015 receive preference. Applications from current and active ANS members also receive preference. Acceptance letters are sent to parents in March.

Also, a few spots are open for immediate enrollment in our adult and child programs.  

  • Parent-Tot class is for children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years (three by March 1) and their favorite adult! Classes meet on Fridays from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.
  • Tagalong Thursday class is for children ages four and younger along with their favorite adult! Classes meet on Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. 

Learn more and register today.   

Rent Woodend in Winter

The Osprey?  ANS Brand  Nest Box Volunteers 
ANS visual id
ANS was awarded a Visual Identity & Brand Strategy service grant from the Taproot Foundation to redesign our logo. As part of this process we want to hear from you! Take the survey on the ANS brand
Volunteer at Nest Box
Join us Saturday, February 21, 10:00 am at Woodend as we repair our nest boxes to ready for spring. Nest box monitoring opportunities available too. Learn more.
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802 Childrens Center Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-669-0000
Fax: 703-669-1234

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8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-652-9188
Fax: 301-951-7179

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