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April 2015

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Special Limited-Time New Member Discount Offer 
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Now through May 25, 2015 we're offering a special limited-time discount offer on new Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) memberships.  If you're not already an ANS member, take advantage of this limited-time offer and save $15 on a family or individual membership.  Join today

ANS with Safe Grow Montgomery in Pesticide Fight   
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The Montgomery County Council's Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee recently held two work sessions on the Healthy Lawns Bill 52-14. It's not too late to make your voice heard. The Safe Grow Montgomery Coalition is calling on supporters to keep up the pressure for a strong Healthy Lawns Bill to protect clean water. Take action today

Friends of Ten Mile Creek Sewer Issue

Spring Training Starts in April - Sign Up for NHFS 
Green Tree Frog

It's not too late to snag a space in one of the spring Natural History Field Studies (NHFS) classes. Classes start April 6 at our Woodend Sanctuary and the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. For the first time in years, Reptiles and Amphibians is on the course line-up. Also of note: a new half-term Biodiversity course. Take these continuing education classes for adults for professional development, to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment – or for the pure pleasure of learning more about the natural world. Register today

Photo credit Janice Browne

Yellowstone: Where the Wild Things Roam  

July 9-19, 2015
Leaders: Rob Gibbs & Mark England

Yellowstone is arguably the most beloved park in the United States, America’s first National Park, and a United Nations World Heritage Site. With natural wonders almost too numerous to list, our journey is designed to combine a search for wildlife with observations of the workings of this ecosystem, one of the largest protected natural areas in the U.S. outside of Alaska.  Join us as we explore the Park’s geysers and other geothermal features while searching for birds, mammals, butterflies and wildflowers. The itinerary includes visits to neighboring Grand Teton National Park. Learn more and register!

Ponds Awaken to Spring & Fresh Air Kids at Rust
Fresh Air Kids at Rust

The wintering ponds at Rust Sanctuary are awakening to the spring season. Explore the 68-acre Rust Nature Sanctuary, Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to see the sights and hear the sounds of spring. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife such as salamanders, frogs, and toads. The program is appropriate for all ages, and the cost is $7 per person.

Also at Rust this spring, check out two locations for Fresh Air Kids. Fridays, starting April 10 through May 29 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, children ages five and younger with a parent or caregiver enjoy Fresh Air Kids at Rust Nature Sanctuary. And, Mondays, May 4, 11, 18 and June 1 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am enjoy Fresh Air Kids at Algonkian Regional Park. Learn more

35th Annual Bloomin' Birdathon

Our biggest fundraising event of the year, the Audubon Naturalist Society Bloomin' Birdathon, kicks off this month: April 22, 2015 through May 25, 2015. Teams and individuals count as many wildflower or bird species as they can at locations of their choice over one 24-hour period. Participants may solicit sponsors to pledge to donate to ANS based on the numbers counted.  Or you can participate by donating. New this year, we're offering even more ways to participate with several Birdathon events. All tax-deductible donations directly benefit ANS's environmental education and conservation programs. Get involved today.

Photo credit Chan Chao

Author Talk on Citizen Science
Join us Saturday, April 4, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for Sharman Apt Russell's discussion of Diary of a Citizen Scientist. The reception and signing begins at 3:00 pm; the program starts at 3:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP.

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Tell Us What You Think Invasives & Trail Teams 
Spring at Woodend
Take the Membership Taskforce survey and tell us your thoughts about how to make Audubon Naturalist Society more attractive to a broader range of communities. 
Marilyn Leung, ANS invasives team leader
Invasives teams need volunteers. One team meets Sunday mornings, another Monday afternoons. We could use a hand on the trails team too (Friday mornings). Learn more.
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802 Childrens Center Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-669-0000
Fax: 703-669-1234

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

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