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May 2015

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Don't Miss Our Big Birdathon Weekend!
Weekend Walk participants

The forecast for this Saturday and Sunday is 70s and mostly sunny. It's a great weekend to get outdoors with us at Woodend ... and we have a big Birdathon weekend planned for you!

Saturday, May 2
8:00 am to 9:00 am - FREE Beginner Bird Walk
9:00 am to 10:00 am - 
Weekend Walks in the Woods, FREE family nature walk
9:00 am to 11:00 am - FREE Binocular Basics demonstrations on-site courtesy of Minox USA, Inc. and in honor of our annual Bloomin' Birdathon

Sunday, May 3 
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm - 
Bird Eggstravaganza! Hunt for hidden “bird eggs” all around Woodend. Treats and prizes, family-friendly fun for all ages. Geocaching adventures for older children.

These events are part of our annual Bloomin’ Birdathon. Registration is not required, but appreciated. Let us know we'll see you this weekend

5 Tips on Attracting Wild Birds to Your Garden  
Pine Warbler gathering nesting material on the ground
  1. Learn the names and needs of the common birds of your neighborhood, teach your neighbors, and get involved with your local birding community. 
  2. Put up a species-specific and properly built bird house on your property. Manage the house and adjacent habitat so the native birds have food, water and habitat.  
  3. Put up seed feeders and nectar feeders on your property, either very close or several feet away from your windows.  
  4. Put infrared stickers or screens on windows and doors that cause window strikes.  
  5. Limit the use of lawn chemicals and pesticides in your garden-they are harmful not only to birds, but also to you, and your pets.  

Written by James Tate, Jr., retired ornithologist from Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology and graduate of the ANS Master Naturalist Volunteer Training program. Photo courtesy of Bridget Lewis. 

P.S. Now that you've attracted the birds to your garden, why not count them as part of our annual Bloomin' Birdathon? Sign up today

The Big Year Movie Screening event

Spring Woods of Prince William Forest Park

Join leader Elizabeth Rives, Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for this late spring walk at Prince William Forest Park to look for seasonal wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Prince William Forest Park protects the largest Piedmont forest in the National Park Service and the largest green space in the DC metro region. This is a two-three mile hike over sloping terrain on natural surface trails. The cost is $24 for members;$34 for nonmembers. Register today

P.S. While you're counting wildflowers, why not participate in our annual Bloomin' Birdathon? Sign up today

Honduras: Spectacular Pico Bonito Lodge
November 7-14, 2015
Leaders: Paul Pisano & Local Guides

The north coast of Honduras is a mix of sleepy Caribbean towns, coastal marshes, mangrove swamps, tropical forests, quiet beaches, and small farm fields. Near the middle of the coastline is the new “hot destination” for birding and nature tours in Central America. The Pico Bonito Lodge features very nice cabins, exceptional meals and great service, but more importantly it features excellent trails through pristine forests adjacent to a large National Park. Spend a week at this lodge exploring these trails and venturing to remarkably diverse natural areas, including a mangrove swamp and traveling by boat to visit small islands in the Caribbean Sea. Learn more and register.

Scouts Rave About Rust Programs 
Girls scouts near pond at Rust

"We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much. Our girls just loved exploring the pond. I will be recommending your program to other Girl Scout troops. ... I thought it was a worthwhile experience for a great value!"- Leigha, Troop Leader

Rust Nature Sanctuary offers nature programs for scouts seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Scouts enjoy programs at Rust, or our naturalists come to them. Rust environmental education staff works with troop leaders to meet badge needs and customize programs.  Recently, a Bear Scout group from Leesburg earned their conservation badge at Rust. Learn more about Rust programs

Bird Eggstravaganza event

VA Governor Signs Executive Order on Earth Day 
Northern cardinal

On Earth Day, April 22, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order establishing the Virginia Environmental Literacy Challenge. Elevating the importance of environmental education, this voluntary challenge will help classroom teachers and school administrators initiate additional learning opportunities for their students. Learn more

Presentation by Author of The C&O Canal Companion 
Join us Thursday, May 14 at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for a presentation by Mike High, author of The C&O Canal Companion: A Journey through Potomac History. We're co-hosting this author event with the Montgomery County Historical Society. Reception begins at 7:00 pm; program starts at 7:30 pm.  RSVP today.  

Preschool is Fun!
Kelli holding silkworm at Audubon Nature Preschool

Recently, the Audubon Nature Preschool invited the "bug lady" for an in-class field trip for the preschoolers. She brought with her all kinds of bugs (including the silkworm I'm pictured holding here) for the little naturalists to explore. This is just one example of how nature comes to life for preschoolers in ANS's programs. Opportunities to make your little naturalists' eyes light up: 

  • Tagalong Thursdays, Audubon Nature Preschool, Thursdays, 9:30 am to 11:00 am 
  • Parent-Tot Fridays, Audubon Nature Preschool, Fridays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Learn more about Audubon Nature Preschool programs

Also, there's still space available in our Summer Nature Camps, especially afternoon pre-K camps. Register for camp today

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Meet Lola Oberman Application Deadline 8/1
Lola Oberman
"My husband took the initiative in joining ANS in 1969. ... He brought home a list of field trips, and we went on every one of them. ... We have a clear memory of seeing our first prothonotary warbler at Riley's Lock." Read more of Lola's story in the Naturalist Quarterly (pg. 30).
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Want to spend more time outside? Learn about the natural world and help ANS? Become a volunteer master naturalist. Fall training Tuesdays & Thursdays, September through November. 60 hours of in-classroom and field experience with natural history experts. Apply today.

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Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-652-9188
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