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ANS Annual Meeting, October 22 

Please join us Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for the ANS Annual Meeting. Our featured speaker, Alonso Abugattas, is a well-known local naturalist and environmental educator who serves as the Natural Resources Manager for the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation. Many of us also know him as the Capital Naturalist blogger. 

During the meeting members will vote on candidates for the Board of Directors and a proposed Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation update for the organization.

Our Annual Meeting is FREE and friends and family are welcome too. RSVP and learn more about Board candidates and new bylaws


New! Communities for Clean Streams   
Communities for Clean Streams Screen Shot

Communities for Clean Streams is a growing group of clean stream stewards and partners working to influence local clean water policies and inspire individual best practices to produce cleaner streams in the DC metro region. Communities and partners are supported online at CleanStreams.anshome.org, our new interactive, mobile-friendly website for sharing clean stream events, photos, questions and information about protecting and restoring our region’s streams. 

As part of the launch of Communities for Clean Streams, we're offering individuals and partners a FREE, trial Clean Streams membership, which is valid through May 31, 2016. Already an ANS member? Give the Clean Streams membership as a gift. Join FREE today


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No Pesticides = Cleaner Streams
frog from Ten Mile Creek

Montgomery County has a fighting chance to make our neighborhoods greener, safer and more stream-friendly by passing Safe Lawn Bill 52-14 – a new law to restrict the cosmetic use of pesticides on public and private property. A vote on this legislation is expected by the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  Email the Council today and urge them to reject any changes that would weaken the Safe Lawn Bill and to pass the strongest possible restrictions on pesticide use for our streams – and your family’s health.
Take Action Now!

Amphibians like the frog in Ten Mile Creek (pictured) are especially sensitive to pesticides.


Botswana: Africa’s Wilderness Wetland

April 3-13, 2016
Leaders: Mark Garland & Graham Johansson

Botswana is a stable, peaceful nation in southern Africa with great appeal to wildlife enthusiasts. Savannahs are home to zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, and others – the classic guild of African wildlife – but Botswana has something special: the Okavango Delta. Here the African savannah meets the continent’s largest freshwater wetland, creating truly one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife viewing destinations. Our itinerary visits two different small lodges in the delta for maximum immersion into this spectacular ecosystem, along with a visit to the associated Lanyanti wetlands to the north. We also offer an optional pre-trip extension to the Kalahari desert, and an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls, Zambia. To receive itinerary & registration information.


Astonishing Earth Hike at Rust Nature Sanctuary
NOVA Parks Autumn Walk at Rust

All ages are welcome to join us for this fall walk at the Rust Sanctuary. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00 am to 11:30 am 
$7 per person
*Rain Date/Time: Sunday, November 8, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Enjoy the 68 acres of Rust Nature Sanctuary in its full autumn glory. NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist David Garcia will lead this nature hike with us as we explore the abundant life found in the area and fascinating seasonal changes. Register with Susanne Ortmann today.


Nature Birthday Parties Ad


Get ready for AuduBoo! Friday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature SanctuaryThis family-friendly nature-themed Halloween event is for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family for a walk through the woods on well-lit trails where you’ll come across animal and treat stations. Then, join us in the mansion for craft tables where the kids can paint pumpkins and make animal masks.  Get your tickets today


FREE Author Talk October 8

Join us Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for a presentation and a book signing of Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce, and Conservation.  Our opening reception, with light refreshments, begins at 7:00 pm and the program starts at 7:30 pm. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open during the event. Learn More & RSVP.

P.S. There's a fall birdseed sale at the Audubon Naturalist Shop all October long.  See what kinds of birdseed we sell


Afternoon Nature Preschool Spots Open!  

We have a limited number of spaces available in our afternoon preschool class this school year at the Audubon Nature Preschool. 

“We were drawn to ANPS [Audubon Nature Preschool] because we wanted our children to have a reverence for nature, and we wanted an emphasis on playing and discovering,” said Shannon L. Her son, Ben, 7, is a graduate and son Jake, 4, currently attends the preschool. 

The PM Preschool class meets about three hours a day, four days a week. The days consist of outdoor exploration, indoor learning centers, group meeting time, small group activities--cooking, science experiments, journals, etc.--and closing gathering. Apply Today

P.S.  The Annual Audubon Nature Preschool ReUse It Sale will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Find all sorts of children's clothing, books, toys and outdoor gear. Proceeds benefit the Preschool.   


App Testers Needed Thank You!  
KEA app screenshot
A new, free birding app (Kea: Learn Birds Through Play) just released is in need of Beta testers. Interested? Email Kea and complete a questionnaire. FREE download only available for iPhone or iPad at this time.  
Master naturalist 2014 class
As we welcome a new class of Master Naturalists this fall, thank you to the training class from fall 2014. All our Master Naturalist volunteers contributed just over 2,000 hours of service in Fiscal Year 2015.
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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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