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November 2015

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Thank You!
Happy Thanksgiving

Our organization thrives because of wonderful members and supporters like you. We are truly thankful that you continue to be a part of the ANS community. Our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Montgomery County Passes Healthy Lawns Bill 
Ten Mile Creek Jan. 1, 2015

The Montgomery County Healthy Lawns Bill (Bill 52-14) passed the County Council on October 6, 2015. This is a big win for clean streams. Councilmembers voted in favor of the bill six to three. Please write or call Councilmembers Leventhal,  Reimer, Floreen, Elrich, Hucker and Navarro--all voting in favor of protecting the health of children, adults and local streams by banning harmful lawn pesticides. Thank them for their support. And, learn more about what ANS is doing to support and inspire even more Communities for Clean Streams.

Photo by Tenley Wurglitz.  Ten Mile Creek on New Year's Day 2015. 

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Stumped by Sparrows?  
Sparrows and finches offer beginning and intermediate birders some of their most difficult ID challenges.  Our Bird ID Series: Sparrows and Finches workshop combines an evening lecture at Woodend (November 19) with a field trip to a close-by area (November 21) to help sort out these confusing species. Not into birding--or at least, not into sparrows? This month’s classes and outings for adults offer many other options. Learn More.

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.

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Itsy Bitsy Audubon, Saturday, November 21
Kids, crafts, critters and fun! Join us with your teeniest naturalists for Itsy Bitsy Audubon, Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. The day will also include nature-themed storytelling. Perfect for ages three to six years. Tickets are $5 per child, and adults get in FREE. Get tickets today

Maryland's Public Gardens & Parks: Author Talk  

Author Talk and Signing 
Thursday, December 3
7:00 pm 
Woodend Nature Sanctuary 

Join Author Barbara Glickman for a discussion and signing of her new book Maryland's Public Gardens & Parks. Fifty-two of Maryland’s public gardens and natural parks are showcased in this book, with descriptions of their horticultural highlights and histories and nearly 240 color photos illustrating their magnificence.This event is FREE, and light refreshments will be served. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will stay open late, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, for the event. RSVP today.

Audubon Nature Preschool & Barnes and Noble 
Audubon Nature Preschool is partnering with Barnes and Noble for a special book fair to benefit the preschool. Barnes and Noble will generously donate 15 to 20 percent of the proceeds of all goods – including toys, games, coffee and sweets - sold in their downtown Bethesda store on one day, and five days of Internet sales. Please shop Barnes and Noble in-store, 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and online from December 1 through December 6, 2015 to benefit the Audubon Nature Preschool. When shopping use voucher number 11749306.  Shop

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2015 Annual Report  Thanks Trip Leaders
ANS 2015 Annual Report Infographic
Check out the 2015 Annual Report of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Find both an online version and printable PDF format. We can celebrate significant accomplishments this year--achievements that would not have been possible without the continued support of valued supporters like you. Thank you! See the report
Next time you go on one of ANS’s fabulous free birding trips, please thank your leader. Our birding trip leaders volunteer their time to make this program possible. Special thanks to Susan Hunt who volunteers to recruit and coordinate this team of talented and passionate volunteers.  Find a FREE birding trip
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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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