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April 2014

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Battle of the Beltway Birdathons 
Birdathon Battle of the Beltways
We're going head-to-head with Irvine Nature Center, just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, in a friendly competition we're calling the Battle of the Beltway Birdathons! Both our respective Birdathons will run this year from Earth Day, April 22 through Memorial Day, May 26. Help us win the Bird's Nest Crown and beat Irvine Nature Center in this first-ever beltway battle.  Sign up for the ANS annual Bloomin' Birdathon today

Victory for Ten Mile Creek! 
Because Our Last, Best Creek is Worth Saving
No April Fool's Day joke, yesterday the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to approve the Ten Mile Creek Limited Master Plan Amendment. The approved plan limits imperviousness to 6% on new development projects in the most sensitive areas; mandates 80% open space requirements and 200‐foot buffers for wetlands, streams and groundwater springs; and spurs reforestation with a goal of 65% forest cover for the entire watershed. Diane Cameron, ANS Conservation Director and the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition Coordinator, called the vote “a victory for citizens and scientists working together with elected officials to protect our last, best creek – Ten Mile Creek.” Read Diane's blog.    

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Spring Forward with a NHFS Course
Green Tree Frog

Sign up while there's still space in the “Reptiles and Amphibians” Natural History Field Studies class, or "Biology for Naturalists," among others, either for professional development -- or for the pure pleasure of learning about the  natural history of our area. Find a complete listing of these  popular continuing education courses, fees, and registration information.

 Photo by ANS member Janice Browne.

Alaska: Spectacular Coastal Explorations Almost Full 
The Alaska coastline is spectacularly beautiful and an extraordinarily rich wildlife community.  If you love puffins and their cousins, this is the trip for you.  Watch also for whales, seals, sea otters, and coastal wildlife and wildflowers. Our trip begins with a four-night stay at St. Paul, largest of the remote Pribilof Islands; back on the mainland, visit Seward and Homer, enjoying boat tours at Kenai Fjords National Park and in Kachemak Bay. Join trip leader Mark Garland for this trip July 8 - 20, 2014. Learn more and register

Ponds Awaken to Spring at Rust Nature Sanctuary
Kids in Stream at Rust
The wintering ponds at Rust Nature Sanctuary are awakening to spring. Join us at Rust, Saturday, April 5, 6:30 to 8:30 pm for this program for all ages. Enjoy close-up encounters with amphibians such as salamanders, frogs, and toads. Use your sense of sight and sound to explore the magical wildlife found in the 68 acre nature sanctuary. The adventure ends with marshmallows around a warm campfire. Register today

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Thanks to You! 
greenkids funders
Thanks to you ANS was able to connect 27,000 area residents to nature in 2013 through our environmental education programs—school, children and adult programs. And thanks to you, ANS with the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition and all those who stood up for clean drinking water is able to celebrate victory for Ten Mile Creek, the cleanest source of water to Little Seneca Reservoir, our only nearby emergency drinking water source in severe droughts for 4.3 million people in Maryland, DC and Virginia. With your support, ANS is making a difference in our local community. Thank you! Make another gift today.  

Bling! Bling! Jewelry Sale at the Shop 
Shop Staff with jewelry
All jewelry on sale this April in the Audubon Naturalist Shop. Find pins, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings and zipper pulls for 20% off for ANS member and 10% off for non- members. Shop

ANS & Irvine Preschools Team Up for Birdathon
Preschoolers with binoculars
Part of our friendly Battle of the Beltway Birdathons competion with Irvine Nature Center will include a cooperative effort among both organzations' preschools. Our Audubon Nature Preschool will team up with the preschoolers at Irvine Nature Center to see how many birds they can count together. We'll celebrate them both at the end of the birdathons in May! Sponsor the Audubon Nature Preschool

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Don Messersmith Talk  Registration Now Open!
Don Messersmith
Don't miss Don Messersmith's talk at Woodend, Thursday, April 24, 7 to 9 pm. Hear the stories and see the photos of his increadible 21,733-mile trip across North America. More
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Apply to join the 2014 Maryland Master Naturalist Volunteer class. Receive training in Maryland's natural history with hands-on field work. Learn more and apply 
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Rust Sanctuary
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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