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May 2014

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Weekend Walk in the Woods, Saturday, May 3
Weekend Walks crowd

Our first Weekend Walk in the Woods, a FREE family program held on the first Saturday of the month, was a huge success! Last month, we enjoyed great weather and nearly 50 people attending.

Join us this Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. This month we'll learn bird calls, make a bird feeder, and try out binoculars in celebration of the ANS annual Bloomin' Birdathon.  No registration necessary. See you Saturday! Learn more.

Let's Party! Ten Mile Creek Celebration 
Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition at County Council
It’s time to celebrate! Please join us from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Woodend for a Ten Mile Creek Celebration. We’ll thank and recognize our allies and champions, including Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Hans Riemer and Phil Andrews and Montgomery County Executive Leggett. Enjoy light refreshments and most importantly, we will celebrate this victory for Ten Mile Creek and clean water together. RSVP today

FREE Birding Trips and Walks

Dive Into Cool Summer Courses

Wade in a wetland. Walk through a meadow of milkweeds. Learn to tell a beetle from a true bug--or dig into the subterranean world of fungi.  Sign up while there's still space in one of the evening courses offered through our Natural History Field Studies Program for adults, cosponsored with the Graduate School, USA. Summer session begins June 23, with all classes at our Woodend Sanctuary.  Register early; classes cancelled if minimum enrollment isn’t reached 2 weeks before class start date.

Photo courtesy of J. Browne.

Maine: Fall Migration Featuring Monhegan Island
Enjoy fall migration at one of New England’s best-known migratory hotspots, Monhegan Island, located off the coast of central Maine. We spend three nights on Monhegan, watching for migratory songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, monarch butterflies and more. All travel on Monhegan is by foot, so this is the perfect trip for those who love to walk. The ferry ride to and from Monhegan crosses waters where shearwaters, alcids and marine mammals might be seen. Our trip also visits outstanding natural areas on the mainland. Join trip leader David Farner September 17-22, 2014. Learn more and register

Family Fun at Rust Nature Sanctuary
Summer Campers

Northern Virginia Magazine recently featured all the outdor family fun awaiting visitors to Rust Nature Sanctuary. Read the Northern Virginia Magazine article

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The Battle is On! 
Birdathon Battle of the Beltways

Earth Day marked the start of ANS’s 34th annual Bloomin’ Birdathon, which runs through Memorial Day, May 26. There’s still time to register and help ANS beat Irvine Nature Center in the first ever Battle of the Beltway Birdathons! Grab a buddy, a pair of binoculars and count for a cause, simply by counting the birds and wildflowers you see.  Sign up to participate. Pick and pledge to sponsor an individual or team. Make a donation. Learn more

P.S. Don't forget to send in your counts as soon as you complete your birdathon. We're tracking our results as the battle with Irvine wages on. 

Birdseed Sale at the Shop 
Scarlett birdseed
Just in time for the ANS annual Bloomin' Birdathon, birdseed is on sale during May at the Audubon Naturalist Shop.  Get yours today.  ANS members enjoy a 20% discount on birdseed and non-members take 10% off.  For more info on the shop

New Little Free Library at Preschool a Hit
Family at Little Library

The new Little Free Library, outside the gates of Teale Learning Center home to the Audubon Nature Preschool, is a huge hit. Thanks to alumni preschool parent Eric Nudelman for the installation help. Current preschool parents are coming up with design ideas for the inside of the library as well as projects for the surrounding area. Students will paint rocks and stones and plant bulbs around the library.  

In other preschool news: Preschool ends May 23. The new school year begins after Labor Day, and AM and PM preschool classes for next year are full with waiting lists. One Friday Parent-Tot class is full but there are a few spots available in a second Friday Parent-Tot class as well as our Thursday Tagalong class. Apply today

Pictured: Family visiting Woodend to hike trails enjoys sweet new Little Free Library!

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Author Event May 8 Registration Now Open!
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Join us at Woodend as Robert K. Musil discusses Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment. Learn more and RSVP.
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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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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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