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July 2014

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Field Test the New ANS Creek Critters App 
Creek Critters Screenshot
We're teaming up with Rock Creek Conservancy to try out our new “Creek Critters” smart phone application. The app guides beginners through the process of getting into a stream, collecting small aquatic insects that live in the stream, and identifying those critters to check on stream health. Join us Saturday, July 19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Joseph's Branch section of Rock Creek in Montgomery County. RSVP Today.

Take Action for Ten Mile Creek's Wetlands
Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition at County Council
The Montgomery County Planning Board is slated to vote on Ten Mile Creek-related revisions to its draft Environmental Guidelines on July 10.  These guidelines provide a “how-to manual” for developers on how land can be developed in the county.  In its draft, the Planning Board is misreading the County Council’s unanimous Resolution on Ten Mile Creek. The Planning Board has mistakenly included only 50 foot buffers for wetlands in Ten Mile Creek in the draft, while ignoring that the Council Resolution plainly calls for 200 foot buffers for wetlands.   Email Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Françoise Carrier today and urge her to fully implement the plain language of the Council’s resolution, including the 200 foot buffers for wetlands provision. Take Action!

Watch: GreenKids Impact with Salad Science
Thanks to the generous support of Whole Foods Montgomery County, we were able to produce this short piece featuring the impact our GreenKids Salad Science program is making on our region's school-aged children.  Watch.  

Salad Science from Mark Leisher Productions on Vimeo.

Ecuador: Birds & Nature in the Andes & Amazon Basin
Destinations on our upcoming trip to Ecuador include parks and natural areas representing this small country’s dazzling diversity of habitats--from the high Andes to the cloud forests of the western slopes to the legendary Napo Wildlife Center in the steamy Amazon basin. Our goal is to see a great variety of birds and other wildlife while learning about tropical biology, ecology, and conservation.  Limited to 12 participants, with a few spaces still available.  Join trip leaders Stephanie Mason and Gustavo Cañas November 29-December 13, 2014. Registration deadline August 22! Learn more and register.

Fresh Air Kids at Rust this Fall
Preschoolers at Rust for Fresh Air Kids

This spring, we launched a brand new preschool program at Rust Nature Sanctuary called Fresh Air Kids. Mom bloggers such as KidTrips and NoVA Outdoors stamped the new program Mom-approved! Fresh Air Kids is coming back to Rust this fall. On Fridays, October 3 through November 21, 2014, 10:00 am to 11:30 amchildren will enjoy hands-on, nature-based activities at Rust to foster social, physical and academic skills development. Find registration information

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2014 Birdathon Reports 
Diane Ford 2014 Birdathon Sketch

Thank you to all those who participated in our 2014 Bloomin' Birdathon! As always, the Birdathon inspired some great reporting to sponsors. 

Cecily Nabors & Diane Ford wrote: "But the big story was this: movement caught Diane’s eye, and she swung around to see a Black-billed Cuckoo with a large caterpillar wriggling in its beak. We had both cuckoos! We were thrilled. Another Birdathon first!"

Neal Fitzpatrick wrote: "This year we saw or heard 13 species of warblers – Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, American Restart, Northern Parula, Bay-breasted, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, and Wilson’s.

We missed seeing a Bald Eagle this year.  Bald Eagle populations are rebounding very nicely and they are frequently seen along the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.  We had a nice view of a perched Osprey in a tree adjacent to the Kenilworth Park marshes."

Read more birdathon reports  

Sketch by ANS Member Diane Ford.  

Summer Sale on Books this July at the Shop
Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching Book Cover
Books are on sale this month at the Audubon Naturalist Shop. The discount for ANS members is 20 percent, non-members find deals on books at 10 percent off. All proceeds benefit ANS education and conservation programs. Find shop information

Voice of the Naturalist

New! Nature Backpacks Thanks Crepes A-Go-Go
nature backpack and contents
Check out backpacks for free from the ANS Shop and use to explore Woodend. Choose from 8 themes. Thanks to generous support from REI and Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Crepes A Go Go Tshirt
Special thanks to Crepes A-Go-Go for the delicious crepe creations, generously discounted, to help us show our appreciation for our Audubon Naturalist Shop volunteers.
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