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August 2014

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Happy Water Quality Month! 
Participants at July's Creek Critters App Field Test
Did you know, August is National Water Quality Month? Since the early 1990s, ANS has operated a Water Quality Monitoring program throughout Montgomery County and in parts of DC. It is one of the largest and longest-running citizen science programs in the country. More than 175 ANS volunteers regularly gather data on the water quality of more than 29 local streams in the DC metro region. We offer training for volunteer water quality monitors and classes for those interested in water quality. And soon, thanks to the generosity of a long-standing ANS supporter, the new Creek Critters smart phone app will engage even more citizen scientists in learning about stream health. This Water Quality Month, learn more about our Water Quality Monitoring program and find ways to get involved

Friends of Ten Mile Creek Launch Party   
Because Our Last, Best Creek is Worth Saving
Montgomery Countryside Alliance with Anne and Jay Cinque are hosting a Friends of Ten Mile Creek launch party this Sunday, August 3 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You are cordially invited to the Cinque's farm for the party. The mission of the Friends of Ten Mile Creek is to preserve and protect Ten Mile Creek and its watershed as a uniquely diverse ecosystem. See the flyer for more information and RSVP details

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Fall NHFS Classes Begin September 15
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Natural History Field Studies courses, which ANS offers in collaboration with the Graduate School USA, offer adults an overview of the region's natural history and conservation issues with an emphasis on learning in the field. The evening classes can be taken for professional development, to achieve a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, or for the pure pleasure of learning. Our fall slate includes Geology, Eastern Forest Ecosystems, Weather & Climate and Fall Woody Plant ID at the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery; and The Living Soil, Intro. to Ecology and Birds of the World at our Woodend Sanctuary. Find course descriptions and fees

Costa Rica: Celebrating Tropical Biodiversity
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The trip packet is now available for our 2015 expedition to the tropical wonderland of Costa Rica.  Join ANS leader Stephanie Mason and local guide Charlie Gomez, partnering for their 16th trip to Costa Rica, as we explore the great variety of habitats: from classic, Caribbean  rainforest at the La Selva Biological Station to the wetlands of Cano Negro to the gorgeous mountain woodlands of Celeste Mountain Lodge and the cloud forest of Bosque de Paz. Our final stop on the basic trip features the tropical dry forest habitat and freshwater wetlands of Palo Verde; we offer an optional extension into the higher Talamanca Mountains that takes us to the land of the Resplendent Quetzal. This popular trip often fills up quickly! Register Today.

At Rust Nature Sanctuary this Fall 
Preschoolers at Rust for Fresh Air Kids

Fresh Air Kids is back! On Fridays, October 3 through November 21 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, children will enjoy hands-on, nature-based activities at Rust to foster social, physical and academic skills development. 

Also at Rust this fall, enjoy Astonishing Earth: A Fall Walk at Rust Nature Sanctuary on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's roving naturalist David Garcia and ANS' Susanne Ortmann will lead you on close-up encounters with animals in the Rust vernal pool, pond and hardwood forest. Register Today.

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Become an ANS Member Today!
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We're concerned citizens, conservation activists and environmentalists. And, since 1897, ANS has been protecting local streams and open spaces and educating the next generation to be good stewards of our regional environment.  Now through September 30, 2014, we're inviting more caring neighbors like you to join us by taking advantage of our limited-time membership discount offer. If you're not already an ANS member, join today or pass the membership discount offer along to a friend. 

99 Reasons to be Fascinated by Birds 
Join Author William Young at Woodend Sanctuary on Thursday, September 18 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm as he gives a presentation based on his book, The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat, released in May 2014. Light refreshments will be served. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open at 7:00 pm for this event. The program starts at 7:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP.

Crickets Count!
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Join us for the third annual DC/Baltimore Cricket Crawl Friday, August 22. Get free training through no-fee Crickets Count Listening Walks, which will convene outside the Audubon Naturalist Shop on August 7 and 14 from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. RSVP for the walks today

ANS is a proud cosponsor of the citizen science Cricket Crawl project. Learn More.

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FREE Bird Walks Thanks Peter Lostritto! 
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FREE weekly beginner bird walks resume in September. Saturdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at Woodend. Meet at ANS Shop parking lot. No registration required. Find more
Thanks Peter! We appreciate all you have done to help ANS create a map for our staff, visitors, members, and volunteers. Check out our NEW map of Woodend 
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Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-669-0000
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8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-652-9188
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