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October 2014

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You're Invited! ANS Annual Meeting 
Please join us Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the ANS Annual Meeting at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Mike Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland will be our featured speaker. One of Maryland's premier caterers will provide a light supper. Members will vote on candidates for the Board of Directors. This event is FREE and friends and family are welcome too. Learn more and RSVP today

You Can Protect Streams and Wetlands 
Little Seneca Reservoir in Fall

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to hear from you to protect our waters from pollution. Now through Monday, October 20, 2014, the EPA is accepting formal comments on its Waters of the United States Proposed Rule, which clarifies protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. For decades, ANS has been working to protect local streams and wetlands. This new rule will support our work to make streams and wetlands, and our drinking water, safe for generations to come. Email the EPA today and tell them you support the rule change to increase protection for streams and wetlands. Take Action Now!   

Photo by Alan Bowser 

School's Out Nature Camps at Rust and Woodend 
Students examine storm drain

When school’s out in Montgomery and Loudoun counties, ANS nature camps are in at Woodend and Rust. And the learning is non-stop, no matter the weather or time of year. At a recent School’s Out Nature Camp at Woodend, there was ample opportunity to learn about the natural environment—even though it was raining.

“It’s our lucky day,” said ANS's Jen Wolfe. “It’s raining so it gives us an opportunity to learn about the watershed. Everybody, get your boots on!” 

This month, we have School's Out Nature Camps at Rust on Monday, October 13 and at Woodend, Friday, October 31. Camps run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Sign up for Rust camps.  Register for Woodend camps

Escape Winter in Central Florida, January 13-20, 2015
The subtropical habitats of the Florida peninsula support a great variety of life, and the region’s wildlife is active and abundant throughout winter, when nature is a bit quieter further north. ANS has taken many members to Florida during the winter months, but our travel programs have focused on Everglades National Park and surrounding natural areas in southern Florida.  We’re changing things up and offering this new itinerary to areas in central Florida, where cool weather may visit a bit more often, but where the ecosystems are just as vibrant and lively as those further south. Our explorations will begin in the lake-filled areas surrounding Orlando before heading to the Atlantic coast where our primary destination will be the spectacular Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. While much of our time will be spent observing birds, we’ll also identify many noteworthy plants and search for other forms of wildlife, from butterflies to alligators.  We’ll also discuss the dynamics of Florida ecosystems and ponder some of the conservation challenges facing this highly populated state. Join us

Astonishing Earth: A Fall Walk at Rust Sanctuary
Trail at Rust Sanctuary

Join Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s roving naturalist David Garcia and ANS's Susanne Ortmann for a fresh air walk, Astonishing Earth: A Fall Walk at the Rust Nature Sanctuary, Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. All ages are welcome and the cost is $5 per person. The 68 acres and many habitats of the Rust Nature Sanctuary are in their full autumn glory. Enjoy close-up encounters with animals as they prepare for the upcoming season in our vernal pool, pond, and hardwood forest. Our adventure will end with hot cider and a craft.  Register today

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Special ANS Hawk Watch Event 
Redtail Hawk
We have space for a few more to join us for a special ANS member Hawk Watch event at Turkey Point Lighthouse in Elk Neck State Park on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Our watch will be part of the Hawk Migration Association of North America's seasonal count. Enjoy the fall weather with us while we identify the red-tailed hawk, merlin, peregrin falcon and other species of raptors. Again, space is limited, so RSVP today

Join Us for Hives in the City, November 13
Author Alison Gillespie spent a year following urban beekeepers in the core cities of the Mid-Atlantic, and then wrote about the experience in her book Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World. Join us Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary to meet the author and learn more about the current research on Colony Collapse Disorder and ways we can help local pollinators thrive. Light refreshments will be served.  The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open at 7:00 pm for this event. The presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP.

Audubon Nature Preschool ReUse It Sale, Oct. 18
Come support the Audubon Nature Preschool at our Earth-Friendly ReUse It Sale on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. The Earth-Friendly ReUse It Sale features gently used children's items and a variety of naturally delicious homemade treats. Find all sorts of children's clothing, books, toys and outdoor gear as well as great bake sale items to complete your morning cup of coffee. Nature Preschool teachers and families will be on hand to give family nature walks (at 9:00 am and 10:00 am) and answer questions for prospective families. Come connect with old friends and make a few new ones while finding some great items for your family! All proceeds benefit the Nature Preschool. Learn more

ANS in the News Thank You!
GreenKids salad table
Check out: Why bats are being spied on in a local meadow, WTOP-FM and Garrett Park students plant seeds, plan for future salad party, The Gazette.
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy joined us at Woodend at the end of August for a day of service and learning. Find more great volunteer pictures.
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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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