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November 2014

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We're Thankful for You!
Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you for everything you do for the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). For renewing your memberships, shopping at the Audubon Naturalist Shop, logging countless volunteer hours, spreading the word about our good works on behalf of the environment and so much more. Your continued support provides the foundation for all of our successes. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Still Time to Protect Streams and Wetlands  
Kids in Stream at Rust
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still accepting formal comments on its Waters of the United States Proposed Rule, which clarifies protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The deadline for comments has been extended through November 14, 2014. Tell the EPA you support the rule change to increase protection for streams and wetlands. Take Action Now 

Preparing for Winter at Carderock 
Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives for a hike along the Billy Goat (B) Trail at Carderock, Sunday, November 16 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Explore the woodlands as trees and shrubs let go of their last fall leaves and reveal their mature fruits and next year's buds in prep for winter dormancy. This hike will cover 1.5 to 2 miles of the towpath and parts of Billy Goat B, mostly at a leisurely naturalist's crawl.  The cost is $24 for ANS members; $34 for nonmembers. Register

Central Florida: Wetlands Teeming with Life 

We've taken many members to Florida during the winter months, but this year we’re changing things up with a new itinerary to areas in central Florida. Escape winter and travel with group leaders Mark Garland and Tom & Judy Gire, January 13-20, 2015 to the subtropical habitats of the Florida peninsula. 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. Learn more and register

Full Moon Night Hike & Campfire at Rust 
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Under a Full Moon, the 68 acres at Rust Nature Sanctuary take on a new look, feel and memory. Explore with us, Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, as we hike the Rust grounds and listen for owls and many of the fascinating night sounds of the woods. Absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of what nature offers us at night under the stars and moon. The adventure will end with a warm campfire and light snacks. Headlamps will be provided. Hiking shoes required. Open to all ages. The cost is $5 per participant.  This is an ANS/NOVA Parks event. For registration information

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Do you participate in the National Capital Area CFC?
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The easiest way to support ANS is to designate the Audubon Naturalist Society 75493 in the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign under EarthShare Mid-Atlantic

Also, don't forget to put ANS at the top of your year-end donation list! Give where you live and make a local impact on environmental education and conservation with a generous, tax-deductible contribution. We will put your dollars to work immediately. Donate now

Hives in the City, Thursday, 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.

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2014 ANS Annual Report  Bookmarks 
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Thanks to your continued support, ANS made some significant accomplishments in 2014. Find both the online version and printable PDF format of this year's annual report. Enjoy!
~ Montgomery Parks Trees Matter Symposium, November 5, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Silver Spring Civic Center
~ Owl Moon Raptor Center Festival, November 16, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, Black Hill Regional Park 
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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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